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10 Shows Like 'Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire' to Watch Next

If you're looking for more vampire content (including others adapted from books and featuring queer characters), look no further.

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From left to right: Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid, and Bailey Bass in 'Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire'

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Being a vampire calls for a lot more than just sucking some blood — and AMC's Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampireexplores just that, telling audiences a retold vampiric tale from a new perspective.

Previously undertaken by Neil Jordan in 1994 (a film that starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst), author Rice's story is now an AMC series adapted by Rolin Jones with the first two episodes directed by Alan Taylor (known for his work on Game of Thronesand Thor: The Dark World). In the original novel, Louis de Pointe du Lac is a white plantation owner in the Antebellum South. However, this new series takes place in 1900s New Orleans in the Storyville neighborhood, also known as the Red-Light district, in which Louis (Jacob Anderson) is a Black business owner who runs underground affairs while also working on climbing the ladder of high society. Louis values his relationships with his family above all else, particularly with his religious brother Paul (Steven G. Norfleet). However, when Louis is befriended by Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid), he is turned into a vampire, showing him the ways in which an immortal life is a costly one.

This dive into the world of vampires is a popular one; Rice — who passed away in December 2021 — sold more than 100 million copies of her novels. Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire was renewed for a second season before the first episode even premiered in October 2022.

If you're looking for more vampire content, look no further. Here are 10 shows you should watch next, ranked by Metascore.


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Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of Joss Whedon and female protagonists who have to juggle teen drama with the supernatural
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Seasons: 7

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, the series follows Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a high school girl who is the latest in a long line of women known as vampire slayers. In an attempt to escape her dark past and be a normal teen, Buffy moves to Sunnydale, Calif. with her mother, only to fall in love with a mysterious young man named Angel (David Boreanaz). However, Buffy's new life begins to get complicated when Angel reveals that he's a vampire, confirming to her that her destiny may be harder to run from than she thought. The series originally ran from 1997 to 2003 and has become a cult classic.

"This supernatural series has fast, raucous music, attractive heroes and heroines, and nifty morphing effects for the vampires." — Michael Farkash, The Hollywood Reporter


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The cast of 'What We Do in the Shadows'

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What We Do in the Shadows (2019)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of mockumentaries and Staten Island
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Seasons: 4 (so far)

Based on the 2014 New Zealand film of the same name written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this mockumentary horror comedy follows the lives of three traditional vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) who live with energy vampire Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) and human familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). A much more comedic take on the vampiric lifestyle, the series follows this chaotic group of beings as they interact with the modern world and continue to live out their eternal lives as vampires. Critically acclaimed, What We Do in the Shadows has been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards so far.

"If Shadows doesn't seem entirely necessary, it's perfectly fun. Its pleasures are in the goofy details." — James Poniewozik, The New York Times


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David Boreanaz in 'Angel'

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Angel

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and private detectives
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Seasons: 5

This spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer follows the vampire Angel whose soul was restored by a curse as punishment for murdering a gypsy. After years of murder and torture he inflicted upon innocent people, Angel's revived soul is wracked with guilt. In Los Angeles, the tormented vampire works as a private investigator to help lost souls and restore the faith. However, along the way, Angel must battle demons and enemies as well as his own evil nature. 

"Angel upholds Whedon's spellbinding Buffy mantle and expands it, taking his surprisingly mature and witty view of life among the supernatural into an adult realm." — Diane Werts, Newsday


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Claes Bang in 'Dracula'

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Dracula (2020)

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of Transylvania and ancient castles
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Seasons: 1

Based on the 1987 Bram Stoker novel, Dracula is a British horror drama that follows Dracula (Claes Bang) from his origins in Transylvania. The series consists of three episodes and was developed by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The series offers a modern interpretation of the iconic vampire, dealing with themes of temptation, morality, and rapid change, taking the extra step to explore a vampire's psyche that any Interview With the Vampire will notice.

