The BEST Episodes of Dallas

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Network: CBS

The world's first mega-soap, and one of the most popular ever produced, Dallas had it all. Beautiful women, expensive cars, and men playing Monopoly with real buildings. Famous for one of the best cliffhangers in TV history, as the world asked "Who shot J.R.?" A slow-burner to begin with, Dallas hit its stride in the 2nd season, with long storylines and expert character development. Dallas ruled the airwaves in the 1980's.

Who Done It?

#1 - Who Done It?

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 21, 1980

Sue Ellen's fingerprints are identified on the gun that was used to shoot J.R. and she is arrested. Feeling abandoned by the family, her bail is posted by an unknown source and she seeks solace from Kristin. Bobby continues to find obstacles to him doing business. Dr Ellby puts Sue Ellen under hypnosis to try and remember what happened the night J.R. was shot. What she remembers solves the mystery of "Who Shot J.R."

star 9.25
59 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Loraine Despres
Blast from the Past

#2 - Blast from the Past

Season 9 - Episode 31 - Aired May 16, 1986

Angelica offers J.R. a deal. Sue Ellen worries over J.R.'s safety in his dealings with Angelica, a woman who's wanted for murder. Jack pulls out of the horse venture despite Clayton and Ray's disappointmeant. Tony calls Ray "dad" for the first time. J.R. sends Sue Ellen flowers and buys her a ring. Mark and Pam get married. J.R. tries to outmanoeuvre Angelica but tragedy strikes as Angelica plants bombs at Ewing Oil and in Jack's car. Meanwhile, Pam get a shock in the shower.

star 9.00
16 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Joel J. Feigenbaum, Peter Dunne
Swan Song

#3 - Swan Song

Season 8 - Episode 30 - Aired May 17, 1985

Sue Ellen gets drunk at the Ewing victory party. Donna tells Ray about her pregnancy. J.R. reassures Mandy Winger that the problem with Sue Ellen will be resolved. Jenna can't wait to get married and Bobby is confused about who he should marry. Sue Ellen assures Clayton and Miss Ellie that she stopped drinking. Mitch and Lucy remarry. Cliff considers an annulment of his marriage to Jamie. Dusty reappears. Pam tells Bobby he has to marry Jenna. J.R. asks Sue Ellen to agree to end their marriage. Bobby proposes to Pam. Jamie surprises Cliff during their conversation about annulment. Then as Bobby leaves Pams house, a car drives straight towards Pamela, Bobby pushes Pam out of the way and the car hits him. The crashes and the driver is revealed to be Katherine Wentoworth who is dead. Bobby is rushed to hospital where he dies of massive internal injuries.

star 8.73
26 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Leonard Katzman
A House Divided

#4 - A House Divided

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 21, 1980

The cartel members and J.R.'s banker are financially ruined after the nationalization of the Asian fields. Seth Stone, one of the cartel members, kills himself. J.R. moves to drive Kristin and Alan Beam out of town and he wants to put Sue Ellen back into the sanitarium. Pam and Bobby leave Dallas when Bobby learns that J.R. shut down an oil field to stop Cliff from having his portion of revenge based on an agreement between Digger and Jock which Cliff has found among Digger's papers. An unknown visitor calls on J.R. late at the office...

star 8.45
95 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Rena Down
End Game

#5 - End Game

Season 7 - Episode 30 - Aired May 18, 1984

Tension rises at the Ewing residence as the search for Miss Ellie and Jessica continues. Clayton and J.R. have a fight over Clayton's mentally unstable sister. Bobby confronts J.R. over his plotting with Jessica to stop the wedding. Cliff seeks Jordan Lee's help in getting another crew for his offshore drilling. Ellie is rescued from Jessica's clutches. Sue Ellen feels sorry for Pamela after Mark's death. Clayton and Ellie decide not to postpone the wedding, despite the recent events. Clayton tries to figure out Jessica's mental state and her motive for kidnapping Ellie. Pam learns that Jenna Wade and Bobby will be getting married. Clayton and Miss Ellie get married. Cliff is mad to learn that Pam left Dallas without saying where she's going. Ellie and Clayton go on a cruise to the Mediterranean. Katherine makes a scene during an angry exchange with Bobby. J.R. reveals the setup on the offshore drilling to a completely stunned Cliff. Edgar Randolph reappears in Dallas vowing revenge on J.R

star 8.38
26 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Arthur Bernard Lewis
Whatever Happened to Baby John? (2)

