Dallas: The Complete First and Second Seasons
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Dallas: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
Dallas: The Complete First and Second Seasons is an American equivalent to those British miniseries about historical chapters in that country's royal monarchy. Full of family in-fighting, political intrigue crossed with personal triumph or disappointment, and plenty of sensational infidelities and betrayals, Dallas is a captivating story of a wealthy oil family's power and travails. It is also uniquely fun and daringly absurd, albeit with a straight face; this hugely successful, primetime soap opera began in the late 1970s and ran 14 seasons in all, built on a handful of primary relationships that stretch credulity but never descend into self-parody.
Not unexpectedly, Dallas begins with a Romeo and Juliet tale that instantly exposes an old feud between two families and strips the civilized veneer from several major characters. Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), youngest of three sons of independent oilman Jock Ewing (Jim Davis), arrives at the Ewing clan's Southfork ranch just outside Dallas, Texas, with a new wife, Pam Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal). Pam is the daughter of Digger Barnes (David Wayne), an old business rival of Jock's and one-time suitor of the Ewing matriarch, Eleanor (or "Miss Ellie," played by Barbara Bel Geddes). Pam's also the sister of a state senator, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), whose vendetta against the Ewings is played out in the legislature, imposing costly regulations on their business and holding committee investigations into questionable practices of company president J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). Pam's status as the newest Ewing causes an uproar in the family (besides being a Barnes, she also dated the Ewings' genial but lonely foreman, Ray Krebbs, played by Steve Kanaly) and prompts Dallas' charming villain, J.R., to make many Iago-like attempts, over the first two seasons, to drive her from Bobby's arms. Pam has a different set of problems with the other, jealous Ewing women, including J.R.'s possibly barren and alcoholic wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and teenage Lucy (Charlene Tilton), daughter of exiled Ewing son Gary (Ted Shackleford). With new and old resentments flying and everyone deeply suspicious of everyone else's motives (even the ailing Jock doesn't trust J.R.), there's plenty of drama to chew on. Still, storylines are often larger than the sum of these parts, with lots of kidnappings, marital affairs, plane crashes, and shootings ratcheting up suspense. Dallas is pure pleasure, a little guilty, perhaps, but not a sin. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The first season of "Dallas" originally aired as a CBS mini-series in the spring of 1978 and was so successful that the network picked up the show as a weekly series for the 1978-79 TV Season. The episodes that composed both that "trial-run" and first full season are contained here. The suprising thing about these early "Dallas" offerings is that, while many plot threads are stretched throughout the season, each episode is also suprisingly self-contained so that anyone stumbling across one of these randomly will still be able to follow the action. Speaking of action, it's amusing to see how many outlandish events occur in this first box set alone: two kidnappings, a hostage crisis, a plane crash and a heart attack all within the first 20 episodes. There are some missteps as when the writers throw these outsider plots into the mix, such as random characters holding the Ewing women hostage, or kidnapping Bobby. The show works best when it sticks to the back-stabbing within the world of the Ewings and the high-powered oil industry.
The acting is top-notch all around. Larry Hagman has already captured the evil but amusing essence of J.R. Ewing. Charlene Tilton gets some juicy material in the first episodes, but isn't given as many interesting things to do as the season progresses. Ken Kercheval is a delight as the impish and devious Cliff Barnes, especially during his fling with Sue-Ellen when he knows how badly it would get under J.R.'s skin.Read more ›
This set opens with newly-wed Bobby and Pam on their way to Southfork Ranch, blisfully happy with only the wise Pamela expressing concern over the fact that she's the daughter of Digger Barnes, great enemy and rival of patriarch Jock Ewing. And it gets better and better with exquisitely complex intrigues! The Ewing family, who became family to millions way back then, never disappoints.
For those who watched the complete series, it is interesting to see the character development from the very beginning. For example, Ray Krebbs is a highly unprincipled scoundrel who later became decent and honest. Sue Ellen (Swellen to JR), still a vapid beauty queen here, evolved into a graceful, mature womanhood after a long struggle with demon drink. In between, many times when discovering JR's infedilities, she slapped his face, her lower lip quivered and she said "bestid!"
The devious little Lucy, very much the delinquent, eventually chilled and unfortunately disappeared too soon from the series. Pam is the one who impresses most with her can-do attitude and sound moral principles. Others never changed much: the long-suffering Miss Ellie is good and remained so to the end, whilst the charmingly evil JR never gave up his tricks. He in fact got worse. Others include Cliff Barnes, Gary and Valene Ewing, Jenna Wade, Kristin Shepard and Donna Culver.Read more ›
It is easy to see how "Dallas" got on the air. In the very first episode, "Digger's Daughter" (April 2, 1978), Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is bringing his new bride, Pamela Barnes (Victoria Principal) home to the Ewing family ranch of Southfork. She predicts that his family is going to throw her off the ranch and we soon learn why. Once upon a time Pam's father Willard "Digger" Barnes (David Wayne) and John Ross "Jock" Ewing (Jim Davis), the patriarch of the Ewing clan, had been oil wildcatters in the great state of Texas. When they struck oil Jock too both the company and the woman they both loved, Eleanor Southworth (Barbara Bel Geddes) away from Digger.
But not only do we have the whole Romeo & Juliet thing going on with Bobby & Pam, now Juliet is from the wrong side of the track. Add to this that Juliet has a brother, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), who is the legal counsel for a government investigation gunning for Ewing Oil, and that the foreman of Southfork, Ray Krebs (Steve Kanaly) is Pam's old beau.Read more ›
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I ordered this new, but it was missing about 3 shows from season 1, Disc 2 side A repeated Disc 1 side B, so was confused. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Patti
Brings back the memories for sure. Used to watch it with my parents as a kid. Still love to see the characters and the stories that I had forgotten about.Published 23 months ago by Colin Skiffington
j'ai recu aujourd'hui le 6 janvier 2014 dallas saison 1 et 2. je l'ai recu en tres bon état. merci. je vais commandé encore dans le futur ca c'est sur! Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2014 by Patrick Richard