With its alluring tales of gothic mystery and supernatural intrigue, Dark Shadows became the most popular daytime series of all time during its run on ABC from 1966-71. Much like the show’s character Barnabas Collins, a guilt-ridden vampire released from his chained coffin after nearly 200 years, Dark Shadows retains an immortality that time steadfastly fails to erode.
Victoria urges Naomi to keep Sarah inside Collinwood, but Sarah sees Barnabas and follows him.
Barnabas bites Ruby Tate at the Collinsport docks. He returns to the mausoleum with a bloodied face.
A rain-drenched Sarah falls desperately ill. Ben helps Barnabas to secretly visit her at Collinwood.
Guilt-ridden over Sarah’s death, Barnabas tries to persuade Ben to drive a stake through his heart.
Angelique’s ghost taunts Ben, telling him that the curse she placed on Barnabas must continue for eternity.
Josette is drawn to secretly meet with Barnabas, who tries to resist baring his fangs to bite her.
Barnabas reluctantly informs Josette they must stay apart forever. Suki Forbes arrives in Collinsport.
Suki is introduced as Nathan’s sister, even though she is his wife. Barnabas and Josette meet for a final embrace.
Noticing Josette’s strange behavior, Natalie pleads with Victoria to break the apparent spell on Josette.
Joshua goes to the tomb where he buried Barnabas and discovers that his coffin is now empty.
Suki discovers what Barnabas is and divulges his secret to Nathan before she dies.
Joshua and Naomi fear Josette will die the next day as recorded in the Collins family history book.
Josette is beckoned by Angelique to Widows’ Hill, where she sees a terrifying vision of herself.
Millicent sees Barnabas in the graveyard. She informs Joshua that Barnabas ran away from her.
Reverend Trask calls upon Abigail to testify against Victoria as her witchcraft trial begins at the courthouse.
Joshua goes to the mausoleum and finds that the coffin now contains the body of Barnabas.
Peter realizes he must hide the Collins family history book, fearing it will be used against Victoria at her trial.
Using his occult powers, Barnabas raises Josette from the dead but he is horrified at her disfigured face.
Abigail investigates the Old House, unaware that Barnabas has moved his coffin into the basement.
Disturbed by Trask’s interrogation of him, Daniel runs outside and discovers the dead body of Abigail.
Hoping to save Victoria from a guilty verdict, Peter tries to persuade Nathan to testify on her behalf.
After Nathan commits perjury for him on the witness stand, Trask convinces Joshua to forgive Nathan.
At the trial, Ben reveals that Angelique is a witch, but she soon materializes and condemns Victoria.
As a final effort to save her, Peter urges Victoria to tell the truth about herself, despite the risk.