#6 - Whatever Happened to Baby John? (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 1979

Jock is set up by a hoaxer, Bobby thinks Cliff may have taken John Ross, and hunts him down. J.R gets a call from Ames and Garr claiming they have the child and demand a ransom. Pamela, Bobby and Cliff work together to find the baby, leading them to a bereaved mother.

star 8.37
40 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Camille Marchetta
The Sting

#7 - The Sting

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 20, 1989

After Miss Ellie's decision to sell Section 40 to McKay. Wendell decides to sell most of his Weststar stock to make the purchase. McKay pressures Wendell to have his son Tommy released from prison. Ray leaves Southfork and goes back to Europe. Bobby tells Tracey that problems with her dad are separate from their relationship. The sheriff from Haleyville shows up at Ewing Oil and warns J.R. Sue Ellen tells Wendell off when he proposes to her. April and Lucy uncover Casey's con game. McKay gets a phone call from Tommy. J.R. wants to be oil partners with April. Tammy questions Cliff about Jamie. McKay makes up with Tracey as they anticipate Tommy's return. Kimberly Cryder tells McKay that she's got controlling interest in Weststar. Cally shows up at Southfork and announces she's J.R.'s wife.

star 8.33
18 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Mitchel Wayne Katzman
The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

#8 - The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Season 10 - Episode 27 - Aired May 1, 1987

Bobby, Ray, and Miss Ellie sell their Ewing Oil holdings to J.R. Pam returns her 25 percent of Barnes/Wentworth to Cliff. April enjoys her new wealth and buys a restaurant. Ray shows pictures of Margaret to Jenna and Charlie. Wendell gives the Justice Department data on Ewing Oil and B.D. Calhoun. Sue Ellen uses Mandy Winger to test J.R.'s fidelity. Cliff makes a scene at Ewing Oil. Phyllis breaks down upon hearing the news that Ewing Oil is being dissolved. Just as Miss Ellie gets her hopes up for the family's future, she gets terrible news from Washington. Clayton has a violent confrontation with J.R. and is knocked unconscious.

star 8.33
15 votes
Directors: Larry Hagman
Writers: Calvin Clements Jr.
Last Tango in Dallas

#9 - Last Tango in Dallas

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1987

Bobby meets Lisa Alden. Jenna and Ray get romantically involved. Nicholas Pearce wants April's business. Dandy talks Cliff into looking for oil. Pam leaves Bobby her power of attorney for her Wentworth Industries stock. Bobby goes on a date with Lisa. Ray comes to the Oil Barons Ball with Jenna. J.R. meets Nicholas Pearce. Ray proposes to Jenna. Clayton's heart condition causes more problems.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Jerry Jameson
Writers: David Paulsen
Unchain My Heart

#10 - Unchain My Heart

Season 13 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 19, 1990

Cliff gives a television interview following the committee's decision on the tanker collision. Bobby gives April an engagement ring but then they break up over three Ewing Oil fields which April bought behind Bobby's back and then unknowingly sold to Weststar. Cliff meets public relations expert Stephanie Rogers. J.R., Cally and John Ross travel to Pride, Texas to help Miss Ellie put the town back on the oil map. Clayton remains sceptical about the new Pride venture. James and Michelle make up. Bobby warms James against doing business out of Ewing Oil offices without his knowledge. Bobby thinks he saw Pamela.

star 8.23
13 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel
The Lost Child

#11 - The Lost Child

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 1979

Sue Ellen is unhappy with her marriage to J.R. and she looks for psychiatric help. J.R. is stalling over Jock's request about Amanda. Pam has an accident- she falls down from her horse and loses her baby again. She finally tells Bobby about her hereditary disease

star 8.21
33 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Rena Down

#12 - Ewing-Gate

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 1, 1981

The pressure on J.R. and Ewing Oil increases. Sue Ellen and the Farlows make plans for her escape. Kristin demands more from J.R. Ray is offered a big deal by Punk, and makes a rash move. Leslie makes her move against J.R. with Westar. The committee make their judgement over Ewing Oil. Cliff makes a shock discovery at Southfork.

star 8.20
25 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Leonard Katzman
Goodbye, Cliff Barnes

