Dark Shadows Every Day is written by Danny Horn.
I first watched Dark Shadows when I was in seventh grade, and the local NBC station showed the first six months of the Barnabas storyline, from Barnabas’ arrival to the fateful confrontation with Dave Woodard.
A couple years later, I discovered the show again on New Jersey Network, where I got to see another two years of the show, from the end of the Dream Curse through 1897, the Leviathans and halfway into 1970 Parallel Time. When NJN dropped the show, WNYC picked it up, and I finally got to see what happened to Dr. Woodard!
And because I’m a fan and a collector at heart, over the years I’ve read all the Concordances and fanzines, I’ve bought the books and soundtracks and videos, and I’ve been to Dark Shadows Festivals. I’ve always wanted a place to write about Dark Shadows, but I couldn’t think of the right format.
So I came up with the most ambitious challenge I could think of — to watch Dark Shadows as the original audience did, one episode a day, and try to find something interesting to say about it. I’m keeping the Monday-to-Friday rhythm of the original broadcast, which basically nobody has bothered to do since the show went into syndication and then home video.
I don’t know if anybody actually wants to read about every episode of Dark Shadows, but we’ll find out. I’m trespassing in the cemetery, breaking into the secret room and opening up the mystery box. Let’s see what’s in there.
Next: Satan’s Favorite TV Show.
By the way: If you like my writing, you can the talks I’ve given on dangerous toys, flying saucers, the Mickey Mouse watch and the natural selection of Superman:
I’ve also appeared on a bunch of episodes of Movin’ Right Along: The Muppet Movie Podcast:
Basically, my goal on these podcasts is to use as much of my Modern Culture and Media film-crit vocabulary as I possibly can, and be super intellectual and pretentious, which I find enjoyable and you might as well. My favorite one is Episode 202, where I open the episode with a five-minute monologue about how studying French post-structuralist literary theory helped me to understand The Great Muppet Caper. Episode 304 is also really fun.
Here are all the episodes I’m on:
The Muppet Movie:
- Episode 21: A Frog and a Pig Fall in Love
- Episode 22: How Miss Piggy Became a Celebrity
- Episode 29: Six Guns in Kermit’s Face
- Episode 30: A Noggin Full of Library Paste
The Great Muppet Caper:
- Bonus #3: The Muppets Go to the Movies (extra-long episode)
- Bonus #5: The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (really seriously extra-long episode)
The Muppets Take Manhattan: