The BEST Episodes of Dark Shadows

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

With vampires, witches, warlocks, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, it became a surprising phenomenon. 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.

DS-3

#1 - DS-3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 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.

star 10.00
29 votes
DS-4

#2 - DS-4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 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

star 10.00
29 votes
DS-6

#3 - DS-6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 4, 1966

Victoria looks for David in the basement of Collinwood. While looking, a stranger enters the room and asks who she is. He accuses her of snooping around. Elizabeth comes down and says it's Matthew Morgan, the caretaker of Collinwood. She asks Victoria why she is in the basement, and when Victoria tells her that she is down there looking for David, Elizabeth tells her David would not come down there. Once she leaves, Elizabeth finds David hiding in the basement. Later, Victoria sees Matthew again, stoking the fireplace. She says she hopes they can one day be friends, and she starts asking him questions. She finds out that Elizabeth fired all of her servents 18 years ago and then hired Matthew, giving him a cottage on the edge of Collinwood grounds. In the basement, Elizabeth gets out a crate of adventure books that had belonged to Roger when he was a boy. David does not want anything associated with his father. Carolyn tells Victoria that she should ask Elizabeth about what happened 18

star 10.00
29 votes
Directors: Lela Swift
Writers: Art Wallace
DS-111

#4 - DS-111

Season 1 - Episode 109 - Aired Nov 28, 1966

Matthew reveals that he killed Malloy, but that it was an accident, and vows to kill Victoria to maintain his secret. The police are called to search for Victoria, while Elizabeth pays a crucial visit on Matthew.

star 10.00
29 votes
DS-112

#5 - DS-112

Season 1 - Episode 110 - Aired Nov 29, 1966

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.

star 10.00
29 votes
DS-87

#6 - DS-87

Season 1 - Episode 87 - Aired Oct 25, 1966

Roger is suspicious about Victoria's disappearance and decides to investigate the closed-off wing of the house. He releases Victoria and is shocked to hear her claim that she was visited by a ghost.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-100

#7 - DS-100

Season 1 - Episode 100 - Aired Nov 11, 1966

Victoria tells Burke about her suspicions regarding Roger and the pen she found on Lookout Point. Meanwhile, Carolyn reveals to Roger that Victoria knows about the pen's origins.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-101

#8 - DS-101

Season 1 - Episode 101 - Aired Nov 14, 1966

Victoria agrees to accompany David on a return visit to the Old House, Later, Victoria confides to Maggie that she believes she now knows who killed Bill Malloy.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-103

#9 - DS-103

Season 1 - Episode 103 - Aired Nov 16, 1966

Victoria is terrified at what Roger might do to prevent his secret from being made public. She is later disturbed to learn that Roger knows she lied to him about spending time with Burke earlier.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-105

#10 - DS-105

Season 1 - Episode 105 - Aired Nov 18, 1966

After Burke confronts him about the fountain pen, Roger decides to retrieve the pen he earlier buried. As he uncovers it, he does not know that he is being watched by the sheriff and Burke.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-108/109/110

#11 - DS-108/109/110

Season 1 - Episode 108 - Aired Nov 23, 1966

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.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-116

#12 - DS-116

Season 1 - Episode 114 - Aired Dec 5, 1966

As Matthew holds Victoria captive, the Collins household thinks that she left for her trip as planned. Elizabeth worries when Frank calls her to say that Victoria has not arrived. Victoria makes a bid to escape.

star 9.00
29 votes
Directors: Lela Swift
Writers: Ron Sproat
DS-142

#13 - DS-142

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 10, 1967

Victoria receives the mysterious painting of Laura from Sam and passes it onto David. That night, the painting gives David a terrible nightmare vision of his mother calling to him.

star 9.00
29 votes
DS-1 {Pilot}

#14 - DS-1 {Pilot}

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 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.

star 8.50
58 votes
Directors: Lela Swift
Writers: Art Wallace
DS-61

#15 - DS-61

Season 1 - Episode 61 - Aired Sep 19, 1966

Burke makes a dramatic entrance at the Evans cottage, inviting himself to join the meal for Victoria. There, he tells her his version of the events that led to his manslaughter charge.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: John Sedwick
Writers: Art Wallace
DS-70

#16 - DS-70

Season 1 - Episode 70 - Aired Sep 30, 1966

David tells Victoria about the Old House, an abandoned Collins' mansion built before Collinwood, and suggests that they pay a visit. When they later leave, they are followed by the ghostly form of Josette.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-72

#17 - DS-72

Season 1 - Episode 72 - Aired Oct 4, 1966

At the Collinsport Inn diner, the seeds of Burke's plan to infiltrate Collinwood with Mrs Johnson are planted. Duly, Carolyn later suggests to Elizabeth that Mrs Johnson should be given a job at the mansion.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-75

#18 - DS-75

Season 1 - Episode 75 - Aired Oct 7, 1966

Matthew Morgan learns of the verdict on Bill Malloy's death. Later, while walking along lookout point, Victoria finds the unique fountain pen which Burke earlier gave to Carolyn.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-76

#19 - DS-76

Season 1 - Episode 76 - Aired Oct 10, 1966

Burke visits Collinwood and tells Elizabeth that he now plans to agressively take away Collinwood and the entire Collins business portfolio. Elizabeth vows to fight him to the end.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-82

#20 - DS-82

Season 1 - Episode 82 - Aired Oct 18, 1966

Burke realises that Roger must have lost the fountain pen at Lookout Point, implicating his involvement in the death of Malloy. Roger goes to David's bedroom and removes the pen.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: John Sedwick
Writers: Art Wallace
DS-84

#21 - DS-84

Season 1 - Episode 84 - Aired Oct 20, 1966

David attempts to scare Victoria by telling her stories about the ghosts that haunt Collinwood. Luring her to the closed-off wing of the mansion, David locks her in, leaving her trapped.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-86

#22 - DS-86

Season 1 - Episode 86 - Aired Oct 24, 1966

Burke and Carolyn have a date together, though his motives remain unclear. Distraught after seeing the ghost, Victoria desperately attempts to escape from the locked room.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-95

#23 - DS-95

Season 1 - Episode 95 - Aired Nov 4, 1966

By chance, Victoria sees Burke's distinctive fountain pen and recognises it as identical to the one she found on the beach. Now believing that Burke murdered Malloy, she is terrified and telephones Roger.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: John Sedwick
Writers: Ron Sproat
DS-96

#24 - DS-96

Season 1 - Episode 96 - Aired Nov 7, 1966

Roger drives Victoria back to Collinsport, but heavy rain forces them to take shelter until the storm passes. Victoria is shocked by Roger's demand that she should keep her discovery about Burke a secret.

star 8.00
29 votes
DS-99

#25 - DS-99

Season 1 - Episode 99 - Aired Nov 10, 1966

Mrs Johnson begins to believe that Collinwood is haunted and confides her fears to Burke. Meanwhile, the takeover plans for the cannery are abruptly ended when the company executives reject Burke's offer.

star 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Lela Swift
Writers: Ron Sproat