#13 - Goodbye, Cliff Barnes

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 9, 1982

Miss Ellie has accepted Jock's death. Marilee Stone tells Cliff that J.R. used her to get Sue Ellen back. Bobby tells Pam the truth about Christopher. They fly to Los Angeles and learn that Kristin miscarried J.R.'s baby, that Farraday and Kristin were married, and that Farraday is Christopher father. Clayton comes back from vacation. J.R. and Sue Ellen plan to marry and break the news to the family. Lucy tells Muriel she was raped by Roger. Cliff feels devastated when Sue Ellen tells him she's marrying J.R. He tries to kill himself. Rebecca shows up at Southfork and tells Miss Ellie that the Ewing-Barnes feud will continue. Sue Ellen feels guilty about Cliff's suicide attempt and tells J.R. she may not be able to marry him if Cliff dies.

star 8.18
28 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Arthur Bernard Lewis
I Dream of Jeannie

#14 - I Dream of Jeannie

Season 13 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 2, 1990

A mesmerized Bobby chases after Jeanne, the woman that could be his beloved ex-wife Pam. Cliff sends a private investigator to look into Stephanie Rogers' background. James tries to get investment for the restaurant project. April and Shelley do after a business venture. J.R. meets up with Blackie Callahan at a prison. Bobby takes Cliff to meet Jeanne. J.R does Blackie a favor and they go off to find oil.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Cliff Fenneman
Writers: Lisa Siedman
Ellie Saves the Day

#15 - Ellie Saves the Day

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 30, 1979

The drilling in Asia run into serious trouble because of a typhoon and the banks demand their loan back. The Ewings are shocked to learn J.R. has mortgaged Southfork. However, the ranch has substantial oil reserves below. Will Miss Ellie allow drilling on Southfork to save Ewing Oil?

star 8.14
42 votes
Writers: Arthur Bernard Lewis, E. Michael
Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie

#16 - Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie

Season 7 - Episode 29 - Aired May 11, 1984

The Ewing family learns of Mark Graison's death. Bobby and Jenna hold off their announcement. Jenna fears that Mark's death may bring Bobby and Pam together. Pam gets a letter from Mark which reveals the real cause of the plane crash. A phone call from Dusty raises the tensions between Clayton and Jessica. Clayton tells Ray and Donna the truth about Dusty and Jessica's diary. Pam and Bobby talk about their years together and the divorce. Pam learns about the letter which Katherine wrote and which led to Pam and Bobby's divorce. Pam has a showdown with Katherine. Miss Ellie and Jessica disappear and the Ewings fear Ellie is in serious trouble.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: Gwen Arner
Writers: David Paulsen
Jock's Trial (1)

#17 - Jock's Trial (1)

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 22, 1980

Cliff is put in charge of the investigation into the possible murder on Southfork and pursues the Ewings. Miss Ellie continues to fight the park development. Digger's back, and drinking again - he's found unconscious at Cliff's. Sue Ellen turns to Bobby as she becomes further embroiled in J.R.s plan. Then she hears some devastating news.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Arthur Bernard Lewis
Country Girl

#18 - Country Girl

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 24, 1989

Miss Ellie and Clayton return from Europe and are greeted at the airport by J.R., Bobby, and Lucy. Sue Ellen shows Don her diaries and she reminisces about her sister Kristin. April warns Cliff against continuing to work at Ewing Oil. Cally complains to Miss Ellie about being mistreated by J.R. Miss Ellie takes Cally to a meeting of the Daughters of the Alamo. April tells J.R. that she doesn't want to double-cross Cliff and Bobby. Cally is happy because she reaches a truce with John Ross. Tommy McKay is interested in Cally but he gets a cold shower when he learns that she's married. John Ross tells J.R. that Cally saved his life. Tommy courts April. Miss Ellie pressures J.R. to either re-marry Cally or divorce her. Bobby senses something strange about Tommy McKay. Don Lockwood fears he knows too much about Sue Ellen to stay objective in his job. Cally tells J.R. she's pregnant. J.R. decides to marry Cally at Southfork.

