The rich Collins family of Collinsport, Maine is tormented by strange occurrences.

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 Barnabas Collins / ... (594 episodes, 1967-1971)
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 Dr. Julia Hoffman / ... (475 episodes, 1967-1971)
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 Victoria Winters / ... (423 episodes, 1966-1968)
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 Carolyn Stoddard / ... (402 episodes, 1966-1971)
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 Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / ... (389 episodes, 1966-1971)
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 Roger Collins / ... (322 episodes, 1966-1971)
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 Quentin Collins / ... (312 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Maggie Evans / ... (310 episodes, 1966-1970)
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 David Collins / ... (277 episodes, 1966-1970)
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 Angelique / ... (269 episodes, 1967-1971)
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The story of Dark Shadows begins with newly hired governess Victoria Winters arriving at Collinwood, the Collins' estate in Collinsport, Maine in search of her mysterious origins. She soon is caught up in the strange events and mysteries that seem to surround the Collins family. Eventually, the Collins' "cousin from England", Barnabas Collins, arrives and takes the show in a new direction; his vampire curse introduces a new history of the Collins family. Part of this revised history is the popular character of the witch Angelique whose jealously led to the tragic death of Barnabas' great love Josette and who placed the curse upon Barnabas. Written by Anonymous

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The character of Quentin Collins was created at the request of Jonathan Frid, who asked that a second villain be brought in to lighten his work load. See more »

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Jeremiah Collins's headstone is misspelled "Jerimiah Collins." See more »

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[repeated lines]
Dr. Julia Hoffman: Barnabas, you can't!
Barnabas Collins: I must.
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It's STILL good
24 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like many people I used to rush home from grammar school to see this Gothic soap opera. I distinctly remember being petrified of the werewolf and running out of the room when Barnabas bit somebody.

Seeing it now it's still sort of creepy. It moves very slow (of course) and the black & white seasons are extremely dull with really pathetic special effects and threadbare settings. But when the series switched to color and started to really be popular (in 1967) it really got going. The special effects improved, the settings and costumes got more elaborate and the plot lines went barreling out of control. Also they had a good cast who played all their roles seriously. That's good, because if they had camped it up or winked at the audience it would have fallen apart.

A good, fun horror soap. It's a good thing it's available on video and DVD now.


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