There seemed to be no bigger story in tv entertainment news than the "Who Shot J.R." episode of Dallas. I wasn't even a fan of Dallas, and I remember watching it. Larry Hagman was the actor who played J.R. ... heck, he even parlayed that role into BVD underwear commercials ... sure, it was a bit disturbing, but still.
Being a Philadelphia, I probably never should've watched the show Dallas ... and for the most part, I didn't. But, the show itself was a night-time soap opera, much like Dynasty at the time, and probably not all that different to Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 (although, I think those soap operas were targeted to a younger generation).
I can't truly remember, but I think this show was on Friday night, along with shows like Love Boat and Fantasy Island ... truly a TGIF (if that was in fact the case).
Luckily, this BVD commercial didn't show Hagman in his skivvies.