168 of 173 people found the following review helpful
If anybody from Warner Home Video is reading this, have you thought about the implications of releasing a 13-season DVD series at the rate of two seasons per year? This puts Season 13 being released in August of 2010! All of us Dallas fans would like to get the whole collection while the world is still using the current DVD format! Who's to say what the fast-moving rate of technology will have moved us all on to by then. If you're a fan and feel the same way, I ask you second the sentiment and lend your vote by finding this review helpful.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2006
I am excited to have another great season on the way, and I agree that they should speed up release because I love the later years and I want to see them now. Anyway, 5 is a great year, some say the best, with the year long battle for Ewing Oil, JR and Sue Ellen remarrying and then hitting the rocks again, Bobby and Pam splitting, Ellie romancing Clayton and much more, it is definitely a strong contender for most important year of the series. Starring all the same cast returning from the last year including Barbara Bel Geddes, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Susan Howard, Steve Kanaly, Ken Kercheval, Victoria Principal, and Charlene Tilton, as well as Also Starring Audrey Landers, Jared Martin, Priscilla Pointer, John Beck, and Howard Keel as Clayton Farlow, it's a very entertaining season that really holds up well even today.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2007
Dallas season 6(really season 5) is unbelievable.like some other seasons, the storylines and arcs in this season come fast and strong. I even liked this season more than season 3, which everyone seems to favor the most. But i think this is my favorite with the season before it maybe in 2nd place.The end of the previous season, everyone finds out Cliff Barnes attempted suicide partly because of being cheated by J.R.Miss Ellie tells him something to the effect of" You are a cold and unfeeling man,J.R, and as soon as BObby gets back( from California with pam, investigating christophers birth),I will dismantle you as president of Ewing OIL", and in this season opener, she does just that...Little does she know J.R, soon runs another oil business,Harwood Oil, via a pretty little thing named Holly Harwood, who at once becomes Jr's reluctant ally,and then rival. Holly plans her revenge,and has much to do with changing his and SueEllens life in a way that has reprecussions for the rest of the series.The previous seasons, you got glimpses that Pam and Bobbys marraige was headed for trouble.When Jocks will is read and announces the fight for Ewing oil, their marraige cannot survive the intense change in Bobby and the toll it takes.In some episodes Bobby is irritable and downright nasty!(around the time he and ray are following Walt Driscoll), and this is the first season Bobby resorts to J.R like tactics like blackmail, to get his way in the business world..also worth mentioning is the more prominent reintroduction ( she was introduced in a previous season as were many other characters)of Cliff and pams devious half sister Katherine Wentworth, and Prescilla Pointer as their mother, Rebecca respectively. Miss Ellie gets closer with Clayton....boring, and Cliff is an amazing actor,,,he really owns the scenes he is in and ended up as one of my favorite characters as the series progressed although i feel he was unlikeable in the early seasons.lastly, The Lucy/Mickey storyline just kills me.The writing and chemisty between is so soft, and feels so special, you almost forget you are watching two characters in a tv show...I dont want to give anything away, but they make him out to be the love of Lucys life, certainly much more of a connection than she ever had with Mitch.Their story arc culminates in a very important plot point ...Charlene Hilton(lucY) is another one that won me over this season, from the abortion storyline at the beginning of the season( she was really pregnant by the time they started shooting the season, which explains all the funny/clever ways they had her sitting down or standing behind something for the first few episodes), to the Mickey storyline, you could really see what a good actress she was, and her costar was very talented too.All the episodes are excellent, none are boring,like all dallas seasons, the last 4 or 5 episodes are especially juicy, and the season finale office confrontation between J.R and Pam is classic, I promise you will want to watch this season over and over.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2008
"Dallas", in my opinion is the best television show of all time, and this season illustrates why it is so. The stories revolve around universal and timeless themes such as the love-hate relationships among family members; the internal and external battle over the use of power for good or evil; the struggle to restore trust to tattered relationships; coming to terms with the death of a loved-one; and the hurt, fear and healing subsequent to sexual abuse. "Dallas" was never better than it was this season, aside from season 10 (which I hope will soon be released) this was the last truly great season. There has never been, and there never will be a show as thoroughly entertaining as "Dallas". Much of the success of this season can be attributed to the performances of the cast. Was there ever any other performer who possessed a character the way Larry Hagman did J.R.? Was there ever a character you loved to hate as much as you did J.R. (and at times still found yourself rooting for him)? How Larry Hagman never won an Emmy is simply beyond comprehension. Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing was nothing short of brilliant, and Barbara Bel Geddes (the only cast member to win an Emmy for her work on the show) repeatedly gave reserved, but incredibly powerful performances. Great stories and exceptional performances make "Dallas" as entertaining today as it was twenty-five years ago.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Here comes another season of J.R.'s (Larry Hagman) double-dealing ways as he attempts, this time, to wrench control of Ewing Oil from his brother and his mother. The body count rises, literally and figuratively, as the dastardly anti-hero works his machinations for his ultimate ends.
