The BEST episodes of Dark Shadows (1991)

Every episode of Dark Shadows (1991) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dark Shadows (1991)!

The series starts with the resurrection of Barnabas Collins, who has been in his coffin since 1790. Dr. Julia Hoffman helps cure his vampirism, and he is released from the curse that Angelique Collins put on him. After a seance where Barnabas was trying to contact his sister Sarah, Victoria is transported to 1790.

Last Updated: 8/29/2023Network: NBCStatus: Ended
Episode Four
10 votes

#1 - Episode Four

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/18/1991

The mysterious child ghost of Sarah Collins appears to Victoria Winters, and leads her to a library in Collinwood's closed-off west wing, and gives her an old diary. Barnabas and his servant, Willie Loomis, are stunned when the evil apparition of the witch Angelique materializes from the fire in the fireplace.

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Episode Two
15 votes

#2 - Episode Two

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/14/1991

After being attacked by Barnabas Collins, Daphne Collins dies and rises as a vampire. Dr. Julia Hoffman learns Barnabas' secret and offers to help cure him of his vampirism.

Writer: Jon Boorstin
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Episode Six
7 votes

#3 - Episode Six

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/1/1991

At the Collinwood costume party, Barnabas warns Dr. Julia Hoffman that he will have his revenge on her. When a seance is held to contact Sarah Collins' spirit, governess Victoria Winters vanishes and a strange woman appears in her place.

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Episode One
25 votes

#4 - Episode One

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/1991

Handyman Willie Loomis accidentally releases vampire Barnabas Collins from his chained coffin. Barnabas introduces himself to the Collins family as a distant relative from England and begins to romance beautiful new governess Victoria Winters. The town of Collinsport is soon terrorized by a series of deadly attacks.

Directors: Dan Curtis
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Episode Five
9 votes

#5 - Episode Five

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/25/1991

Learning of Barnabas Collins' growing affection for Victoria Winters, a jealous Dr. Julia Hoffman decides to not yet fully cure Barnabas. Losing control, Barnabas attacks Carolyn Stoddard.

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Episode Three
13 votes

#6 - Episode Three

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/14/1991

Dr. Julia Hoffman begins her experiments to help cure Barnabas Collins of his vampirism. Professor Michael Woodard threatens Barnabas' safety, as he attempts to uncover the identity of the vampire.

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Episode Seven
7 votes

#7 - Episode Seven

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/8/1991

In 1991, the Collins family fears for Victoria Winters, knowing that she has been transported to the year 1790. In the eighteenth century, Victoria meets the residents of Collinwood.

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Episode Eight
6 votes

#8 - Episode Eight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/15/1991

In 1790, a jealous Angelique schemes to use her witchcraft to prevent the marriage of Barnabas Collins and Josette DuPres. In 1991, the Collinses learn the identify of the stranger from 1790.

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Episode Eleven
7 votes

#9 - Episode Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/15/1991

In 1790, Victoria Winters' witchcraft trial begins, Angelique's spirit tries to stop Barnabas Collins from making Josette DuPres his vampire bride. In 1991, Angelique possesses Dr. Julia Hoffman.

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Episode Nine
7 votes

#10 - Episode Nine

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/1/1991

In 1790, a grieving Josette DuPres bitterly accuses Barnabas Collins of killing her only true love. Abigail Collins enlists the aid of Reverend Trask to have Victoria Winters jailed for witchcraft.

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Episode Twelve
9 votes

#11 - Episode Twelve

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/22/1991

In 1790, Barnabas' vampirism is discovered. Joshua A. Collins and lawyer Peter Bradford desperately try to save Victoria Winters from being hung as a witch. In 1991, Victoria's return from the past is jeopardized as Angelique's spirit now possessing Maggie Evans plots a murder.

Directors: Mark Sobel
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Episode Ten
8 votes

#12 - Episode Ten

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/8/1991

In 1790, the Collins family mourns the apparent death of Barnabas Collins as they move into the new Collinwood mansion. After rising as a vampire, Barnabas attacks Josette DuPres.

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