A million miles, geographically and in tone, from the dreary drudge of Albert Square and the gritted teeth and tears of the Coronation Street cobbles, Dallas is a soap opera that brings smiles and laughs.
For those who grew up with the soap in the '80s, the show had plenty of nostalgic touches and nods to the past. Linda Gray was still tottering around as the glamourpuss Sue-Ellen and Patrick Duffy's Bobby howled "no drilling on my ranch" at regular intervals to remind us all about the central plot.
However, it is Larry Hagman's JR who unsurprisingly steals the show. Somehow managing to be utterly ridiculous and brilliantly watchable at the same time, he perfectly embodies the spirit of the show and every line he utters zings. "Bobby may not be stupid but I'm a hell of a lot smarter." "Bobby was always a fool." "Blood may be thicker than water, but oil is thicker than both."
And his eyebrows - which probably require a make-up team each - are probably worthy of their own spinoff series.
But this Dallas reboot isn't just about boosting Hagman and Duffy's pensions. There is a new generation in Southfork lead by Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing and Josh Henderson as the hilarious goatee beard-stroking, cocked eyebrow-raising, hiss-able panto villain John Ross.
The duo kick off where Bobby and JR left off, fighting over oil, women (Metcalfe has several women ready to drop their knickers and this is only episode one) and who can do the longest Next catalogue smouldering pose (Henderson wins every time).
They are joined by the frighteningly beautiful pair Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo, who play love interests that look destined to end up bed hopping more than Russell Brand at a student night.
Gonzalo's Rebecca Sutter weds Christopher at the end of the episode, but the comic over-emphasis on the fact her "parents died in a plane crash" suggests that there's more to her than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, Jordana is cast as Elena Ramos, a love interest who is currently with John Ross, but still loves Christopher. She was with Christopher and they were supposed to get married. But she got an email saying that he couldn't go through with it. Except that wasn't from him. It was from John. And now they both know. There are more layers than a tower of Mary Berry Black Forest gâteau.
Elsewhere, Bobby is battling cancer. He doesn't want his wife Ann (Brenda Strong) to know. But she does. But he doesn't know that she knows. What's she going to do? We just don't know.
The central plot is about the oil vs alternative energies, Chris vs John, Bobby v JR battle which is set up neatly in the pilot. On the surface it's a simple case of JR and John attempting to cash in on new oil reserves on Southfork, against the wishes of their family rivals. But Dallas wouldn't be Dallas without a dollop of backstabbing and twists.
JR is plotting against Bobby. John is plotting against JR. There are secret meetings in the middle of empty American football stadiums for no apparent reason.
There is a line that every TV show comes across that will make it too absurd, too camp, too ridiculous that most people back away. Dallas sees the line, jumps over it and then runs off into the distance.
And as viewers, it's impossible not to admire its chutzpah. The show sizzles like a Texas rump steak on a flame grill and grips you tight like the best soap operas should.
It's not going to win any Golden Globes, but Dallas is back and we love it. Somebody fetch us a Stetson.
Dallas will air on Channel 5 on Wednesday nights.
Watch Digital Spy's interview with the cast of Dallas below: