Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis. The story bible, which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was unprecedented in daytime television when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; indeed, as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor. Major writers besides Art Wallace included Malcolm Marmorstein, Sam Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles. Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, unusually adventurous music score, and broad and epic cosmos of characters and heroic adventures. Now regarded as something of a classic, it continues to enjoy an intense cult following. Although the original series ran for only five years, its scheduling as a daily daytime drama allowed it to amass more single episodes during its run than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre series produced for English-language television, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek television franchise. Only the paranormal soap opera Passions, with a total of 2,231 episodes, has more.

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TitleDark Shadows
First Air DateJune 27th, 1966
Last Air DateApril 2nd, 1971
GenresDrama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Soap
NetworkABC
Number of Seasons12 Seasons
Number of Episodes1223 Episodes
Plot Keywordsvampire, supernatural, curse, mansion, werewolf, gothic horror, mausoleum, ghost, family estate, haunted
Jonathan Frid
Jonathan Frid
Barnabas Collins
Grayson Hall
Grayson Hall
Julia Hoffman
Joan Bennett
Joan Bennett
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
David Selby
David Selby
Quentin Collins
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Maggie Evans
Lara Parker
Lara Parker
Angelique Bouchard Collins
Louis Edmonds
Louis Edmonds
Roger Collins
Thayer David
Thayer David
John Karlen
John Karlen
Willie Loomis
Roger Davis
Roger Davis
Jerry Lacy
Jerry Lacy
Jonathan Frid
Jonathan Frid
Bramwell Collins
Dennis Patrick
Dennis Patrick
Paul Stoddard