‘Dallas’: General Hospital

Forget Southfork and Ewing Energy. Ninety percent of this week’s episode of “‘Dallas,” ‘Guilt and Innocence” took place in the hospital. That turned out to make for a pretty dull episode, with precious little wit and wisdom. It’s no coincidence that J.R.’s memory and will was barely a factor. Let’s hope that next week refocuses […]

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"Dallas": "J.R.'s Masterpiece" (TNT)

‘Dallas’: J.R.’s Masterpiece Lives Up to Its Title

J.R. Ewing was many things: patriarch, schemer, lover, fighter. He was something else that is rarely acknowledged: the prototype for the modern, morally ambiguous television protagonist. There is a direct line from J.R. Ewing to Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Walter White. During the original “Dallas,” the show was perceived as populist trash. “Hill Street […]

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‘Dallas’: Texas Justice Takes Its Toll

If you are guilty of a crime, and you confess to committing said crime, you will be convicted. Not even the wit and wisdom of J.R. will be able to save you. That’s the lesson of this week’s “Dallas“, “Trial and Error.” With the focus on Ann’s (Brenda Strong) trial for shooting Harris (Mitch Pileggi), […]

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‘Dallas’: The Most Freudian Hour of Television. Ever.

This week’s episode of “Dallas,” “False Confessions,” managed to make the Ewings look like the Huxtables. Compared to the Rylands and the Barnes, they are downright functional. With the exception of Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) being conned into marrying a woman who was technically his cousin, but was not a biological relative, none of them harbor […]

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‘Dallas’ Season 2 Premiere: The Bittersweet Wit and Wisdom of J.R., Passing the Torch From Father to Son

The death of Larry Hagman hangs over this season of “Dallas“, to paraphrase a quip from the premiere, like mistletoe. Before the episode starts, the cast appears as themselves to acknowledge that this will be both a bittersweet viewing experience and exactly the way Hagman would want to be remembered. So let’s all drink a […]

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Patrick Duffy, Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman in the second season of "Dallas" (TNT)

‘Dallas’: How Will Bobby and John Ross Cope with J.R.’s Death?

John Ross (Josh Henderson) uses a sex tape to force someone to make a deal; Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) continues her run for Governor; Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) tries to get his marriage to Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) annulled; J.R. (Larry Hagman) conspires with his son to take over Ewing Energies; and Ann (Brenda Strong) gets shocking […]

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‘Dallas’ Finale: J.R.’s Wit and Wisdom Has Met Its Match in Rebecca

Wednesday nights are not going to be the same without J.R.’s eyebrows. Wednesday’s season finale of TNT’s “Dallas” did not go the cliched route of ending with somebody shooting J.R. (Larry Hagman)  or version 2.0, John Ross (Josh Henderson). Instead it went out with a metaphorical bang, as storylines converged around one man: J.R.’s lifelong […]

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