YMMV / Dark Shadows

The series:

  • Cult Classic
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: There's a reason this page is pretty much just about Barnabas, despite the fact that he wasn't supposed to be a permanent character.
    • Quentin Collins as well, who was purposely introduced to allow Jonathan Frid a personal life again.
      • Taken to the extreme in the 2012 movie, where Barnabas is now the protagonist.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show had a huge following in Mexico, and, due to its tendency to create completely new settings every few months, is sometimes acknowledged as an influence in the development of the telenovela.
  • Growing the Beard: Around mid-1968 the show took on a Darker and Edgier tone with more ambitious Story Arcs and increased Character Development, and shortly after that it got Bloodier and Gorier as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Quentin Collins, in life and in death. Angelique being no slouch either.
  • Narm: The forgotten or flubbed lines and general Ham and Cheese are major contributors. However..
  • Narm Charm: The series still has a fanbase forty years after ending for a reason.
  • Playing Against Type: Major movie star Joan Bennett in a daytime soap.
  • Screwed by the Network / Too Good to Last: The 1991 remake. It actually started off well. But the Gulf War at the time interrupted its timeslot which messed with it's rating. NBC eventually gave it the ax much to viewers dismay. Even a mass letter campaign and a picket protest (yes, really) didn't convince the network to put it back on the air.
  • The Woobie: Although he's not completely innocent, the suffering Willie Loomis goes through after releasing Barnabas from his coffin is well out of proportion with the severity of his misdeeds, and it's hard not to feel sympathy for the guy. The movie House Of Dark Shadows seems to realize this and majorly Throw the Dog a Bone. Even though Willie dies at the end, he finally is able to do the right thing he always wanted to do and be Maggie's hero when he helps save her from Barnabas.
    • Plus, the guy got shot five times, ended up in a coma, and was wrongly accused of being Maggie's kidnapper. In one episode.

The film: