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Dallas 12 Seasons 1980

Season 3
4.7 out of 5 stars (174) IMDb 6.9/10

Who Shot JR? One of television's most enduring questions...and the third season finale of this landmark television series. This oil-soaked drama practically invented the season cliffhanger with an explosive ending that left the world guessing.

Starring:
Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal
Original air date:
March 21, 1980

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1. Whatever Happened to Baby John? Part 1

Sue Ellen is despondent and the family worries if she has any interest in taking care of her child. Cliff Barnes claims to be the father of John Ross and J.R. seeks the services of lawyer Alan Beam.

CC TV-NR September 21, 1979 48 minutes
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2. Whatever Happened to Baby John? Part 2

The Ewing family races to find out who has kidnapped John Ross. Bobby suspects Cliff is guilty of the deed and J.R. attempts to pay the ransom for the child.

CC TV-NR September 28, 1979 49 minutes
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3. The Silent Killer

Cliff Barnes flys his father, Digger, to Dallas to show him how he's getting even with the Ewings but Digger's sudden medical problem places a cloud over Cliff, Pam, and even Sue Ellen's new baby.

CC TV-NR October 5, 1979 48 minutes
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4. Secrets

Lucy's mother tries to re-establish some understanding with her daughter while Pamela, already depressed with the reality of the Barnes' family genetic disorder, suddenly has to cope with the news that she is pregnant.

CC TV-NR October 12, 1979 48 minutes
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5. The Kristin Affair

Kristin easily convinces J.R. to give her a summer job in his office as she openly vies for his attention and Bobby learns about Pam's pregnancy before she can make a decision about getting an abortion.

CC TV-NR October 19, 1979 48 minutes
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6. The Dove Hunt

On a hunting trip in Louisiana, Jock finds himself the target of revenge from a man he doesn't even remember and at home Ellie is afraid that she might be facing surgery.

CC TV-NR October 26, 1979 48 minutes
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7. The Lost Child

Bobby finds himself getting attached to Luke Middens, the young son of one of the hired hands, which only makes Pam's efforts to tell Bobby the truth about their unborn child even more difficult. Eventually she is forced to confess.

CC TV-NR November 2, 1979 48 minutes
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8. Rodeo

At the annual Ewing sponsored rodeo, Sue Ellen finds herself drawn to Dusty Farlow, a cowboy participant, and Digger Barnes holds good on his threat to see "his" grandson while J.R. and Kristin have a little game plan all their own.

CC TV-NR November 9, 1979 48 minutes
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9. Mastectomy Part 1

Ellie is afraid to tell Jock about the lump in her breast after he reveals he was married before and left his first wife when she became mentally ill, so Ellie is afraid Jock will leave her also if the lump requires a mastectomy.

CC TV-NR November 16, 1979 48 minutes
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10. Mastectomy Part 2

Ellie does require a mastectomy and Lucy reacts by avoiding her grandmother as she fears getting cancer herself. Sue Ellen seeks solace by getting involved with Dusty Farlow and Jock realizes how much he loves his wife.

CC TV-NR November 16, 1979 47 minutes
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11. The Heiress

Lucy decides that Alan Beam is the man for her after she witnesses him standing up to J.R. without knowing it was a fight staged by the two of them to further convince Cliff Barnes of Beam's loyalty.

CC TV-NR November 23, 1979 48 minutes
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12. Ellie Saves The Day

J.R. is caught from all sides when a typhoon delays the oil drilling in Asia as his bank loan becomes due, then Bobby discovers that J.R. has mortgaged Southfork ranch and he is forced to tell Jock and Ellie that they may lose everything.

CC TV-NR November 30, 1979 48 minutes
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13. Mother of the Year

Sue Ellen's avoidance of her own baby becomes a source of conflict between her and J.R., and between Bobby and Pam, who have begun to think of the child as her own.

