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Dallas is a serial drama that tracks the lives of two Texas families, the Ewings and the Barneses. As the series began, oil magnate Jock Ewing (Jim Davis) and his wife, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) lived on the sprawling Southfork Ranch outside of Dallas. His oldest son, J.R. (Larry Hagman), had assumed control of the family's prosperous oil firm, Ewing Oil, while his youngest son, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) had married Pamela Barnes (Victoria Principal), daughter of Jock's former business partner, Digger Barnes (David Wayne), who accused the Ewings of stealing his share of the business. Digger's son, Cliff (Ken Kercheval), went into politics with an eye on getting back at the Ewings, thus making their feud multi-generational.

The middle Ewing brother, Gary (Ted Shackelford), was seen only occasionally. An alcoholic, he was unable to live up to Jock's expectations. When he was young, he married a girl named Valene Clements (Joan Van Ark), and they had a daughter named Lucy (Charlene Tilton). J.R. disliked Valene and had her run off of Southfork. Gary was spun off onto his own series, "Knots Landing," where he lived in California with Valene, whom he had remarried.

J.R. is married to Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), a former Miss Texas who has become an alcoholic, but he is unfaithful to her. In a famous storyline, Sue Ellen's younger sister, Kristen (Mary Crosby), who had had an affair with J.R., shot him. She managed to escape prosecution by blackmailing him into believing she was pregnant with his child. Eventually, Sue Ellen bore J.R. a son, John Ross, while Bobby and Pam adopted a baby named Christopher.

Southfork ranch hand Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) worked there for years, dated Pamela, and even became romantically linked with Lucy for a brief period, before he learned that Jock was his real father. Eventually, he married political activist Donna Culver (Susan Howard), then Bobby's one-time fianc

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  • Adam takes J.R. on an It's A Wonderful Life-esque journey just as Bobby hears a gunshot ring out from J.R.'s room.

  • While contemplating suicide, J.R. has a visit from Adam who takes him on journey to see how life would be if the Ewing family had never existed.

  • Depressed over the loss of Southfork, J.R. must partner up with Cliff. Meanwhile, Michelle is charged for Hillary Taylor's murder.

  • James decides once and for all between Michelle and Debra Lynn. Meanwhile, J.R. and Bobby get into it over Southfork's future; John Ross decides he wants to live with Sue Ellen; and Hillary Taylor must face Michelle.

  • Michelle and Cliff team up to make Debra Lynn leave Southfork. Meanwhile, J.R. and John Ross get into an argument.

  • Michelle goes to Cliff for advice when she learns about James and Debra Lynn's past. Meanwhile, J.R. receives a shocking warning from his doctor.

  • Carter is finally able to accomplish what he set out to do -- seek revenge on Johnny Dancer's real murderer, Cliff. Meanwhile, Hillary learns that Bobby had met with Jory; and J.R. tries to get James and Michelle back together.

  • The men of the Ewing clan leave together on a cattle drive. Meanwhile, Carter goes after Johnny Dancer's real murderer and a surprise visitor arrives in Southfork in search of James.

  • Bobby is faced with a moral dilemma when Jory is kidnapped. Meanwhile, J.R. begins his plot against LeeAnn.

  • As Bobby comes face-to-face with Jory, Hillary's daughter, J.R. begins to plot against LeeAnn.

  • J.R. is kicked out of Ewing Oil by Michelle, who moves to Southfork with James. Meanwhile, Liz and Bobby wait in Malibu for Hillary Taylor's return.

  • As LeeAnn's plot against J.R. unfolds, she skips town and leaves a surprise for Michelle. Meanwhile, Carter begins to plan his revenge after being released from prison and Bobby has dreams about April.

  • LeeAnn and Michelle team up to try to break up J.R. and Vanessa. Meanwhile, Bobby learns Sheila's real name; and the verdict in the murder trial is delivered, but news from Cliff may change the outcome of the trial forever.

  • J.R. is angered when he learns that James got Cally pregnant. Meanwhile, Bobby continues on the search for Sheila Foley; Cliff proposes to Liz; and Carter is named the lead suspect in the murder investigation.

  • J.R. tries to stop the sale of Ewing Oil to LeeAnn De La Vega. Meanwhile, Cliff spirals downhill, hurting his career; James frets over his mother's engagement; and Cally delivers surprise news to J.R.

