Year by Year: 1967
Vampire Barnabas Collins is released from his tomb...

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Arrivals: Dennis Patrick (Jason McGuire), John Karlen (Willie Loomis: Second Casting), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Robert Gerringer (Dr. Dave Woodard: Second Casting), Grayson Hall (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Anthony George (Burke Devlin: Second Casting), Jerry Lacy (Tony Peterson), Lara Parker (Angélique Bouchard)

Departures: Mitchell Ryan (Burke Devlin: first casting), Robert Gerringer (Dr. Dave Woodard: Second Casting), Dana Elcar (Sheriff George Patterson)

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A new title sequence marks the show's transfer to colour

Plots and Shocks

  • Laura Collins' supernatural nature is revealed, along with her dark designs on her son, David Collins.
  • Burke Devlin extracts a crucial confession from Roger Collins.
  • What secrets about Elizabeth's past does blackmailer Jason McGuire hold?
  • Drifter Willie Loomis releases vampire Barnabas Collins while graverobbing.
  • Is Maggie Evans the reincarnation of Barnabas' lost love?
  • Dr. Julia Hoffman uncovers Barnabas' secret, but has plans of her own for him.
  • Victoria Winters is sent back in time to the year 1795.

Production Notes

  • Episode 191, featuring Laura's fiery demise, was the only time the show recorded using four cameras, because of its complex technical requirements.
  • Producer Robert Costello posed in costume for the Barnabas portrait, providing a starting point while casting took place. He claims to have found the name Barnabas on a tombstone in a Flushing cemetery.
  • ABC-TV's censors initially forbade the use of the word vampire on the show.
  • During 1967, Dark Shadows aired at 4.00pm EST on ABC-TV. From April 2 onwards, it moved to an earlier 3.30pm timeslot.
  • Dark Shadows converted to colour tapings and broadcast from episode 295 onwards. However, this episode was originally broadcast in black and white. Episode 296 instead was viewers' first opportunity to see the show in colour.
  • The show recorded a 5.0 Nielsen rating for its second year, with a 19.6 share across 2.75m daily homes. This figure translated to over 10m weekly viewers.
  • The music heard from Josette's music box is one of the few pieces of Dark Shadows music not written by Robert Cobert; instead, it was a library track by Canadian-born composer Robert Farnon.
  • Julia Hoffman was originally intended to be a male character until late into casting. In the weeks before her debut, Dr. Woodard refers to Dr. Julius Hoffman!
  • Legendary make-up artist Dick Smith created the pioneering prosphetics used to age Barnabas when Julia's experiments went awry.
  • Strike action disrupted production heavily throughout 1967. An AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) strike halted taping from March 29-April 10. NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians) action stopped recording from September 22-October 3. Taping resumed during the NABET strike, with certain actors receiving fines for crossing picket lines to work.
  • James Hall played Willie Loomis for four episodes before being replaced by John Karlen. Mitchell Ryan was fired from the show after not showing up for the taping of episode 252; Joe Haskell filled in Burke's role in the episode, with Anthony George replacing Ryan full-time. Richard Woods briefly played Dr. Woodard before being replaced with Robert Gerringer. Gerringer refused to cross NABET picket lines and was replaced by Peter Turgeon for the character's final episodes. Vince O'Brien, Angus Cairns and Alfred Sandor all played Sheriff Patterson during this year, though Dana Elcar continued to appear in the role regularly.
  • Episodes 145, 149, 151, 193, 194, 211 and 260 are lost on videotape and survive as kinescope film copies. For the same reason, episodes 296, 300, 318, 320, 323, 325, 335, 341, 344, 351, 352 and 368/369 now only exist in black and white.

Episode Guide

Episodes 139-153 | 154-168 | 169-183 | 184-198 | 199-213 | 214-229 | 230-244 | 245-259 | 260-274 | 275-289 | 290-304 | 305-319 | 320-334 | 335-349 | 350-364 | 365-380 | 381-395

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