Okay, you might have seen all the Twilight movies, and have the books. You might have watched every episode of True Blood. You might be the biggest Goth kid on campus. But how much do you really know about vampire TV? Here are some series you might have missed, particularly if you are under the age of twenty-five, and you might want to check them out.
Dark Shadows, running from 1966-1971, was a vampire soap opera/drama/Gothic horror show. ABC introduced the character of Barnabas Collins in an effort to shore up a failing show, and it worked. Starring Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins, the show highlights the oddities that surround the well to do modern day Collins Family. In almost 600 episodes, this show had it all-werewolves, witches, and-of course-vampires.
Dark Shadows, the short lived NBC drama that revived the character of Barnabas Collins in 1991. Brilliantly played by Ben Cross, this is worth your time, despite the short run. (Footnotes to the Dark Shadows universe: Good run of comics, and is going to be revived again by Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. Can’t wait.)
Forever Knight, running from 1989-1996, was a drama about a vampire cop in Toronto, Canada. Yes, he worked the night shift, and his name was ‘Nick Knight’. It starred Geraint Wyn Davies, and was sometimes corny, sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, and usually well written with passable acting, good sets, and lovely costumes. Interestingly enough the pilot starred the eighties pop singer, Rick Springfield, and he made a much more convincing vampire that the very white-bread Geraint.
Kindred, The Embraced, running a short eight episodes, was just finding its legs when canceled. Starring the late Mark Frankel and the incomparable Kelly Rutherford, the show is loosely based on the White Wolf role playing system. It is a serious drama that takes itself way too seriously sometimes, but is well acted and quite well filmed. Worth the watch.
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, 1997-2003 running on Fox. This is my favorite. If all you have seen is The Vampire Diaries, you are seriously missing out. Created by Joss Whedon, the show chronicles the life of young Buffy Summers, an unlikely Vampire Slayer. It has brilliant wit, serious dialog, lesbian witches, a Seth Green werewolf and Spike and Angel. What more could a girl ask for? The show spawned some great comics from Dark Horse, an Angel spin-off, two video games that are tons of fun to play, and countless one liners that just won’t leave my head.
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Angel, running from 1999-2004 on Fox and then the WB, this show was not long enough. Taking the popular character of Angel played by the ever improving David Boreanaz, we see his search for redemption after being cursed by a Gypsy, boffed by Buffy, and then re-cursed. This show is again created by Joss Whedon and is brilliantly written, being funny and dramatic and engaging. The budget was cut way down in the last season but the way these writers made it all work-genius. Puppet Episode. It shouldn’t work, but it does. The characters are revived in Dark Horse Comics, with a great tribute to the late Andy Hallet, playing Lorne on the show.
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