Dark Shadows was a daytime television serial which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC. It spanned 1225 episodes and saw several off-shoots including a series of novels, comics, and audio dramas in production from 2006 to the present.
- See full article: List of Dark Shadows Storylines
|1||Victoria Winters||1 to 127||125||109; 110|
|2||The Murder of Bill Malloy||46 to 126||79||109; 110|
|3||Laura the Phoenix||123 to 192||69||131|
|4||Jason McGuire||193 to 275||82||226|
|5||Barnabas the Vampire||205 to 290||85||226|
|6||The Search for Barnabas' Cure||291 to 365||75|
|7||1795||365 to 466||100||369; 391|
|8||Adam and Eve||466 to 636||169||533; 634|
|9||The Dream Curse||477 to 536||59||533|
|10||The Werewolf||627 to 700||73||634; 653|
|11||Quentin's Ghost||639 to 700||61||653|
|12||Return to 1796||657 to 667||11|
|13||1897||700 to 885||184||802; 824|
|14||The Hand of Count Petofi||778 to 883||104||802; 824|
|15||The Leviathans||886 to 980||91||895; 914; 920; 921|
|16||1970 in Parallel Time||969 to 1060||92|
|17||1995||1061 to 1070||10|
|18||Gerard Stiles||1071 to 1109||39|
|19||1840||1110 to 1198||85||1135; 1155; 1175; 1180|
|20||1841 in Parallel Time||1186 to 1245||59||1208|
- See full article: List of Dark Shadows Subplots
|1||The Revenge of Burke Devlin||1 to 201||198||109; 110; 131|
|2||Jeff Clark||465 to 650||184||533; 634|
|3||Elizabeth’s Premature Burial||513 to 672||157||533; 634; 653|
|4||The Phoenix in 1897||728 to 761||34|
|5||Quentin and Amanda||812 to 934||118||824; 895; 914; 920; 921|
|6||Chris Jennings’ Lycanthropy||889 to 978||86||895; 914; 920; 921|
|7||Cyrus Longworth’s Experiment||978 to 1035||58|
|8||Roxanne Drew||1081 to 1150||69||1135|
Behind the scenes
Concept and creation
- See full article: Shadows on the Wall
Creator Dan Curtis had a dream in 1965 of a mysterious young woman who was on a train. The following day Curtis told his wife of the dream and pitched the idea as a TV show to ABC. Network officials greenlit production and Curtis began hiring crew members.
Art Wallace was hired to create a story from Curtis' dream sequence. Wallace wrote the story bible Shadows on the Wall, the proposed title for the show, later changed to Dark Shadows. Robert Costello was added as a line producer, and Curtis took on the creator and executive producer roles. Lela Swift and John Sedwick agreed to be directors for the new series. Robert Cobert created the musical score and Sy Thomashoff designed the set.
Curtis then set out to find the actress to play the girl who was on the train. Alexandra Moltke, a young actress with little experience, was discovered and cast in the role of Victoria Winters, an orphan who ends up in the mysterious town of Collinsport, Maine, to unravel the mysteries of her own past.
Veteran film star Joan Bennett was soon cast as Victoria's employer Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, a woman who had not left her home in over eighteen years. Stage actor Louis Edmonds was cast as Elizabeth's brother Roger Collins. Another stage actress, Nancy Barrett, was then cast as Elizabeth's rebel daughter Carolyn Stoddard. Child actor David Henesy was cast as Roger's troubled son David Collins.
Dark Shadows had a rocky beginning. Critics were quick to deem the show rather boring for its heavy use of unknown actress Alexandra Moltke and the slow progression of the legacy of the show. The earliest episodes consisted of introducing the troubled characters and did not show any of the supernatural elements that later made the show a hit.
As production on the series continued, the introduction of many new and mysterious characters and various unknown actors and actresses was prevalent on the set. Most actors also ended up playing multiple characters, and those same characters would often come back from the dead in the unprecedented use of parallel times and flashbacks.
- See full article: Cancellation
Beginning in the fall of 1970, several ABC stations across the country had taken the show off due to falling viewership. Within six months, ratings dropped from 7.3 to 5.3. Ironically, Nielsen ratings for March 1971—the last full month that Dark Shadows was on the air—revealed that viewership of Dark Shadows had risen in its final weeks.
- Chronology (original series): A timeline covering the continuity of the original televised series.
- Dark Shadows (1966), Characters A-Z: An index of every character to appear or be referenced.
- List of works used in Dark Shadows: A list of novels, short stories, films, other sources that influenced the various storylines and characters.
- Firsts and Lasts: The first and last occurrences of actors, characters and any other events.
- Here's What Really Happened to Barnabas & Co: An epilogue for the series and its characters.
- Dark Shadows Birthdays: A list of the birthdays of individuals working on the series.