I watched until the end, but I must admit the last two seasons were hard to watch. I actually liked season 12 even though the storylines (J.R in Haleyville, etc) were a bit silly, it was still an enjoyable show at times. When Barbara Bel Geddes left it was the biggest disappointment for me, the family feel of the show got lost.I recall someone mentioning how they stopped watching Dallas at some point. I’m curious, did you stop watching at some point? If so, when and why?
I watched it all the way through, but I haven’t seen anything past the dream season since the original run until now. I’m currently on the range war season. I’ve rewatched up to that four or five times. It certainly brought back memories. Watching these other seasons for the first time is almost like watching new episodes. I remembered general things like the range war and such, but I had forgotten details.
I’m currently on the Haleyville season. As I mentioned in another thread, I think it’s rather interesting at times, but it’s just not the old Dallas. So, you’re saying the last two seasons get even worse? Do the characters just totally lose their way?I watched until the end, but I must admit the last two seasons were hard to watch. I actually liked season 12 even though the storylines (J.R in Haleyville, etc) were a bit silly, it was still an enjoyable show at times. When Barbara Bel Geddes left it was the biggest disappointment for me, the family feel of the show got lost.
It turns into the JR & Bobby show & not in a good way, that's all I'm gonna say.I’m currently on the Haleyville season. As I mentioned in another thread, I think it’s rather interesting at times, but it’s just not the old Dallas. So, you’re saying the last two seasons get even worse? Do the characters just totally lose their way?
The new characters they bring in are absolutely woeful.I’m currently on the Haleyville season. As I mentioned in another thread, I think it’s rather interesting at times, but it’s just not the old Dallas. So, you’re saying the last two seasons get even worse? Do the characters just totally lose their way?
That pretty much sums up exactly how I felt and how I still feel and Susan's quote is absolutely correct in my opinion.
As I said above, I watched until the end. I also watched the two reunion movies in the '90s, and the TNT nuDALLAS of 2012-2014.
Although I wish most of what happened post-Bobby's shooting never happened... I was convinced back then, during the best two year period the series ever had (1982 to 1984) when DALLAS felt almost biblical, that DALLAS -- of all shows -- couldn't and wouldn't deteriorate the way it actually did.
In fact, DALLAS became almost the ultimate example of TV series deterioration, unfortunately.
But once a Lorimar executive decided in 1984 that Miss Ellie's faces were interchangeable, the Emmy winning-matriarch of the biggest drama series in global television history, then nothing was ever the same, nor could it be. It told us a virus existed somewhere behind the camera. It cast a depressive pall over the otherwise competent 1984-1985 season even before Duffy had made the decision to kill off Bobby and leave the series, as if something great had just been ruined, permanently and unnecessarily.
And that's where the show ended, at least its clarity and momentum: the arrival of a new matriarch which could not work.
From that point on, nothing was ever quite right again on DALLAS, and the fiasco just led to all the subsequent fiascos: the dream explanation, Pam's accident and her retroactive ignoring by the family, the campy wink-at-the-camera tone of the closing seasons, the forced and contrived plots for the reunion movies, the 2012 continuation series which pushed the Ewings aside so the maid's family and the new wife's ex's family could dominate.
Susan Howard once referred to it as "abuse of the audience." And after you kidnap Mama and change her face, and expect the audience to accept it (when you should have known to begin with that they couldn't) no further glaring error is unthinkable or impossible. As a result, abject absurdities became an annual event.
So the year between Bobby's shooting and his death became the series' metaphoric death. The muddled-but-fashionable dream season became, indeed, just a dream, one that tapped into the pointless, soapy zeitgeist of the mid-'80s. And then the season of Wes Parmalee became a blurry, majestically ghostly expression of DALLAS' ambivalent, mythological history: What's Real and Who's Who at the Oil Baron's Ball or anywhere else...
It's a banshee manifestation, the 1986-87 year. A séance at Southfork.
And it's the last period I can sit through. Everything after that feels like rolling a corpse down a street with a stick.
My memory of the TNT Dallas got wiped by the Time Lords!To be honest, if Dallas ever returned as any kind of continuation I'd scrap the TNT years completely and pretend it never happened.
This was actually the same for me - I was born when a popular book title hit, so I only really remember the last few seasons originally.No but then again I was late to watching Dallas. I only watched the final four seasons of the original broadcast. Still I loved it. Even with those seasons Dallas was my favorite show. It was only later when I watched it in reruns that I realized that the beginning was of course better.
While I kept watching here and there I agree 100%. I remember being up set with casting Donna Reed - just wishing they’d let Miss Ellie be off traveling the world. But by the time of the dream I felt betrayed. It was the only show I just couldn’t miss up until then. I saw Knots Landing when I could - school night and Falcon Crest when I could and watched Dynasty with my grandmother here and there but Dallas was every Friday come hell or high water until that point. I did actually think the finally was fitting. The movies were so so, more for old times shake then very good. The continuation was frustrating because it had so much potential it didn’t live up to - like an 80’s Rolls Royce, looked good but it was really crap.I started watching "Dallas" sometime during season two and I got both my parents hooked soon after. We watched together every Friday night (as well as "The Early Years" and the re-broadcast of the original mini-series) right up through the first episode of season ten. The dismissal of season nine as a dream - "none of that happened" - killed it for us. The three of us would gather around the TV Friday nights at 10 to watch "Falcon Crest" but we never watched another episode of "Dallas" together.
I did tune in to watch one of the episodes featuring Barbara Eden, a bit of stunt-casting that I couldn't resist.