On this day in 1980, who shot J.R. Ewing?
Answer: On this day in 1980, 350 million people around the world tuned in to television’s primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing. J.R. had been shot on the previous season-ending episode which now stands as one of television’s most famous cliffhangers.
The plot twist inspired widespread media coverage and left America wondering “Who shot J.R.?” for the next eight months. Ultimately, the person who pulled the trigger was revealed to be Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby) in the “Who Done It?” episode which aired on November 21, 1980. Kristin was J.R.’s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger.