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Dallas 40th Anniversary by mrentertainment Dallas 40th Anniversary by mrentertainment
Not only is today a movie anniversary, but also a television anniversary. Today is also the 40th anniversary of 1 of the most popular prime time soap opera: "Dallas". This show first aired on this day in 1978 (exactly 10 years after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey) on CBS as a 5-part mini-series and later became a primary series in the fall of that year. The series was about a wealthy and feuding family: The Ewing including the crooked oldest son: J.R. Ewing (played by the late great Larry Hagman) who became the breakout character and his schemes and dirty business became the show's trademark. When the show ended in 1991, J.R. was the only character to appear in every episode. Originally the series focused the marriage of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela Barns (Victoria Principal), whose families are sworn enemies.

The show was famous for it's cliffhangers including the famous "Who Shot J.R.?" episode. There was also a dream season where entire 9th season was a dream for Pam Ewing. The show ran 14 seasons.

Other characters included family matriarch Miss Ellie (played by the late great Barbara Bel Geddes) and patriarch Jock (played by the late great Jim Davis, which was his final role before his death in 1981 (the year my middle brother was born)). The show won 4 Emmy Awards including a 1980 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Bel Geddes.

Dallas remains 1 of the longest lasting full-hour prime time dramas in American TV history with it's 357 episodes, behind Law & Order: SVU (400+ episodes), Bonanza (430 episodes), Law & Order (456 episodes), and Gunsmoke (635 episodes). The show was included in TIME magazine's list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME" in 2007.

A spin-off series called: "Knots Landing" was spawned in 1979 and it also lasted for 14 seasons. The show was revived in 2012 on TNT and it continued the story of the Ewing family. The revived series first aired on June 13, 2012 and ended on September 22, 2014 after 3 seasons.

I don't own Dallas or the Ewings or the Barnes. All copyright material belongs to Warner Bros., Lorimar, and David Jacobs.

Source: mostly Wikipedia.
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