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The 50 Best TV Dramas of All Time

46. Dark Shadows

Network: ABC
Air Dates: June 27, 1966 - April 2, 1971
Stars: Jonathan Frid, Nancy Barrett, Joan Bennett, Kathleen Cody, Thayer David, Roger Davis, Grayson Hall, John Karlen, Lara Parker, Louis Edmonds, David Henesy, Kate Jackson, Diana Millay, Alexandra Moltke, Kathryn Leigh Scott

Last year's Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows movie, starring Johnny Depp, failed to put unaware heads onto one of TV's best genre shows of all time. If anything, that film's high level of shittiness was detrimental to ABC's classic slice of Gothic melodrama. Just try not to hold its ineptitude against the original Barnabas Collins.

Why? Because the original version of Dark Shadows is still a macabre blast. Technically a soap opera (but obviously nothing like those painful ones your mom loves), the series hits its stride once actor Jonathan Frid checked in as vampire Barnabas. Along with his family of eccentrics, Barnabas confronted romance, werewolves, alternate dimensions, and witches, a vast array of antagonists that kept Dark Shadows dependably unpredictable. —MB

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