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The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

The CW 2009

The story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire they knew and loved in 1864.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries - S3E22

#1 - The Departed

8.61

Season 3 - Episode 22

Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. In the harsh reality of the present situation, Elena longs for simpler times when her parents, Grayson and Miranda, and Aunt Jenna were still alive and her biggest concern was her relationship with Matt. Stefan and Damon leave Mystic Falls together on a mission, but soon split up when Elena needs one of them. Caroline and Tyler are forced to make a life-changing decision. Finally, Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 888 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S1E22

#2 - Founder's Day

8.43

Season 1 - Episode 22

Founder's Day has finally arrived, and everyone is busy with last-minute preparations for floats and fireworks. Stefan is uncomfortable with Damon's new attitude toward Elena, but Elena is more concerned about repairing her relationship with Jeremy. Jeremy is worried about Anna, but not sure he's on board with her latest plan for the future. While Caroline is enjoying her day as Queen of the celebration, she also tries to help Matt and Tyler get their friendship back on track. Finally, although Damon and Alaric do their best to stop him, Johnathan Gilbert sets a plan in motion that brings Founder's Day to an end amid chaos, destruction and death.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 837 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E21

#3 - The Sun Also Rises

8.43

Season 2 - Episode 21

With the arrival of the full moon, Elena tries to prepare for whatever Klaus has planned and Tyler faces his second transformation. The terrifying events quickly spin out of control, despite an unexpected act of courage. Finally, Damon admits the truth to Stefan about a terrible new development they must face.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 739 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S4E23

#4 - Graduation

8.39

Season 4 - Episode 23

On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies. Damon’s life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt and Rebekah join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. As everyone gathers for the graduation ceremony and the ghosts converge, help comes from an unlikely hero. Caroline receives a touching and unexpected graduation present, and Bonnie’s plan leads to the closing of the veil. Elena makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and faces an epic confrontation with Katherine. Finally, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 1054 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S8E16

#5 - I Was Feeling Epic

8.38

Season 8 - Episode 16

With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 2468 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E9

#6 - Homecoming

8.37

Season 3 - Episode 9

On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah opens up to Elena about why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. Caroline and Matt are both shocked at Tyler’s behavior throughout the evening. The night takes a surreal turn when Klaus puts his latest plan into action. Determined to outsmart Klaus, Damon enters into a dangerous partnership, leading to a terrifying turn of events.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 786 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E22

#7 - As I Lay Dying

8.36

Season 2 - Episode 22

Mystic Falls screens "Gone with The Wind" in the town square, and Damon's memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of present-day Elena. Stefan pays a steep price after trying to prevent a tragedy, and Sheriff Forbes makes a dangerous mistake while trying to keep everyone safe. Multiple lives hang in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 755 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E14

#8 - Dangerous Liaisons

8.35

Season 3 - Episode 14

Elena is surprised to receive an invitation to a formal ball, and when Damon and Stefan hear the party is being hosted at Klaus’s newly renovated mansion, they both insist on attending the event with her. Caroline and Matt also receive invitations to the ball from unexpected admirers. At the elegant party, Elena learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths and she must decide who she can trust with her new information. Caroline discovers a side of Klaus no one would have suspected. Finally, after an evening of violence and dashed hopes, Damon finds a new way to cope.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 817 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E20

#9 - The Last Day

8.32

Season 2 - Episode 20

Damon is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to prevent Elena from being a victim of Klaus’ plan to break the curse. Damon’s actions put him at terrible odds with Stefan and the tension that started brewing between the brothers over their differing opinions of how to help save Elena’s life blows up into full-scale conflict. Tyler returns to Mystic Falls after receiving a disturbing phone call. With the full moon marking the arrival of the sacrifice ritual, Stefan and Elena spend a romantic day together — afraid it might be their last.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 738 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E18

#10 - The Last Dance

8.31

Season 2 - Episode 18

As the high school prepares to throw a “1960s Decade Dance,” Elena starts receiving disturbing messages from Klaus via an unusual source. Bonnie tries to reassure Jeremy that she is strong enough to help Elena, but a worried Jeremy asks Stefan for advice. Caroline talks Matt into taking her to the dance. Expecting Klaus to show up at the dance, Damon and Alaric attend as chaperones, but Klaus is playing a complicated game that keeps them on edge. Finally, Damon comes up with a new plan of action that shocks and upsets everyone.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 740 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S4E2
#11 - Memorial
8.31
Season 4 - Episode 2

Elena tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of becoming a vampire, and Stefan and Damon almost come to blows while arguing about what is best for her. Damon decides to help Elena in his own way and asks her not to tell Stefan. A stranger, Connor Jordan, arrives in town and begins questioning Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood. Connor’s actions quickly convince Stefan that they are dealing with a dangerous vampire hunter. Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April, has returned to town and is enrolling at Mystic Falls High. At a town gathering, Elena comes close to losing control until Caroline steps in to help her. Finally, Damon confides his feelings to an unexpected friend.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 982 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S5E22
#12 - Home
8.30
Season 5 - Episode 22

