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A Legacy Spanning 50 Years
Dark Shadows, the first gothic soap opera, originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series was created by Dan Curtis and became hugely popular with the introduction of vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid. During its run of 1,225 episodes, it featured nearly every major gothic, horror and fantasy plot element and theme including ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, grave robbings, curses, possession, seances, reincarnation, satanic cults, time travel and a parallel universe. Although the original series ran for only five years, its scheduling as a daily daytime drama allowed it to amass more single episodes than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre series produced for English-language television. Now regarded as something of a classic, it continues to enjoy an intense cult following. The series has also spawned three feature length films, a 1991 revival series and a range of novels, comics and audio dramas. Most notably, in 2012, director and long time fan of the show, Tim Burton released a film adaption starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins.
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"In a way, you can compare the pyramids to this house. Both were built to support an ego and perpetuate a memory, but both merely survived as architectural feats."
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1940: Donald Briscoe is born.

1967: Episode 201 is taped. Episode 191 airs on ABC.

1968: Episode 457 is taped. Episode 453 airs on ABC.

1969: Episode 719 is taped. Episode 714 airs on ABC.

1970: Episode 988 is taped. Episode 975 airs on ABC.

1991: Volumes 61, 62, 63 and 64 of the original Dark Shadows are released on VHS by MPI.

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  • Janainlasvegas

    Hi, I just finished watching all of "The Beginning" episodes on Amazon Video. I started the new series (on Amazon) that is in color and at the Old House (with Josette). I loved the beautiful black an…

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  • ChuckLivid

    Episode 149 Found?!?

    October 25, 2017 by ChuckLivid

    Long time creeper first time poster ;)

    So this popped up on my Dark Shadows google alerts right now.  Lost studio copy of episode 149? The seller's in my same town I kind of want to see it but I can't…

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    December 22, 2016 by Morlock-rising

    Gosh... why did this person keep editing my personal addtive editorials to Dark Shadows? Hmm...well... maybe it's because you rely on BS culty J.W. behaviour and some of us are well grounded, solid GEEK…

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  • BlueWhaleCustomer

    Decades TV is playing Dark Shadows all weekend long! It started at 1 pm EST with Episode 251.

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