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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 10, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 545 Ratings

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  • Summary: In this adaptation of the L.J. Smith book series, vampire brothers battle for the heart of a mortal teenaged girl named Elena Gilbert.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. 100
    These killers are more fun than a cemetery full of psycho zombie killers on Halloween.
  2. There’s an engrossing moodiness to Mr. Williamson’s latest venture, but one he conveys without annulling the pact he long ago made with himself never to let his cheekiness go undetected.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Williamson and Julie Plec--working from L.J. Smith's books, which actually preceded "Twilight"--mix these familiar elements into a crimson cocktail that even gets reasonable mileage out of its cliches, which ought to give this early riser a chance to establish some fan loyalty before the other networks launch their Thursday lineups.
  4. 50
    No, it's not Twilight--but it's not bad, either. The Vampire Diaries, The CW's new fang-gang drama, successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap.
  5. Damon ("Lost's" Ian Somerhalder) complains. "Remember, Stefan--it's important to stay away from fads." If only the CW would listen.
  6. Where is that Buffy chick when you need her?
  7. You will want all the extras who played vamps on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which was great, by the way, and not to be blamed for this lackluster cousin) to return en masse to eat the cast of "Vampire Diaries," plus any remaining scripts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 128
  2. Negative: 32 out of 128
  1. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    This Show is simply amazing. It may not reach the high standard that 'BUFFY'' had. . As the plots may be simple the show it's self and theThis Show is simply amazing. It may not reach the high standard that 'BUFFY'' had. . As the plots may be simple the show it's self and the effects are done in such dept. Also the actors may not be oscar award winning but they do their characters justice, and you can see their chemistry together is projected to the screen. I will always adore this show. Expand
  2. sakis
    Nov 9, 2009
    10
    I was skeptical the first couple of episodes, was going to stop watching it, but the show started getting better and better every episode!! I was skeptical the first couple of episodes, was going to stop watching it, but the show started getting better and better every episode!! Now i look forward to watching it! The girl main actor gets much better, at first she's portrayed as an airhead but thank god they fixed that.. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    THIS IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE SHOW. (can you tell by my display name? ;) much better than twilight. Damon is my favorite character. If youTHIS IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE SHOW. (can you tell by my display name? ;) much better than twilight. Damon is my favorite character. If you have any taste in shows AT ALL, you will like the vampire diaries. (: Alot of action, drama, and good story line. If you havent seen it before, go check it out! I promise you, you will like it. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE SECOND SEASON AND FOR ______ TO COME ON THE SHOW. (you know who i mean :) Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I gave the show and 8/10 and the main reason is because Nina left. I understand that it's her decision and that we should all be respect it but i can't help but feel disappointed as the show would have concluded in a completely different way. Also, it breaks my heart seeing all the Stelena shippers hoping for a come-back. I'll admit that Stefan and Elena were everything (Stefan was Elena's "epic love") but it would be so unfair for Caroline and Damon if they did get back together. Expand
  5. BD
    Nov 13, 2009
    7
    The main romance smolders longingly. Wesley portrays the role with earnest integrity. Female lead is capable and extremely easy on the eyes. The main romance smolders longingly. Wesley portrays the role with earnest integrity. Female lead is capable and extremely easy on the eyes. The Twilight bandwagon passed me by, and True Blood's... sensationalism is better in measured doses. V. pleased with this series. Expand
  6. May 27, 2013
    3
    never hated a show like I do this one. The only reason why it doesn't get a zero is because the storyline is good. The show is annoyingnever hated a show like I do this one. The only reason why it doesn't get a zero is because the storyline is good. The show is annoying because the acting is so bad but with a good storyline such that I keep on watching it just to see where the story goes. However, the more I watch the more annoyed I get, but I can't stop myself. This show is stupid, to put in simpler words. Expand
  7. Feb 18, 2018
    0
    This show is wrong in so many ways. It's like Twilight but somehow even worse, And i'm an Supernatural fan.

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