CC TV-NR December 14, 1979 48 minutes
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14. Return Engagements

Ellie's sadness on the occasion of the birthday of Gary, her missing son, quickly changes to jubilation when she learns he and Valene are both back in Dallas and plan to be re-married.

CC TV-NR December 20, 1979 48 minutes
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15. Love and Marriage

J.R. decides that bringing Bobby back into Ewing Oil is the best way to keep Jock out of the office and J.R. also aims to get Pam a promotion to keep Bobby's mind off anything but his troubled marriage.

CC TV-NR December 21, 1979 48 minutes
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16. Power Play

Alan Beam's "romance" with Lucy is discovered by Kristin who believes once J.R. knows about it he will quickly get rid of the ambitious young lawyer but J.R. fools everyone by encouraging Alan to follow through with his plan to marry Lucy.

CC TV-NR January 4, 1980 48 minutes
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17. Paternity Suit

After Cliff Barnes announces he is quitting the race for Congress, Digger returns to the bottle and drunkenly tells a reporter that Cliff is really the father of Sue Ellen's baby.

CC TV-NR January 11, 1980 48 minutes
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18. Jenna's Return

Sue Ellen actively sees Dusty, Pam leaves town and an angry husband who runs into Jenna, an old girl friend, while Ray ponders if he and Donna have anything in common besides their love.

CC TV-NR January 18, 1980 48 minutes
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19. Sue Ellen's Choice

Sue Ellen is being pressured by Dusty to leave J.R., Pam and Bobby's marriage continues to strain towards the breaking point and Donna makes a last attempt to get Ray to change his mind about marriage.

CC TV-NR February 1, 1980 48 minutes
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20. Second Thoughts

J.R. pushes Alan Beam to pressure Lucy into setting a wedding date so they'll move to Chicago but Jock messes up J.R.'s plans by securing for Alan a law partnership in Dallas.

CC TV-NR February 8, 1980 48 minutes
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21. Divorce - Ewing Style

Sue Ellen takes great pains to appear the perfect wife and mother in preparation for her divorce action but when J.R. realizes what she is planning, he decides to take a strong counterattack.

CC TV-NR February 15, 1980 48 minutes
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22. Jock's Trial Part 1

As a new assistant district attorney, Cliff Barnes jumps at the chance to work on the investigation of the body found at Southfork, obviously murdered many years ago, while Sue Ellen fights to convince the family that she is not drinking again.

CC TV-NR February 22, 1980 48 minutes
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23. Jock's Trial Part 2

While Jock faces his murder trial, other family members are distracted with their own problems, as Sue Ellen drinks to forget Dusty's death, Pam watches Digger slowly deteriorate in a hospital, and J.R. fears his testimony will incriminate his father.

CC TV-NR February 29, 1980 48 minutes
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24. The Wheeler Dealer

With most of the family visiting Jock's first wife in a Colorado sanitarium, J.R. uses the time to try to set up an even bigger oil deal with the now profitable Asian wells, while Sue Ellen and Pam deal with their separate grieves in very different ways.

CC TV-NR March 14, 1980 48 minutes
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25. A House Divided

J.R.'s selling of the Asian oil leases before news of the fields' nationalization is made public wipes out the fortunes of Ewing Oil's former business associates and also creates untold havoc within the family.

CC TV-NR March 21, 1980 48 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama
Starring Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal
Supporting actors Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Jim Davis, Barbara Bel Geddes, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly, Charlene Tilton
Season year 1980
Network Warner Bros.
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Finally, Dallas Season 3 has arrived on DVD and it is a pleasure to own. This is the season where everything started to fall in to place ... and you can definitely feel the shift in pace from the pilot and first season DVD. Dont get me wrong, the first DVD is still a treat to watch, but it is patchy in parts, whereas this new season brings high quality episodes again and again. Larry Hagman is simply brilliant as his role of JR continues to evolve just as the other characters do. We also see the pain that plagues Bobby and Pam as they come to the realisation they will never have children. And who can forget the late Barbara Bel Geddes as the ever loving Ms Elley? Barbara brought 100% class to this show.

