A Farewell to Barnes: Remembering Ken Kercheval

Cliff Barnes was a loser, but Ken Kercheval was anything but. By portraying Cliff as an endearing jackass, Kercheval won the hearts of “Dallas” fans and created a character who, in some ways, was as essential to the show’s success as Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing. Cliff could be petty, foolish and hopelessly oblivious, but Kercheval […]

Listen Up! Texas Monthly Podcast Dives Deeper Into ‘Dallas’

Texas Monthly has a new gift for “Dallas” fans: a two-part podcast from Max Marshall, the writer whose sweeping oral history of the series appears in the magazine’s October issue. Marshall gives listeners the story behind his story, including how he came up with the idea for the article, how he was a non-fan who […]

Charlene Tilton Remembers Lucy Ewing’s Many Loves

Poor Lucy Ewing never found Mr. Right — but not for lack of trying. To mark Valentine’s Day, Dallas Decoder spoke to Charlene Tilton about her character’s many romances. Read her memories below, along with an update on her latest projects.   Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) Back in the day, that relationship was very controversial. […]

‘Dallas’ Stars to Reunite at Autograph Show

Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and several other “Dallas” stars are slated to participate in a Los Angeles autograph show next weekend. The Hollywood Show will be held from Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 1, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The other “Dallas” alumni scheduled to participate are Ken Kercheval, Charlene Tilton, Christopher […]

‘Swan Song’: Making a ‘Dallas’ Classic

Ask “Dallas” fans to name their favorite episode and many will say “Swan Song,” the 1985 segment in which Bobby dies heroically after saving Pam’s life. Although the death was later written off as a dream, the episode remains moving and memorable. To mark its 30th anniversary, I spoke to eight “Dallas” insiders who had […]

The Dal-List: ‘Dallas’s’ 35 Greatest Moments (So Far)

“Dallas” debuted 35 years ago today. To commemorate its anniversary, here’s my list of the franchise’s 35 greatest moments. 35. J.R. meets his match. “Dallas’s” first episode ends with Pam turning the tables on J.R. (Larry Hagman) after he tries to make it look like she was cheating on Bobby with Ray. “Looks like I underestimated […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Pamela’s Mother, Afton Cooper

In “Battle Lines,” the first episode of the new “Dallas’s” second season, Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) reveals she’s the daughter of Cliff and Afton, portrayed by Ken Kercheval and Audrey Landers in the original series. Everyone knows Cliff’s story, but how well do you remember Afton? Here’s a refresher. She started off as J.R.’s gal. Afton, a […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Waterloo at Southfork’

Mitch (Leigh McCloskey) speaks to a patient in this 1981 publicity shot from “Waterloo at Southfork,” a fifth-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Now That I Just Won’t Take!’

In “Dallas’s” fourth-season episode “The Gathering Storm,” Lucy and Mitch (Charlene Tilton, Leigh McCloskey) argue in their living room. MITCH: Lucy, do you realize what’s happening to us? LUCY: No, but apparently you do. MITCH: We’re like roommates. We pass each other either coming or going. We don’t have a marriage. We have a quick-change […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 73 – ‘The Gathering Storm’

I’ve always considered Charlene Tilton one of “Dallas’s” charismatic actresses, although I haven’t always been a fan of her character. In “The Gathering Storm,” Lucy stands up for herself in the face of husband Mitch’s sexism, which makes me want to stand up and cheer her on. This episode makes me love Lucy. The character’s […]