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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
When I initially heard that the TNT network was planning to revisit Southfork ranch, I was more worried than I care to admit. How many shows have we seen lately that tried to reboot a previous success to somewhat disastrous results? A lot! And "Dallas" is such an iconic show that all but defined prime time soaps in the eighties (even if it began in the seventies and ended in the nineties). At its height, "Dallas" was a true cultural phenomenon and J.R. Ewing was TV's grandest villain. In the 2012 interpretation of "Dallas," the makers opted for something completely inspired. Instead of another insipid reboot, they conceived an actual sequel--a continuation of ongoing storylines as envisioned twenty years later. And the results may just surprise you. While not perfect, this new "Dallas" is deliciously entertaining and one of the year's great guilty pleasures. Bringing back Larry Hagman (J.R.), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen), and Patrick Duffy (Bobby) for leading roles really works, Ken Kercheval (Cliff) shows true promise for future storylines, and Charlene Tilton (Lucy) is amusing if somewhat underused. Of the original cast members, only poor Steve Kanaly (Ray) looks quite lost at the occasional family function where he gets one line at most. And I credit the writers for not losing track of family and heritage, there is plenty of respect paid to former patriarchs and matriarchs Miss Ellie, Jock, and even good ole Digger Barnes.

Before I convince you that this incarnation of "Dallas" is populated strictly by senior citizens, let me assure you that there is actually a sexy new cast to carry much of the plot forward. At the center of the story is J.R.'s hotheaded son John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Bobby's adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) who feels he has to earn his place in the family. Like their fathers before them, the two have a long running feud. They have a genuine difference of opinions about the future of the Ewing family, and their antagonism is further inflamed by the woman between them (Jordana Brewster). To further complicated matters, Chrisopher is married to another (Julie Gonzalo). Beyond this quartet, the classic battle about drilling Southfork is prominent but updated for a new generation. In these ten episodes, there are plenty of double-crosses, a murder or two, steamy sexcapades, and lots more fun.

The Good:
1) Hagman has lost none of his conniving brilliance!
2) The production values are glossy, the editing brisk, and the cliffhanger structure of the plotting keeps you hanging on to see what will happen next.
3) The show's most magical pair has got to be Henderson and Hagman. This father/son duo has the best dramatic moments, the most intrigue, and the show's most sizzling chemistry.

The Indifferent:
1) Brewster is appealing, but see-saws back and forth so often between the guys, it's hard to really get behind her as a strong character.
2) Metcalfe's clean energy plot line feels too vague, scripted, and convenient.
3) A number of primary characters (including Bobby's new wife Brenda Strong) still have to be defined with more screen time.

The not-so good:
1) During the show, something happens that would absolutely end Sue Ellen's gubernatorial run but it doesn't seem to faze her campaign.
2) I won't name names! But with the dazzling resurgence of Hagman, other performances feel a bit flat by comparison.

Bonus features on this 3 DVD set with all ten episodes:

(1) Southfork Legacy: Making Dallas Season 1, (2) Oil and Water: A Family Tradition featurette, (3) Back in Production behind-the-scenes feature, (4) Dressing Dallas Costume feature, (5) Who Shot JR? featurette, (6) Ewing Family Love Oak behind-the-scenes feature, (7) Pilot Commentary and (8) Deleted Scenes.

Is "Dallas" a perfect new show? Absolutely not, but it has some incredibly strong elements and lots of room to grow and expand in Season Two. Beyond that, though, it's just plain fun. So why not visit? KGHarris, 10/12.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2012
It's almost impossible to believe that 20 years after it left, Dallas has come back for a "Season 15".

And that's EXACTLY how it's treated. No silly reboot, no bring back one or two old characters to start it off and draw in fans, only to then forget about them (I'm talking to you, new 90210 and Melrose Place). The original characters are an integral part of the show, and ironically it's incredibly refreshing that they are not trying to reinvent Dallas, but continue it in a new era with an ever-so-slightly updated sensibility.

From the opening credits (the same style and song, thankfully - though not the rotating cast pictures, but I can see where that might have been TOO retro), it's clear that it's still Dallas - flashy cars, fancy clothes, some backstabbing, secrets, and assorted high-drama mayhem. Now there is a bit more of a contemporary take on the oil business - but again, it's wonderfully subtle. It's not hard to imagine that they have all been living on South Fork all these years, and we are just checking in with old friends.

