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Who Shot JR Who shot J.R.? was a mass media-manufactured open question in 1980. In the CBS television series Dallas, the character of J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot by an unknown assailant in the final scene of its 1979-1980 season, which aired on March 21, 1980 and was entitled A House Divided. Viewers had to wait all summer, and most of the fall due to a Hollywood actors' strike, to learn whether J.R. would survive, and which of his many enemies was responsible. Security was tightened at the Lorimar studios where Dallas was filmed. During the summer of 1980, the question "Who shot J.R.?" was asked in everyday conversations across America and worldwide. T-shirts printed with such references as "Who Shot J.R.?" and "I Shot J.R.!" became common over the summer. Betting parlors worldwide took in massive amounts of money. People were placing bets as to which one of the 10 or so principal characters had actually pulled the trigger that shot J.R. A session of the Turkish parliament was suspended to allow legislators a chance to get home in time to view the Dallas episode. Ultimately, the person who pulled the trigger was revealed to be the character of Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby) in the "Who Done It?" episode which aired on November 21, 1980. Kristin was J.R.'s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger.
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Posted By: BKV
Posted by: Teresa on 2007-07-06 
oh, GOOD ONE brian!! and i was going to shoot u if u didn't tell us lol. . i had forgotten!!! why is it that we just LOVE those 'rotten to the core' characters?
Posted by: Konifur on 2007-07-07 
i preferred who shot Mr burns.
Posted by: Token on 2007-07-07 
I never watched this program.
Posted by: Sarah on 2007-07-07 
I was only 5.
But, I remember the t-shirts everyone being all weird about a tv show.

lol
Posted by: APK on 2007-08-11 
Who shot JR? Brings back memories of High School graduation and the summer of 1980. Oh to be young again!
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2007-12-18 
What was life like before video recorders.
Posted by: Carl1957 on 2009-07-08 
I remember this very well. My wife and I were avid viewers every Friday night. After Pam's dream episode, we pretty much quit watching it. Another showe we enjoyed was Falcon Crest. We never got into Knots Landing or Dynasty.
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