Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Jun. 27, 1966
Duration: 36S min/episode
Rated: TV-PG
Status: Ended

Seasons and episodes

12Season 12Jan. 28, 1971
11Season 11Sep. 25, 1970
10Season 10Jul. 20, 1970
9Season 9Mar. 30, 1970
8Season 8Nov. 14, 1969
7Season 7Mar. 03, 1969
6Season 6Apr. 01, 1968
5Season 5Nov. 20, 1967
4Season 4Jul. 17, 1967
3Season 3Mar. 21, 1967
2Season 2Dec. 20, 1966
1Season 1Jun. 27, 1966


Dan Curtis


Jonathan Frid
Barnabas Collins
Grayson Hall
Julia Hoffman
Joan Bennett
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
David Selby
Quentin Collins
Lara Parker
Angelique Bouchard Collins
Alexandra Isles
Victoria Winters
Nancy Barrett
Carolyn Stoddard
Louis Edmonds
Roger Collins
David Henesy
David Collins


Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis. The story bible, which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements. It was unprecedented in daytime television when ghosts were introduced about six months after it began. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; indeed, as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor. Major writers besides Art Wallace included Malcolm Marmorstein, Sam Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles. Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, unusually adventurous music score, and broad and epic cosmos of characters and heroic adventures. Now regarded as something of a classic, it continues to enjoy an intense cult following. Although the original series ran for only five years, its scheduling as a daily daytime drama allowed it to amass more single episodes during its run than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre series produced for English-language television, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek television franchise. Only the paranormal soap opera Passions, with a total of 2,231 episodes, has more.

Original titleDark Shadows
First air dateJun. 27, 1966
Last air dateApr. 02, 1971
IMDb Rating8.05 412 votes
TMDb Rating6.99371 votes

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