The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1
The Vampire Diaries

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 526

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Air date: Sep 10, 2009
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Air date: Nov 19, 2009
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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
Candice Accola
as Caroline
Sara Canning
as Aunt Jenna
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Sheriff Forbes
David Anders
as John Gilbert
Jasmine Guy
as Bonnie's Grandmother
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 (28) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Sep 10, 2009 | Full Review…
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A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The core teen couple is a winner.

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

It might not be the most groundbreaking show on television right now, but it's a well-crafted, interestingly developed series, which really kicks up a gear after an anodyne opening episode.

Feb 5, 2010 | Full Review…

The show actually provides answers. It doesn't drag out mysteries with no end in sight. Every week, viewers are treated to valuable nuggets of information, while, of course, dropping their jaws over new questions and plot developments.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It would be easy for the show to get bogged down in cheesy clichés, but as it builds its characters and its mythological world, cliches are about the last thing that you find.

Sep 10, 2019 | 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.

Jun 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.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…

There's some attempts to convey real emotion, but despite the amount of meat in the pilot-indicating that there's plenty to explore over the course of a season-The Vampire Diaries displays only faint signs of having any life in it.

Sep 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The story is pure cheese, but so, to my mind, that's the level upon which it should be judged. No comparing it to lobster, you know? The fog and the crow? This is a gothic (teen) romance. They have their place here.

Sep 10, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A good chunk of the show's target demographic of angst-ridden teenagers will likely fall in love at first sight, and their male counterparts might even derive some entertainment out of it as well.

Sep 9, 2009 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 1

  • Jul 19, 2019
    Based on the popular book series, The Vampire Diaries delivers a strong and compelling first season. The story follows two feuding vampire brothers named Stefan and Damon Salvatore who return to their home town of Mystic Falls, and while Stefan has come to get to know a young girl named Elena Gilbert who resembles the vampire who sired them Damon has his own nefarious plans. The show gets off to a really rough start, trying to incorporate the diary theme with voice-over and playing up the teen angst and romance. But about a third of the way into the season the show changes course and the plot takes and interesting turn. Additionally, the writers do an impressive job at creating suspenseful cliffhangers and at keeping the season constantly moving with exciting plot twists and reveals. Leads Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder give incredibly strong performances and have tremendous on-screen chemistry. Also, several notable stars make guest and reoccurring appearances, including Jasmine Guy, David Anders, Gina Torres, and James Remar. Plus, the score and soundtrack are extraordinarily well-done and do a wonderful job at complimenting the scenes and sets the right tone for the show. Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries can be kind of a mess at time, but proves to be a captivating supernatural drama.
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  • Jun 28, 2020
    OK this show is great it rekindled my love for Vampires after it was killed by the trash Twilight and the best CH of this shows roasted Twilight as well! The ch's go threw hell and they become stronger alot happens in this show but it doesn't feel rushed and every CH is given the perfect amount of screen time also Damon is the best CH on this show thats just a fact i would rank this show higher but if im being honest i dont really like the main CH that much
  • May 08, 2020
    it's just excellent and fabulous tv season and one of my favourites.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    I recommend a serie called The Vampire Diaries, it can be found on Netflix or amazon video. I recommend you this serie if you like vampire staff. I do not recommend it if you are sensitive and do not like blood because it is always present in the serie. It's about the life of Elena Gilbert after the tragic death of her parents when she discover all the secrets and legends in her village are true. Is a series of mystery and suspense but also have a love history. Lucía 3 - AR
  • Apr 16, 2020
    The Vampire Diaries introduction is bumpy and sometimes messy.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    It was very good and had surprises that I didn't see coming. The character relationships are great and I 100% recommend it!! Love this show!!
  • Feb 25, 2020
    I am very late to the party people have told me to watch this for years but I didn't I thought it was just wasn't me. I finally decided to watch it and I was not disappointed at all although the later seasons are better than the first the first one most definitely good enough to get me hooked if you haven't seen it already you should definitely see it now
  • Jan 23, 2020
    This show is one of my favorites so far I'm I've watched a LOT os shows. It's perfect, I know it just seems like its one other clichê about vampires the same as twilight but it doesn't have anything to do with it, it's well put in the universe and everything ends up making a lot of sense and the way every little thing is though out Through the 8 seasons is again amazing. All thanks to the element writer of the series, thank you very much it is a MUST see
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Its not my usual stuff but I enjoyed the first series, good story lines and acting. Will be watching more
  • Apr 15, 2019
    Pretty addictive show with good acting, although the melodramatic hugs between Elena and Stefan get old after a while. I've only spotted a couple illogical scripting glitches so far (such as the writers forgetting the lack of blood relation between Elena and her sibling when it came to a spell). But I need to get this off my chest: Lauren Cohan, who I *mostly* enjoyed in walking dead, really sucks at scenes where she's supposed to cry. It feels so forced and fake...not remotely up to par with the level of acting by others on the show. I was glad her character didn't last long. It's also laughable how the director apparently doesn't know where the human heart is located in the body, as a sword through the heart (o kill a vampire) usually ends up with a bloody spot in stomach region.

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