Yep, I was glued to the T.V. That's probably the only Soap Opera I ever did get hooked on, but J.R. was so damned nasty, I just couldn't wait to see who he was going to "screw" next. (One way, or the other.) Glad you brought that up, and I have to agree, it certainly doesn't seem like 30 years!
I was hooked on Dallas from the very first episode of it's pilot 6 week season and well remember the episode and following hoop-lah of "who shot JR." The problem for me was that in September when the show returned and the shooter was to be revealed (the cliffhanger) we had been hit by Hurricane Frederick and still had no power in our area. We went 3 weeks with no power. I remember lying in the dark on the bed with a battery operated TV band radio listening to the show and, of course, had to watch it in reruns to see firsthand how it played out.
I stayed hooked throughout the show until the Dream was revealed and that so turned me off that I didn't watch it again until the last few episodes.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
I was living in Germany. It came on over there, but not until 4:00 in the morning.
We didn't have much money, and no car, and certainly no TV, so I took two buses, and a strass (streetcar) to post. We had a room full of people, and we had a party until it finally came on. This was in the day room of the barracks. The next morning the 1st Sgt came in, took one look at all of us, and said, "Oh crap, it's that JR thing right?"
Of course I was glued to Dallas. Who wouldn't be glued to a great show that showed the difference between the "good brother, Bobby" and "the villain, J.R." Someday, I would love to go to Dallas to see Southfork.