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An amazing piece of television history that ushered in one of my favorite TV trends :wub:

If not for finals coming up, I'd totally camp out in front of a DVD/YouTube marathon of Dallas, Knots, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, and Flamingo Road today.

Dallas was my 1st soap, my 1st real soap (not counting SOAP) . I was just shocked to read it was the 30 anniversary, because I remember being hooked like it was yesterday. I don't think there were season cliffhangers before Dallas. Shows just ended their year with episodes like any other. Now, every show it seems has a hook to make you come back.

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I thought this thread was about Luke and Laura before opening it

I did, too! :lol:

Aaaaaah... Who Shot J.R.? God, all of Season 3 (per DVD count), including that cliffhanger, was just brilliant. The resolution perhaps not so much, but still an awesome, unforgettable moment in TV (and soap) history.

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So wait,

Luke/Laura > Who Shoot JR?

???

That's a difficult one for me; I thought that since we often discuss daytime soaps in the DTS, that of course Luke/Laura would be the biggest moment for daytime. "Who Shot JR?" is the biggest moment in primetime dramas, and perhaps for primetime in general.

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IMO, "Who Shot J.R.?" was an interesting premise that also was at least five years too early. What good is shooting and possibly killing a man, after all, if (again, IMO) what he did in the years following the incident was far more deserving of the bullet(s) than what he did before? Yes, the shooting brought the show into the public consciousness, but so could have any number of jaw-dropping cliffhangers.

Furthermore, I felt the resolution was weak for two reasons: 1) the culprit should've been someone much, much more integral to the show than Kristin; and 2) the fallout was practically nonexistent. What should have fueled an entire season's worth of story, replete w/ courtroom trials, big revelations and massive shake-ups both within Ewing Oil and at Southfork Ranch, ended up being resolved and forgotten in a half-dozen episodes. That isn't how you do soap opera, if you ask me.

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Furthermore, I felt the resolution was weak for two reasons: 1) the culprit should've been someone much, much more integral to the show than Kristin; and 2) the fallout was practically nonexistent. What should have fueled an entire season's worth of story, replete w/ courtroom trials, big revelations and massive shake-ups both within Ewing Oil and at Southfork Ranch, ended up being resolved and forgotten in a half-dozen episodes. That isn't how you do soap opera, if you ask me.

well, what they did though was bring her back to introduce Christopher, and he provided story for years. But yeah, Kristin herself was hurried away.

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