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DARK SHADOWS (T.V. SERIES)

Updated: Apr 19

Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The show depicted the lives, loves, trials, and tribulations of the wealthy and psychotic Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, where a number of supernatural occurrences take place.


This series became popular when vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) appeared ten months into its run. It would also feature ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor.


This soap opera was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, adventurous music score, broad cosmos of characters, and heroic adventures. The original network run of the show lasted for nearly five years to amass 1,225 episodes.


In 2004 and 2007, it was ranked #19 and #23 on TV Guide's Top Cult Shows Ever.

Since 2006, the series has continued as a range of audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions, featuring many of the original cast, including David Selby, Lara Parker, and Kathryn Leigh Scott.

 

COLLINSWOOD MANSION

DATE(S) VISITED): AUG 1, 2020
LOCATION: NEWPORT, RI
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Carey Mansion was used as the fictional Collins family home in the show and all the outside shots were used here. Due to the grounds being privately owned, and hounds of hell patrolling it to keep trespasses off, it was rather difficult to get a decent picture of the house due to the trees being in full bloom around the perimeter fence. Finally after a good walk we found a few spots to get a picture through the chain links. That was not before we saw a couple walking in front of us at a distance, the guy went down on one knee and I said to Elizabeth, "Is he proposing?... yup, he's proposing"... he then pulled out a ring and they started hugging each other... of course we both erupted into a cheer and started clapping. It was so wonderful to witness.


 

THE BLACK PEARL

DATE(S) VISITED: AUG 1, 2020
LOCATION: NEWPORT, RI
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After enduring the searing heat and realizing that Barnabas Collins would be resting in his coffin about now, we decided to hit the Black Pearl for some food. But, our choice to eat here was also because this restaurant was not only used by the Dark Shadows crew when filming, it was also used in the show, but renamed 'The Blue Whale'. They used the tavern and also made a studio model of it verbatim.



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