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The hit tv show Dallas premiered in 1978 and featured one of the prominent cliffhangers in all television history. In the season finale, the beloved character J.R. was shot by a mystery character and left audiences in suspense until November 21st, 1980. The audience had to wait through a summer and an actor’s strike before they could find out just who exactly shot J.R.
The season premiere and reveal of the mystery is one of the most-watched events in television history. Around 76% of all Americans with access to a television tuned in for the premiere. Globally, 350 million people watched the big reveal. The question of who shot J.R. became so prominent, that merchandise was made and the phrase is still famous and used today.
HISTORY. (2009, November 24). Millions tune in to find out who shot J.R. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/millions-tune-in-to-find-out...