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27 June 27th, 2016 TODAY: Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebrated On Decades Network!


It was 50 years ago that the first gothic soap opera came to be, when the iconic Dark Shadows debuted on ABC on June 27th, 1966.   In the network line-up it followed General Hospital and The Nurses.

The series aired from 1966-1971, and Dark Shadows became a phenom with vampire Barnabas Collins, a role made famous by Jonathan Frid, as the show’s most beloved and recognizable character.  Dark Shadows took its viewers audiences to the mysterious town of Collinsport, Maine, and all of its characters.  Dark Shadows also feautured in its cast: David Selby, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott and so many others over its short, but historic run.

Today, Decades Network will be featuring Dark Shadows episodes, including the debut of vampire Barnabas Collins. Decades remembers the premiere of this cult favorite with the 12 episodes that marked the beginning of the Barnabas storyline, one that propelled the daytime series to new heights. The episodes will be presented in groups of three at 9 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. ET and 3 a.m. ET.

In addition to the selected Dark Shadows episodes, the Decades original one-hour daily series Through the Decades will present an exclusive interview with Steven August Papa, the proclaimed #1 lifetime fan of Dark Shadows, who shares his childhood love for the show and why he is still hooked many years later. They also speak with Walter Podrazik, Television Curator at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, about the show’s place in TV history. The episode will feature interviews with cast members Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and Lara Parker (Angelique Bouchard Collins). will also present the 1968 Dick Cavett interview with Jonathan Frid.  Once thought lost, this rare audio recording is taken from an interview on The Dick Cavett Show not seen on television since it originally aired. The interview covers a variety of topics including the actor’s thoughts on researching and playing the vampire Barnabas Collins, a memorable and chaotic press tour he took for publicity, fan mail influencing the show, and his rapport with actress and co-star Grayson Hall who played Dr. Julia Hoffman.

So, were you a fan of Dark Shadows? Share your thoughts on Decades Network remembering their  50th anniversary in the comment section below!

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  1. Charday says:

    I’ve been watching DS on Decades this morning. I’d love to see more.


  2. Matt says:

    I wish I had known about this tribute, I would of stayed home today. Loved everything Dark Shadows, watched it every day after school.


  3. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    im its no1 fan.-lol..i even had figures made of the cast…still own books, records,board games and ring ect…..ive watched the episodes every time they air…its my top favorite serial and tv series of all time!!!…and im watching on decades!!!


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i wish Edge Of NIght saved their episodes as it is my second favorite series….


    su0000 replied

    0ohh my gorsh!
    the music gave the creepy feeling..
    When Barnabas walked to the door the drum went- boom booom booom booom..
    the short celebration left me wanting a lot more!
    can’t wait for Decades 3 day binge of Dark Shadows, again.
    I wish a network would run DS again, 2 episodes a day for 2-1/2 years!

  4. MBmomof3 says:

    I LOVED Dark Shadows and have many fond memories of watching with my sisters when they came home from school or summer break. I’d watch if I could.

    Thanks for the memories Dark Shadows!


  5. MBmomof3 says:

    I did check out Thanks for the info Mr. Fairman! Love it!


  6. mark says:

    I love you Dark Shadows !!


  7. Phil says:

    I wish they would bring this show back… it would totally do well today! Loved the 90s remake!


  8. su0000 says:

    I’m catching the 8pm (ct) tonight.
    When the new network ‘Decades’ aired, it’s very 1st ”bing”premiere weekend it aired Dark Shadows.. It ran the episodes for 3 days, nonstop..
    It was fun.. too sad I didn’t record it..
    There will be another 3 day binge of Dark Shadows’ looking forward to it, again.

    Tonight is 12 episodes to celebrate it’s 50th !

    btw; Decades rocks!
    This 3 day/weekend binge was the original Superman from the 50′s B&W to color..
    It was fun seeing those Superman episodes!!


