The Best Episodes of Dark Shadows
Last Updated: Nov 8, 2018
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-1230
Season 12 - Episode 31
Quentin stops Morgan from killing Julia, and locks him up. Quentin plans a seance to release the spirit of James Forsythe from Morgan. Catherine drugs Morgan so they can take him to the seance. Morgan runs off during the seance; later Julia finds him and he agrees to tell her the truth of what happened in 1680.
#2 - DS-1177
Season 11 - Episode 65
Professor Stokes comes down the stairs; Julia explains all that has happened to him. Julia plans to introduce him as a friend. Julia has a dream in which Roxanne says Barnabas is dying and tries to show her where he is, however Valerie disturbs her sleep. Valerie and Julia search for Barnabas.
#3 - DS-1164
Season 11 - Episode 53
Roxanne’s spirit claims that Angelique was responsible for making her a vampire. Valerie refuses to help Quentin. Gerard again causes Daphne to dream that she loves him. Daphne finds another note from Joanna saying that she will be coming for her soon; she becomes frightened when she sees Joanna’s cape.
#5 - 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.
#6 - DS-982
Season 9 - Episode 2
Barnabas meets William Loomis, Carolyn’s husband and a writer. Carolyn watches over Barnabas. Maggie finds out that Daniel (Quentin’s son with Angelique) hates her. William warns Maggie not to trust Julia. William discovers the bite marks on Carolyn’s neck. William confronts Barnabas at his coffin with a cross and chains him in, with plans to write a new book.
#7 - 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.
#8 - DS-704
Season 7 - Episode 4
Barnabas asks for permission to live in the Old House. Barnabas finds that Beth is hiding something when she denies the existence of a third child at Collinwood. Barnabas attacks a woman in the village (Sophie Baker). Quentin threatens Edith to make her tell him the family secret.
#9 - 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.
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Season 11 - Episode 37
Quentin realizes that it “could not be” Daphne. Quentin finds another note from Joanna. Daphne plans to make Quentin fall in love with her as part of her plan to kill him. Quentin purses Daphne’s affections. Carrie sees herself and Tad dead in a crystal ball. Quentin goes to see a doctor that treated Joanna before she died; when Quentin returns to Collinwood he accuses Daphne of being Joanna’s sister.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - DS-727
Season 7 - Episode 27
Charity Trask (Gregory Trask’s daughter) shows up at Collinwood, Rachel is very upset by her presence. Rachel tells Barnabas that she used to live and work at Worthington Hall and was intimidated and blackmailed into staying there. Later Trask accuses Rachel of stealing and warns her to comeback with him. Barnabas bites Charity Trask.
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Season 11 - Episode 38
aphne admits that she is Joanna Mills sister and she came to kill Quentin. Daphne tells Quentin that she has not been leaving the letters from Joanna. Barnabas forces Laszlo to tell him where Julia is being held. Daphne finds a note addressed to her from Joanna. Barnabas finds Julia unconscious.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
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Season 11 - Episode 59
Leticia interrupts Gabriel before he can kill Gerard. Gerard visits Quentin in jail and assures him that he is still his friend. Daphne receives another note from Joanna and believes that Joanna wants to kill her. Gerard sets a trap; when someone creeps into Daphne’s room and tries to stab her, he is waiting.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
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Season 8 - Episode 8
Megan and Philip find a book inside the box. Barnabas tells Megan that a room must be prepared. Philip and Megan put a cradle in the room they have prepared and claim “in darkness it will grow.” The strange man identifies himself as Paul Stoddard, Carolyn’s father.
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Season 8 - Episode 14
Elizabeth follows Carolyn and finds her with Paul. Elizabeth demands that Paul leave town. A sailor recognizes the Leviathan mark on Paul’s wrist and agrees to help him. Paul sits inside a pentagram and there is a knock on the door.
#24 - 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.
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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.