June 27, 2020

This Day in Halloween: Gothic horror soap opera "Dark Shadows" debuts on ABC in 1966. / Illustration by Ryan Zulueta

Dark Shadows premieres on ABC in 1966. The Gothic horror-themed weekday soap opera produces 1,248 episodes over a unique five-year run of vampires and the supernatural, gaining a cult following that spurs a series of novels, a pair of movies in the early 1970s as well as Tim Burton’s 2012 dark comedy, two TV revivals, a stage play and an audio drama.