The Originals: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

SEASON:

Season 1
The Originals

Critics Consensus

The Originals may overwhelm casual viewers with its myriad twists and bevy of supernatural beings, but this a sleek, atmospheric Vampire Diaries spinoff with potential.

57%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 28

89%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 490

Other TV Shows

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)



  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

Episodes

Air date: Oct 3, 2013

A spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" focuses on the original vampire family, who return to New Orleans to reclaim the city they helped build. In the opener, Klaus meets his former protégé, Marcel, who controls the supernatural inhabitants in town; and Klaus' former flame, Hayley, falls into the hands of a powerful witch.

View Details
Air date: Oct 8, 2013

Rebekah arrives in New Orleans and receives some unexpected news from Hayley. When she becomes concerned that Klaus is up to no good, Rebekah seeks help from a reluctant Sophie. Meanwhile, Klaus tries to uncover Marcel's secret weapon; and Marcel enlists Davina's help to carry out his own dangerous plan.

View Details
Air date: Oct 15, 2013

Klaus and Rebekah try to unravel Marcel's empire from within in spite of Elijah's concerns. Meanwhile, Marcel hosts a huge vampire party; and Hayley learns that the supernatural creatures of New Orleans are reacting to the existence of a hybrid baby.

View Details
Air date: Oct 22, 2013

Agnes persuades Hayley to visit a mysterious doctor in the bayou, where she makes a shocking discovery, while Cami reveals alarming information about her past.

View Details
Air date: Oct 29, 2013

Klaus demands answers from Sophie after recent events involving the safety of his unborn baby. Sophie reveals a troubling secret.

View Details
Air date: Nov 5, 2013

Klaus goes to extreme measures to protect Hayley and their unborn baby when he learns Hayley's life is being threatened. Meanwhile, Cami turns to Father Kieran for guidance; Marcel seeks advice from an old friend; and Davina tries to control her magic.

View Details
Air date: Nov 12, 2013

Hayley goes missing after someone from her past reveals surprising news, while Klaus has a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor.

View Details
Air date: Nov 26, 2013

Rebekah, facing a tough decision, turns to Father Kieran for guidance, and when Marcel uncovers upsetting information involving Klaus, a confrontation ends in a surprising twist.

View Details
Air date: Dec 3, 2013

Marcel, deeply conflicted by recent events, is surprised when Klaus opens up to him about his past indiscretions, while the humans take matters into their own hands.

View Details
Air date: Jan 14, 2014

As locals prepare to celebrate the annual Casket Girls Festival in the French Quarter, Davina tries to free Cami from Klaus's mind compulsion.

View Details
Show More Episodes

The Originals: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

"The Vampire Diaries" spin-off focuses on the original vampire family that includes siblings Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gilles)and Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt), who return to New Orleans to reclaim the city they helped build. Before they were forced to flee from their relentless hunter father in 1919, their family had built and ran the entire town. Now, Klaus' former protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), runs the French Quarter by using absolute power to control its human and supernatural inhabitants. But the siblings are determined to take back all that used to belong to them, regardless of the cost. They are aided in their quest by powerful witch Sophie Deveraux (Daniella Pineda) and by Klaus' former flame Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), a werewolf who is carrying Klaus' unborn child, the heir who could be the key to regaining the power their family once held.

News & Interviews for The Originals: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Originals Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

It's not a bad spin-off so far.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

This all feels a bit like a shaggy dog has wandered onto the show to tell a story with as many loops, turns, twists, ironies and details as fans can possibly absorb or tolerate.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's as if the characters couldn't find a wooden stake and decided to try to talk each other to death.

Oct 2, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not tough to grasp, but isn't very entertaining.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are so many vampires and undeads and such on television these days that this crew is going to have a hard time getting attention, especially if the show continues to be as much of a grab bag as the pilot episode is.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

It's House of Cards, with a werewolf/vampire hybrid instead of a charming but ruthless Southern senator. Which, in these hyper-partisan times, just might work.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

Despite our love for the show and the characters, we can admit that the premiere had a few 'misses' as well.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Even though the story repeats what is already known to Vampire Diaries fans, the suave presence of Elijah and the vicious hotness of Klaus should be plenty to keep the converted around.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

This one... strikes me as what Dallas might have been if J.R. and Bobby had been immortals. And living, of course, in the Big Easy.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

[There are] acres of supernatural exposition in this turgid and convoluted pilot.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

One of this fall's least original new series is, ironically, The Originals.

Oct 3, 2013 | Full Review…

The premiere really works.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Originals: Season 1

  • Aug 01, 2020
    It's over-reliance on Klaus at the expense of all its more interesting characters drags it down.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    What to say? This series is great. Brilliant. Amazing. Season one might have a slow start but it gets better and is entertaining to watch. The characters feel real. I strongly recommend. If the beginning is a bit too slow for you, hang on in there, it gets better. Season two and three are better than season one
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Simply brilliant and IMHO better than the Vampire Diaries.
  • Dec 04, 2018
    It was a nice start on a project with great concept! Actually I like it... the mythology, the drama, the emotions... It was an interesting beginning.
  • Oct 28, 2018
    The best series ever Also watch the vampires Diaries Both are 10 out of 10
  • Oct 19, 2018
    The Originals, a vampire show about *THE most powerful vampires in the entire WORLD* who move back into their parents house and struggle to maintain power over a few city blocks in a relatively unimportant southern tourist town. "What would you do with immortality, insane strength, and mind control abilities?" Me: Kill every terrorist on earth, then go after the Mexican cartels and African warlords. Compel the President to release his tax returns. Maybe take over struggling countries like Venezuela, and help rebuild other 3rd world nations into healthy democracies. Probably have at least a few private islands, which I would build communities for the homeless on. Honestly I could probably take over at least a continent with that kind of power. And if I decided to be evil, I'd just take over the cartel drug trade which would be effectively, having my own corrupt country. Think big, right? The Originals Writers: We just want to have cool fangs and eat gumbo. I mean seriously, when we are talking about unlimited power and the literal inability to be killed, I feel like the vampires in this show have the ability to rule WORLDS but end up being pretty small potatoes. The entire setting is completely lackluster and small minded. It could be a super cool, international power struggle with spies, treacherous betrayals, governments, mind controlled politicians, massive scale magic, wars, and more. But no, it's a show about like 3 minor factions, one of them practically god-like, fighting over not a country, not a state...not even a city...but THE FRENCH QUARTER. This is what a show looks like with bad writers and good actors.
  • Sep 29, 2018
    I enjoyed every monent of season 1. It touched all emotions.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    The best vampire show ever made in my opinion
  • Nov 06, 2017
    It is very good, I like it for the fact that you don't know what will happen next
  • Sep 29, 2017
    such an awesome show. A bit slow or repetitive at times but worth a watch. Then worth another watch through!

News & Features