Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991.

A soap opera, soap, or soapie, is a serial drama on television or radio which examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama.

Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Prime time or peak time is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for television programming.

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The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork.

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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.

JR, J. R. or Jr. may refer to:


When the show ended in May 1991, J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.


The show was famous for its cliffhangers, including the "Who shot J.R.?"

A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction.


The 1980 episode "Who Done It" remains the second highest rated prime-time telecast ever.


The show also featured a "Dream Season,” in which the entirety of the ninth season was revealed to have been a dream of Pam Ewing.


After 14 seasons, the series finale "Conundrum" aired in 1991.

A series finale refers to the last installment of an episodic entertainment series, most often the final episode of a television series.


The show is mostly an ensemble cast, with Larry Hagman as greedy, scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, stage/screen actress Barbara Bel Geddes as family matriarch Miss Ellie and movie Western actor Jim Davis as Ewing patriarch Jock, his last role before his death in 1981.

Larry Martin Hagman was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson in the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

An ensemble cast or main cast is made up of cast members in which the principal actors and performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance and screen time in a dramatic production.

Barbara Bel Geddes was an American actress, artist, and children's author, whose career spanned six decades.


The series won four Emmy Awards, including a 1980 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series win for Bel Geddes.

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Oscar, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.


With its 357 episodes, Dallas remains one of the longest lasting full-hour prime time dramas in American TV history, behind Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Bonanza, Law & Order, and Gunsmoke.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced.

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by d*ck Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise.

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston.


In 2007, Dallas was included in TIME magazine's list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".

Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.


Dallas also spawned the spin-off series Knots Landing in 1979 which also lasted 14 seasons.


In 2010, TNT announced it had ordered a new, updated continuation of Dallas.


The revival series, continuing the story of the Ewing family, premiered on TNT on June 13, 2012, and ran for three seasons, ending its run on September 22, 2014.

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