There seem to be a lot of people who think that a show like Dallas was only so popular because it didn't have the competition of the types of shows we have on TV today. They say Dallas wouldn't have been successful if it had debuted this year instead of in 1978. I disagree strongly. There have been some very good TV shows over the last 10 years or so, basically from the time of Breaking Bad to now. So that's from 2008 to now. That supposedly the era of "peak television." I agree that the quality of shows in that time period was better than in the ten years prior to that, more or less. However, Breaking Bad, for instance, had 5 seasons and 62 episodes. That's approximately 12 hours (minus commercials) per season on average. In the era of Dallas, that's basically a mini-series. In fact, the 1977 miniseries Roots was aired in a period of just over a week. There were 8 episodes for a total of 12 hours (4 episodes were 2 hours and 4 were one hour). The Winds Of War was 14 hours and 40 minutes and aired in 7 episodes. So, what they call a "season" today is what we called a miniseries in the era of Dallas! Instead of running one hour a week for 10 or 12 weeks, they used to air 7 or 8 episodes within an 8 or 9 day span. They could still do that today but they think they're fooling people people into thinking it has more content because it takes two months or so to air one of these modern "seasons." Then people are expected to wait ten months for the next "season" and somehow still remember everything perfectly well. Dallas debuting today would blow people away with how much content it truly has per season since they are genuine seasons - not a mini-series stretched out over two months. People would be amazed at the intricacy and detail in the character development of Dallas if it were making its debut this year. There literally is nothing on TV today that has the depth of character development that Dallas had. Today's shows are primarily plot driven rather than character driven. The way they Dallas would gradually build the intrigue as storylines progress, without feeling compelled to give the audience the "payoff" within just a few weeks would be a breath of fresh air to the populace. People would be amazed at the emotional effect of seeing a storyline unfold over the time that they unfolded on Dallas. Imagine a show that doesn't need gratuitous sex or violence or foul language to accomplish what other shows use all three of those things to try to accomplish and still come up short! As for the subject material - it's timeless! No matter how much we may think society progresses and changes, families will never go "out of style." People won't stop having babies. People will always be able to relate to families. They'll also be be able to relate to family owned businesses, and the oil business is still as relevant as ever. I wen to high school in the 1980s and they told us that this century would not be run on oil as the 20th century was. They were wrong. We still go the gas stations to fill up our cars' gas tanks and we still need fuel to heat our homes in the winter. Maybe before the end of the century we won't be using oil, but we certainly are now. The storylines of the competition between oil companies would again be as relevant today as it was in 1978. Our economy is still based on capitalism and competition is what we use to ensure the best products and the best prices for the consumers. Competition is good! When companies get to where they have a monopoly on their industry, they're in violation of the anti-trust laws and must be broken up. Otherwise they could charge whatever they wanted to charge the consumers and they would have no choice but to pay it or go without. Apparently some people in the internet giant Amazon have paid the right people a lot of money to leave them alone and not enforce the anti-trust laws. So corruption, another big element of Dallas, is still alive and well. Of course sex and marriage are two more big elements of Dallas and again, they are just as relevant today as they were then. If anything, divorce is even more common today than it was then. As for sex appeal, the shows of today would be hard pressed to compare their casts to the cast of Dallas in terms of attractiveness and sex appeal. I don't know of an actress on TV today as beautiful as Victoria Principal was in Dallas and she wasn't the only good looking member of the cast by any means. Dallas would have more competition today than it had back then because of the massive expansion of cable TV. Still, I'm confident that it would be the most watched show on TV over the next 7 or 8 years just as it was back in the late 70s and 80s. There isn't a show on TV today that has the same level of work ethic Dallas had as far as creating 25 to 30 one hour episodes per year. When a season ended, people wouldn't have to wait 9 or 10 months to see the next season. They'd only have to wait from spring to fall and they would do so with great anticipation. Some times the more things change the more they stay the same and that certainly goes for the main elements of what made Dallas the greatest and most successful TV drama of all time and it certainly goes for the main aspects of Dallas which made people love to watch it so much!