The Originals: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)



Critic 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.


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Air date: Oct 3, 2013
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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

The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, delivers a compelling and action-packed first season. The show follows the original vampire clan, the Mikaelsons lead by the vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus, as they move back to New Orleans to reclaim their ancestral home from a new vampire clan lead by one of their former proteges, Marcel; meanwhile the witches in the French Quarter make a deal with the Mikaelsons to protect Klaus' unborn hybrid child in exchange for liberating them from Marcel's oppressive rule. It's a very rich and fascinating world that's set up, which is separate and district from The Vampire Diaries (though there are a few crossover events). Additionally, the series does an impressive job at creating morally ambiguity, so that it's constantly in question who's good and who's bad. Incredibly well-developed, Season 1 of The Originals is able to stand apart from The Vampire Diaries as its own show full of interesting characters and exciting stories.


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