"The Arrival of Barnabas Collins" is the unofficial title of a major storyline from the 1966-1971ABC-TV Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. It is considered one of the quintessential story-arcs from the series, owing largely to the fact that it introduced the world to the vampire character Barnabas Collins, who was played by Canadian actor Jonathan Frid. Although the show had already been on the air for over a year, many fans consider the introduction of Barnabas Collins to be the "true" start of the series and the character quickly grew in popularity both as an antagonist, and later, a hero. The end of episode 209 foreshadowed the arrival of the character, but Barnabas did not make his first full appearance until episode 210. As a vampire, Barnabas was initially introduced as an adversary to the main characters, and his introductory story included his re-emergence in the present after having been locked in a tomb for nearly two centuries, his insinusation into the modern branch of the Collins family, the mental enslavement of weak-willed Willie Loomis and the seduction and eventual kidnapping of Collinsport Inn coffee shop waitress, Maggie Evans. This story led directly into the "The Abduction of Maggie Evans" story-arc with episode 229.
Dark Shadows: 209: Willie Loomis learns about the Collins family jewels and goes mucking about Eagle Hill Cemetery. Believing Willie to be a family member, the caretaker points him in the direction of the Collins family mausoleum.
The majority of the episodes written in this story-arc were written by Ron Sproat.
Stand-in Tim Gordon played Barnabas Collins' hand in episode 210, which is technically the first appearance of the character. Canonically, the character was introduced in episode 211 where he was played by Jonathan Frid.
Barnabas commissioned Sam Evans to paint his portrait in episode 222.