Our June cover story about the showÂ Dallas, which returns to television on TNT starting June 13, is accompanied by a little quiz. How well do you know the series that, for better and worse, defines our city to much of the world?
1. Dallas episode 58, answering the question “Who shot J.R.?,” aired November 21, 1980, and was the highest-rated episode in television history, but it fell to No. 2 in 1983. What show beat it?
2. What role did Brad Pitt play on Dallas?
3. How did Larry Hagman end up at Weatherford High School?
4. Jenna Wade, the poor girl from the ranch next door who was Bobby’s childhood sweetheart, was played by Priscilla Presley in 143 episodes, but the role was actually originated in Season 2 by an actress from Dallas’ Theatre Three. Who was she?
5. Who was the only Dallas actor to win an Emmy?
6. Who designed the interior of Southfork?
7. What member of the cast was also a Hollywood agent?
8. Dallas was a massive ratings hit in 89 foreign countries and a failure in only one. What was the country where it was a flop?
9. What Texas governor was featured in the Ewing Rodeo episode?
10. Who is the father of the actress who shot J.R.?
Highlight the Space Below This Line When You Want to Know The Answers:
1. The final episode ofÂ M.A.S.H., which was twoÂ and a half hours long andÂ aired February 28, 1983.
2. The 23-year-oldÂ unknown actor playedÂ Randy, the boyfriend of wildÂ teenager Charlie Wade, inÂ four episodes of SeasonÂ 10 (1987-88). Charlie, theÂ daughter of Jenna WadeÂ (Priscilla Presley), wasÂ played by Shalane McCallÂ in 92 episodes and wouldÂ have been 15 years old duringÂ the season she hookedÂ up with Pitt.
3. The 16-year-old HagmanÂ was expelled fromÂ Woodstock Country SchoolÂ in Woodstock, Vermont,Â when his smoking andÂ drinking resulted in a fire.Â His mother, Mary Martin,Â was touring with Annie Get Your Gun at the time, andÂ she offered to let him liveÂ with her, but he despisedÂ the iron rule of his stepfather,Â Paramount executiveÂ Richard Halliday, so in order to finish his last two yearsÂ of high school, he lived withÂ his father, WeatherfordÂ lawyer Ben Hagman, onÂ Hagman’s farm.
4. Morgan Fairchild, betterÂ known locally as Patsy AnnÂ McClenny.
5. Barbara Bel Geddes, asÂ Miss Ellie, for the 1980 two-parterÂ about breast cancerÂ in which she relived her ownÂ radical mastectomy fromÂ a decade earlier. AlthoughÂ praised by Betty Ford as aÂ television first, there hadÂ been a previous TV mastectomyÂ on The Young and the Restless in 1975.
6. The interior of the SouthforkÂ home is actually theÂ Turtle Creek mansion of oilmanÂ and arts patron BruceÂ Calder. The inside of theÂ Calder house was used forÂ the first five episodes. ThenÂ it was re-created down toÂ the slightest detail onÂ Stage 18 at the old MGMÂ Studios in Culver City,Â California, the same stageÂ where Greta Garbo did theÂ Chica Choca Rhumba,Â and where the miniaturesÂ were built for War of the Worlds, but known todayÂ as the stage where J.R.Â was shot.
7. Victoria Principal, whoseÂ business instincts alwaysÂ trumped her artistic ones.Â She was the least socialÂ member of the cast, keepingÂ to herself much of theÂ time, and once she left theÂ show in 1987, she neverÂ returned, even for guestÂ shots, until the 2004 Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork.
9. Mark White. Even thoughÂ Dallas was on the air duringÂ both terms of Bill Clements,Â he was never invited to beÂ on the show. The creatorsÂ and cast were mostlyÂ Democrats.
10. Bing Crosby.