Sentence Examples


  • Thanks to the Who Shot J.R.? mystery that concluded the 1981 spring season of Dallas and launched the 1981 fall season, the cliffhanger quickly became a plot device in many primetime television shows and was not limited to the genre.
  • In the late 1970s, the addition of Dallas to the Friday night line up added must-see-television and cliffhanger to the lexicon of the television viewer with the 1981 "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline.
  • Evening dramas such as Dallas which gave rise to the cliffhanger ('Who Shot J.R.?') and Dynasty which gave rise to the super bitch (Alexis Carrington Colby played deliciously by Joan Collins).
  • Ratings for the show were sluggish, so the name was changed to Star Trek: Enterprise and a grand story arc was introduced with each episode ending on a cliffhanger.
  • Dallas was also responsible for introducing a plot twist that would become almost a requirement for nearly all series in the future - the season's end cliffhanger.