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Old 11-24-2012, 10:14 AM   #21
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Obgyn, Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991, I'm pretty sure in the 10:00 EST time slot. It wasn't exactly a family show. You were probably sleeping or doing homework wherever you lived while that was on (I know my kids were, who I think are just a few years younger than you, and who would have been bored to death with it anyway. Although DH and I enjoyed it).
Growing up in an upper-middle class single TV household, I was forced to watch Dallas with my parents when I was bored. Although, having spent a bit of time w/ my grandparents, you could say that my interests and maturity level weren't like my peers. As such, I appreciated some of the shows, and remember the big hooplah over "who shot JR", and the various other cliff-hangers they introduced.


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However, over thanksgiving I stayed home and I have tried to immerse myself more in the US popular culture by watching "Divorce Court" , "Judge Judy" and the "Maury show". Also watched some football as I am learning the rules. As you can see, I am trying to make some progress. :-)
As others have suggested, you're going from one extreme (keeping clean from the mind-numbing idiocy on the airwaves) to the other extreme (jumping into the deep end). Just promise that you'll sample some other quality shows before immediately writing us off as a completely hopeless nation....there is a shred of hope left!
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:23 AM   #22
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DW and I used to have Dallas watch parties with our neighbors back in the early 80s. Very sorry to see Larry pass, we enjoyed him immensely.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:34 AM   #23
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To better understand this crowd, I might suggest the following TV shows. Well, these are some of my old favorites anyway!

- Andy Griffith Show
- Mary Tyler Moore Show
- Sonny and Cher Variety Hour
- Leave it to Beaver
- All in the Family
- Happy Days
- The Honeymooners
- Taxi
- Sienfeld
- WKRP in Cincinnati
- Cheers
I watched many of the Dallas episodes - always loves how devious JR was. Watched most of the shows Purron lists also.
I remember watching "Lost in Space" as a kid. Man I wanted that robot real bad......Danger, Danger Will Robertson!! Just shoot Mr. Smith already.
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No Twinkies and no Dallas for me. Now, Jeannie was a different story entirely.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:47 AM   #25
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I enjoyed him most in I Dream of Jeannie.

Dallas was hugely popular in Europe. When my brother visited with his Austrian girlfriend, the first question her parents asked was "So who shot JR?"
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Growing up in an upper-middle class single TV household, I was forced to watch Dallas with my parents when I was bored. Although, having spent a bit of time w/ my grandparents, you could say that my interests and maturity level weren't like my peers. As such, I appreciated some of the shows, and remember the big hooplah over "who shot JR", and the various other cliff-hangers they introduced.(snip)
I'm another who didn't watch Dallas either during the original broadcasts or in re-runs. But I do remember the hooplah over who shot JR. Wasn't that the first season-ending cliffhanger episode in network TV?
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Am I the only one here who has never watched a single episode of "Dallas" ?
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I almost never missed a show when it was on. (Have them all on DVD's now) JR (Hagman) made the show.
I watched the first few years of the show, but probably being an odd ball, I was a big fan of its spin off "Knots Landing", and never missed an episode of it. Oddly enough, Knots Landing lasted longer than the original Dallas did.
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I'd also add Mr. Ed too . One of my favorite episodes was the one with Clint Eastwood when he pays Wilbur a visit thinking Wilbur is a crank caller.
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On our way back from MO yesterday, we heard about his death. I hear folks are leaving flowers at Southfork Ranch. It's only five minutes from our house...I really should go there and take a few pics. However, my hiney is still worn out from our trip.

Maybe tomorrow.

...and yes, I watched Dallas. Loved it.
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Those are part of the culture you could leave off...
Aw, c'mon guys. Judge Judy is a scream!

Her Honor is the epitome of an "in your face" Noo Yawk woman. Hmmmm....why does that sound soooo familiar ?

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