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DALLAS: what made it stand out above the other soaps?

Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by ArchieLucasCarringtonEwing1989, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. southfork88

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    I Remember Mama ...

    Ma' Ingalls vs. Miss Ellie ... from the Old West !

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    Something about the style, the overall look of Ma Ingalls reminds me a just a little bit of Ray's family in Kansas. Lily Trotter looked like she could have been a next door neighbor of Ma Ingalls. Do you know if Little House On The Prairie was set in Kansas by any chance?
     
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    I watched "Candy, Candy" as a child. I think it's from the 1980s...
    Just checked it up. It's from 1981 and it's a Japanese show. I watched it almost 10 years later than that though.

    Of course. "Gone With The Wind" (1939) is my favorite movie too. :)
    I was so happy when I was able to watch it at the cinema 3 years ago.

    Nope, Walnut Grove is located in Minnesota and you know what's really amazing. It's an actual town and so is Springfield and Sleepy Eye that are also mentioned on the show.
     
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    Candy Candy from Chicago (Illinois) vs. Lucy Ewing from Dallas (Texas).

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    That's great! We both have the same favorite movie :)
     
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    Let's look at the Ingalls family (Minnesota), the Trotter family (Kansas) and the Krebbs family (Texas).

    On Little House on the Prairie, they showed the Ingalls family enjoying and appreciating what little they had. They believed the secret to happiness was hard work and a loving family. And this is very much a Minnesota perspective, along with much of the American Midwest, including the Trotter home of Kansas.

    Now, compare this to Texas where Ray wanted to bring Mickey. In Texas there is this feeling that good things, along with money, are out there and all you need to do is go out and get it. Look at Ray. Even before we knew he was Jock's son, you could sense that things would only get better for Ray. Southfork would continue to prosper, Ray would continue as ranch foreman, and things would only get better. A kid like Mickey could start out on Southfork and work his way up to doing whatever he wanted to do.

    To the title of this thread, what made Dallas stand apart from other shows (from the point of view from somebody who lives here) is that they captured the "feel" of the area where the series was set. They captured the "feel" of Dallas and the state of Texas.
     
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    The term "soap opera" has come to synonymous with "serial", meaning that it has continuous storylines, but, in a broader sense, the same plots could be set in almost any genre. Put them in space suits and it's suddenly science fiction.
     
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