  9. Lew S. says:

    I am dating myself, but this was my soap! It was right up there with The Edge of Night.


    MBmomof3 replied

    My two personal faves. Add OLTL and its my perfect trio!


  10. ADAM says:

    This was an awesome show, they don’t make them like this anymore! Growing in San Jose, Ca I remember as a kid watching this show and I remember Kate Jackson in 1970 she was awesome then and of course was the smartest Angel on Charlie’s Angels.

    David Shelby was awesome as well.


  11. su0000 says:

    There is 3 day convention/festival going on as I write in NY.
    Dark Shadows will never die!
    Every year since it went off air there has been the yearly Dark Shadows convention, every year to date.
    The stars would be there and etc..

    There are Dark Shadows Cruises since 2009–
    (((((Activities will include special DARK SHADOWS screenings and DS Costume Party with the stars, Q&A sessions, autographs, a special DARK SHADOWS Origins in Martinique Presentation, performances by the stars, a bus tour of Martinique and much more!
    Rates are per person based on double occupancy and includes all meals, all shipboard entertainment, all port charges and DARK SHADOWS registration fee. Fans who join now with a refundable deposit by March 31, 2014 will attend a private Cast Party on the ship!)))

    Dark Shadows has Facebook and Twitter, and a very active fan club.
    There are still DS costume parties and books and memorabilia being sold and collected.
    I find that so amazing that Dark shadows lives on that I had to Mention it.
    ……….. And it has been 50 years!!!


    Rose replied

    I’m sorry I missed Dark Shadows. Why did it go off air?


    Walter Ian Kaye replied

    Since it went off the air the second time, I think you mean. It was originally on ABC, and a decade later NBC (in its ITC Serif Gothic typeface days) rebroadcast it. I was living in NYC at the time and still remember the commercials for The Milford Plaza and Rollin’ Roaster.


    su0000 replied

    Dark Shadows also aired on the SyFy channel ..

  12. Maureen Hoeler says:

    who played Quintin Collins?


    4ever DAYS replied

    David Selby, Maureen.


  13. Tivette says:

    Tivoed the whole series on Decades and will binge watch this weekend! It was my first soap that I’d run straight home after school to see. Lots of great memories watching the Decade Channel shows and so happy to catch the DS 50th Anniversary marathon.


  14. su0000 says:

    Sadly, DECADES has no immediate plans to add Dark Shadows to its daily lineup. But you never know. Because once Barnabas has risen, he won’t go back in his coffin without a fight.

    “Dark Shadows” has taken to Twitter and Facebook suggesting that fans email DECADES “saying how much you love the show and want to see all the episodes.” It’s an excellent idea, considering that DS has a loyal (and vocal) fanbase.
    The DECADES email address is

    Or you can send a letter via snail mail (always more impactful) to:
    Weigel Broadcasting
    26 N. Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL 60661


    Lew S. replied

    Thanks su!


  15. Jay Keaveny says:

    I have been attending Dark Shadows events since 1983. I was at the one in Tarrytown this past weekend. It was so much fun to revisit a part of my life that has brought me so much pleasure for so many years.


  16. MBmomof3 says:

    When I texted my sister to let her know DS was on Decades (which I don’t get with ATT UVerse) she told me I could watch on HULU for anyone who is interested.


  17. Eugene Groesbeck says:

    My wife & I attended the 50th Anniversary Dark Shadows Festival in Tarrytown , NY last weekend. Twelve former DS cast members were there & signed autographs & had photos taken with fans. It was our third festival & we enjoy it more each time:-)


  18. su0000 says:

    Eugene and Jay..
    wow! how awesome you both were at the 50th Anniversary Dark Shadows Festival in Tarrytown , NY … what a great time you had!!!


  19. Debra m says:

    Would like to see Dark Shadows brought on Decades. Loved the recent marathons. I would like now to see the Quentin Collins day. So many fans would watch the show. Loved this show as a kid and would so enjoy seeing the show again.


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