Heartbroken by an unexpected tragedy, Damon pushes Bonnie harder than ever to find a way to stop the disintegration of the Other Side. Elena takes matters into her own hands and demands that Liv and Luke help her, but Liv refuses to cooperate until Caroline provides her with some personal motivation. Sheriff Forbes is horrified when Markos uses violence against Tyler/Julian to prove that Mystic Falls is now under the control of the Travelers. As conditions on the Other Side worsen, Bonnie takes the opportunity to settle an old score. Damon comes up with a dangerous plan that relies on split-second timing from Jeremy and Matt, and and everyone is caught up in the confusion when the plan causes a massive explosion in Mystic Falls.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 1108 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E5
#13 - The Reckoning
8.28
Season 3 - Episode 5

Despite all that has happened, Caroline is determined to see that Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins at Mystic Falls High School. However, when uninvited guests show up, it doesn't take long for the evening to take a deadly turn. Damon convinces Jeremy that he can use his new connection to the other side to help find a way to defeat Klaus. Finally, Klaus deepens his hold on Stefan and uses him for increasingly violent and dangerous purposes.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 801 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E20
#14 - Do Not Go Gentle
8.28
Season 3 - Episode 20

Alaric finds an unexpected ally to guide him on his dangerous new path, while Damon and Meredith try to figure out what their next move should be. At the school’s 1920s Decade Dance, Bonnie asks Jamie to go with her and, at Caroline’s suggestion, Elena asks Stefan to be her date. Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Tyler shows up at the dance determined to sweep her off her feet, but Klaus does his best to come between them. The dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and especially Bonnie to undo a spell that could prove devastating for everyone.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 765 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E17
#15 - Know Thy Enemy
8.27
Season 2 - Episode 17

Elena and Alaric both lash out at John when Isobel’s unexpected arrival leaves Jenna devastated. Bonnie works with Damon and Jeremy to find the spell they’ll need to harness her ancestors’ power. A heartbroken Caroline doesn’t know what to do about Matt. Stefan and Damon realize they have a new secret weapon.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 709 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E16
#16 - The House Guest
8.26
Season 2 - Episode 16

Katherine’s mind games are getting on everyone’s nerves, but Damon, Stefan and Elena realize that her knowledge of Mystic Falls history will help them stay alive. Frustrated with her relationship with Matt, Caroline finds a new way to get his attention. Alaric makes a surprising confession to Jenna, and Katherine makes a different kind of confession to Damon. Stefan and Bonnie try to convince Jonas and Luka that they should all be working together, but Jonas’ lack of trust leads to a violent and fiery confrontation.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 750 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E8
#17 - Ordinary People
8.25
Season 3 - Episode 8

With help from Elena and Bonnie, Alaric tries to decipher the meaning behind his recent discovery Elena and Rebekah engage in a mean-girl power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family's ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus and Elijah. Damon tries a reckless new approach to make a breakthrough with Stefan, and they're both surprised by an unlikely ally.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 799 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S2E19
#18 - Klaus
8.25
Season 2 - Episode 19

Stefan and Damon are furious when they discover that Elena has defied them both to make a new ally and take control of the plan to out-maneuver Klaus. Disagreement over how to protect Elena leads to growing tension between the Salvatore brothers. Meanwhile, Stefan has his hands full trying to keep a confused and frightened Jenna safe. Flashbacks to 1491 reveal Katherine’s introduction to Elijah and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse. Elena learns shocking new information about Klaus’ motives.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 742 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E2
#19 - The Hybrid
8.24
Season 3 - Episode 2

Klaus puts a plan in motion that will give him even more power, but even with the unwilling participation of werewolf Ray Sutton, things don’t go exactly as Klaus had planned. Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena’s new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy. Jeremy turns to Matt for help as he continues to try to understand what the ghosts from his past want from him. Unaware that Caroline is in need of his help, Tyler faces an emotional confrontation with his mother.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 793 votes.

The Vampire Diaries - S3E18
#20 - The Murder of One
8.23
Season 3 - Episode 18

Damon and Stefan focus a new project that will bring them closer to destroying Klaus, and they quickly bring Elena, Caroline and Matt in on the plan. After Klaus threatens someone close to Bonnie, she has no choice but to work on the spell he needs. Meanwhile, Klaus and Rebekah find the perfect motivator to convince Finn to cooperate with them, but Rebekah is more interested in her own brutal plan to take revenge on Damon. Stefan’s emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and, later, to a heartbreaking moment with Elena.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Vampire Diaries from 786 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021