"Some of the script's attempts at humor and modern dialogue feel off in terms of tone, but the action really kicks in for the final half-hour in a way that makes it almost impossible for you not to watch another." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com


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'Penny Dreadful'

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Penny Dreadful

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of literature and British television
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Seasons: 3

This horror drama series weaves some of literature's most terrifying characters into an adult drama, including Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), among other prominent characters. The series begins in Victorian England in 1891 with the abduction of a woman and her daughter who are later found mutilated. Led by Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), a trio is formed to infiltrate a vampire nest in an attempt to find a recently missing woman, enlisting help from other specialists along the way. 

"When it gets to the meat of the dark source material that gives the show its name, the action is kinetic and satisfying in a manner previous seasons occasionally struggled to provide." — Alex McCowan, The A.V. Club


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'The Strain'

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The Strain

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of vampires and Guillermo del Toro
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Seasons: 4

Based on the novel trilogy created by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, this horror drama follows the head of the CDC's New York Canary Project Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) after he is sent to investigate an airplane where everyone aboard died. Soon, the team discovers a viral outbreak that shares qualities with an ancient vampire strain, a disease that threatens humanity itself. This series puts a modern spin on traditional vampirism yet still explores the brutality of the disease itself, also featuring important familial ties, ala the family created in Interview With the Vampire.

"The fun here comes without that extra layer of philosophical fanaticism. In that sense, The Strain is an enjoyable (and sufficiently sicko) episodic diversion." — Hank Stuever, The Washington Post


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Stephen Moyer in 'True Blood'

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True Blood

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of fantasy and telepathy
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Seasons: 7

Based on Charlaine Harris' novels The Southern Vampire Mysteries, this fantasy horror series is set in a world two years after a synthetic blood product was created that allows vampires to live amongst humans. Following the emergence, vampires struggle to gain equal rights and are caught in a battle for assimilation versus power. The series follows Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress whose world turns upside down when she falls in love with 174-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The series deals with topics of discrimination, the media, and family that Interview With the Vampire fans are sure to appreciate.

"There's just nothing else on TV with this level of jubilant satire." — Paige Wiser, Chicago Sun-Times


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Lady Gag in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'

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American Horror Story: Hotel

Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of Lady Gaga and fashion shows
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Seasons: 1 (This is season 5 of the franchise, which overall includes 11 seasons so far)

American Horror Story Season 5, subtitled, Hotel,takes a stab at the vampire story in a horror drama centered on the mysterious Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles and its matron The Countess (Gaga). The Cortez is known for its history of disturbing crimes and paranormal events and consequently catches the eye of homicide detective (Wes Bentley). It is soon revealed that The Countess is a blood hungry vampire on a quest for love, power, and revenge. This season hosts an array of creatures and villains that take a deep dive into the world of the dark as they attempt to exist among the living.

"Filled with arresting imagery, much of the action takes place in a beyond-creepy L.A. hotel... [but] there's almost an indifference to story." — Brian Lowry, Variety


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Nina Dobrev in 'The Vampire Diaries'

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The Vampire Diaries

Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of the supernatural and love triangles
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Seasons: 8

Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, this teen drama series follows Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who lost both of her parents in a car accident and falls for a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Elena's life only complicates further when Stefan's older brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) arrives, setting up an epic supernatural love triangle. The brothers both protect Elena from greater villains that threaten their town. This popular television series explores the romantic and dramatic side of living with a vampire, or two.

"It's not Twilight — but it's not bad, either. The Vampire Diaries ... successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap." — Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald


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Katherine McNamara in 'Shadowhunters'

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Shadowhunters

Metascore: 45
Best for: Fans of forbidden love, Katherine McNamara, and Harry Shum Jr.
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Seasons: 3

Based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, this supernatural drama series follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (McNamara), who goes out to get drinks with her best friend Simon (Alberto Rosende) in celebration of her acceptance into the Brooklyn Academy of Arts. However, when Clary notices a suspicious group of people at the bar that no one else can see and decides to follow them, her world is changed forever as she discovers they live amongst warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and more. Shadowhunters offers a fresh interpretation of a fantastical modern cityscape, showing audiences yet another world they could never imagine.

"It's too moody and self-serious for a pulpy action show in which monsters dissolve into hot sparks when stabbed." — James Poniewozik, The New York Times