Plenty of good reviews here of the series which helped me decide to purchase. Yes, the acting is sometimes unnerving but often excrutiating, it's done low budget soap style in single takes (great drinking game spotting fluffed lines), and the black&whiteness of it is a creepy atmospheric bonus. It's a bit slow, but they feed you plot increments each episode like a good soap should, and characters have a history and often a secret. Unfortunately, though, this is only the introduction to Barnabus. His mystery is paper-thin from the start, and you don't get to know him well beyond his leanings towards young women. Just as things seem to come to a head, and you feel the buildup was worth it, you realise this 3-disc set has only 2 discs (20 episodes) of Dark Shadows. This, then, is taster only, and all talk of ghosts and ghouls is by reviewers who've watched well beyond these episodes.