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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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.

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Nov 11, 2014 1:25AM EST
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This show is my guilty pleasure. I'm 40 watching a show for teenagers, but the plot is twisty and interesting and the acting is good (not great, but not bad, far better than the acting in Extant).

It's a good vampire show, and now that True Blood is gone I need something to sink my teeth into. Fortunately, this is nothing like that horrible Twilight. I'd rate it higher, but it really isn't a 4 and doubtfully will ever be, but it's a great show that is strong enough to last for several more seasons.

This show is my guilty pleasure. I'm 40 watching a show for teenagers, but the plot is twisty and interesting and the acting is good (not great, but not bad, far better than the acting in Extant).

It's a good vampire show, and now that True Blood is gone I need something to sink my teeth into. Fortunately, this is nothing like that horrible Twilight. I'd rate it higher, but it really isn't a 4 and doubtfully will ever be, but it's a great show that is strong enough to last for several more seasons.

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by busaina
Oct 18, 2014 3:31PM EDT
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Started out great... but the storyline seems to have run its course and is getting a bit redundant. No longer a true fan of the show. Its a bit to drawn out.

Started out great... but the storyline seems to have run its course and is getting a bit redundant. No longer a true fan of the show. Its a bit to drawn out.

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Sep 15, 2014 8:27PM EDT
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the truth is I am a sucker for this kind of bad shows! cheeessy tipical vampire loves human drama.

the truth is I am a sucker for this kind of bad shows! cheeessy tipical vampire loves human drama.

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Jul 18, 2014 5:50PM EDT
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I'm not normally one for vampire shows, but my family watches it and I ended up getting hooked... It's got the trademark CW super sexy actors, but the writing and plotlines actually hold up too. Sadly I've quit this show (gotta prioritize, those hour long shows are hard to keep up with), but it still took 2 tries to get out.

I'm not normally one for vampire shows, but my family watches it and I ended up getting hooked... It's got the trademark CW super sexy actors, but the writing and plotlines actually hold up too. Sadly I've quit this show (gotta prioritize, those hour long shows are hard to keep up with), but it still took 2 tries to get out.

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Jul 17, 2014 9:33AM EDT
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This is probably one of the best shows out there. The actors are amazingly talented and so good looking .. aheem. Ian Somerhalder. But just the storyline it self is great. I love this show and btw. its nothing like twilight. ;)

This is probably one of the best shows out there. The actors are amazingly talented and so good looking .. aheem. Ian Somerhalder. But just the storyline it self is great. I love this show and btw. its nothing like twilight. ;)

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Jul 16, 2014 10:36PM EDT
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Didn't watch it but after getting hooked by the Originals starting to watch and totally loved it, ok The Originals is still a 100 times better but i can't wait till its okt. and i can watch the new season of both of them (and Arrow & the flash) it's going to be a great fall this 2014 ;P

Didn't watch it but after getting hooked by the Originals starting to watch and totally loved it, ok The Originals is still a 100 times better but i can't wait till its okt. and i can watch the new season of both of them (and Arrow & the flash) it's going to be a great fall this 2014 ;P

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Jan 1, 2017 8:26PM EST
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Oct 28, 2016 1:31AM EDT
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This is a guilty pleasure! Really can't justify watching it, but somehow I'm still hooked!

This is a guilty pleasure! Really can't justify watching it, but somehow I'm still hooked!

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The exact opposite of Twilight. One of my favorite shows. Great for all ages male or female. Give it a try and you won't be able to stop watching.

The exact opposite of Twilight. One of my favorite shows. Great for all ages male or female. Give it a try and you won't be able to stop watching.