History Series / Dallas

17th Feb '17 5:36:05 PM WaggishPony
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* AbsenteeActor: All the main cast with the exception of Larry Hagman, unsurprisingly.
17th Feb '17 5:32:09 PM WaggishPony
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* FakeGuestStar: The show had a habit of having "fake guest stars" that were often treated in the same capacity as main characters, during the show's fourteen-season run, often under the credit "also starring". Some examples who later became official series regulars were Cliff Barnes, Sue Ellen Ewing, Ray Krebbs, Donna Culver, Clayton Farlow, Jenna Wade, Jack Ewing, April Stevens, Carter McKay, and Cally Harper Ewing.
* FamilyBusiness: Ewing Oil, later Ewing Energies.
* FamilyDrama

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* FakeGuestStar: The show had a habit of having "fake guest stars" that were often treated in the same capacity as main characters, during the show's fourteen-season run, often under the credit "also starring". Some examples who later became official series regulars were Cliff Barnes, Sue Ellen Ewing, Ray Krebbs, Donna Culver, Clayton Farlow, Jenna Wade, Jack Ewing, April Stevens, Carter McKay, [=McKay=], and Cally Harper Ewing.
* FamilyBusiness: Ewing Oil, later Ewing Energies. Also, Barnes-Wentworth Oil.
* FamilyDramaFamilyDrama: One of the central conflicts of ''Dallas'' was the internal problems of the Ewing and Barnes families. In fact, the show was initially conceived as a ''Literature/RomeoAndJuliet'' type drama with feuding families.



* GunStruggle: Carter McKay and his son, Tommy, fight over a gun after the latter tries to go kill Bobby. Tommy ends up dying as a result.

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* GunStruggle: Carter McKay [=McKay=] and his son, Tommy, fight over a gun after the latter tries to go kill Bobby. Tommy ends up dying as a result.


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* LukeYouAreMyFather: James Beaumont announced to the Ewings that he was [[spoiler: J.R.'s]] son. However, in the revival series, he isn't seen nor mentioned.
17th Feb '17 5:26:20 PM WaggishPony
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* EightiesHair

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* EightiesHairEightiesHair: Not surprising considering the then-contemporary setting.



* FamilyBusiness

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* FamilyBusinessFakeGuestStar: The show had a habit of having "fake guest stars" that were often treated in the same capacity as main characters, during the show's fourteen-season run, often under the credit "also starring". Some examples who later became official series regulars were Cliff Barnes, Sue Ellen Ewing, Ray Krebbs, Donna Culver, Clayton Farlow, Jenna Wade, Jack Ewing, April Stevens, Carter McKay, and Cally Harper Ewing.
* FamilyBusiness: Ewing Oil, later Ewing Energies.


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* OddNameOut: Boaz, Japhet, and ''Cally'' Harper.
15th Feb '17 5:41:01 AM DracMonster
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: J. R. most notably, but pretty much every other company exec. This was made during the Reagan era, when such were often admired.


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* EvilVersusEvil: When J.R. butts heads with Clifford or any other CEO, you can sit back and stop worrying about his moral compass, since the other guy is going to deserve whatever J.R. inflicts on him.
10th Dec '16 8:50:03 AM LarryMullen
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* YouLookFamiliar:
** A very unusual case: a recurring character named Ben Stivers appeared in the Dream Season. Obviously after Pam woke up he didn't appear anymore, but an identical character named Wes Parmalee did and was played by the same actor (see also AbortedArc above).
** Tracy Scoggins played a call girl named Dianne in the seventh-season episode "My Brother's Keeper", and then returned to play Anita Smithfield in ''J.R. Returns''.

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* YouLookFamiliar:
** A very unusual case: a recurring character named Ben Stivers appeared in the Dream Season. Obviously after Pam woke up he didn't appear anymore, but an identical character named Wes Parmalee did and was played by the same actor (see also AbortedArc above).
** Tracy Scoggins played a call girl named Dianne in the seventh-season episode "My Brother's Keeper", and then returned to play Anita Smithfield in ''J.R. Returns''.



* YouLookFamiliar:
** Mitch Pileggi (who plays Ann's ex-husband, Harris Ryland), in addition to being an extra in a very early episode in the 80's, had a three-episode role in the original series as a mental patient who bullied J.R. when he was in a mental institution.
** Brenda Strong (Ann) had a role in a tenth-season episode of the original series as one of Cliff's one night stands.
** Creator/GlennMorshower (who plays Lou, a lawyer who helps the Ewings throughout the first season) played a small role as a campaign aide in the original series' first-season episode "Black Market Baby".
** Barry Corbin, who played Sheriff Washburn in the original series, appears as J.R.'s lawyer during the will-reading scene in "Ewings Unite!".
** In the revival, Creator/SamAnderson plays a recast of Dr. David Gordon (who was established as Pam's doctor/pretend fiancee in the last episode featuring her in the original series), while in the original series he played a detective during Season 8 who helped Bobby prove Jenna innocent of murder.
10th Dec '16 8:46:33 AM LarryMullen
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* FollowTheLeader: ''{{Dynasty}}'' clearly was made to capitalize on this show.
18th Oct '16 12:36:25 PM monarc
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* ShoutOut: During an attempt to acquire offshore drilling rights to a region of the Gulf of Mexico, Cliff Barnes claims that he has a nose for oil that is so good that he can sense when a deposit is under water. In response, Pamela exclaims that "now he thinks he's The Man From Atlantis". "The Man From Atlantis" was Patrick Duffy's first starring role, which aired the season before {{Dallas}} premiered.
18th Oct '16 12:28:01 PM monarc
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the first season's episodes featured self-contained plots, before switching mid-season to a story arc format that continued throughout the rest of the show's run. That season also featured a different actor than Ted Shackleford playing Gary and had a subplot involving an affair with Lucy and Ray Krebbs. That affair retroactively degenerated into {{Squick}} when the writers decided to make Ray a son of Jock.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the first season's episodes featured self-contained plots, before switching mid-season to a story arc format that continued throughout the rest of the show's run. That season also featured a different actor than Ted Shackleford playing Gary and had a subplot involving an affair with Lucy and Ray Krebbs. That affair retroactively degenerated into {{Squick}} when in later seasons the writers decided to make Ray a son of Jock.Jock, which turned it into retroactive incest.
18th Oct '16 12:25:02 PM monarc
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the first season's episodes featured self-contained plots, before switching mid-season to a story arc format that continued throughout the rest of the show's run. That season also featured a different actor than Ted Shackleford playing Gary and had a subplot involving an affair with Lucy and Ray Krebbs. That affair retroactively degenerated into {{Squick}} when the writers decided to make Ray a son of Jock.
14th May '16 9:38:11 PM MikeW
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** Larry Hagman's sudden death in 2012 affected the second season of the show's successful revival with the plotline of J.R. being murdered in the fifth episode. The producers have said that "90 percent" of the story was saved but obviously not the ending: Finally united after various challenges, the Ewings walk into the boardroom of Ewing Electric only to find a smirking J.R. inform them that he's taken over as sole owner.
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