Dynasty knew it was a joke and played up the fantasy of it all, Dallas tried to make it seem real, especially with the Ewings, JR and his Daddy, Bobby and Pam...Dynasty always felt like it was what gay men wanted Dallas to be, hence its shallowness, cat fights and campy tone.
Comparing Dallas with Dynasty is unfair. They are as different as night and day. Although Dallas was considered the best written of the two and best acted Dynasty is still my favourite show. For even when it was terrible which it was a
The scene with Sable and the gun was just riveting this week, great acting and real thought went into it. But it's a HUGE shame, a travesty that Dynasty didnt go down this road for the duration of its life. But I do wonder if the campness of Dynasty and OTT storylines is what actually kept it going? But Dynasty's popularity as an OTT drama ruined the genre and made it into a joke to which it is still recovering from.
If Dynasty had not had its popularity with outragous plots I do wonder if we would have seen Miss Ellie recast, Jack posing a Marinos, Angelica Nero and Bobby returning from the dead.
Dynasty seemed to set a benchmark for what the public would accept and Dallas producers appeared to think if the public will buy poison paint and Moldavian weddings then they will buy a season being wiped out as a dream.
As Dynasty redeemed itself as it took its final breath, Dallas had a slow lingering death.
John Forsythe, Joan Collins, Pamela Sue Martin and Gordon Thomson were the standout performers but Linda Evans was actually quite good in season one (honest!) as were Al Corley, Bo Hopkins and Pamela Bellwood. Stephanie Beacham was excellent in season nine.
Dallas was indeed a better acted show overall, but to be fair to (some of) the Dynasty cast they were often hampered by unnatural and stiff direction, stilted and wooden dialogue, nonsensical or nonexistent character motivation, weak and characterization in the scripts, the writers total disregard for logic and coherence and the producers belief that "The Look" of the show was more important than good acting/scripting. Yes, various members of the cast were just bad actors, but there was some talent there. Dallas had one or two bad actors itself, Charlene Tilton being the most obvious example.
Dynasty's worst moment? That's difficult because there are so many to choose from but I'd go with the triple punch of the Moldavia massacre resolution/Rita story/Emma Samms' introduction as Faux Fallon into the show. All 3 happened at pretty much the same time and helped kill Dynasty's reputation and positive buzz (in truth Dynasty had been progressively awful for years, but the media had remained on their side. Not anymore) Maybe these "stories" weren't quite the final 3 nails in the coffin, but at the very least were the three knockout punches that left them bruised, damaged and staggering about trying but failing to get back on their feet.