The BEST Episodes of Dark Shadows
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Dark Shadows was a daytime soap opera on ABC-TV which aired weekdays during the afternoon. With vampires, witches, warlocks, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, it became a surprising phenomenon, lasting for five years before it was cancelled. The show revolves around Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), a guilt-ridden 175-year-old vampire who longs to be human again and returns to his estate after being chained inside a coffin for nearly 200 years.
#1 - DS-31
Season 1 - Episode 31
Burke defies expectations and lies to absolve David of involvement in the crash. However, he later privately confides in Victoria, warning her to beware of her young charge.
#2 - DS-112
Season 1 - Episode 110
A shamed Matthew confesses the murder to a stunned Elizabeth, before fleeing. The police hunt for Matthew, who has hidden at the Old House. Victoria makes peace with Roger, apologising for her accusation.
#3 - DS-85
Season 1 - Episode 85
As a storm rages, Sam and Burke drink together and discuss the ghosts of Collinwood. In the closed-off wing, Victoria is visited by the ghost of Malloy, who warns her to leave Collinwood immediately.
#4 - DS-108/109/110
Season 1 - Episode 108
Scared from her close call, Victoria unwittingly runs to Matthew's cottage for help. As they talk, she realises that he was the driver. Matthew refuses to let Victoria leave.
#5 - DS-117
Season 1 - Episode 115
Elizabeth worries about Victoria's safety. Joe learns the truth about Carolyn and Burke's relationship and the two men come to blows. The discovery of Victoria's luggage proves that she never left for her trip.
#6 - DS-171
Season 2 - Episode 44
Victoria is unable to understand Josette's warming, but Guthrie succeeds in translating it. Later on, Laura appears in Victoria's room and warns her to stop interfering.
#7 - DS-261
Season 3 - Episode 69
Maggie manages to escape to the beach and is discovered by Sam. Woodard remains concerned for Maggie's safety and decides to announce her death, while she is sent away for treatment.
#8 - DS-407
Season 5 - Episode 40
Angelique tries to clean her blood off the carpet, but is not able to remove it. Naomi comes to the Old House to see Barnabas. Angelique tells her that he left last night on business. We see Barnabas upstairs, appearing very ill and delirious. Naomi enquires about the blood stain, and is told that it was from wine. Naomi tells Angelique that she should stay with her at Collinwood, but Angelique refuses Naomi's hospitality. Naomi hears Barnabas moan, but is told by Angelique that it is just the stairs. Back at Collinwood, Naomi is worried. She talks to Joshua, and Joshua tells her that he is not concerned because he has become more independent in the past. Joshua thinks that Barnabas ran off with Josette. At that moment, Josette and Natalie enter the room. Josette tells of the feelings she has that something bad has happened to her Barnabas. Naomi tells her that Barnabas is not in Collinsport, but Josette does not believe her. She and Natalie decide to go to the Old House Angelique want
#9 - DS-411
Season 5 - Episode 44
In an attempt to stop the vampire curse from becoming complete, Angelique attempts to drive a stake through Barnabas Collins' heart at sundown. However, Barnabas stops her and exerts his own revenge upon her by strangling her to death.
#10 - DS-428
Season 5 - Episode 61
Becoming increasingly troubled, Joshua goes to the mausoleum, where he is shocked to learn that the coffin concealed inside now contains Barnabas. Millicent attempts to kill Nathan for his betrayal.
#11 - DS-432
Season 5 - Episode 65
Barnabas tells Abigail that she has been wrong about evil all along. He tells her that Angelique was the witch but she won't believe it. Abigail thinks Barnabas is just an apperition sent by Victoria. Barnabas tells Abigail about all the things she has been wrong about. He shows her his fangs and she dies of a heart attack from the site of them. Meanwhile, at Collinwood, Daniel and Naomi are talking about Daniel and Millicent possibly staying with Naomi and Joshua at Collinwood. Daniel says he doesn't like Collinwood especially after Sarah died. Trask enters. Trask inquires about what Victoria told Daniel. Daniel runs out of Collinwood from fright. Naomi runs after him and tells Trask that HE will be the one who will have to face the lord over these things. Trask joins Naomi in going after Daniel. Daniel finds the dead body of Abigail, and calls Naomi and Trask to him. Trask and Naomi are shocked.
