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A History of Creepy Small Towns on TV, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Riverdale’ (Photos)

“Quiet town, peaceful, low maintenance. It can stay that way,” says a federal agent to the sheriff of the small town at the center of the new ABC drama “The Crossing,” airing on April 2 at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Ct. Yeah, good luck with that. In TV and movies, crazy, creepy, sci-fi, monster movie junk always goes down in quaint, tiny, Middle American suburbs far more often than it does in a big city. Who has time for aliens in New York? Give me a full on invasion or nothing. Leave the odd-goings on and the mysterious, unsolved disappearances to the town folk. This list charts the history of America’s fictional creepy small towns from kind of weird to David Lynchian-grade bananas.

Collinsport, Maine – “Dark Shadows” (1966)

The classic soap “Dark Shadows” started out as just the story of a woman trying to trace down her wealthy family’s mysterious
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 13)

1982: Days of our Lives' Jessica and Joshua were married.

1984: A Martinez debuted as Cruz on Santa Barbara.

1993: Maurice Benard debuted as Sonny on General Hospital.

2001: Bold and the Beautiful's Tony told Kristen he was HIV+."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1968: On Dark Shadows, Adam (Robert Rodan) vowed to kill Victoria, the woman Barnabas loved, unless Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) made someone for him to love.

1980: On The Edge of Night, April (Terry Davis) confronted Emily (Margo McKenna) with the fact that "Kirk Michaels" was dead.

1980: On Texas, Iris (Beverlee McKinsey) worried
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 12)

1981: Another World's Cecile and Jamie were held captive.

1986: The Young and the Restless' Sven charmed Katherine.

1994: All My Children's Erica broke down at Mona's grave.

2002: As the World Turns' Barbara interrupted Hal and

Emily's wedding."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1969: On The Doctors, amnesiac Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) realized she was becoming good friends with the husband she didn't remember, Nick Bellini (Gerald Gordon).

1980: On Texas, Reena Cook (Carla Borelli) was pleased when Kevin (Lee Patterson) vowed to make their marriage work regardless of living in Houston or Bay City.

1981: On Another World,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 11)

1986: Another World's Zane Lindquist died after being shot.

1998: Guiding Light's Dolly the clone after taking an aging formula.

1999: Sunset Beach's Ricardo vowed to get revenge.

2010: General Hospital's Brenda returned."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1967: ABC broadcast Dark Shadows in black and while for the final time. The episode was actually the first one taped in color but ABC aired it in black and white (a Friday episode). Having fainted at the sight of Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) began to remember what happened to her. Before she could reveal Barnabas' vampiric activity,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 10)

1979: The Edge of Night's Steve saved Paige's life.

1981: General Hospital's Mikkos hosted a dinner party.

1984: Santa Barbara's Joe broke into the Capwell estate.

2004: Martha Madison debuted as Belle on Days of our Lives."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1945: On radio soap opera Portia Faces Life, Kathie was shocked to see Portia's late husband, Walter (Bartlett Robinson), alive and well!

1967: On Dark Shadows, Maggie (Kathryn Leigh Scott) returned to the Blue Whale Café -- and ran into her former tormentor, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid).

1972: On Another World, Pat Randolph (Beverly Penberthy) brought her twins,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 9)

1973: The Doctors' Penny kissed Mike.

1984: Guiding Light's Alex and Beth were held hostage by Darcy.

1994: All My Children's Kendall crashed Mona's funeral.

1994: One Life to Live's Todd met Blair."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1939: On radio soap opera Adopted Daughter, Jack and Uncle Charlie told Jonathan that he couldn't open the new swimming pool he's been advertising without their consent.

1966: On Dark Shadows, to protect David, Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) lied to Constable Jonas Carter (Michael Currie ) when she told him they had discovered the bleeder valve fell off by itself.

1973: On The Doctors,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 7)

2008: The final episode of Passions aired on DirecTV's The 101."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1950: On The Guiding Light, during breakfast Bill Bauer (Lyle Sudrow) told his sister, Meta White (Jone Allison), that he and Bert were interested in buying a house in Beverly Hills. Later, Meta received a long-distance phone call from her husband, Ted.

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1974: Douglass Watson made his first appearance as Mackenzie Cory on Another World. Robert Emhardt, who played the role for just over a year, had left the show in June. Watson's
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

1979:The Edge of Night's Louise attacked Paige.

1980: Gh's Luke & Laura spent the night in Wyndham's.

1987: Bold and Beautiful's Thorne considered a career move.

1993: Oltl's Nora made closing arguments in Todd's case."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1928: Real Folks from Thompkins Corner, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC.

1968: On Another World, Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) recognized Adam (Robert Rodan), who took
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 5)

1935: Backstage Wife premiered.

1985: Days of our Lives' Tony and Anna were married.

1994: All My Children's Erica found her mother, Mona, dead.

2002: Passions' Timmy died."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1935: Radio soap opera Backstage Wife premiered on the Mutual Broadcasting System (Mbs). The show moved to NBC Blue in 1936, NBC in 1938 and CBS in 1955, where it ran until January 2, 1959. Created by Frank and Anne Hummert, each episode opened with the announcer explaining:

Now, we present once again, Backstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, a little Iowa girl who married one of America's most handsome actors,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 2)

1984: As part of an effort to counter-program ABC's

Olympic coverage, As the World Turns featured guest stars

Phyllis Diller, Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1967: On Another World, Ada (Constance Ford) pleaded with Rachel (Robin Strasser) to understand that her salary at Pierre's was all they had, but Rachel threatened to leave the hospital despite the health risk if she lost her pricey private room. Rachel railed at Ada for lying to her that her father was dead. "Everybody lies when they have to," Rachel said. "I know I do."

