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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.

  1. Dan Curtis


Series Cast

  1. Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins and Bramwell Collins

    Jonathan Frid

    Barnabas Collins, Bramwell Collins

    2450 Episodes

  2. Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans

    Kathryn Leigh Scott

    Maggie Evans

    1226 Episodes

  3. Grayson Hall as Julia Hoffman

    Grayson Hall

    Julia Hoffman

    1225 Episodes

  4. Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard

    Joan Bennett

    Elizabeth Collins Stoddard

    1225 Episodes

  5. David Selby as Quentin Collins

    David Selby

    Quentin Collins

    1225 Episodes

  6. Lara Parker as Angelique Bouchard Collins

    Lara Parker

    Angelique Bouchard Collins

    1225 Episodes

  7. Alexandra Isles

    Victoria Winters

    1225 Episodes

  8. Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard

    Nancy Barrett

    Carolyn Stoddard

    1225 Episodes

  9. Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins

    Louis Edmonds

    Roger Collins

    1225 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 12

1971 • 46 Episodes

Season 12 of Dark Shadows premiered on January 28, 1971.


(12x46, April 2, 1971) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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