Dark Shadows=-->Best ABC Soap Opera of All Time or Classic?

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Vampires, werewolves, witches, all at 3 p.m. central time! Was it simply not the best?





Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 15:44 (10 years ago) Permalink

Greatest show ever, I didn't realize that Gareth stole his face from Quentin though!!!

Allyzay, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 16:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

The truth comes out!!!

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

I am saddened that it is only us who seem to love this show :(

The acting was so great! They always seemed completely confused by whatever was going on.

Allyzay, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

I remember one episode that had a fly buzzing around the set. The actors were visibly disturbed by it!

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:14 (10 years ago) Permalink

I know! Why were all the girls so mad for Barnabas btw? He really wasn't good looking at all, Quentin was way way hotter.

Allyzay, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

Synopsis:

Season 1:

"You're Josette"
"No, I'm not."
"You're Josette."
"No, I'm not."

Season 2:

"You're Josette."
"No, I'm not."
"You're Josette."
"Okay, I'm Josette."
"No, you're not."

Season 3:

"Where's Josette?"
"Who cares. Angelique ROCKS!"

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

Not quite as good but the best daytime dramas are offering these days, see Passions.

A Girl Named Sam (thatgirl), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

Angelique truly did rock the fucking house. I never thought Victoria was that much at all.

Allyzay, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

didn't they try to bring this back in the early 90s?

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 17:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, with the same producer, Dan Curtis ("winds of war" "war and remembrance") and ben cross, but it didn't do too much. The first one was too genuinely creepy (sometimes) to be beat.

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 18:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

I always thought he was creepier

lawrence kansas (lawrence kansas), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 19:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

My mom has talked about how great Dark Shadows was since I was a little girl.....

bobbi gail atwell, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 19:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

You can get video tapes. I've watched almost all of it on tape. Of course, that's more of an admission than I'd like to make. It was a daily soap opera. That's a lot of tape. Much of it is boring and repetitive like all soaps. But occasionally it's terrifying and often genuinely strange. Of course, the country was falling apart then.

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 20:00 (10 years ago) Permalink

I saw Jonathan Frid in a production of something like Arsenic and Old Lace in New Haven a few years ago. He was still terrifying.

Skottie, Tuesday, 4 November 2003 20:02 (10 years ago) Permalink

I used to love this show. I first caught it when the young boy and blond girl (who may have been a ghost or something) were hanging around in some crypt-type place, and since I was about their age and loved spooky shit I was hooked immediately. It eventually got more ridiculous (Julia creating a Frankenstinian monster, then a wife for it, or am I imagining this last part?) and even my teenage self started to think it was stupid.

I remember one flub my brother told me about where Frid said "Hollywood" instead of "Collinwood" and I guess the rest of the take was so brilliant they left it in.

nickn (nickn), Tuesday, 4 November 2003 20:08 (10 years ago) Permalink

I remember one flub my brother told me about where Frid said "Hollywood" instead of "Collinwood" and I guess the rest of the take was so brilliant they left it in.

It was live, IIRC. There were several US soaps that went out live as late as the mid-Seventies.

Christine 'Green Leafy Dragon' Indigo (cindigo), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 02:57 (10 years ago) Permalink

Actually live or just an extremely tight shooting schedule? I thought they were so close to the edge occasionally that they had to let imperfect things go out, but I didn't think they were live all the time. DS had lots of different sets that would have made that hard.

nickn (nickn), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 05:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't have thought it was live, just xtrmly low budget and therefore quickly shot. But I don't know.

Skottie, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 07:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

8 years pass...

It looks like I will be writing about the Burton film; I suppose I should watch 2 or 3 episodes of this for b.g. It was huge when I was 7 years old, but I was incurious and probably never saw a whole ep.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I did the whole run-home-from-school thing for a while as a tike. The Monday-Friday serial aspect was a big part of the appeal. Viewed individually, the episodes are slow, clunky, and ultra-low-budget, but cumulatively, with story lines stretched over weeks and months, they managed to create some creepy effects.

I'm drawing a blank on other daily TV serials aimed at kids (as I assume DS largely was, after the first year or two) ... it reminds me of what I've read about some old radio series.

Brad C., Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/74/conventions

The part of the episode where the Dark Shadows convention is covered is pretty entertaining. I wonder if people still have Dark Shadows conventions now.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw Wiki has the show as "live-to-tape" (ie, no retakes) as opposed to live.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

The film looks dreadful.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 3 May 2012 00:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

trailers don't mean shit, I've learned

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 May 2012 00:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

i had a job for a couple years with a boss who was just obsessed with the show and talked about it constantly, had every episode on VHS, etc. it annoyed me at the time but now i kinda really want to see it.

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Thursday, 3 May 2012 01:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Never knew that it was non-supernatural until several months after the debut.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 May 2012 01:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think the film looks pretty good and I've long since stopped being a burton fan. i dunno, the gimmick is amusing.

akm, Thursday, 3 May 2012 04:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Thursday, 3 May 2012 04:14 (1 year ago) Permalink


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