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When Dallas struck France in January 1981, all actors were unknown to the french audience.
Nobody had ever heard of Larry Hagman or BBG, let alone Linda or Charlene or Steve... Nobody had ever dreamt of "Jeannie" (french people were bewitched by Samantha) and Tennessee's Maggie version of Barbara on stage hardly crossed the Atlantic ocean... (Such a shame...)
Did a few fellows remember Victoria in "Earthquake" ...? Or Barbara in "Vertigo" ...? Or Jim starring in some B-movie western ? I certainly don't mean to be rude, but I strongly don't think so...
The only familiar face was the who-you-know "Man from Atlantis", which aired in France a few months before "Dallas".
However, "Dallas" was a hit at first sight. Thanxs to the actresses and actors, of course, but first, thanxs to the writing, the storylines...
A successful series is a good writing first. Period.
That's how I lived it in France too. Patrick Duffy was the only familiar face because I loved Man from Atlantis.
Dallas' writing was good. Very good.