THE EDGE OF DARK SHADOWS
Something that's probably been mentioned in this long thread, but I wanted to bring it up since I've observed it firsthand as I'm watching the show again:
It receives a lot of mention by reviewers, fans, and would-be funny-folk, that on DARK SHADOWS there are frequent "appearances" of shadows of microphones, equipment, crew, set edges, etc. - and it's all certainly true - especially on today's TVs that show everything.
But it wasn't *quite* as true back in the day these were telecast on ABC. First off, those TVs of the day were tube sets. Most were somewhat rounded in shape, so immediately you have to allow for the fact that the rounded corners of the picture tube cut off the corners of the picture. Second, in order to completely fill those picture tubes, a good amount of overscan was necessary. That means that a good chunk of the images we see today were never seen by DARK SHADOWS' ABC audience. So those errant microphones, set edges, and off-camera crew were really "off-camera" and not seen. Third, I have to mention the resolution of televisions in those days. The old tube sets with analog signals are no match for today's digital technology, flat-screen LCD and plasma TV sets.
Today's TVs and DVDs give us the capability to see edges of the picture that we weren't able to see before, so it's almost excusable when you see something on the edge of the screen that shouldn't be there.
Of course, even without consideration of the edges, DARK SHADOWS presents a plethora of examples of things that go wrong on basically live TV shows - the forgotten dialog, the errant insect landing on faces, the candles that won't behave, and the sets that wiggle and wobble as they get used. Those things are part of what make DARK SHADOWS all the more endearing to its fans, as we sympathize with the actors in trying to bring us these stories on a rapid-fire daily basis.