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How this has become a discussion about two very different shows, I can't possibly understand. (Seriously, TRUE BLOOD and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES? It's like comparing HOUSE, MD and GREY'S ANATOMY.) I started watching this show when I was most definitely a part of the target audience, and despite my initial fear of this show being a TWILIGHT rip-off (despite the fact that the books had been written before, which yes, would make it a "Follow the leader"; mainly because Book!verse differs vastly from TV!verse), its flaws are entirely different. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES has a protagonist-centered morality, that, when it comes down to it, isn't caused by Elena Gilbert's gentle or loveable personality (of which's existence, by now, only the Salvatores seem to be entirely certain), but the fact that she's got the special kind of boobs. Her magic hooha is infamous among fans of PNR and UF, the hypocrisy of the characters one of the most fandom-intern-critizised points of the entire show. Despite that, we still watch it, and once you've come to the point where you hate a show with a passion, yet can't wait for the next episode, you do wonder why that is. (Or at least I do.) The heteronormativity, the lack of POCs, the annoying protagonist and love-triangle, the melodrama, the patheticly obvious loop-holes and inconsistencies. Even the beautiful and rather talented actors and actresses (and amazing music (and yes, to be fair, the few very well-written and often well-directed episodes) shouldn't be able to make up for it, right? But in the end, the show is what the HOUSE OF NIGHT series is in the PNR bookworld. It might suck, it might be immature, sex-negative, and downright awful at times, but it's also compelling. I can't help but react to the insanities that ensue, and even though it probably isn't what the writers and creatores intended, my hatred for certain characters and the misery I feel everytime they mess an magnificent concept up beyond repair, are what keeps me coming back. In other words, if you are looking for a well-written, sex-positive, 21st century TV-show whose writers you can trust, look somewhere else. If you want a guilty pleasure "Jesus, why do they all look so good, and wth, how is this his voice?"-experience, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES should definitely do. (Then again, shows like LOST GIRL, TEEN WOLF, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER are, at this point, easier to recommend with a clean conscience.) (That isn't to say the show isn't enjoyable. Especially if you are less involved, are able to be entertained by shows despite their influence on particular people, or don't question the characters' and writers' decisions, it should be a show you might come to like.)

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i used to be good. season 7 have to be the final season.

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Why does it say that language is Polish? It's English, fix it.

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Despite its evident flaws, I'll always have a soft spot for The Vampire Diaries: it was the first Tv series I started following, the first I fell in love with which also led to my first binge and of course my initiation to "shipping my OTPs" ... it's a lot to live up to I guess!! So I don't really care about the inconsistencies, the obvious hypocrisy, or how annoying some characters were, taking turns throughout the seasons. That's all true but I decided I want to remember how much I got swept up by the various storylines they told in eight years, how much I cried during emotional episodes ( guys when [spoiler]Liz Forbes[/spoiler] died I thought I'd never stop, I can't listen to that song without weeping ), how insanely hot and definitely talented the cast was and how taken I've been from the beginning to the end no matter what ... this show deserves all my praise!!

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People still watch this show??? I stopped at season 3!

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This was the first TV show that I started watching. I was 14, obsessed with Twilight (don't judge) and wanted mooooore vampires. In the beginning it was good. I became older and decided to stay loyal to my first TV show and finish it, despite not liking it anymore. I was so glad when I heard season 8 was the last one. Why? Because it's the same thing over and over and over again. Killing some humans, oh oops, major characters die. Let's bring them back from the dead! Aaaaand they're dead again. Luckily we have another spell to bring them back! Seriously? I can't keep track of how many times some characters have died and were brought back! And after [spoiler] Elena became the sleeping beauty [/spoiler], I thought the show would get better, since that was the most dreadful character. I was wrong. It got even worse. [spoiler] Just like before, it was still all revolving around Elena. I mean come on, the chick isn't going to wake until that Bonnie dies so can you just go 5 minutes without mentioning her? Please? [/spoiler] It should have ended right there, with season 6. It appeared that even the original cast grew tired of this show as a lot of the original cast had themselves written out and were replaced by new, insignificant characters and with that, a new, insignificant plot. Says a lot about this show too... If even the actors are done with it, then you really know it became a bad show. The vampire diaries? More like the boring diaries.

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Stopped watching after the 5th season. The first few seasons were amazing, but I lost interest by the 4th.

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**on July 23, 2016, announced that the eighth season, which would have 16 episodes, would be the show's last.**

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I don't want it to end. I want to see the life everyone is having. I'm crying because I don't want it to be over!!!

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the spin-off series 'The Originals' is waay better than this guys

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Best Fantasy TV Shows To Watch (Including The Vampire Diaries)

  • The best place to start for me is “The Originals”. It’s the spin-off of The Vampire diaries, which we all remember. The first season premiered in 2013. It’s the storyline of power-hungry family, originals of the vampires, who are trying to reclaim their own city as they refer to  - “New Orleans”. But things get complicated when witches and other vampires get involved, who are not ready to give up power. Not surprising after Vampire diaries we saw this coming.

  • The next TV Show we’re gonna discuss is the “Supernatural”. Yes, why not, let’s dive in in our youths. The story revolves around two brothers, who are fighting bad supernatural creatures. Such as demons, monsters, and even fallen gods. It’s some kind of twist when we understand what their motive is, so go on trust me on this to start these series if you have not seen them yet.

  • And last but not least is of course “Game of Thrones”. Probably the most popular series of all.f you have not seen it yet, trust me you’re missing out. It’s the masterpiece written by George. R.R. Martin.  The plot follows the title. Seven kingdoms fighting for one throne, but it’s not that simple. They all have mutual enemies, which will lead them to form a truce and even fight for each other’s lives. This show is full of surprises so you don’t wanna miss it.

So these are my favorite fantasy TV shows, choose one to watch and have fun.

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