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My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning. A journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me. And link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place, to the edge of the sea, high atop Widow’s Hill. A house called… Collinwood.
Vampires, witches, warlocks, ghosts, a severed head and hand, parallel times, mad scientists and werewolves. All of these supernatural elements are pretty commonplace on television today.
In the 1960s, we could watch the good-spirited, friendly, madcap antics of the Munsters and the Addams Family. And Hammer Films was at its peak in theatres around the world. But only one show dared to bring the supernatural to daytime TV. It was a bold, all or nothing, last-ditch effort to save a floundering series. And as anyone who recognizes that opening I quoted above knows, it was a ghostly gamble that paid off in spades.
Today marks the 48th anniversary of the delightfully dark soap opera Dark Shadows. On June 27, 1966, this soon-to-be-supernatural hit aired on the ABC network for the first time. Continue reading