Ewing Oil
Ewing Oil

We're thrilled that the black-gold empire that kept Dallas' Ewing family flush from 1978 until 1991 returned to the small screen in 2012: Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing would be right up there with Gordon Gekko under "evil empire boss" in any pop-culture encyclopedia. Pub trivia buffs, take note: The 1980 episode that answered the question "Who Shot J.R?" still holds the second-highest ranking (behind only the M.A.S.H. finale) of the most-watched TV episode ever.


By Daryna Tobey, contributor - Last updated July 27 2012: 9:38 AM ET