Even better, as we start this 10 episode run, it seems as if more are already ordered and Season 2 will be coming. Even so, I have to say - just the first two episodes were more satisfying than the last two TV movies, combined. Dallas is back - and for fans of fun TV prime time soaps, it's filling a huge gap Housewives left and I couldn't be more happy for any show to return to the air!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
I did not know what to expect with this new edition of Dallas but I'm sure glad I watched. The whole season was excellent and the writers did a good job of delivering the excitement and suspense known to follow the Ewings. I definitely recommend the show's whole seasons to new and existing Dallas fans.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
I wasn't going to watch this show because it seemed too much like a soap opera to me based on the previews, but boy am I glad I did! This show is amazing. I love all of the people on the show and I really enjoy the premise. Having never seen the original Dallas, I wasn't sure I would be able to follow this newer version, but I have no trouble at all. I would highly recommend this show to anyone interested in watching greed, scheming, lying, backstabbing, and a whole lot of family discord. It is just a fun show and a good time all around.
My favorite character on the show is John Ross. He is very handsome and I just love his personality. I find myself rooting for him in every episode. My least favorite is Elena. I just don't like how she's portrayed...too saintly. All in all, watch Dallas!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
During the summer of 2012 cable's TNT aired "Dallas", not repeats, but a new series that is a continuation of the original CBS soap opera that ran from 1978-1991. People didn't know if the serial was going to be a hit or not as many believe (stupidly) that scripted dramas are a wave of the past and something viewers don't want to watch. "Dallas" became the highest-rated drama of 2012 beating even network shows and proved the timeless story of good vs. evil in a tight-knit Texas family who backstabs each other is still relevant today.

With three of the original cast members included (Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and most deliciously Larry Hagman as J.R.) along with a bunch of newcomers playing the sons of Bobby and J.R. (stud Jesse Metcalf (of "Passions" fame) as Christopher and Josh Henderson as John Ross, with excellent writing and direction, not to mention that timeless opening theme and music "Dallas" became the must-see TV event of 2012. TNT already has ordered 15 more shows for the summer of 2013 signalling their faith in the series.

This set will include all 10 episodes along with a slew of bonus material including "Southfork legacy: Making of Dallas-Season 1" where the cast and creators discuss having "Dallas" come back, "Back in Production" where both J.R.'s (Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson) give a tour of the first day of filming, deleted scenes, pilot commentary with writer and executive producer Cynthia Cidre and executive producer and director Michael Robin and much more.

"Dallas" it is so nice to have you back!!!!!

Of special note Steve Kanaly, Charlene Tilton and Ken Kercehevel also return this year.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
Wasn't sure It would be what the First series Dallas was but, I was so surprised with the new Cast They turned out to be Great! My friends and Family Can't wait for the new series to begin on The 28th of Jan. 2013. JR will be missed and it want be the same without him but, He would love to see his Show Go on even without his presence it will be just as Great as Before! "Dallas" the Best show on TV.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
Dallas was much better than I had expected. Love JR & BOBBY. Thought they'd only be bit players. Can not say enough. The whole cast is terrific. I feel like I did over 30 yrs ago when I first started watching Dallas. Sure miss Jim Davis & Miss Ellie. Congratulations on this show. Let me know when season 2 starts
Margaret oloughlin
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2012
I agree with the first review here. And I will add that in the second episode that young baddies are not quite so uniformly bad, nor the goodies too good. Larry Hagman is perfection itself as JR. Might have to finally buy Amazon Prime for this show as I dont use cable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2012
I can't believe DALLAS is here again and not in a reboot form but mostly a continuation from the old series. Surely we get new actors to continue the story but the old gang is also here. LARRY HAGMAN, PATRICK DUFFY, LINDA GRAY together with cameos by KEN KENCERVAL , CHARLENE TILTON and STEVE KANALY give the show what it needs. THE GLAMOUR OF THE PAST GLORY DAYS.
This dvd is spectacular. All 10 season episodes fulled with a pack of extras is all we need and season 2 is on it's way soon...

SIT BACK AND ENJOY JR'S RETURN TO GLORY...

PS.

In europe the same title is released 2 months earlier...LOL

www.amazon.co.uk
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2012
It's almost impossible to believe that 20 years after it left, Dallas has come back for a "Season 15".

And that's EXACTLY how it's treated. No silly reboot, no bring back one or two old characters to start it off and draw in fans, only to then forget about them (I'm talking to you, new 90210 and Melrose Place). The original characters are an integral part of the show, and ironically it's incredibly refreshing that they are not trying to reinvent Dallas, but continue it in a new era with an ever-so-slightly updated sensibility.

From the opening credits (the same style and song, thankfully - though not the rotating cast pictures, but I can see where that might have been TOO retro), it's clear that it's still Dallas - flashy cars, fancy clothes, some backstabbing, secrets, and assorted high-drama mayhem. Now there is a bit more of a contemporary take on the oil business - but again, it's wonderfully subtle. It's not hard to imagine that they have all been living on South Fork all these years, and we are just checking in with old friends.

Even better, as we start this 10 episode run, it seems as if more are already ordered and Season 2 will be coming. Even so, I have to say - just the first two episodes were more satisfying than the last two TV movies, combined. Dallas is back - and for fans of fun TV prime time soaps, it's filling a huge gap Housewives left and I couldn't be more happy for any show to return to the air!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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