Our Jan. 11 #DallasChat Asks, ‘What If?’

Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, January 11, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme will be “What If? IV.” Like the previous “What If?” chats, this discussion will imagine alternate outcomes and twists to “Dallas” storylines and developments. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During each […]

‘Real Power is Something You Take’ Turns 35

It’s another red-letter day in “Dallas” history. Thirty-five years ago today, CBS aired “Executive Wife,” the episode in which Jock famously schools Bobby on the Ewing creed: “Real power is something you take!” I ranked the scene fifth on my list of “Dallas’s” greatest moments a few years ago and also wrote about it when […]

Poll: Should ‘Dallas’ Return?

Would you like to see “Dallas” return with new episodes? Cast your ballot below. One vote per device. Voting will end in one week. Results will be announced Monday, January 11. Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Before this holiday season ends, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who reads Dallas Decoder. Please know how much I appreciate your continued support. I don’t get to write about “Dallas” as often as I once did, but this was a special year for me nonetheless. I posted my first one-on-one interview […]

‘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 […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 195 — ‘Resurrection’

“Resurrection” brings Mark Graison back from the dead and Sue Ellen Ewing back from the brink. His revival is the more surprising of the two, although hers is more satisfying. In the episode before this one, Sue Ellen went through a harrowing detoxification after her drinking landed her on skid row. The audience never doubts […]

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 […]

The Dal-List: 19 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Ninth Season

Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s ninth season, which aired from 1985 to 1986. Here are 19 reasons to love it. 19. Mama returns. We never needed her more. 18. J.R. says goodbye. Does anyone do the single tear thing better than Larry Hagman? 17. Sue Ellen relapses. Linda Gray’s tour de force. […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 8

“Dallas’s” eighth season had its share of ups and downs. Here are the highs and lows. Performances Victoria Principal does her best work during “Dallas’s” eighth season, a.k.a. The Year Pam Gets Her Groove Back. The actress displays her old fire during Pam’s clashes with J.R., but nothing beats her performance during Bobby’s season-ending death. […]