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Dallas was a popular, 80's TV series about the rich Ewing family who made their money from Texas oil. It aired on CBS from April 2, 1978 to May 3, 1991 for 14 seasons and 357 episodes.

It began as a five part mini-series on CBS in 1978, but then aired for a total of 14 seasons. The soap was broadcast across the globe and is considered the most successful American soap opera outside the US borders.

One of its main characters included J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the greedy, scheming, oil magnate; Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy); Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray); Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal); Jock Ewing (Jim Davis); Miss Ellie Southworth Ewing (Barbara Bel Geddes); Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval).

J.R. was the eldest son of Jock and Miss Ellie, was only meant to be a supporting character when the show premiered. Bobby and Pam were meant to be the focus of Dallas. The popularity of the J.R. character took off and he became the focus of the series.

Bobby was the youngest son of the Ewings, Sue Ellen was J.R.'s alcoholic wife; Pamela was Bobby's wife, who was forced to act as a buffer between the two feuding families; Jock was the founder of Ewing Oil and head of the Ewing family; Miss Ellie was Jock's wife and her family owned Southfork Ranch originally; and Cliff Barnes was Pam's brother, whose schemes were aimed directly against the Ewings, especially J.R.

One of the most famous television show events ever happened at the end of the 1979-80 Dallas season, when an unknown intruder shot J.R. in the chest while he was working late at his office. "Who Shot J.R.?" was a phrase that captivated the world. Odds on the shooter's identity were calculated, and saw active wagering. Turned out it was Kristin Shepard (Colleen Camp), J.R.'s sister-in-law and former romantic interest.

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