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DARK SHADOWS: WHAT IS IT?Dark Shadows
is a gothic soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971. The story begins with a young woman named Victoria Winters who is hired under mysterious circumstances to be a governess to the heir of the prestigious Collins family of Collinsport, Maine. From there, she quickly becomes caught in webs of suspicion, mystery, and the paranormal.
The show was not a ratings winner when it first began, but when a paranormal-themed plot involving seances and the mysterious introduction of Laura Collins - a phoenix, as it turned out - people became interested. However, after Laura's plot concluded, Dark Shadows
was once again in danger of cancellation. In a moment of desperation, the writers introduced a character by the name of Barnabas Collins (remember this - it's important), a vampire who was determined to find the reincarnation of his long-lost love, Josette. The character of Barnabas was initially only intended for a thirteen-week run, but the character proved so incredibly popular that the writers kept him for almost the entire run of the show. From there, the door was opened to other supernatural plotlines, including time-travel, witches, evil cults, werewolves, and parallel dimensions.( why you should be watching it & side-effects.Collapse )