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Dark Shadows

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DramaScience-Fiction1966 - 197127 Seasons

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.

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Below you'll find every episode from all 27 season of Dark Shadows.
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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 DS-1

S01 E01

Jun 27, 1966
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DS-1 Jun 27, 1966 Victoria Winters travels to Collinsport by train from New York to be the governess of 10 year old David Collins. Also on that train is Burke Devlin, who seems rather mysterious. We get to see Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and Roger Collins argue over if it was wise to hire Victoria. Victoria and Burke go to the hotel where she can wait for a cab. He seems rather disturbed about the place. He leaves and goes to a local hangout called the Blue Whale, where he meets an investigator he has hired. Victoria meets Maggie Evans, who tells her she is a jerk for accepting the job. Even after all the things that has been said to her, she goes to Collinwood and is invited in by Elizabeth.

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Season 01, Episode 01 Episode 1

S01 E01

Jun 27, 1966
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Episode 1 Jun 27, 1966 Victoria Winters travels from New York to Collinsport and arrives at Collinwood to serve as governess.

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Season 01, Episode 02 DS-2

S01 E02

Jun 28, 1966
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DS-2 Jun 28, 1966 At the Collinwood mansion, Victoria meets with the reclusive matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, while Burke Devlin talks with a private detective at the local Blue Whale tavern.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Episode 2

S01 E02

Jun 28, 1966
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Episode 2 Jun 28, 1966 Victoria meets Roger Collins, who is disturbed to learn that Burke Devlin arrived in town on the same train.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Episode 3

S01 E03

Jun 29, 1966
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Episode 3 Jun 29, 1966 Burke attempts to obtain information on the Collins family from Joe Haskell, Carolyn Stoddard's boyfriend.

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Season 01, Episode 03 DS-3

S01 E03

Jun 29, 1966
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DS-3 Jun 29, 1966 Elizabeth's brother, Roger Collins, desperately searches for local artist Sam Evans. Meanwhile, Victoria meets Elizabeth's teenage daughter Carolyn and begins to wonder if Collinwood is haunted.

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Season 01, Episode 04 DS-4

S01 E04

Jun 30, 1966
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DS-4 Jun 30, 1966 Victoria is interrogated by Roger over her knowledge of Burke Devlin and their encounter at the train station. Later that night, Victoria has an unpleasant first meeting with David Collins

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 DS-127

S02 E01

Dec 20, 1966
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DS-127 Dec 20, 1966 David tries to tell Roger that he found Victoria, but Roger shoves him away, believing it is only one of his pranks. Back at the Old House, Matthew decides that it's time for him to run away from town. The ghost of Bill Malloy appears to David and tells him to help Victoria. He then appears to Matthew and tells him that someone will die. Matthew, angered by his appearance, chops his axe at Bill, but it simply goes right through him. A panicked Matthew runs off. Victoria manages to break free of her ropes. She tries to escape, but Matthew catches her. He decides that she's the one who has to die, and that he's going to kill her.

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Season 02, Episode 02 DS-128

S02 E02

Dec 21, 1966
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DS-128 Dec 21, 1966 Sam reveals to Roger that the stranger who spoke to Maggie was Roger's estranged wife Laura, who has returned to town. Elsewhere, Laura wastes no time in making her presence felt.

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Season 02, Episode 03 DS-129

S02 E03

Dec 22, 1966
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DS-129 Dec 22, 1966 Elizabeth learns of Laura's return and decides that she must not see David. Meanwhile, Sam finds himself compelled to paint a disturbing picture of a woman burning amidst flames.

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Season 02, Episode 04 DS-130

S02 E04

Dec 23, 1966
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DS-130 Dec 23, 1966 Laura visits Collinwood and reveals to Roger and Elizabeth that she has intends to gain legal custody of David. Meanwhile, David has a nightmare about his mother.

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Season 02, Episode 05 DS-132

S02 E05

Dec 27, 1966
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DS-132 Dec 27, 1966 David learns the news that his mother has returned to Collinwood. Clearly disturbed by this revelation, he confides to Victoria that he senses Laura's presence watching over him.

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Season 02, Episode 06 DS-133

S02 E06

Dec 28, 1966
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DS-133 Dec 28, 1966 Burke and Laura meet and discuss their respective agendas against the residents of Collinwood. Meanwhile, Sam finds himself compelled to continue working on the painting.

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Season 02, Episode 07 DS-134

S02 E07

Dec 29, 1966
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DS-134 Dec 29, 1966 A frosty meeting between Roger and Laura takes place when she visits Collinwood. David is apprehensive about meeting his mother, following his dreams. When the pair meet, he runs away terrified.

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