Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.


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Complete series cast summary:
Barbara Blackburn ...
 Carolyn Stoddard / ... 12 episodes, 1991
 Willie Loomis / ... 12 episodes, 1991
 Sarah Collins 12 episodes, 1991
 Maggie Evans 12 episodes, 1991
 Dr. Julia Hoffman / ... 12 episodes, 1991
 Roger Collins / ... 12 episodes, 1991
 Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / ... 12 episodes, 1991
Julianna McCarthy ...
 Mrs. Johnson / ... 12 episodes, 1991
 Joe Haskell / ... 11 episodes, 1991
 Sheriff George Patterson / ... 11 episodes, 1991
 Joshua Collins / ... 10 episodes, 1991
 Angelíque / ... 8 episodes, 1991
 Bailiff Henry Evans / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Ellen Wheeler ...
 Phyllis Wicke 5 episodes, 1991


Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in coastal Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange, Gothic world of vampires, ghosts and a family curse that dates back centuries. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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13 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Dark Shadows Revival  »

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VHS editions that were released in the 1990s had an extended pilot episode and extended final episode. The U.S. DVD set are the aired versions. See more »


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It wasn't given a proper chance
9 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I will certainly join the critics who complain that there wasn't enough about this show that was original. I will forever wonder why Dan Curtis keeps thinking that telling the same story over again will satisfy the audience that couldn't get enough of the original series; we were hoping for some new stories.

That having been said, the revisions made to the original character relationships were a definite improvement and the program was very well cast. Jonathan Frid is a tough act to follow as Barnabas, but Ben Cross did an excellent job. As for Adrian Paul, the moment I laid eyes on him I knew he was star material. I will admit to having been disappointed that certain female characters, especially Angelique, were inadequately developed.

Another thing about this program that could have been adjusted was allowing the Collins family to have had some earlier generations in the U.S. I suspect that one of the reasons the original series ran out of ideas was the need to keep the time-traveling to discrete generations of the family and, with Barnabas having been born in the second half of the 18th century, they ran out of those rather quickly. This, of course, assumes that he could only go back as far as his original mortal life...

If you enjoyed this show anyway, check out HIGHLANDER [the series, that is]. It gives us Adrian Paul at his best with lots of historical flashbacks.

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