History Series / Dallas

14th May '17 2:29:03 PM RaiderDuck
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* DeadpanSnarker: J.R. on several occasions.


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* HollywoodLaw: Hoo boy.
** Jenna is forced to marry her abusive ex-husband Renaldo Marchetta, who then turns up dead, apparently by her hand. She is arrested for the murder, meets Bobby in jail, and tells him her version of what happened. During the trial, he is then called to the stand to recount for the jury what she had told him (which would be hearsay and completely inadmissible), asked his opinion of her mental state at several points in the story he's retelling (as he's not a psychiatrist, this would be irrelevant), and finally is asked whether he feels she could have committed the murder (not only was he not even there, his personal opinions are not admissible). The show explains that Bobby was called to the stand to tell Jenna's story to the jurors without her being cross-examined, which is of course why it would never have been allowed in real life. In any realistic scenario, Bobby would never have been called as a witness, as he had no testimony of the events to offer. If Jenna wanted her story told, she would have had to testify on her own behalf, exposing herself to cross-examination by the prosecuting attorneys.
** Miss Ellie is tired of J.R. and Bobby tearing the family apart fighting over control of Ewing Oil, so she decides to go into court, have her deceased husband Jock declared mentally incompetent so his final will is overturned, then sell the company. During the trial, she is asked if she feels Jock was, in fact, mentally incompetent (again, she's not a psychiatrist). Her answer is (roughly) ''"I know you need me to say it, so the answer is Yes."'' Needless to say, this kind of answer would not be accepted in any court and would probably result in a tongue-lashing from the judge.
31st Mar '17 5:01:49 PM LordSeth
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The second story was... less successful. When star [[spoiler: Patrick Duffy]] left the series, his character was {{McLeaned}}. But with declining ratings, the return of the original series show runner after a brief absence, and the cast missing [[spoiler:Duffy]], the actor returned in the final moments of the eighth season, leading to the ninth season opening with the revelation that [[spoiler:Bobby]]'s death and the subsequent season eight [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream were all an elaborate dream]] ]]. Needless to say, reaction was quite negative to say the least.

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The second story was... less successful. When star [[spoiler: Patrick Duffy]] left the series, his character was {{McLeaned}}. But with declining ratings, the return of the original series show runner after a brief absence, and the cast missing [[spoiler:Duffy]], the actor returned in the final moments of the eighth season, leading to the ninth season opening with the revelation that [[spoiler:Bobby]]'s death and the subsequent season eight [[spoiler: [[AllJustADream were all an elaborate dream]] ]]. Needless to say, reaction was quite negative polarizing to say the least.
least, with some happy to see the character return but others irritated due to the invalidation of the previous season.
5th Mar '17 8:16:01 AM themisterfree
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TNT revived the series in 2012, with a ten-episode run that included some of the original cast members but focused on the next generation of the Ewing family. Larry Hagman passed away on November 23, 2012. He was given a funeral in episode eight of the second season (which aired on March 11, 2013). The show was cancelled by TNT after airing its third season in 2014.

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TNT Creator/{{TNT}} revived the series in 2012, with a ten-episode run that included some of the original cast members but focused on the next generation of the Ewing family. Larry Hagman passed away on November 23, 2012. He was given a funeral in episode eight of the second season (which aired on March 11, 2013). The show was cancelled by TNT after airing its third season in 2014.
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.
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