#12 - DS-438
Season 5 - Episode 71
Barnabas is furious to learn of trial verdict, blaming Trask for his victimisation of Victoria. Using his supernatural powers, he summons a disembodied hand to taunt Trask with the promise of death.
#13 - DS-443
Season 5 - Episode 76
Peter attempts to convince Natalie of Victoria's innocence. Nathan puts his plan into action. Posing with the stolen cane, Noah Gifford attacks Millicent to unmask Barnabas as the Collinsport strangler.
#14 - DS-458
Season 5 - Episode 91
Struggling to cope with the truth about Barnabas, Naomi's melancholy grows and she leaves a final note for Joshua. After drinking poison, she goes to the tower room, where she falls dead into Barnabas' arms.
#15 - DS-491
Season 6 - Episode 31
The experiment does not transfer Barnabas' life force, but instead brings Adam to life. Adam acts like a child, unable to control his strength. When night comes, Barnabas' cure seems to be complete.
#16 - DS-548
Season 6 - Episode 87
Having admitted her true identity to Barnabas, Angélique visits him to make a final plea for forgiveness. After he gloatingly refuses, Angélique dies, leaving Barnabas and Julia to celebrate their freedom from her.
#17 - DS-575
Season 6 - Episode 114
Angélique plans on being the life force for the experiment, despite Nicholas' misgivings. Stokes intervenes when Adam and Jeff come to blows. Jeff is bitten by Angélique, as part of her latest scheme.
#18 - DS-618
Season 6 - Episode 157
Roger relays his dream to a distressed Victoria. Angelique abducts Barnabas and plans for them to elope once he is made a vampire again. Barnabas succeeds in summoning Victoria to come to his aid.
#19 - DS-628
Season 6 - Episode 167
Angelique meets with dark leader Diablos to report about Nicholas' misjudgements and his growing love for Maggie. Diablos speaks to Nicholas through Maggie and summons him to explain himself.
#20 - DS-638
Season 6 - Episode 176
Chris and Julia find themselves at odds over Amy's care, as she begins life at Collinwood. While walking in the woods at night, Elizabeth finds herself at the mercy of a wild animal.
#21 - DS-647
Season 6 - Episode 185
Roger recovers from his accident, but Elizabeth decides that outside help is required. Calling upon Professor Stokes, he enlists the services of psychic medium Janet Findley to investigate Collinwood.
#22 - DS-662
Season 6 - Episode 199
Barnabas plans to change the course of history by saving Victoria. Barnabas gives Nathan an opportunity to save his life if he will do something. Barnabas waits at Collinwood for Nathan.
#23 - DS-666
Season 6 - Episode 203
Ben kills Nathan and Natalie before they can harm Barnabas. In the present Willie and Julia wait for Barnabas to return, however he never does. Willie checks the mausoleum but Barnabas is not in the coffin; shortly after Willie leaves the chains re-appear around the coffin and Barnabas is trapped inside. Josette appears to Willie, crying; he is convinced that Barnabas is in the coffin now.
#24 - DS-667
Season 6 - Episode 204
Willie and Julia release Barnabas from the coffin, but they're almost discovered when Amy and Carolyn visit the Mausoleum to put flowers on the graves. David hurts Amy when she will not do what Quentin wants them to; Carolyn punishes David. David later tells Amy that they are going to "play the game" with Carolyn.
#25 - DS-701
Season 7 - Episode 1
Barnabas finds himself locked in his coffin. In 1897 gypsies (Sandor and Magda) live in the Old House. Quentin returns to Collinwood after some time away. Edith Collins, head of the family is expected to die soon, and is expected to tell the family secret to the next in line, Edward Collins. Magda sees the mausoleum in her crystal ball and sends Sandor to find jewels; however he finds and releases Barnabas.