Willie, that's a well thought out answer. Maybe you don't have The Answer but what you wrote makes a lot of sense. I also agree that if it ain't broke don't fix it. I think they try to fix thing anyway because they're afraid people will get tired of it if they don't change it. That's one problem. Another problem is that with success it's human nature to tend to grow complacent and not work as hard on producing the best product possible like they did before they had reached the heights of success such as having the #1 rated show on TV. When I say I've never met anyone who likes Cliff I'm referring to all the people who I personally have known who watched Dallas (some of them watched it with me). It does depend on what one is looking for in a TV character. On this thread or even on this entire forum, we're not all looking for the same things. Bitter people just turn me off but I realize some people aren't turned off by bitter people. Some people might say Cliff's almost constant bitterness is justified. Even if I agreed that it's justified, and I don't agree, still lots of people in the world have had bad things happen to their fathers or even themselves and could have chosen to remain bitter people because of what happened, but they chose to look at the good things in life that they are thankful for and they concentrate on those things rather than dwell on the negative things that have happened to them.