New characters are introduced that play important parts in the developing story line while other characters find themselves more embroiled in the ongoing saga of the Ewing clan.
As far as the new are concerned, prominent among those are Holly Harwood (Lois Chiles) as a reluctant ally to J.R. She finds herself initially fascinated by the oil man but soon sees the real J.R. and eventually must decide where her allegiance lies.
Mark Grayson (John Beck) becomes the "third wheel" in a love triangle that causes a rift in the seemingly unbreakable marriage of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal).
Ray's cousin, Mickey (Timothy Patrick Murphy) becomes the love interest of Lucy but, unfortunately, meets tragedy at the hands of one of the victims of J.R.'s dirty deals.
As far as the "old," Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) continues her "abused wife" ways as she remarries J.R., knowing full well his track rate for "faithfulness."
Ray (Steve Kanaly) and wife Donna (Susan Howard) have their own problems as she tries to balance marriage with an ever-rising political career.
Afton (Audrey Landers) must contend with her love for Cliff (Ken Kercheval) and his obsession with bringing down the Ewings and his love for Sue Ellen.
Lucy (Charlene Tilton) goes through divorce bangs and her burgeoning attraction to Mickey.
Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) contends with her feelings for her late husband and her determination to bring an end to the family squabbles. In addition to those, she starts to find herself attracted to another man.
Besides the regulars, recurring characters get their moment to shine in this outstanding season as well. Punk Anderson (Morgan Woodard) stands out as a worthy successor to "Jock" as the one man that can really keep the Ewing boys in line. Besides that, he's one heckuva sharp dresser in his western-styled attire.
Pam's mom, Rebecca (Priscilla Pointer), makes her presence known as she works hard to support both her daughter and son.
Harv Smithfield (George O. Petrie) as the family lawyer must volley both sides of the fence as he must deal with his loyalty to the late Jock's wishes and his friendship with Miss Ellie.
Watching the episodes back to back, one can see how the producers spent a bundle on clothing and locations. Also, the sets were more lavish than in previous seasons, with upgrades at both the Ewing home and the offices.
Acting-wise, no one can top Hagman as the devilish J.R. His lack of an Emmy win is an unexplainable travesty in the history of television.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2007
This season has all the slime from the previous 5 seasons and then some! Cliff Barnes pulls thru his suicide attempt and regains oil bigshot status, J.R. gets held captive by the Cubans, Southfork is set ablaze, Sue Ellen starts drinking again, a major character gets killed off, Lucy beds down Ray Krebbs' cousin, Pam leaves Bobby and wants a divorce, some moustachioed dork keeps hitting on Pam, Miss Ellie and Clayton Farlow are on the brink of playing footsie, Sue Ellen attempts to seduce Clayton, Bobby & Pam's son Christopher seems to cry in every scene he's in, J.R & Sue Ellen remarry and lots of shady deals and sex as Bobby and J.R. duke it out to see who wins the presidency of Ewing Oil - thanks to daddy Jock's ridiculous will.
This season is a helluva lotta fun! Keep your eyes on Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes...he pulls off some great acting here! Even though Cliff was made out to be the "loser" on DALLAS, Kercheval proves what a winner he is in the acting department...very impressive.
