“Who shot J.R.?”
If you don’t know what that phrase is referencing, we suggest you do a little studying up on ye olde 80s blog before reading any further.
J.R. Ewing may be the decade’s most famous murder victim…and it’s with good reason, because Dallas was lighting up all of our parents’ television screens on Friday nights. In fact it was the #1 show in all the land in 1980, 1981, and 1983…and #2 in 1982 and 1984.
If you aren’t familiar with the tale, we basically have a modern-day Romeo and Juliet thing going on. All Bobby Ewing wanted to do was marry Pamela Barnes. However, their respective families were bitter rivals and completely against that, and thus, you have the driving storyline for what was one of the 80s most popular soap operas.
In fact, the famous cliffhanger episode that left us all with the burning questions of, “Who really did shoot J.R.?!” is still, to this day, the second highest rated prime time telecast EVER.
The show also brought us the dreaded “dream season.” Back in 1985 the producers and directors of Dallas thought it would be a great idea to have all of season 9 season turn out to be nothing but a dream of good ol’ Pamela.
Because that’s always fun! Waste an entire season on a not-true story line?! Why not!?
Naturally, the vast majority of the audience was disappointed and felt completely cheated by the return of Bobby Ewing standing in the shower, even though it does hold the swaggy title of “the most famous shower scene since Psycho.“ He was supposed to be roadkill, right? Except he wasn’t. He was standing right there in the shower, and the whole season was a flippin’ dream!
Dallas never returned to be the ratings giant it once was, despite continuing on for another four seasons, but the heyday it had in the 80s… well, it was hard to beat, and that, my 80s lovers, is why…
We ♥ Dallas.