Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewing’s, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes, whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed, Bobby’s older brother, oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, became the show’s breakout character, whose schemes and dirty business became the show’s trademark.
When the show ended on May 3, 1991, J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.
The show was famous for its cliff-hangers, including the “Who shot J.R.?” mystery. The 1980 episode “Who Done It” remains the second highest-rated prime-time telecast ever.
The series won four Emmy Awards, including a 1980 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win for Bel Geddes.
With its 357 episodes, Dallas remains one of the longest-lasting full-hour primetime dramas in American TV history, Dallas was included in TIME magazine’s list of “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time”.
In 2012 TNT produced the continuation of Dallas which aired up until 2014 and was Larry Hagman’s last appearance in the series.
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