Set in the small Maine fishing village of Collinsport, Dark Shadows revolved
around the affairs of the Collins family estate, Collinwood.
central character is Barnabas Collins, a 175 year-old vampire thirsty for blood,
and also for love; he quickly became a pop culture icon.
Dark Shadows was
the most popular daytime drama during its 1966-71 run on ABC-TV and has commanded
a devoted audience with reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel, which completed a successful
ten-year run in December, 2003.
Dan Curtis was the show's executive producer,
episode producers included Robert Costello, George DiCenzo, Peter Miner, Lela
Swift and Sy Tomashoff.
Episodes were directed by Dan Curtis, Pennberry
Jones, Dennis Kane, Henry Kaplan, John Sedwick, Jack Sullivan, Sean Dhu Sullivan,
Lela Swift, John Weaver.
Dan Curtis created the series, and
added writing to his other responsibilities; assisted by Joe Caldwell, Ralph Ellis,
Sam Hall, Malcolm Marmorstein, Gordon Russell, Ron Sproat, Francis Swann, Art
Wallace, Violet Welles.
Directors included Dan Curtis, Pennberry Jones,
Dennis Kane, Henry Kaplan, John Sedwick, Jack Sullivan, Sean Dhu Sullivan, Lela
Swift and John Weaver.
Over the years hundreds of actors appeared, many
regularly, some playing several characters. The cast
list includes most of them.
A revival series was shortlived in 1991,
and two spin-off movies were made, House
of Dark Shadows (1970), and Night
of Dark Shadows (1971). these were made while the series was running.
original series, some 1225 episodes (numbers ran from 1-1245, with some breaks),
is currently being released on DVD.
was a revival series in 1991 -
but only 12 episodes were made.
After 35 years, interest in the show
continues unabated, with a multitude of web sites, meetings, books - and rumors
of a new revival! A special issue DVD celebrated the 35th anniversary.