When I look back at Dallas, I'm amazed at what a remarkably good job they did in creating episodes as good as they did for as long as they did. The quality did drop off starting in the dream season, but I'm very glad they continued as long as they possibly could. I know some have said they wish that Dallas had ended as much as six years earlier than it did. I'd much rather be in a situation where I can choose to keep continuing to watch or choose to stop watching a show, than be in a situation where I have no choice - where I have to stop watching because they quit making a show. That way I can watch a show for as long as I continue to enjoy it. I'm generally against recasts on principle. I think they're cheap. The Miss Ellie recast was unfortunate in that it had to happen at all, but it was just one season while the original actress was regaining her health and then she returned, so it didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the show a whole lot.