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: Patrick Duffy
Writers: Arthur Bernard Lewis

#19 - Deliverance

Season 8 - Episode 29 - Aired May 10, 1985

John Ross recovers after the surgery. Miss Ellie tells J.R. he should show Cliff the new evidence in the lawsuit. Police question the suspect in Jenna's case. J.R. asks Cliff to drop the lawsuit. Bobby and Pam vow love for one another. Ray gets excited about nailing Cliff in court and Donna doesn't like it. Donna conceals her pregnancy from Ray. The suspect confesses to having murdered Marchetta. Mitch asks Lucy to move in with him. The Ewings win the case against Cliff and Jamie. J.R. promises Mandy Winger to put Sue Ellen away into "the hands of professional medical help." Jenna is released and the Ewings throw a big victory party.

star 8.09
23 votes
Directors: Nick Havinga
Writers: Peter Dunne
Showdown at San Angelo

#20 - Showdown at San Angelo

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 1981

Miss Ellie comes home but Jock is away on business. Cliff wants to leave Dallas, but Rebecca has a idea. Sue Ellen has misgivings about building a new life with Dusty. Pam becomes desperate, so Bobby investigates adoption. J.R. uses Miss Ellie to gain access to the Southern Cross Ranch and his son.

star 8.08
26 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Leonard Katzman
Judgment Day

#21 - Judgment Day

Season 13 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 12, 1990

Cliff has a battle of conscience at Digger's grave before the committee's final decision on the tanker collision. The captain of the Ewing tanker commits suicide. Michelle tells J.R that she wants to retire from the spy business, and she tells Cliff that she's been spying on him. Rose tells her husband Carter Mckay that he makes her feel lika a whore. Bobby rebuffs Mckay's offer to buy Ewing Oil. Bobby appeals to Cliff's conscience on the tanker collision. Mckay burns the videotape of Rose and Cliff in bed. J.R. tells Bobby that he takes full responsibility for Ewing Oil's seemingly inevitable fall. The committee reaches a final decision:The tanker collision was an accident.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Patrick Duffy
Writers: Amy Tebo
The Kristin Affair

#22 - The Kristin Affair

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 1979

J.R can't keep his eyes off Sue-Ellen's sister, Kristin, so he gives her a job at Ewing Oil, and moves her into the Ewing condo. Pam tells Bobby about her pregnancy, but says nothing about her disease. J.R. continues to secretly finance Cliff Barnes' election campaign, and also mortgages the Southfork Ranch for his drilling project in southeast Asia.

star 8.06
36 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Worley Thorne
Return Engagements

#23 - Return Engagements

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 20, 1979

It's Gary's birthday, and Miss Ellie is missing him terribly. She begs Lucy to find Gary through Valene. J.R. takes Kristin off for another "business trip", which doesn't go quite as planned. Meanwhile Gary shows up in Bobby's office and agrees to meet Miss Ellie, who is overjoyed.

star 8.05
41 votes
Writers: David Jacobs
The Wheeler Dealer

#24 - The Wheeler Dealer

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 14, 1980

J.R.'s Asian fields mature and the bank loans are paid off, but there's danger on the horizon. Sue Ellen is lost in an alcoholic haze. Pam is confused and needs to find out about her past. Kristin reaches the end of her tether and contacts Alan Beam. Whilst Pam, Bobby, Jock and Ellie go to see Amanda, J.R. makes a bold, dangerous move to protect his assets.

star 8.05
84 votes
Writers: Barbara Searles

#25 - Family

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 1984

J.R. is very suspicious of Jamie's intentions. The Ewings question Jamie about her family. Sue Ellen insists that Jamie stay at Southfork. Eddie Cronin comes to Lucy's defense at the place where she works. Bobby can't get over Pam, which naturally irritates J.R. Jamie feels embarrassed taking gifts from Sue Ellen and Jenna. J.R. "tests" Jamie by asking her questions about the oil business. Jenna is very happy after her first night at Southfork. Cliff gets a very attractive offer from Jeremy Wendell of Westar but Pam is not too thrilled. J.R. confronts Jamie once again and tries to buy her off. Sue Ellen meanwhile is happy to be around Jamie. J.R. wants Sue Ellen to "spy" for the family and find out whether Jamie is really a Ewing. Pam is suspicious of Westar's offer to Cliff and she questions Wendell about it. Jenna gets suspicious about whether Jamie is for real. Cliff uses Mandy Winger to find out about Wendell's intentions.

star 8.04
25 votes
Directors: Leonard Katzman
Writers: Leonard Katzman