This is a must-have for any fan of the program “Dallas”. If you’re not a fan but have seen portions of the series and weren’t sure what you got from it, revisit these two seasons for maximum benefit. If you haven’t yet seen the show but are interested, this is where you start in order for the rest of it to make sense.
“Dallas” started out as a miniseries that wasn’t intended to become a thirteen-season international sensation. But even in the beginning, the quality that would span over a decade was evident. There had never been a character like J.R. Ewing. The Ewings were a television family that viewers came to love and care about, including J.R., if only to see what would happen next so we could make fun of it.
The nighttime soap showcased some of the finest acting that has ever been seen on television, but for the first two seasons, it’s primarily about introductions. Who are the Ewings? Who are the Barnes’s? What do we care? How do they relate to each other vs. the outside world? What kinds of problems do really rich, proud, compulsive capitalists have?
In these first two seasons, enjoy the production that has held up so well over the years while getting acquainted with the characters and situations that will seem so charming later as the original characters are replaced by hordes of less interesting ones.