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 IMDb.com.   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 […]

Dallas Decoder’s Summer Vacations Guide

Planning to hit the road this summer? To have the happiest of holidays, let the Ewings be your guide. Mix business with pleasure. Experts say you should unplug from work when you’re on vacation, but don’t tell that to J.R. Ewing. Did this man ever take a break? Not only did J.R. pursue multi-million-dollar oil […]

How Would You Spin Off Bobby Ewing?

Would you watch a “Dallas” spinoff about Bobby Ewing? It’s a question we’ve been pondering since last week, when fellow fan Jennifer Irons — a.k.a. Team Bobby Ewing — took to Twitter to suggest Patrick Duffy’s iconic character should get his own TV series. Duffy’s response: @TeamBobbyEwing I'm totally there. Sign me up — Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) […]

‘Dallas’ Memoriam: Honoring Those We Lost in 2015

Here’s Dallas Decoder’s annual tribute to the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died during the past year. Notable deaths among the show’s extended family also are included. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   Merv Adelson Died September 8 (age 85) Adelson co-founded […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 194 — ‘Those Eyes’

In “Those Eyes,” the Ewings finally take off their blinders where Sue Ellen’s drinking is concerned. She lands in a detox ward at the beginning of the episode, and one by one, Miss Ellie, J.R. and the people who love her most come to realize how destructive her alcoholism has become. Sue Ellen realizes this […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 192 — ‘The Family Ewing’

“The Family Ewing,” the first episode of “Dallas’s” ninth season, chronicles the immediate aftermath of Bobby’s death. Miss Ellie, sad but sturdy, tries to plan the funeral while holding her family together — a task complicated by J.R.’s anger, Sue Ellen’s drinking and lingering questions about why Bobby and Pam were together when he was […]

‘Dallas’ 2014: Remembering Those We Lost

Several people who contributed to “Dallas” died during the past 12 months. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   James Avery December 31, 2013 (age 68) Avery, who […]

The Dal-List: Classic ‘Dallas’s’ 13 Most Harrowing Kidnappings

The Ewings discover Ann and Emma (Brenda Strong, Emma Bell) have been kidnapped in “Boxed In,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode. Fortunately, our favorite TV family has plenty of experience dealing with this kind of thing. Here’s a look at the 13 most harrowing kidnappings from the original series. 13. Lucy (1978). When the Ewings refused to let […]

The Dal-List: Classic ‘Dallas’s’ 8 Southfork Weddings, Ranked

John Ross and Pamela (Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo) eloped on “Dallas” last season, but they’ll get a traditional Southfork wedding in “Lifting the Veil,” TNT’s latest episode. Here’s a list of the eight Southfork weddings seen on the original show, ranked in order of preference. (Also, check out my recent list of all the Ewings who […]

Dallas Parallels: Old Habits

Booze has always flowed as freely as oil on “Dallas.” The Southfork cocktail hour was a family tradition on the original show, and J.R. and Bobby each kept lots of liquor on hand to entertain the parade of cartel members and other business associates who marched in and out of their offices each day. The […]