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An encyclopedic guide to the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows that anyone can edit.
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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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"I am a man who can't stand even the thought of violence, and the last man in the world who would have anyone near me who even contemplated the thought of it. Serenity is my favorite emotion."
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1967: Episode 218 is taped.

1968: Episode 481 is taped. Episode 477 airs on ABC.

1969: Episode 743 is taped. Episode 738 airs on ABC.

1970: Episode 1002 is taped. Episode 999 airs on ABC.

1971: House Jameson dies.

1976: Paul Kirk Giles dies.

2004: Filming is completed on the 2004 Dark Shadows pilot.

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