The prime-time television soap opera Dallas was the long-running addictive series from 1978 to 1991. It takes place in Dallas, Texas, and centers around the life of the elite "Ewing" family which has to deal with internal power struggles, sexual tension, and money-hungry relatives!
In total, 14 seasons and three TV movies were produced and when it comes to ratings, Dallas still is one of the most successful TV series ever. From 2012 until 2014, a reboot of Dallas went on the air on TNT with many actors, who had already been part of the original show.
Dallas will always be Larry Hagman's best role
The amazing Larry Hagman played "J.R. Ewing Jr.", the eldest son of "Jock" and "Miss Ellie" runs the company "Ewing Oil". Hagman's character does not shy away from crude methods to get his way - the only thing he is reluctant about is murder.
Most of the cast members of Dallas are still alive and kicking today, but the iconic Larry Hagman, unfortunately, passed away in 2012 from leukemia after beating throat cancer and coming through a difficult surgery in 2011.
Fun facts about Dallas:
- The character "JR Ewing" was supposed to just be a supporting character, but his popularity made him become the main character.
- That same character is the only one to appear in all 357 episodes of the series' 14 seasons.
- The series aired in more than 90 countries and was dubbed in more than 60 languages.
- Larry Hagman was not the first actor considered for the role of "JR Ewing", as the first choice was actor Robert Foxworth!