Dallas Isn’t ‘Brokeback Southfork,’ But It’s Pretty Gay

By today’s standards, “Dallas” isn’t a “gay” show. Southfork never hosts a “Brokeback Mountain”-esque love story. There are no same-sex office romances at Ewing Oil. Dusty Farlow wears ascots to keep dust out of his face, not because he’s fabulous. Yet “Dallas” is very much a show with gay sensibilities. It regularly explores themes – […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 7 – ‘Reunion, Part 2’

I’m not a big fan of “Reunion, Part 1,” but I love “Reunion, Part 2.” The writing and acting are beautiful. In this installment’s most memorable sequence, a drunken Digger barrels onto Southfork in his nephew Jimmy’s beat-up sports car and asks Jock to “pay” him for Pam. The Ewings watch as Jock pulls a wad […]

Dallas Styles: J.R.’s Safari Shirts

When “Dallas’s” wardrobe designers were figuring out how to dress the Ewings, I suspect J.R. presented the toughest challenge. I’m not referring to his office outfits. Those were easy. Put Larry Hagman in a conservative business suit and send him off to do his scenes. Done. But J.R. wasn’t all business, all the time. How […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Reunion, Part 1’

Sue Ellen and J.R. (Linda Gray, Larry Hagman) are seen in this 1978 publicity shot from “Reunion, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” second-season opener.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Ought to Know That, Miss Ellie’

In “Reunion, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” second-season opener, Jock (Jim Davis) is on the Southfork driveway with J.R. and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray) when Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) comes rushing out of the house. ELLIE: He’s coming home! JOCK: Who’s coming home? ELLIE: Gary. JOCK: Gary? ELLIE: He met Bobby and Pam in […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 6 – ‘Reunion, Part 1’

“Reunion, Part 1” is almost all hat and no cattle. “Dallas’s” second-season opener has a good story to tell, but it spends too much time re-introducing the audience to the Ewings, who had been off the air for four-and-a-half months when the episode debuted. Consider the lengthy opening sequence, which finds the family lazing around […]