1968: On Dark Shadows,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 1)

1980: Another World's Tracey and Russ married.

1984: Santa Barbara's Joe spotted his true love, Kelly.

1997: Rebecca Herbst debuted as Elizabeth on General Hospital.

2001: Spyder Games' Gretel performed."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) asked David (David Henesy) why he attempted to murder Roger and showed him the bleeder valve. He attacked her and she locked it in a dresser drawer. Later, Victoria went to show the bleeder valve to Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) it was missing.

1980: On Another World, Russ Matthews (David Bailey) married Tracy Dewitt (Janice Lynde). At
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 31)

1984: Charles Shaughnessy debuted as Shane Donovan on Days.

1990: Another World's Frankie and Cass married.

2003: Guiding Light's Ben Reade died.

2008: Molly Burnett made her first appearance as Melanie on Days."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1967: On Another World, Pat (Susan Trustman) admitted to Mary (Virginia Dwyer) that she had kissed Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) in the park before he left Bay City.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Julia hypnotized Maggie, who then forgot everything that happened while she was missing.

1980: On The Edge of Night, Logan (Joe Lambie) questioned Emily (Margo McKenna) about
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 30)

1984: Guiding Light's Reva Shayne declared herself "The

Slut of Springfield" in the country cub fountain after getting

fed up with Josh's mistreatment of her."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1957: NBC Radio aired the final episode of Hilltop House. The show had run on and off since November 1, 1937.

1968: On Dark Shadows, after trying and failing to kill Barnabas (Jonathan Frid), Cassandra (Lara Parker) continued to age rapidly, thanks to Nicholas.

1973: On The Doctors, Dr. Mike Powers (Peter Burnell) assured Penny Davis (Julia Duffy) that she did not cause any of his troubles.

1984: Daytime
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 27)

1981: Guiding Light's Kelly confronted Nola about her lies.

1983: All My Children's Angie wanted her parents to raise her baby.

1998: General Hospital's Mac and Felicia were married.

2011: Days of our Lives' T continued to have a problem with Sonny."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1950: On CBS radio soap opera The Guiding Light (still two years away from its television debut), Meta Bauer White (Jone Allison) called Dr. Ross Bolling and asked him to visit her. When Ross arrived, Meta revealed she wasn't ill and wanted to talk to him about Chuckie,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 25)

1988: Days of our Lives' Kayla and Steve got married.

1991: Another World's Felicia married Lucas.

1991: Jensen Buchanan debuted as Vicky on Another World.

1994: A tornado hit All My Children's Pine Valley."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1966: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) accused Elizabeth (Joan Bennett) of knowing something about her past.

1968: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) was brought into the emergency room following his motorcycle crash.

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1969: On The Doctors, amnesiac Dr. Althea Davis (Elizabeth Hubbard) was not happy that Dr.
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 20)

1966: Dark Shadows' David was angry with his father.

1984: Guiding Light's Josh and Reva got heated in the hot tub.

1988: Days of our Lives' Salemites through Kayla a surprise shower.

2010: One Life to Live's Viki plotted to reunite David and Dorian."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

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1965: On General Hospital, Angie Weeks (Jana Taylor) asked Nurse Jessie Brewer (Emily McLaughlin) for advice.

1966: On Dark Shadows, David Collins (David Henesy) told Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) that he hated his father, Roger (Louis Edmonds).

1972: On Another World, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) told Jim,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 19)

1966: Dark Shadows' Roger crashed due to a missing bleeder valve.

1985: John Aniston debuted as Victor on Days of our Lives.

1990: General Hospital's Wendy was murdered.

2010: Scott Clifton debuted as Liam on Bold and the Beautiful."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1940: The first episode of radio soap opera The Carters of Elm Street, written by Mona Kent, aired on the Mutual Network.

1966: On Another World,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 17)

1981: Another World's Zachary confessed to murder.

1984: All My Children's Ross told Palmer about his father.

1989: Guiding Light's Josh and Reva tied the knot.

2003: Oltl's Natalie and Christian dreamed about getting married"All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1939: CBS Radio soap opera Woman of Courage premiered. Selena Royle starred as Martha Jackson, whose small-town life allegedly proved that "if ye have faith, nothing shall be impossible.
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 15)

1968: Agnes Nixon's One Life to Live premiered on ABC."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1940: On The Guiding Light, Rose Kransky (Ruth Bailey) and Charles Cunningham had dinner together after a chance meeting on the street.

The episode opened with the following narration: "Where we are free to act, we are also free to refrain from acting. And where we are able to say no, we
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 14)

1986: Another World's Cecile faced the guillotine.

1986: Santa Barbara's Mary died after a "C" fell on her.

1989: Guiding Light's Reva was rowed to her wedding.

2008: The Bold and the Beautiful's Bridget and Nick married."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

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1965: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) persuaded his daughter, Lee (Gaye Huston), that going home after her battle with virus pneumonia would be alright.
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