Going back all the way to 1966 one stumbles upon Dark Shadows – the name is quite literal, that must be added, since the show is obviously aired at a time color TV was not a part of everyone’s homes. Instead set in black and white hues the show certainly has quite a lot of dark shadows to cast – and it is so hooking that if you started binge watching it, you would have dark shadows beneath your eyes before you finally called it a night and went to sleep. A gothic soap opera and a fan favorite cult classic, ABC’s Dark Shadows didn’t take much time in emerging as one of the leading shows boosting viewership that other soaps would soon come to envy.
But what makes the shows so loved, even so, many years after its conception? A lot of things add to its collective greatness, as it turns out. From the dark music score to the melodramatic acting, from the hair-raising plot twists to the excellent acting – every single factor helped in the show’s greatness. Perhaps its biggest advantage was having a curious blend of unique supernatural elements – thus the name “Dark Shadows” – and of course, you can’t expect an old show to be without its “gothic” element. From vampires to werewolves and from zombies to time travel, Dark Shadows did it first – and dark shadows did it better (Twilight, Teen Wolf, and Walking Dead, please take note!) Since its sprouting Dark Shadows has soared to great heights – going on to become one of America’s most loved cult classics, and one that was critically well acclaimed as well. It has some of the most famous names of yesterday in its cast – including Joan Bennett and Jonathan Frid – which makes it all the more appealing to a timeless audience. TV Guide has twice put it on its Top Cult Shows Ever list, and the dark supernatural, mysterious gothic tale of epic proportions remains a favorite today still. Before there was Supernatural, there was Dark Shadows.