In Memoriam: Our 2016 ‘Dallas’ Tributes

Dallas Decoder remembers the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died in 2016. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at   Anthony Addabbo Died October 18 (age 56) In the 14th-season episode “Smooth Operator,” Addabbo played John, a Hollywood wannabe who pitched Bobby on a […]

The Dal-List: 15 Great ‘Dallas’ Scenes Featuring Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman made magic every time he appeared on “Dallas,” so coming up with a definitive list of his greatest scenes feels like an impossible task. Instead, let’s just call this a list of 15 performances I love. 15. Welcome to the family. On the day Bobby brings Pam (Victoria Principal) home to Southfork and introduces […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 30 – ‘Designs’

In “Designs,” J.R. once again visits “Knots Landing” and once again, the results are disappointing. These crossover episodes are almost never as good as they should be. On paper, occasionally sending “Dallas” characters to Seaview Circle makes perfect sense. “Dallas” was television’s most-watched series in the early 1980s, when “Knots Landing” was still struggling to […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 22 – ‘A Family Matter’

The “Knots Landing” episode “A Family Matter” brings J.R. to Los Angeles, where he meets Abby Cunningham, his Southern California counterpart. This inaugural matchup between two of television’s greatest villains has its moments, but overall, it’s not as much fun as you might expect. The problem: J.R. and Abby are too much alike. These characters […]

The Art of Knots Landing: ‘Community Spirit’

Gary and J.R. (Ted Shackelford, Larry Hagman) are seen in this 1980 publicity shot from “Community Spirit,” a first-season “Knots Landing” episode.

Knots Landing Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Not Afraid of You, J.R.’

In “Knots Landing’s” first-season episode “Community Spirit,” J.R. (Larry Hagman) approaches Gary and Valene (Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark) on the beach, moments before Gary is supposed to speak at a rally against J.R.’s offshore drilling project. VAL: [Slaps a coin purse in J.R.’s hands] Here. J.R.: Well, what’s that? What is that? VAL: A […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 2 – ‘Community Spirit’

Part of the fun of watching “Dallas” comes from imagining what it would be like to be a Ewing – to wear those clothes, to drive those cars, to live in that house. For those who also wonder how the Ewings would fare in our world, there’s “Community Spirit.” “Knots Landing’s” second episode brings J.R. […]