Sink your teeth into this. Fifty years ago today, ABC debuted the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.
Created by Dan Curtis and developed by Art Wallace, the drama centered on the lives of the wealthy Collins family. Soon, the series introduced more supernatural elements, like that of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), a 175-year-old vampire who wakes up in the present day. The cast also included Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Nancy Barrett, Thayer David, and John Karlen.
Dark Shadows began on June 27th, 1966 and ran for a staggering total of 1,245 episodes before ending in 1971. Since, the show has spawned several spin-offs and revivals, including several books, comics, an audio drama, two TV revivals, and three feature films.
Watch some clips from the series below:
What do you think? Did you watch Dark Shadows? What’s your favorite moment from the series?