The Vampire Diaries Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 8:00 PM ET on The CW

60 minutes

Based on the Alloy novels, WBTV's "The Vampire Diaries" centers on Elena (Nina Dobrev), a tragic heroine who is the object of passion for two vampire brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder).
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May 11, 2015 3:21PM EDT
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Great show! Has some dry dull moments but immediately starts to pick up after, there is always a curve ball that comes in play. It also leaves you with a ton of suspense throughout the show

Great show! Has some dry dull moments but immediately starts to pick up after, there is always a curve ball that comes in play. It also leaves you with a ton of suspense throughout the show

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Oct 3, 2014 10:39AM EDT
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overrated

overrated

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Dec 20, 2014 2:43PM EST
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This show has created an exciting world. The mythology is interesting and you love the characters.

This show has created an exciting world. The mythology is interesting and you love the characters.

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Oct 29, 2015 5:25PM EDT
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While I feel it's a bit overrated, its still a good show, however I'd have appreciated if it followed the book since I read it before the show's premiere.

EDIT: I've been watching since the pilot premiered, but unfortunately it's gotten so bad I can't even stomach it anymore. It should have ended at the very least when Nina departed, the storyline this season is so bland I'd rather watch paint dry. It only gets to keep 2.5 stars because it used to be so good.

While I feel it's a bit overrated, its still a good show, however I'd have appreciated if it followed the book since I read it before the show's premiere.

EDIT: I've been watching since the pilot premiered, but unfortunately it's gotten so bad I can't even stomach it anymore. It should have ended at the very least when Nina departed, the storyline this season is so bland I'd rather watch paint dry. It only gets to keep 2.5 stars because it used to be so good.

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Dec 10, 2014 12:29AM EST
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The chemistry that the characters have in this show is off the charts. So much different from your typical 'vampire drama'...

The chemistry that the characters have in this show is off the charts. So much different from your typical 'vampire drama'...

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Sep 13, 2014 4:55AM EDT
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I love TVD watched all the episodes at least twice.

I love TVD watched all the episodes at least twice.

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Mar 21, 2015 6:45AM EDT
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Haters gonna hate, but I still love this show. You have to get through the first 'Twilightesque' season, but after that it gets good, even great. Great characters and plots that keep you at the edge of your seat. I don't mind if this show gets a few more seasons!

Haters gonna hate, but I still love this show. You have to get through the first 'Twilightesque' season, but after that it gets good, even great. Great characters and plots that keep you at the edge of your seat. I don't mind if this show gets a few more seasons!

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Mar 15, 2015 5:41PM EDT
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Great show but I'm having my doubts about this story line with Caroline and Stephen turning off their humanity

Great show but I'm having my doubts about this story line with Caroline and Stephen turning off their humanity

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Mar 3, 2015 2:43PM EST
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This show is a teen's wet dream, including fantasy, horror, drama, supernatural beings and more drama. The storyline is solid, the actors are above average and very good looking. You will get lost in the story and fall in love with the characters... I just wish there was a little less drama. I recommend this show to teens and drama queens everywhere.

This show is a teen's wet dream, including fantasy, horror, drama, supernatural beings and more drama. The storyline is solid, the actors are above average and very good looking. You will get lost in the story and fall in love with the characters... I just wish there was a little less drama. I recommend this show to teens and drama queens everywhere.

