The Originals: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Originals

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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.



Critic Ratings: 28


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Air date: Oct 3, 2013
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Air date: Oct 22, 2013
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Air date: Nov 26, 2013
Air date: Dec 3, 2013
Air date: Jan 14, 2014
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"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.

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

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…
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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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Originals: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Sep 19, 2017
    My favorite show!!! I love Klaus!!!
  • Jul 13, 2017
    The originals is a very captivating story of Vampires and werewolves who live in the city of New Orleans. The story has so many twists and turns, it always keeps you interested. The series is also very action packed, but he weary of watching if you are not a fan of fighting and blood spill. I give the series a 95% satisfaction rating. Action packed- 60% Intriguing- 20% Romance- 10% Comedy- 5%
  • Mar 28, 2017
    I recently started watching this series ...... it was great! the story is not like the Vampire dairy. the underline story line is one that you can relay when it comes to family.

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