Dark Shadows

The WORST episodes of Dark Shadows

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/27/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Season 2 - Episode 63 - Aired 3/17/1967

Laura meets David at an abandoned fishing shack and tells him that they will leave soon. As a fire starts to engulf the building, Laura begins to beckon David into the flames.

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Season 5 - Episode 49 - Aired 1/29/1968

A grieving Joshua vows that Victoria will pay for her part in Sarah's death. As his guilt over his condition grows, Barnabas begs Ben to kill him at dawn with a wooden stake, so that the trail of death will end.

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Season 6 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/15/1968

Barnabas, Julia, and Willie are in the cellar of the Old House, gathered around a sleeping Adam. Barnabas and Julia tell Willie that he must not frighten Adam because he would react the same way that everyone reacts when frightened-by striking out. Julia tells Willie that teaching Adam things calms him. Barnabas and Julia then leave the cellar, and Willie is now stuck with Adam. Willie lights a cigarette, which Adam grabs. The cigarette burns Adam's hand, and Adam lashes out by knocking Willie out. At Collinwood, Julia looks over Dr. Lang's old things. Mrs. Johnson enters. She is trying to avoid David, Julia asks why. It turns out Mrs. Johnson had the dream. Julia advises Mrs. Johnson to leave Collinwood for both the sakes of herself and David. As Mrs. Johnson is about to leave, Willie enters. He tells Julia that Adam has left. Julia has Willie go look for him. Adam finds his way to the terrace. Mrs. Johnson sees him and screams. She demands information from him as to who he is; but he

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Season 6 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/16/1968

Willie brings Adam some food to eat. Julia tells Willie to expect this behavior from Adam, after all he feels dejected. Willie tells Julia that he would rather return to Wyndcliffe then continue to live like this, but Julia tells him if he returns to Wyndcliffe he won't ever get out. Willie reluctantly agrees to continue working with Adam. Willie goes back into the cellar to work with Adam. Willie finds out that he likes shiny things, so he opens a secret door and takes out some jewelry, formally owned by Josette Collins, out of the compartment. Willie tells Adam about the time Maggie was in the Old House and thought she was Josette Collins. He puts the jewlery back, and decides to leave to give Maggie a pair of earrings. Meanwhile, at the Evans Cottage, Maggie and Joe are getting ready to leave. Maggie and Joe leave the room to do other things in the cottage, and Willie sneaks in and puts the earrings in Maggie's purse. He the flees the cottage. Meanwhile, in the Old House cellar, Ju

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Season 6 - Episode 35 - Aired 5/17/1968

Elizabeth is terrified after stumbling upon an escaped Adam. David makes contact with Adam in the woods. Barnabas rushes to the boy's aid, but Roger shoots Adam, attempting to defend his son.

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Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/31/1969

Barnabas finds out from Dirk that Jenny is Quentin’s wife and that she has been locked in the tower room. Jenny tells Beth that she killed Quentin. Barnabas asks Angelique to save Quentin as he was not supposed to die this way. Angelique plans to raise Quentin, but will use him to make Barnabas suffer.

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Season 7 - Episode 41 - Aired 4/28/1969

Laura confesses that she has returned to Collinwood to take custody of her children Jamison and Nora.

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Season 7 - Episode 42 - Aired 4/29/1969

Barnabas uses an incantation from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to conjure up the spirit of Laura.

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Season 7 - Episode 43 - Aired 4/30/1969

Quentin and Barnabas decide to try to destroy Laura. Jenny is ordered by Laura to kill Quentin.

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Season 7 - Episode 44 - Aired 5/1/1969

Jenny meets Barnabas at the Old House and Quentin takes a pistol to search for her.

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Season 7 - Episode 83 - Aired 6/25/1969

The hand of Count Petofi is used to perform the procedure on charity. Evan Hanley confronts Barnabas.

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Season 7 - Episode 91 - Aired 7/7/1969

Evan and Trask try to convince Judith to sign a paper committing her to a sanitarium.

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Season 7 - Episode 93 - Aired 7/9/1969

Victor Fenn-Gibbon observes as Angelique conducts a ceremony using the hand to help Quentin.

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Season 7 - Episode 94 - Aired 7/10/1969

The gypsy named Julianka tells Barnabas she has come to end the curse in return for the hand.

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Season 7 - Episode 95 - Aired 7/11/1969

Aristede sets in motion a curved blade which will kill Quentin unless Aristede can get Petofi's hand.

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Season 7 - Episode 96 - Aired 7/14/1969

In the woods, Julianka the gypsy is found dead with a strange mark on her forehead.

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Season 7 - Episode 101 - Aired 7/22/1969

After Petofi leaves Collinwood, it is discovered that Jamison Collins has been possessed by him.

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Season 8 - Episode 38 - Aired 1/12/1970

Barnabas stops Megan from killing Philip. Barnabas and Philip plan to keep Michael locked up until he is ready to “emerge again.” Michael torments Maggie who is locked in a remote part of Collinwood. Philip searches for Maggie.

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Season 8 - Episode 74 - Aired 3/3/1970

Jeb is able to subdue the werewolf with some silver. Bruno talks his way out of Jeb killing him, by casting suspicion on Megan whom is now under Barnabas’ control. Jeb raises four dead men to help him with his plans.

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Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/24/1970

Cyrus, Quentin and Alexis find that Angelique’s body is in the coffin and perfectly preserved. Quentin decides to have Angelique’s body cremated so they will have no further doubts. Cyrus tells Alexis that he believes that Angelique has somehow survived death. Amy gives Quentin some paper which describe that William Loomis is working on a new book about Barnabas Collins. Alexis goes to Angelique’s coffin again, when she touches the body Angelique awakes and tells her that she is going to die.

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Season 9 - Episode 46 - Aired 6/1/1970

Elizabeth stops Maggie from jumping. Barnabas becomes suspicious of Angelique (posing as Alexis). Barnabas stares at the portrait of Angelique; Angelique realizes that someone is watching her and feels a burning stare, she runs in to Angelique’s room then Barnabas realizes that she really is Angelique.

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Season 9 - Episode 69 - Aired 7/2/1970

Trask is listening while Carolyn tries to convince Roger that Alexis is really Angelique. Amy tells Trask that someone is living in the tower room. Carolyn goes to the tower and someone approaches, she claims that they killed Angelique; Carolyn is then stabbed by whoever it was.

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Season 9 - Episode 75 - Aired 7/10/1970

Angelique interrupts Roger; Maggie tells her that Roger killed Angelique. Angelique starts to feel cold and kills Roger for his warmth. Claude North attempts to make Roxanne speak which would kill Angelique, Barnabas tries to stop him because if Angelique dies now he will not be able to clear Quentin of the murder charges. Angelique brings Maggie under her power and sends her to shoot Quentin. Barnabas tries to get Angelique to sign a confession and tell him where Julia is at; she refuses.

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Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired 8/13/1970

Quentin’s concern for her appears to cause Daphne to change her mind about killing him. Daphne appears to David and Hallie. Quentin performs an exorcism but he is interrupted by Daphne’s spirit. Hallie falls and hurts her arm while Quentin performed the exorcism. David and Hallie hold a seance in the playroom and hear a voice stating “let us live.”

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Season 10 - Episode 35 - Aired 9/4/1970

Julia tells Barnabas that Carolyn sang a song. Barnabas questions Carolyn about the song and she is unable to tell him anything. David and Hallie put a doll of Barnabas in the dollhouse, hoping that it will allow him to help them. Later they find the Barnabas doll destroyed. Julia and Barnabas decide that they must take the children out of the house. David is summoned from the house.