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by Jerome Weeks 25 Jun 2008

Never much liked Dallas, the TV show. Not because of any sense that it was a false representation of the city. It was just a primetime soap about the oil rich and not to my taste, even as a camp in-joke. I watched one of the first episodes (barely) and never sat through another. So […]

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Never much liked Dallas, the TV show. Not because of any sense that it was a false representation of the city. It was just a primetime soap about the oil rich and not to my taste, even as a camp in-joke. I watched one of the first episodes (barely) and never sat through another.

So naturally, my utter obliviousness to the show became a major conversational hindrance in, of all places, England. I spent the summer there, just after J.R. was shot (when I flew over, I wasn’t even aware of the season-ending cliffhanger). Once they learned where I lived, nearly every Brit I met — from Oxford dons to an elderly couple in Wales who picked me up in their ancient Mini while I was hitchhiking — peppered me with questions about the show, any speculations about the shooter, inside scoop on the actors and did I live near any of the “real” locales. In the end, the Brits often ended up explaining the show’s plot lines to me, the Dallasite.

Now, in what must seem a bit of horrendous timing (have they seen the price of oil lately? Or the president’s approval rating?), the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin has decided to re-consider/extol/wax nostalgic over the Ewings with the exhibition, “Dallas: Power and Passion on Primetime TV,” through Sept. 1. According to Jordan Breal in Texas Monthly who argues mightily, by the way, for the TV show’s shimmering historical and political significance and our need to “re-claim” it — the museum exhibition is only “semi-tongue-in-cheek.”

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