As another reviewer stated, this season wasn't really the season that the world anticipated ... it was actually the next season because people were desperate to learn the killer's identity. Still, this season has plenty of action in the build up to JR being shot - everyone hated him and you were left wondering who could have done it. This season was the very first soap to introduce a cliffhanger which captured the world. But interesting to note, the JR cliffhanger was not the originally intended cliffhanger for this season. Extra episodes were produced because of the show's incredible popularity, so there was a last minute decision not to go with the original cliffhanger of Jock being put on trial for murder (about four episodes before JR got shot).

DVD FEATURES: The episodes have had some clean-up done, but alot of dirt and softness in still evident - but considering the age it has to be expected. There are two episodes with commentary from Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.
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"Dallas's" place in television history is cemented and Larry Hagman's "J.R. Ewing" ranks as one of the medium's most despicable yet captivating characters. That said, the third season (actually the SECOND full one) has more to tout than Mary Martin's son and the cliffhanger-to-end-all-cliffhangers, "A House Divided".

This is the season that introduced Mary Crosby's wickedly alluring "Kristen Sheppard". The role had been originated by Coleen Camp in two earlier episodes but Bing's daughter made it her own, assuring her place in the annuls of television crime with an episode that would premiere in the following season. Also on hand is Martha Scott as Sue Ellen's mother. Scott had a lengthy Hollywood career and is best remembered for her motherly roles, having played Charlton Heston's mom twice in both The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur.

This is also the year that Gary Shackleford took over as "Gary Ewing," the estranged son that would later be the star of the "Dallas" spinoff "Knots Landing," also starring Joan Van Ark ("Valene Ewing").

"Dallas" also featured a variety of supporting players, culled from some longstanding character actors, that added to the success of the series. Dennis Patrick ("Vaughn Leland"), George Petrie ("Harve Smithfield"), veteran Morgan Woodard ("Punk Anderson"), movie legend Keenan Wynn ("Digger Barnes") and even Marlon Brando's sister Jocelyn ("Mrs. Reeves") are colorful additions to the "Dallas" gallery.

In addition, season three introduced Jared Martin as "Dusty Farlow," the true love of Sue Ellen's life, as well as the fictional son of future cast member Howard Keel.
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Nominated for 18 Emmys and 15 Golden Globes in its thirteen season run, Dallas is the epitome of the prime-time drama/soap opera genre. Premiering in 1978 as a five part mini-series, the show combines the usual sex and innuendo of classic afternoon soap operas with the freewheeling adventure of Texas wildcats and filthy rich capitalist oil barons. The combination of business dealings and rampant affairs tested well with both the male and female demographic, prompting CBS to make Dallas a regular part of its prime-time lineup. The result was one of the most successful television shows in history. In fact, the so-called 'Who shot J.R.?" episode ("A House Divided" Air Date: 3-21-1980) still reigns as the second most watched TV show in history (the season finale of MASH is #1). With one of most memorable characters ever created (the man everybody loves to hate), it's no surprise that Dallas held the #1 or #2 spot in the Nielsen ratings for most of the 1980s...

Dallas spent most of its television life in the Friday night time slot following the successful CBS series, The Dukes Of Hazzard. Creator David Jacobs originally intended to create a series around a poor Texas girl, Pam Barnes (Victoria Principal), who marries into a wealthy family (The Ewings) with whom her family has been feuding for decades. The first five episodes mostly center around the family discord faced by Pam and her husband Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) as they attempt to bring their families to a truce. But it soon became apparent to producers of the show that Bobby's scoundrel of a brother, Ewing Oil President J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), would be the true star of the show. Son of Ewing Oil founder Jock Ewing (Jim Davis) and his wife Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), J.R.
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