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J.R. Ewing's oil - 1978 to 1991
J.R. Ewing's oil - 1978 to 1991
  • Cost of oil in 1980: $39.80/barrel
  • 2008 inflation adj. cost: $103.76/barrel
  • Actual 2008 cost: $135/barrel
  • Never mind who shot J.R. How much money was that back-stabbing tycoon making from all that oil? Remember - the "Dallas" era was about big cars and high-flying gas prices...sound familiar?

    In March of 1980, when J.R. Ewing was building his evil empire, the bull market drove oil up to $39.80 per barrel, according to Peter Beutel, energy analyst for Cameron Hanover. That translates to $103.76 in 2008 dollars, which still falls short of the $135-a-barrel record highs achieved this week.

    Later in 1986, oil crashed to $9.75 a barrel, which would be $19.11 today. "That basically would have taken him from being king of the hill to being really hurt badly," said Beutel.

    But maybe J.R. woke up the next day and realized it was all a dream.

    NEXT: Vacation - 1983

    Last updated May 23 2008: 3:58 PM ET