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Dark Shadows (ABC 1966 | Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall)

Dark Shadows was a soap opera which aired on ABC in the United States. The series was created by Dan Curtis and premiered on June 27, 1966.

The show had a dark and gothic feel to it and featured vampires and werewolves. Many actors played several characters on the show and the show was set in the past, present and the future.

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.

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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.

key cast members included:-
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (1966-1970)/Naomi Collins(1967-1968)/Judith Collins Trask(1969-1970)/Elizabeth Collins Stoddard parallel time(1970)/Flora Collins(1970-1971)/Flora Collins parallel time(1971)(original cast)
Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins (1967-1971)
John Karlen as Willie Loomis #2; Carl Collins; William Hollingshead Loomis; Desmond Collins; Kendrick Young (1967-1971)
David Henesy as David Collins (1966-1970)/Daniel Collins #1(1967-1968)/Jamison Collins(1969)/David Collins parallel time (1970)/Tad Collins (1970-1971)(original cast)
David Selby as Quentin Collins/Grant Douglas (1968-1971)
Kate Jackson as Daphne Harrdge; Daphne Harridge Collins (1970-1971)
Kathleen Cody as Carrie Stokes (1970-1971)
Jim Storm as Gerard Styles (1970-1971)
Christopher Pennock as Jeb Hawkes (1970)/Cyrus Longworth aka John Yaeger (1970)/Sebastian Shaw (1970)/Gabriel Collins (1970-1971)
Vince O’Brien as Sheriff George Patterson #2 (1967-1971)
Nancy Barrett as Carolyn Stoddard Hawkes (1966-1970)/Millicent Collins Forbes (1967-1968, 1969, 1970)/Charity Trask (1969)/Pansy Faye (1969-1970)/Carolyn Collins Stoddard Loomis (1970)/Leticia Faye (1970-1971)/Melanie Collins (1971) (original cast)
Virginia Vestoff as Samantha Drew Collins (1970-1971)
Lee Beery as Joanna Mills (1971)
Tom Happer as Jeremy Grimes (1971)
David Hurst as Justin Collins (1971)
Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman; Natalie duPres; Magda Rakosi; Hoffman; Julia Collins (1967-1971)
Lisa Blake Richards as Sabrina Stuart (1969-1970)
Michael McGuire as Judah Zachary (1970)
Gene Lindsey as Randall Drew (1970)
Denise Nickerson as Amy Jennings (1968-1970)/Nora Collins (1969)
Paula Laurence as Hannah Stokes (1970)
Michael Maitland as Michael Hackett Todd (1969-1970)
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans (1966-1970)/Josette duPres Collins (1966, 1967-1968, 1970)/Rachel Drummond(1969)/Lady Hampshire aka Kitty Soames(1970)/Maggie Evans Collins parallel time(1970) (original cast)
Christopher Bernau as Philip Todd (1969-1970)
Ray Carlson as Aldon Wicks (1970)
Marie Wallace as Eve; Jenny Collins; Megan Todd (1968-1970)
Donna Wandrey as Roxanne Drew (1970)
Dennis Patrick as Jason McGuire; Paul Stoddard (1967, 1969-1970)
Roger Davis as Peter Bradford/Jeff Clark; Ned Stuart; Dirk Wilkins; Charles Deleware Tate (1968-1970)
Lara Parker as Angelique Bouchard Collins; Alexis Stokes; Angelique Stokes Collins; Catherine Harridge Collins (1967-1970)
Craig Slocum as Harry Johnson #1 (1968-1969)
Diana Millay as Laura Murdock Radcliff Stockbridge Collins (1966-1967, 1969)
Joel Crothers as Joe Haskell (1966-1969)/Lt. Nathan Forbes (1967-1968, 1969) (original cast)
Audrey Larkins as Angelique Bouchard Collins (1969)
Carolyn Groves as Victoria Winters Clark #3 (1969)
Isabella Hoopes as Edith Collins #1 (1969)
Alfred Sandor as Sheriff George Patterson #4 (1968)
Sharon Smyth as Sarah Collins (1967-1968)
Dorrie Kavanaugh as Phylliss Wicke (1967-1968)
David Ford as Sam ‘Pop’ Evans #2 (1966-1968)
Alexandra Isles as Victoria Winters Clark #1 (1966-1968)
Betsy Durkin as Victoria Winters Clark #2 (1968)
David Jay as Alexander Todd (1968)
Elaine Hyman as Ruby Tate (1968)
Deborah Loomis as Tessie Kincaid (1968)
Natalie Norwick as Josette duPres Collins #2 (1966-1967)
Peter Turgeon as Dave Woodard #3 (1967)
Angus Cairns as Sheriff George Patterson #3 (1967)
Vala Clifton as Maude Browning (1967)
Michael Hadge as Buzz Hackett (1967)
John Connell as Lt. Dan Riley (1967)
Conrad Fowkes as Frank Garner (1966-1967)
Robert Gerringer as Dr. Dave Woodard #2 (1966-1967)
Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin #1 (1966-1967)
John Lasell as Dr. Peter Guthrie (1967)
Dana Elcar as Sheriff George Patterson (1966-1967)
Richard Woods as Dr. Dave Woodard #1 (1966)
Frank Schofield as Bill Malloy (1966)
Patrick McVey as John Harris (1966)
Mark Allen as Sam ‘Pop’ Evans #1 (1966)
Hugh Franklin as Richard Garner (1966)
Barnard Hughes as Stuart Bronson (1966)
George Mathews as Amos Fitch (1966)
Leo Marrell as Zeb Cartwright (1966)
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins; Joshua Collins; Edward Collins; Daniel Collins; Brutus Collins

crew
Creator: Dan Curtis
Producers: Robert Costello, Peter Miner, Lela Swift

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production details
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Horror | Supernatural | Mystery | Soaps
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC (USA)
Aired: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: June 27, 1966
Ended: April 02, 1971

 

 

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