The Originals Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 9:00 PM ET on The CW

60 minutes

This Vampire Diaries spin-off series follows Klaus and the Original family to New Orleans where Klaus attempts to regain his place as King.
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Dec 14, 2014 4:36PM EST
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This spin-off, while fantastically casted and scripted lives off the success of the vampire diaries and the fanbase it built on the original show. I enjoy how the characters did not change greatly when they they moved shows, which can often happen when it comes to spin-offs. However, I wish there could be more of a tie in with the Mystic Falls storylines and cast. All in all a great show for all TVD lovers.

This spin-off, while fantastically casted and scripted lives off the success of the vampire diaries and the fanbase it built on the original show. I enjoy how the characters did not change greatly when they they moved shows, which can often happen when it comes to spin-offs. However, I wish there could be more of a tie in with the Mystic Falls storylines and cast. All in all a great show for all TVD lovers.

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Oct 22, 2014 11:40PM EDT
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blood sucking good

blood sucking good

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May 23, 2016 12:40PM EDT
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Not for me, I know it's a popular show but I can't seem to get into the plot or characters.

Not for me, I know it's a popular show but I can't seem to get into the plot or characters.

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Oct 22, 2015 12:53PM EDT
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I loved the original vampires when they were introduced in The Vampire Diaries. I was so excited when I discovered they had their own show.

I loved the original vampires when they were introduced in The Vampire Diaries. I was so excited when I discovered they had their own show.

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Oct 3, 2015 7:08PM EDT
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Very good...love the story and characters!

Very good...love the story and characters!

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Aug 26, 2015 2:38AM EDT
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Way way better than TVD!

Way way better than TVD!

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Jun 22, 2015 3:28PM EDT
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I must admit that at first I was against the idea of a spin-off from the Vampire Diaries, however I was immediately proven wrong! This show and the actors are incredible, at times even more compelling than TVD. I love the fact that it never gets boring and there's something or someone new around the corner. I do miss Claire Holt as Rebekah though.

I must admit that at first I was against the idea of a spin-off from the Vampire Diaries, however I was immediately proven wrong! This show and the actors are incredible, at times even more compelling than TVD. I love the fact that it never gets boring and there's something or someone new around the corner. I do miss Claire Holt as Rebekah though.

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May 17, 2015 4:12PM EDT
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The Series started out alright. Lots of twisting plots with the ever more paranoid Klaus at his best and a good amount of talented actors.. But Lo and Behold! The writers do what they always do when a series gets longer and longer and older and older: they turn it into a frigging SOAP OPERA! You can actually research all the shows- from the 1980s all the way until today..you know, General hospital,Days of our lives etc etc etc.. I swear you will understand and see a serious similarity. It's soooo sad that a promising show like The Originals has finally stooped down to the bad writing and predictable annoying plots of the well known Soap Opera writers. I can't believe the producers can be so blind and full of themselves not to notice this. I have but only one wish...Please Fire those writers and get better ones with frgging FRESH Ideas!!!!

The Series started out alright. Lots of twisting plots with the ever more paranoid Klaus at his best and a good amount of talented actors.. But Lo and Behold! The writers do what they always do when a series gets longer and longer and older and older: they turn it into a frigging SOAP OPERA! You can actually research all the shows- from the 1980s all the way until today..you know, General hospital,Days of our lives etc etc etc.. I swear you will understand and see a serious similarity. It's soooo sad that a promising show like The Originals has finally stooped down to the bad writing and predictable annoying plots of the well known Soap Opera writers. I can't believe the producers can be so blind and full of themselves not to notice this. I have but only one wish...Please Fire those writers and get better ones with frgging FRESH Ideas!!!!

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May 12, 2015 4:28AM EDT
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The Originals.. follows the Original Vampire family to New Orleans, the city that Klaus built back in the day. He tries to claim control to become the king once again but keeps running into obstacles in the form of vampires, witches, and OTHER wearwolves trying to foil his plans.

The show itself is BRILLIANT but it does hide a darker side, family feuds.. that ALWAYS sees the original family fucking each other over CONSTANTLY which gets a little boring and VERY depressing after about mid-way through season one. Each episode so far seems to harbor a great solo plot within but ALL builds up to a main story that the series follows.

I went into this show not expecting much as I was NOT really a fan of Klaus and the originals on The Vampire Diaries BUT that said I was surprised at what this show offered on it's own. In all the show is GREAT even though it has it's depressing tones on MOST episodes.

I will also say that I feel you COULD watch this show WITHOUT ever watching The Vampire Diaries but there's little things in episodes that would leave you thinking "HUH? what ARE they going on about?"

The Originals.. follows the Original Vampire family to New Orleans, the city that Klaus built back in the day. He tries to claim control to become the king once again but keeps running into obstacles in the form of vampires, witches, and OTHER wearwolves trying to foil his plans.

The show itself is BRILLIANT but it does hide a darker side, family feuds.. that ALWAYS sees the original family fucking each other over CONSTANTLY which gets a little boring and VERY depressing after about mid-way through season one. Each episode so far seems to harbor a great solo plot within but ALL builds up to a main story that the series follows.

I went into this show not expecting much as I was NOT really a fan of Klaus and the originals on The Vampire Diaries BUT that said I was surprised at what this show offered on it's own. In all the show is GREAT even though it has it's depressing tones on MOST episodes.

I will also say that I feel you COULD watch this show WITHOUT ever watching The Vampire Diaries but there's little things in episodes that would leave you thinking "HUH? what ARE they going on about?"

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Mar 17, 2015 1:47AM EDT
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The Originals is more mature, darker, and intelligent than The Vampire Diaries. More of a supernatural Game of Thrones, The Originals can have up to (yes, seriously) 4 alliance shifts within one episode. Good or bad, The Originals makes for a fun watch.

The Originals is more mature, darker, and intelligent than The Vampire Diaries. More of a supernatural Game of Thrones, The Originals can have up to (yes, seriously) 4 alliance shifts within one episode. Good or bad, The Originals makes for a fun watch.