  • Bobby and Michelle travel to Odessa to find Sheila Foley and Cliff offers to help after they find a lead on her. Meanwhile, Vanessa accepts J.R.'s offer; LeeAnne De La Vega arrives in town; and Rose makes a confession.

  • Cliff, Liz, and Carter are named as suspects in the murder of Johnny Dancer. Meanwhile, Michelle offers to help Bobby find Sheila Foley; Cally confides in Vanessa; and J.R. and Clayton have a violent fight that leads Bobby to take action.

  • As Bobby continues to search for Sheila, Michelle blames Bobby for April's death. Meanwhile, James tries to find someone to take out his father; J.R. sends in a spy in the Carter's household; and Vanessa Beaumont arrives in Dallas.

  • James tries to convince Cliff to go after J.R. who is using the trouble in the McKay's marriage to his advantage. Meanwhile, after the funeral Bobby begins to hunt down Sheila and turns the blame for April's death on the greed that accompanies the oil business.

  • Back in control of Ewing Oil, J.R. sets out to get even with James, Sly, and Melinda Carlisle. Meanwhile, Bobby makes a daring attempt to rescue April from Sheila.

  • April learns that she is being held against her will by Sheila. Meanwhile, an ally turns on Bobby; and Cally visits J.R. and makes an offer that would get him released.

  • After kidnapping April, Sheila forces Bobby to act as her husband. Meanwhile, James plays a risky game of high stakes poker; Cliff and Liz's relationship continues; and J.R. rounds the other inmates up to help him in tricking Morrisey into confessing.

  • While on their honeymoon, Bobby and April face a surprise twist from Sheila Foley. Meanwhile, Cally begins to doubt her decision to work with James and J.R. tries to find a way to get himself out of the asylum.

  • J.R., after having secretly committed himself to an insane asylum in an effort to coerce Jessica into signing over to him her sharesof Weststar stock, discovers the path to her is littered with bizarre and dangerous patients. Meanwhile, James convinces Cally toconsult with a powerful divorce attorney and Cliff volunteers to help the beautiful Liz Adams run her oil company provided shespends her free time with him.

  • Cally and James are driven to vow revenge against the man they both vehemently hate -- J.R. Ewing. Aware that it was his sisterJessica who was trying to murder him, Clayton is further floored when she reveals shocking news about Dusty. Meanwhile, asuspicious Stephanie confronts J.R. about his intimate knowledge of her and McKay attempts to woo Clayton Farlow on to the WeststarOil team.

  • J.R. is at his worst as he looks to destroy his wife, tear down Cliff Barnes' career, manipulate his son's future, and protect hismother Ellie. J.R. "accidentally" creates problems between James and Michelle and, after having read her diary, perplexes Stephaniewith his intuitive advances. Meanwhile, Clayton attempts to visit Jessica in the sanitarium to understand her connection to AtticusWard.

  • Cally and James pull closer together in an effort to fend of J.R.'s evil ways. Michelle vows to strike back at the personresponsible for foiling her and April's plan for a single's club -- unaware that the culprit is a formidable force.

  • Cliff Barnes' star continues to rise in the political world -- further raising the ire of J.R. Ewing. Immersed in crushing Cliff,J.R. attempts to woo the woman behind the man -- Stephanie Rogers. Frustrated at her lack of attention from J.R., Cally growscloser to the accomodating James and April returns to her hometown to contemplate her future with - or without - Bobby.

  • Father and son come to blows when J.R. humiliates James by interceding on his behalf in a business deal. Cally and Lucy tangle withthe Stevens sisters, April and Michelle and Bobby's soul searching about his relationship with Jeanne and April reaches a painfulconclusion.

  • Bobby finds himself becoming obsessed with Pam's look-a-like Jeanne O'Brien. April laments her break-up with Bobby while J.R. andBlackie receive the shock of their lives. Meanwhile, James dodges the lustful advances of a new business partner's precociousdaughter and Michelle calls in her favor from Carter McKay.

  • A mesmerized Bobby chases after the phantom woman that could be his beloved wife Pam. J.R. resorts to a bizarre technique to enlistthe aid of legendary oil wildcatter Blackie Callahan in his quest for crude in Pride, TX. Cliff, despite being suspicious that J.R.is behind Stephanie, goes ahead with her plans to get him nominated to the independent oil regulatory commission.