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Jan 31, 2015 3:44PM EST
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When I first started watching this show about three years ago (I started watching right before the premiere of season 2), I was instantly hooked. I was addicted and I counted time at school and work as time wasted because I wasn't watching TVD. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, the story, despite being yet another vampire-centric tale wasn't trite and had some fresh twists. Exit Kevin Williamson about two years later, leaving Julie Plec alone at the helm, and that all goes down the hole. This show annoys me. It caters to fans far too much instead of being a good show with a good story that allows the story to progress in a believable and natural manner. It panders to the crowd instead of developing independently. I don't just say this as an embittered Stefan and Elena shipper. I say this because the show has taken some dangerous attitudes towards things like abusive relationships and toxic people. Damon is a good character because he gets you to hate him so much, but romanticizing homicidal, manipulative, sociopaths who want to control everything and everyone isn't so great. Damon consistently has refused to listen to anyone around him, even when they were making their own choices for themselves. He's manipulated people. He's taken advantage of people. He's harmed the loved ones of people he claims to care for. I wouldn't get rid of Damon because he is a good CHARACTER, but as a character he is not a good PERSON. This is an important message to the show's key demographics that gets lost, and it's dangerous. Young girls sit around pining over Damon and insisting he isn't terrible, instead of Stefan–Stefan, who is kind, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate, and yes, flawed, but humanly so. He cares about others, even when they aren't the show's central characters. He is a solid character, and worthy of love, and yet Plec's treatment of Stefan...it's truly abominable, and I think that is mostly to do with the fact that a lot of the female viewers love Damon. Which shows again a catering to fans. Not to mention Plec's complete character assassination of Elena. That was tough to watch, and was about the time that I started to give up on TVD. This show once had a good direction and it is now scattered twenty different ways. Half the time I can't even remember what happened earlier in the season because it has absolutely no tie to what's happening now and I think, "Wait, was that LAST season?" I think truly the only great thing that has come out of this mess is Caroline. Her character development has been flawlessly executed. And her platonic (!!!!) friendship with Stefan gave me so much hope, but it seems that even that isn't sacred anymore and has seemingly become entangled in romantic nonsense. I continue watching because I love Stefan as a character. He is remarkable. Other than that, I've basically given up. I care very little for anything else happening on this show anymore.

When I first started watching this show about three years ago (I started watching right before the premiere of season 2), I was instantly hooked. I was addicted and I counted time at school and work as time wasted because I wasn't watching TVD. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, the story, despite being yet another vampire-centric tale wasn't trite and had some fresh twists. Exit Kevin Williamson about two years later, leaving Julie Plec alone at the helm, and that all goes down the hole. This show annoys me. It caters to fans far too much instead of being a good show with a good story that allows the story to progress in a believable and natural manner. It panders to the crowd instead of developing independently. I don't just say this as an embittered Stefan and Elena shipper. I say this because the show has taken some dangerous attitudes towards things like abusive relationships and toxic people. Damon is a good character because he gets you to hate him so much, but romanticizing homicidal, manipulative, sociopaths who want to control everything and everyone isn't so great. Damon consistently has refused to listen to anyone around him, even when they were making their own choices for themselves. He's manipulated people. He's taken advantage of people. He's harmed the loved ones of people he claims to care for. I wouldn't get rid of Damon because he is a good CHARACTER, but as a character he is not a good PERSON. This is an important message to the show's key demographics that gets lost, and it's dangerous. Young girls sit around pining over Damon and insisting he isn't terrible, instead of Stefan–Stefan, who is kind, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate, and yes, flawed, but humanly so. He cares about others, even when they aren't the show's central characters. He is a solid character, and worthy of love, and yet Plec's treatment of Stefan...it's truly abominable, and I think that is mostly to do with the fact that a lot of the female viewers love Damon. Which shows again a catering to fans. Not to mention Plec's complete character assassination of Elena. That was tough to watch, and was about the time that I started to give up on TVD. This show once had a good direction and it is now scattered twenty different ways. Half the time I can't even remember what happened earlier in the season because it has absolutely no tie to what's happening now and I think, "Wait, was that LAST season?" I think truly the only great thing that has come out of this mess is Caroline. Her character development has been flawlessly executed. And her platonic (!!!!) friendship with Stefan gave me so much hope, but it seems that even that isn't sacred anymore and has seemingly become entangled in romantic nonsense. I continue watching because I love Stefan as a character. He is remarkable. Other than that, I've basically given up. I care very little for anything else happening on this show anymore.