Television: The Big House on the Prairie

The seven deadly sins make Dallas No. 6 in the ratings

Not long ago, Big Jock Ewing looked down his long dining room table and said to his wife, "This family's falling apart. I tell you, it's falling apart." What Jock was complaining about was that there were some empty seats at the table.

But actually, as millions of viewers knew, things were perfectly normal at the Southfork Ranch: J.R., the eldest son, was in Washington with his newest mistress, and J.R.'s wife, Sue Ellen, was bedding down with her sister-in-law's brother. In short, just...

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