  • Frustrated at just being the "man of the hour", Cliff is ripe pickings for high powered public relations expert Stephanie Rogers.The beautiful and calculating Ms. Rogers takes command of Cliff's futile political pursuits, unaware of the revenge that CarterMcKay has vowed for Barnes. Meanwhile, J.R.'s lust of oil is rejuvenated when he sets his sights on striking crude in thesupposedly dry town of Pride, TX.

  • As the investigative committee convenes, the fate of Ewing Oil rests with a troubled, but ambitious Cliff Barnes. Sensing thedemise of the Ewings, Carter McKay swoops in for the kill and offers to buy the beleaguered company. Meanwhile, J.R., remorsefulabout the potential end of the great Ewing Oil, grimly accepts responsibility for the disaster.

  • An overly honorable James ends up the victim after he puts himself in the middle of a personal collision between Cally and thephilandering J.R. Meanwhile, Bobby and April move closer to the altar and Michelle relates incriminating evidence against McKay toa surprised source.

  • April and Bobby's relationship ices over as his reunion with Kay heats up. Cally agrees with J.R. that they should put the pastbehind them -- unaware of what J.R. has in store for Alex Barton. Meanwhile, McKay weaves a devious plot to further insure Cliff'sloyalty to Weststar.

  • Cally unleashes the wrath of J.R. after she angrily confronts both him and Michelle about their supposed liason. Her confessionabout her night with Alex ignites a fury in J.R. that she has never witnessed before and she finds solace in an unlikely source -James. Meanwhile, McKay and Weststar manuever to make Ewing Oil look solely responsible for the oil spill.

  • Cally's rosy world is shattered when she spies J.R. with a familiar other woman. Distraught over J.R.'s apparent infidelity, Callyruns to Alex for comfort. Meanwhile, following in his father's philandering footsteps, James lures Michelle onto their side and anold flame of Bobby's ignites a fire when she returns to his life.

  • In the aftermath of the oil tanker collision, Ewing Oil finds itself under fire from the press, environmental groups, and CliffBarnes' investigative committee. Michelle, playing both sides of the fence, moves in with the high-riding Cliff while James,already savvy to his father's ways, does his best to coerce her into joining their side.

  • In an emotional and volatile family gathering at the Oil Baron's club, J.R.'s delight at discovering that James is his son isshort-lived upon the interruption of an even bigger bombshell.

  • Despite his arrogant attitude, new Dallasite James Richard Beaumont creates quite an impression with J.R. and other members of theEwing clan. Sensing the resolution to the mysterious key is at hand in the town of Pride, Texas, Miss Ellie shocks Clayton with anastounding move. Meanwhile, Bobby and Christopher share a "man-to-man" discussion and both J.R. and Cally are dismayed at ashocking and somewhat unwelcome visitor.

  • Carter McKay and his son Tommy have a fatal confrontation and goldigging Michelle decides to play the "Cliff vs J.R." game.Meanwhile Alex arranges for Cally to paint in an artist's loft conveniently located a floor above his place, while J.R.'s ship ofoil comes in and a mysterious intruder arrives to change his life forever.

  • Seeking revenge, Tommy McKay plants an explosive device in the unsuspecting Bobby's briefcase. At her sister April's expense,Michelle connives her way into Cliff's heart; Desperate to fulfill his secret oil contract, J.R. buys a battered and shabby tankerto transport the crude; Clayton and Ellie chase their mystery to the ramshackle town of Pride, Texas; Alex Barton sells one ofCally's paintings to an influential buyer; and Bobby sets Cliff straight as to who is in charge at Ewing Oil.

  • Having gone behind brother Bobby's back in stretching Ewing Oil's reserves too thin, J.R. frantically scrambles to secure enough oilto meet a potentially deadly deadline. Tommy continues his ruse of being rehabilitated while his counselor warns Carter McKay thathis son could be dangerous.

  • Tommy claims he's changed, while plotting revenge against Bobby; a gallery owner likes Cally's paintings; J.R. makes a risky dealbehind Bobby's back; Cliff finally finds Afton; the mysterious key sends Miss Ellie and Clayton to New England; J.R. and Michellemeet

  • A raging J.R. Ewing is consumed with vengeance after Sue Ellen blackmails him with her threatening motion picture. Battered andbruised, Cliff Barnes resumes his quest for the evasive Afton Cooper while April, in the midst of fending off threatening phonecalls, receives a surprising and unwelcome visitor.

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Actor Larry Hagman Dies

The "Dallas" and "I Dream of Jeannie" star died yesterday due to complications with throat cancer.

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