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The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (2009-2010)




Critic Consensus: It's not particularly innovative and there's a lot of angsty brooding going on, but there's a self-referential cheekiness in The Vampire Diaries that will appeal directly to its target audience.


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Think you know vampires? You don't. Neither does Elena (DeGrassi: The Next Generation's Nina Dobrev), but she's about to. Paul Wesley (Everwood) and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) star in the series as two vampire brothers at war for her soul.


Nina Dobrev
as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce
Paul Wesley (II)
as Stefan Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen
as Jeremy Gilbert
Ian Somerhalder
as Damon Salvatore
Kat Graham
as Bonnie
Sara Canning
as Aunt Jenna
Matthew Davis
as Alaric, Alaric Saltzman
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Sheriff Forbes
David Anders
as John Gilbert
Jasmine Guy
as Bonnie's Grandmother
Kelly Hu
as Pearl
Benjamin Ayres
as Mr. Tanner
Rob Pralgo
as Mayor Lockwood
Autumn Dial
as Tina Fell
James Remar
as Guiseppe Salvatore
Spencer Locke
as Amber Bradley
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (17)

Williamson has said that the Vampire Diaries books eventually take a unique turn and that the series will do the same, but quicker. Little in the premiere will encourage viewers to return in order to find out if that's true.

September 10, 2009 | Full Review…

A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.

September 18, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Vampire Diaries nonetheless satisfactorily opens up yet another TV world of heightened youth, where blood-sucking is a metaphor for a whole range of fears and desires.

September 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The core teen couple is a winner.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Diaries" is actually mildly entertaining. But it's another angst-ridden teen tale set to angsty pop music in a gloomy and cloudy small town with a high school attended by a vampire -- in broad daylight, a trick he pulls off thanks to a special ring.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I don't think it's terrible... I'll give it that. But there is a lot of rote vampire lore that they're just regurgitating in the story.

September 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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