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The Vampire Diaries (2009– )

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers.

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Series cast summary:
 Stefan Salvatore / ... (143 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Damon Salvatore (143 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Bonnie Bennett (143 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Caroline Forbes (143 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Matt Donovan (143 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Tyler Lockwood (135 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Elena Gilbert / ... (133 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Jeremy Gilbert (133 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Alaric Saltzman (95 episodes, 2009-2016)


The vampire brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore, eternal adolescents, having been leading "normal" lives, hiding their bloodthirsty condition, for centuries, moving on before their non-aging is noticed. They are back in the Virginia town where they became vampires. Stefan is noble, denying himself blood to avoid killing, and tries to control his evil brother Damon. Stefan falls in love with schoolgirl Elena, whose best friend is a witch, like her grandma. Written by KGF Vissers

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Also Known As:

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When playing the role of Katherine Pierce, Nina Dobrev wears a "curly hair wig." See more »


Damon Salvatore: I DO believe in killing the messenger. Why? Because it sends a message.
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Addictive and Original
5 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I tuned in to "The Vampire Diaries" for the pilot episode, I expected to watch perhaps six episodes, grow bored, and then drop the show entirely. After all, I was only watching in the first place because it aired before my favorite show of all time, "Supernatural." I'd seen (and read) the "Twilight" series and found the teen vampire romance story lackluster and redundant. It's been done before about a thousand times, right? But I remember reading the original "The Vampire Diaries" books by L.J. Smith and decided it couldn't hurt to give this supernatural soap a try.

The most important thing to know about this show is the first four episodes are seemingly pointless; focused on cheap thrills, romance, and teen drama. Then something magical happens, creeping up silently and latching on without the viewer's notice: interest. By the end of the fourth episode the many story lines pick up and take off, and suddenly a silly or meaningless event becomes important. Things move fast in "The Vampire Diaries." This is a show that takes risks: people die without warning, stories that you thought could go on forever take only a few episodes, characters do and experience things you wouldn't have thought possible. Even better, there is no character who is wholly unlikeable. Everyone in the large ensemble cast has a story and a 3-dimensional structure, and even if the viewer decidedly doesn't like a character, the swing from one storyline to the next never lingers in one place for too long.

Some people have called this show their guilty pleasure. I refer to it as smart writing, good acting, excellent storytelling, and wonderful viewing. As of right now the second season is in the first few episodes of airing and the magic has not gone out. Far from it; this show only gets better. The lesser episodes are still fantastic, and the truly great ones are rich with everything an episode of television could possibly desire. I have yet to finish watching an episode without cursing the screen to give me more - my addiction to such a fresh show sometimes keeps me up at night.

For anyone (yes, even non 18-49 women demographic - we welcome the men!) interested in watching vampires, witches, and more, take the time to view beyond the first four episodes. I can almost safely guarantee anyone who likes vampires and horror (and a lot of dry wit) will not be disappointed.

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