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Dark Shadows 

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

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Dan Curtis
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jonathan Frid ...  Barnabas Collins / ... 594 episodes, 1967-1971
Grayson Hall ...  Dr. Julia Hoffman / ... 475 episodes, 1967-1971
Alexandra Isles ...  Victoria Winters / ... 425 episodes, 1966-1968
Nancy Barrett ...  Carolyn Stoddard / ... 402 episodes, 1966-1971
Joan Bennett ...  Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / ... 391 episodes, 1966-1971
Louis Edmonds ...  Roger Collins / ... 323 episodes, 1966-1971
David Selby ...  Quentin Collins / ... 312 episodes, 1968-1971
Kathryn Leigh Scott ...  Maggie Evans / ... 309 episodes, 1966-1970
David Henesy ...  David Collins / ... 278 episodes, 1966-1970
Lara Parker ...  Angelique / ... 269 episodes, 1967-1971
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Dark Shadows Festival

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows on the Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1225 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1966-1967)| Color (1967-1971)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Since the show was cancelled rather suddenly, viewers never learned Barnabas' fate. Since the vampire curse was already lifted by Angelique during the series, according to the writers on a special dvd narration: Barnabas eventually married Dr. Julia Hoffman, and they vacationed in Europe where she would eventually discover a cure for others afflicted with vampirism. Chris Jennings and Sabrina left Collinspirt and during one of his transformations into a warewolf, he killed Sabrina, then discovering what he had done, killed himself. Maggie and Joe eventually regained physical and mental health at Windcliff and were married. Carolyn never remarried after Jeb Hawkes (during the series) and was teaching Occult Studies at a university. In the audio CD continuation they take up the story as Quentin returns to Collinwood for the reading of Elizabeth's will. Half of the family business is to be shared by Carolyn and David (who was now married and was on a research project in Egypt). Victoria Winters is revealed to be Elizabeth's daughter, and is to get the house known as Seaview that she and Burke Devlin were going to buy before he was killed years earlier. Willie married and inherited the Old House which he then made modern improvements. Maggie and Quintin were a couple, and Carolyn and Ned Stewart were newlyweds. Angelique was back stirring up trouble by controlling Carolyn through an oil painting Carolyn was painting. There are more continuations on Audio CDs. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Willie Loomis: I never knew how awful it was to be alone, till I wasn't.
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Detailing a tormented New England family's continuing involvement with ghosts, witches, werewolves, vampires, and other fearsome creatures, this was certainly unlike any other daytime TV soap opera ever made
15 September 2000 | by verna55See all my reviews

This daytime television soaper-shocker serial has evolved into a cult classic since originally airing on ABC from 1966-71, and is certainly a contender for one of the most unusual television series ever made. In addition to its Gothic tales involving the supernatural, what set DARK SHADOWS apart from the other TV soap operas of its day was the remarkable cast, including famous and glamorous Hollywood screen star Joan Bennett as the aristocratic matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Oscar-nominated actress Grayson Hall(THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA) as Dr. Julia Hoffman who tried to develop a cure for vampire Barnabas Collins but wound up falling in love with him instead. And of course, the superb Jonathan Frid as reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins himself. Incidentally, Frid's perpetually tormented character was what brought the show such tremendous success and remains the best remembered aspect of this enduringly popular series. Made on a noticeably low budget, DARK SHADOWS concentrated on plot and character rather than cheap thrills, though there were plenty of eerie, spooky moments and creepy Gothic atmosphere. The primetime revival of the ever-popular series in 1991 featured more elaborate settings and special effects but was less successful and lasted barely two months on the airwaves. Like it or not, DARK SHADOWS completely changed television history and remains one of the most well-remembered TV series of all time. The show's success led to two offshoot feature films starring a number of the series regulars. The first and most successful was HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS in 1970, followed by NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS in 1971.


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