There's only one special feature: a featurette a little over eleven minutes long that shows the impact DALLAS had on America (and other parts of the world).
What else do you need to know? Sue Ellen has a brand new hairdo, Pam's sister Katherine puts the moves on Bobby, oil baroness Holly Harwood (pant!pant!) puts the moves on both J.R. and Bobby, the annual Ewing barbecue takes place, Donna looks great in tight pants, John Ross actually has lines to speak, a seedy J.R. associate commits suicide, Afton's hair gets bigger, and Ray Krebbs becomes the show's bigger hero, a position formerly held by Bobby.
These snippets are just a tip of the iceberg of the fun you'll have watching this box set...it's hard to break away from it! If yer a DALLAS fan you know this show is fun...so buy it awready!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2007
From memory this was the last great series of "Dallas" Season 7 started to slip down hill and get repetitious, Barbara Bel Geddes did a lot less and the storylines became more irrational. So fans should enjoy this series, which really was the top of the mountain . I do feel, however, that it is dfisappointing that after the first two box sets there have been no interviews with the actors or (better still) commentaries. The early commentaries were a hoot, where have they gone? Or did the actors feel there was nothing else to say? I would love to hear what Steve Kanaly or Charlene Tilton had to say about Timothy Patrick Murphy, the highly promising young actor who played Mickey in this series, but tragically had his life and career cut short only five years later by dying of AIDS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
Dallas is a great serie, but beware in this season (number 6) because some dvd are not well, you can not see some chapters because the dvd can not read them, the image froze and still that way forever. and another thing this season is NOT CC in english only in portuguese.
raul rodriguez abud
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2008
Season Six of "Dallas" is a show at its peak. Season Five faltered somewhat as the show tried to find its bearings after the death of Jim Davis (Jock) and a sober Sue Ellen was removed from most the main drama, speanding far too much time sitting around at a distant ranch. But with Season Six, everything hits the fan; I don't think I've had so much fun with the show as I did here.
So much happens in this season that it's impossible to encapsulate but there are many interesting stories that develop over the course of the episodes. This season is mainly known as the one when JR and Bobby fougth for control of the Ewing empire in the wake of Jock's death. This entails all kinds of scheming; for JR, that's natural, but Bobby starts to lose his own soul in his pursuit of power. Characters whom I didn't think much of at first - Lois Chiles' Holly Harlow is a bit of a dud at first - become more important by the finale.
And then there are the final four episodes in which every storyline brilliantly comes together. I am glad I didn't read many recaps beforehand because it would have given away what happens. But wow - when things happen they happen BIG. Plus, we get the added bonus of Sue Ellen going back to the bottle with the usual disastrous results.
This is definitely one season to watch again. Bravo.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2007
It's been great watching Dallas again after all these years, but just like back in the 70s/80s, the quality of the writing took a nosedive after Jim Davis' death altered the existing dynamic of the series.
With Jock Ewing gone and Bobby and J.R. fighting for control of Ewing Oil most scenes are as boring as sitting in an actual board meeting (read that as BORED meeting), though, of course, the business in the series is incredibly dumbed down for non-business viewers from anything that goes on in real life.
Even worse, Audrey Landers never could sing, and apparently it was in her contract that she could sing every few episodes she appeared in. More dead air.
I believe in later seasons Dallas gets back on track somewhat, but never again will it match the quality of seasons 1-5.
The sets are also INCREDIBLY cheap looking (and were even back then), and the women's costumes and hairstyles haven't held up as well as they have on rival series Dynasty and Falcon Crest. (The Mercedes and Porsche cars used on the series, however, are just as nice looking today as they were then, and better looking than a lot of the "aerodynamic" design cars manufactured today.)
Overall this is a season only the Dallas completist need bother with. It's a chore to watch much of the time rather than a pleasure, and breaking up Bobby and Pam was a huge mistake that went on for years to follow. It's also hard to watch Susan Howard as Donna Krebs knowing today she's affiliated with the NRA and the Republican party. Lois Chiles as Holly Harwood, on the other hand, is a real treat -- especially in the scene where she pulls the gun on J.R. in bed.