‘Dallas’: General Hospital

Forget Southfork and Ewing Energy. Ninety percent of this week's episode of "'Dallas," 'Guilt and Innocence" took place in the hospital. That turned out to make for a pretty dull episode, with precious little wit and wisdom. It's no coincidence that J.R.'s memory and will was barely a factor. Let's hope that next week refocuses […]

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"Dallas": "J.R.'s Masterpiece" (TNT)

‘Dallas’: J.R.’s Masterpiece Lives Up to Its Title

J.R. Ewing was many things: patriarch, schemer, lover, fighter. He was something else that is rarely acknowledged: the prototype for the modern, morally ambiguous television protagonist. There is a direct line from J.R. Ewing to Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Walter White. During the original "Dallas," the show was perceived as populist trash. "Hill Street […]

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