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Dark Shadows

Dark ShadowsNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 1,225 (half-hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: June 27, 1966 — April 2, 1971
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Nancy Barrett, Joan Bennett, Alexandra Isles, Louis Edmonds, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby, David Henesy, Lara Parker, and Thayer David.

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TV show description:
Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) arrives at Collinwood — the Collins family estate in Collinsport, Maine — to work as a governess for young and darkly mischievous David Collins (David Henesy).

She soon finds herself caught up in the family’s mysteries and strange events. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Joan Bennett) hasn’t left the estate since her husband disappeared 18 years ago. Elizabeth’s spoiled daughter Carolyn (Nancy Barrett) stays out all night and son Roger (David’s father) believes someone is trying to kill him.

Events take a major twist when vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is released from his chained coffin after nearly 200 years. He arrives at the estate claiming to be a distant relative from England and moves into the Old House on the property. By day, Barnabas is protected by his manservant Willie Loomis (John Karlen).

By night, he wreaks havoc on the town and ladies like Victoria, Carolyn, and waitress Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) all fall victim to his charms. Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) discovers his curse and attempts to cure him but falls in love with Barnabas as well.

Time travel is later introduced into the soap opera as are werewolves, witches, zombies, and many other supernatural plot devices.

 

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jim January 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm

DARK SHADOWS, THE ORIGINAL DAYTIME VERSION, IS MY FAVORITE TV SERIES EVER. IT WAS FANTASY AND PURE ESCAPISM FROM THE HARSHNESS OF REAL LIFE. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH. NO SEX, NO FOUL WORDS AND THE VIOLENCE WASNT AS GRAPHIC AND GROSS LIKE THEY DO IT TODAY. ANYONE COULD WATCH. THE UPDATED VERSION WITH JOHNNY DEPP WAS RUINED BY UNNECESSARY SEX SCENE, FOUL LANGUAGE AND TOO MUCH BLOOD AND GRAPHIC VIOLENCE THAT WASNT NEEDED IN THE ORIGINAL TO ENTERTAIN US. NO WONDER PEOPLE TODAY ARE MORE VULGAR, MORE VIOLENT AND OVERSEXED THAN BEFORE. TODAYS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FEEDS THIER BRAINS WITH ALL THE JUNK THEY PUT IN THEIR MOVIES, TV, SHOWS, AND MUSIC CLAIMING THAT ITS NEEDED, ART, AND FREE SPEECH. NO WONDER ARE SOCIETY CONTINUES TO GO DOWNHILL WITH THIS NO MORALS ATTITUDE.

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Cheryl Davis January 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

The original show ruled! The one with Johnny Depp sucked big time! I wish they could do a show with the original actors now as a this time series! David Shelby was my favorite actor of the show! Quentin Collins was the best looking!

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D. esquivel April 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Dark shadows is one my many favorites.I watched it all the time when I was a kid and still I can say its still my favorite, Til this day I never get tried of watching it it bring me chills down my spine, the same feels I had as a kids My favorite characters are Jonathan Frid, Joan Benette Alexandra Moltke, Kathryn Leigh Scott and John Karlen . I’m on my Collection #6 dics 4 good old days they bring me back, mmm thats a goo feeling to have

D. esquivel

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sam Interdonato July 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

I have watched the original 15 episodes of the DARK SHADOWS. I need episode 16 on..
This is from the 1960 ‘s series with Jonathan Frid.
Thanks,

Sam

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