Dallas

Common Sense Media says

Scheming, back-stabbing return to Southfork; steamy stuff.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Loyalties sway based on greed, desire for power, and longstanding family feuds. While some characters have noble intentions and act for the greater good, others manipulate every situation and person within reach to get what they want.

Positive role models

A few of the Ewings truly do want a cease fire in the family power struggle, but the majority of the characters are motivated by their own greed, scheming and blackmailing their way to the top. It's never certain which side certain players are on, which allows for some major plot twists.

Violence

Fistfights, slapping, and other scuffles are just part of the landscape for this contentious cast of characters. Many people also use guns for protection.

Sex

Simulated sex with women in underwear and men undressed from the waist up and lots of steamy make-out scenes. Some women use their sex appeal to influence men's decisions. Make-out sessions, kissing, foreplay, and fondling are fair game, and there's the potential for cheating among the characters.

Language

It's not gratuitous, but words like "hell," "damn," "son of a bitch," "a--hole," and "s--t" are used, as are put-downs like "whore."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults are often shown with a glass or bottle in their hand, and some drink to the point of intoxication. A few characters have a history of overindulgence. Drugs are used to remove characters' inhibitions and make them easier to manipulate.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this updated Dallas series picks up in present day with aging original characters  returning to their bickering, plotting ways, often through the actions of their now-grown children. With few exceptions, most of the characters are motivated by greed and power and will lie, steal, and manipulate their way to their goals, so role models are hard to come by. Steamy bedroom scenes with simulated sex under the sheets and women shown in their underwear are common, as is language like "s--t" and "hell" and some rough-up squabbles when tempers fly. This fast-paced, addictive drama series is sure to win over a lot of adult viewers, but it's not recommended for teens.

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What's the story?

J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) return to the screen in DALLAS, bringing with them all of the rivalries and betrayals that made the original series a longtime hit two decades ago. The story opens with Bobby's decision to sell Southfork Ranch to a conservation group, which angers his nephew, John Ross III (Josh Henderson), who has uncovered a new oil well during a secret dig on the land. Unable to stop the sale, John Ross rushes to the bedside of his father, J.R., and rouses him from a catatonic state by revealing Bobby's plans. In no time, J.R. schemes to undermine his brother's plans and finally take over as head of the ranch, but his plans might hit a roadblock from an unexpected source. Meanwhile, Bobby's adopted son, Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), supports his dad's wishes to protect the land from the oil drilling that has pulled the family apart, which puts him at odds with his cousin, John Ross, and John Ross' mother, Sue Ellen. But in this family, nothing's ever as it seems, and trusting the wrong person can be the biggest mistake you ever make.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sexy, seductive, and delightfully devilish, this new generation of Ewings does its forebears proud in their ploys for power (or, in a few cases, for peace). Even if this is your first introduction to this family that truly does put the "fun" in dysfunction, you'll get up to speed on the tangled family tree in no time, thanks to the show's lightening pace and razor-sharp writing. The original characters reignite their warfare as though no time has passed since the original series' end in 1991, and the newcomers file in so flawlessly, it's as if they truly have been raised in this backbiting family. With plot twists that come out of nowhere and a stunningly gorgeous cast of schemers, this is one remake that promises to live up to its parent series.

That said, the fact that this series does little to perpetuate virtuous lifestyles or positive family relationships makes it a no-no for most teens. In fact, the show does such a good job making these villainous characters enticing that it's hard to not find yourself getting wrapped up in and rooting for their schemes, regardless of the emotional fallout. Not the best message for your teens, to be sure, but it sure does make for some fun adults-only entertainment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this series portrays women. Do any of the female characters wield as much power as do the Ewing men? Why do you think the creators of this show failed to cast a female Ewing heir instead of two males? Is any woman on the show a good role model?

  • Teens: Why do you think this series was selected for an updated version? Have you seen the original? How do the two compare?

  • The original Dallas series was the first of its kind and ushered in a new kind of primetime drama. How do today's primetime shows compare to what Dallas is all about? Does this one stand out as any more or less soapy than the likes of Private Practice or Grey's Anatomy?

TV details

Cast:Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Larry Hagman
Network:TNT
Genre:Drama
Topics:Brothers and sisters
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 10 years old August 5, 2012
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9
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Great Show

Dallas is good but I watch with my parents I think kids under 14 need an adult
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byCaleb Garcia November 6, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

Dallas Is A Little Too Steamy

I was watching the show and the sex scene that I saw was extremely steamy. The scene lasted about a minute. Also, many women are shown in their underwear so expect to see that. My son was obsessed with the show and now I know why!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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