Did You Stop Watching?

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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 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.
 

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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’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?
 

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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?
It turns into the JR & Bobby show & not in a good way, that's all I'm gonna say. :(
 

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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.

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as someone waho watched and loved Dallas from the very beginning in 1978, I have to say the final season was watching it out of loyalty only as it bore no resemblance to the show I adored

It was Dallas in name only, no heart, no soul and proof that patrick and larry werent Dallas, it was so much more than that and it was the ensemble cast who made Dallas a success, and it was a mistake to get shot of the core cast.

the rot set in with Victoria leaving, by far the biggest loss to the show - then Linda, Susan, Steve, barbara and bringing in talentless, insipid, Z listers to replace them! April, james, Michelle, Cally et al!

TNT- Dont ever consider it Dallas in any way, shape or form, like final season of original dallas - It was Dallas in name only and I did give up watching it, I couldnt bear it.
 

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You are totally right @Jimmy Todd - it was a different show after Sue Ellen left. That's a fact, it just is.

I think people do overreact about the dream though - it wasn't the worst that could happen - it's not like Bobby landed with aliens.

I thought the beginning of the dream season was very good. It crashed when Pam left Ewing Oil and the focus was on Angelica and her hat pins. They might as well have had Beatrice Lillie in the role. Now there's a lady who knows how to wield a hat pin!
 
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Angelica Nero and her goons were just like something out of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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It turns into the JR & Bobby show & not in a good way, that's all I'm gonna say. :(
I wouldn't even say it turned into a JR & Bobby show - it turned into a Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy hour. There's a difference.
 

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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, a Lance Rubin dirge that accompanies a funeral procession leading up to the burial. The muddled-but-fashionable dream season became, indeed, just a stagnant 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.

 
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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.

That pretty much sums up exactly how I felt and how I still feel and Susan's quote is absolutely correct in my opinion.
 

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No, I didn't stop watching. But the Australian network dropped it from prime time shortly after Sue Ellen left and James turned up. They finally brought it back in a late night slot. I still watched but it was a slog getting through those last two seasons.
 

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Howard wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and a woman speaking her mind on the Dallas set was frowned on (which is why VP got into trouble a lot). Every syllable Howard said was correct.
 

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To be honest, if Dallas ever returned as any kind of continuation I'd scrap the TNT years completely and pretend it never happened.
My memory of the TNT Dallas got wiped by the Time Lords!

So I honestly don't know why I bought season three of it!

David to Liberator. Teleport please!! :)

liberator.jpg
 

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I thought Clayton’s amnesia storyline was a bit underused. It just seemed like something they threw in to fill space, and then all at once, he’s back to normal. Maybe it makes a difference when one can watch back to back episodes instead of having to wait a week made it seem more real and important.
 

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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. :)
 

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The characters of J.R. and Sue Ellen were just horrific in Sue Ellen’s final years. This was their only dialog:

Sue Ellen: “Where’s John Ross?!”

JR: “Where you’ll never get him!”

Sue Ellen: “You bastard!”
 

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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. :)
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.

In hindsight, they're crap. But I can still feel some weird fondness to those last crappy seasons.
 

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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.
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.
 
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