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  • Archive Panic: Good luck binging the 357 episodes, not counting the revival or Knots Landing.
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  • Broken Base: The third season of the sequel series. Some enjoy it for the rivalries between the Ewings and Pamela, but many others hate it for destroying John Ross and Pamela's relationship by making it into a Love Triangle with Harris' daughter, Emma. It doesn't help that the season came after an otherwise conclusive ending in season two, and then left a number of plot threads hanging.
  • Designated Hero: The Ewings. Okay, they all aren't meant to be that good. Okay, they are fighting worse people out there. However, some of their actions are down right reprehensible. Even Bobby, has succumbed to this. The original series here had JR the Bad and Bobby the Good, however this has taken a slightly different turn in the revival. It originally had, John Ross and Christopher set up to be this. But in Bum's words "Welcome to the dark side" happened to Christopher. Their latest plan was (JR's actually) to have them imprison Cliff for JR's murder, even though it wasn't him. Maybe it was Laser-Guided Karma, but falsely imprisoning someone is very very bad to say the least. To top it off when they do something truly bad they get away with it, with no comeuppance whatsoever. They are becoming down right Villain Sue material. Remember we're supposed to root for these people. The only one who really isn't this is Elena but she's a bit bland and is now going to be something else...
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  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: When communist Romania started airing this show, they were hoping that people would be appalled at the decadent, materialistic lifestyle of the Ewings. It didn't quite work out that way.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Sue Ellen was originally meant to be a minor character but eventually ended up as the female lead, thanks to actress Linda Gray's amazing chemistry with Larry Hagman.
    • Clayton Farlow was originally going to have a fairly minor role as Dusty's father. He ended up marrying Miss Ellie and essentially filled the role of family patriarch (which was accepted by Bobby and Ray, but not at all by JR).
    • Harris Ryland is definitely becoming one in the new series.
  • Fan Nickname: "Pambecca" for Pamela Rebecca Barnes in the revived series.
  • Genre Turning Point: The original series was this for the Prime Time Soap, proving that they could be just as popular as, and perhaps even moreso than, daytime soap operas and leading to a general migration of the genre from daytime to Prime Time — especially once prime time shows in other genres began embracing serialized storytelling. We largely have Dallas and its copycats to thank (or blame) for soaperizing being a trope in American television.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: J.R.'s sarcastic reference to the "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline in the first season of the rebooted series, "Bullets don't seem to have much of an effect on me, dear," is a lot less funny when watching the season 2 episode "Furious and Fast", where he is shot and killed offscreen at the end of the episode.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both John Ross and Pamela Rebecca in the revived series. Bonus points for being each others Morality Pet.
  • Memetic Mutation: The question "Who shot J.R.?" is an iconic phrase in 1980s pop culture.
  • Misaimed Marketing: From boots to Bubblegum Cards to a DALLAS: The Television Show Role-Playing Game.
  • Never Live It Down: The infamous dream season brought about by Bobby's untimely death, a decision the producers elected to reverse in the wake of plummeting ratings, effectively retconning the entire season out of continuity. The end result arguably did a lot more harm than good after the fact.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Dallas Quest (1984) was positively received by Your Commodore. It was even said to be one of the best Commodore 64 games.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Why is Charlie running around with Tyler Durden?
  • Seasonal Rot: The eleventh Season. The ninth (Dream) season and its aftermath was infamous, but it was the eleventh season that really saw a notable decline in writing quality, the loss of key cast members and a turn towards absurd and/or banal plots.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Many of the season-ending cliffhangers are still effective, but have lost something since the days when no television series had ever ended a season on any kind of suspenseful, open-ended note. In fact, hardly anyone remembers the first season’s quite effective one that set the whole tone, in which Sue Ellen clings to life after a drunken car accident while a devastated J.R. looks on.


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