The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

Season 1
The Vampire Diaries

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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: 30


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Air date: Sep 10, 2009

Based on the best-selling book series, it is four months after a tragic car accident killed the parents of 17-year-old Elena and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy, who are still adjusting to their new reality and living with their Aunt Jenna. Elena finds some comfort with best friend Bonnie and frenemy Caroline, while trying to sort out her feelings for former boyfriend Matt, but Jeremy is hard-pressed to find the same comfort, hanging out with a bad crowd and trying to figure out why Matt's sister, Vicki, is suddenly rejecting him and to be with his rival, Tyler. As the school year begins, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, but Elena doesn't realize that Stefan is hiding a dark, deadly secret he is a vampire. As Elena and Stefan get to know each other one night at a bonfire party, chaos erupts after Vicki is attacked and left bleeding from a savage bite to the neck.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2009

As Mystic Falls prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, Vicki is still in the hospital, recovering from the attack she can barely remember. Stefan goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, but his attempt is cut short when Vicki's brother, Matt, arrives. Jeremy continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent/teacher conference, Mr. Tanner (recurring guest star BENJAMIN AYRES - "Smallville") makes Aunt Jenna feel that she is failing as a surrogate parent, especially when it comes to Jeremy. Elena decides to go to the Salvatore house to talk to Stefan, but finds his charming brother, Damon, instead. Damon reveals surprising information about Stefan's past, and when Stefan arrives home, Elena is confused and embarrassed to realize that he isn't happy to see her there. Meanwhile, Vicki's memory of the attack begins to come back to her.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2009

Elena tries to ignore Bonnie's warnings about the disturbing vibes she got from Stefan. Tyler tries to embarrass Stefan by throwing a football at him, but Stefan effortlessly catches and passes the ball back, impressing everyone with his skill. Mr. Tanner (recurring guest star BENJAMIN AYRES) reluctantly lets Stefan join the football team. Elena invites Stefan and Bonnie to dinner, hoping that the two will bond, but the evening is disrupted by the unexpected and unwelcome arrival of Damon and Caroline. Plus, the town is shocked by an act of violence.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2009

Elena asks Stefan to escort her to the town's annual Founder's Party. Vicki gets Tyler to ask her to the party, and then accuses him of trying to hide their relationship from his family. Zach (recurring guest star CHRIS WILLIAM MARTIN - "Heartland," "The L Word") reveals a useful family secret to Stefan. At the party, Damon tells Elena a story about the Salvatore family's past, leaving Elena with questions that Stefan refuses to answer. Finally, Stefan takes action to get Damon out of his life for good.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

Stefan is hopeful that his plan to get rid of Damon is working, and decides to reveal parts of his past to Elena. Meanwhile, Elena and Jenna are concerned about Jeremy's relationship with Vicki. At a fundraising car wash, Bonnie is surprised by abilities she didn't know she possessed, and seeks advice from her grandmother (guest star JASMINE GUY - A Different World). Finally, Elena hears a disturbing story about the Salvatore family from a stranger.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

Elena demands that Stefan explain the frightening events that have been happening in Mystic Falls. In flashbacks, Stefan explains how his rivalry with Damon began. Back in the present, Damon impulsively takes control of Vicki's future, and a confused and frightened Vicki runs away. Sheriff Forbes (guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE - Kyle XY) and Mayor Lockwood (guest star ROB PRALGO - Army Wives) take steps to protect the town.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2009

As Vicki's behavior becomes more dangerous, Stefan tries to help her. Elena, meanwhile, tries to convince Jeremy to stay away from her. Caroline gives Bonnie a necklace she took from Damon to wear with her Halloween costume, and when Damon tries to take it back, he is surprised by Bonnie's abilities. Bonnie discusses the incident with Grams (recurring guest star JASMINE GUY) and learns more about her family's past. Trying to cheer Vicki up, Matt takes her to the high school's haunted house, but the evening soon takes a terrifying turn.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

On his birthday, Stefan is surprised by a visit from Lexi (guest star ARIELLE KEBBLE - The Grudge 2, Gilmore Girls), one of his oldest friends. Still upset by the events at the Halloween haunted house, Elena does her best to stay away from Stefan, but Lexi gives her some unsolicited relationship advice. Meanwhile, Elena and Jenna are surprised by a change in Jeremy's behavior and, at Damon's insistence, Caroline tries to get his medallion back from Bonnie. Plus, Damon's offer to help Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE) has sudden and tragic results.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

Jeremy gets a break from the mysterious new history teacher, Alaric Saltzman (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS - Blue Crush, Legally Blonde, What About Brian), and introduces Alaric to Jenna. Bonnie is having terrifying dreams about one of her ancestors. Despite Elena's efforts to smooth things over, Bonnie and Caroline continue to argue over the medallion. When the girls hold a séance to help them decide what to do, the results are stranger than any of them expected. Matt comes to Caroline's aid when she needs a friend. Damon finally reveals to Stefan the stunning reason he has returned to Mystic Falls.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

After reading the journal left by one of the Gilbert ancestors, Jeremy is inspired to return to his hobby of sketching fantasy creatures, a talent he had abandoned when his parents died. Much to the surprise of their friends, Matt and Caroline continue to hang out together. When Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE) tells Damon there has been another attack, he offers to track down the killer and learns a startling piece of information about the town's founding families. Alaric (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS) steps in to help during an awkward scene with Jeremy, Tyler and Mayor Lockwood (recurring guest star ROB PRALGO). Stefan and Elena come to a new understanding, but everything changes when Elena accidentally makes a devastating discovery.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Nina Dobrev
Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley
Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder
Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen
Jeremy Gilbert
Sara Canning
Jenna Somers
Katerina Graham
Bonnie Bennett
Candice Accola
Caroline Forbes
Zach Roerig
Matt Donovan
Kayla Ewell
Vicki Donovan
Michael Trevino
Tyler Lockwood
Matt Davis
Alaric Saltzman
David Anders
John Gilbert
Jasmine Guy
Sheila Bennett
Robert Pralgo
Richard Lockwood
Susan Walters
Carol Lockwood
Kevin Williamson
Executive Producer
Julie Plec
Executive Producer
Leslie Morganstein
Executive Producer
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
J. Miller Tobin
Dennis Smith
Brian Young
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (20)

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…

A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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…

The Vampire Diaries explores the supernatural with a good dose of small-town Americana...

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

A modern update on its 90s source material, The Vampire Diaries is undoubtedly indebted to shows like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. The break-neck pace and sexed up cast is initially overwhelming, but the show finds itself as S1 progresses

Apr 28, 2021 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 1

  • Apr 16, 2021
    First loves, sexy brooding vampires, magic, evil doppelgangers, werewolves with rage issues, and teenagers who have no idea what they're doing. This is Mystic Falls. If you love all of these things, plus a seriously beautiful atmosphere that will make a person smile, gasp, laugh, and sob all in the same episode, you'll fall in love with The Vampire Diaries. Jam-packed with strong female and male characters, the cast does an incredible job at making this story touch the hearts of their audience, despite all the supernatural wonder taking place around them. In this first season, you will fall in love with your favorite characters, but you'll also love to hate your least favorite characters too. And if you're like me, you'll eventually rewatch season 1 because it is simply beautiful to witness the growth within some of these characters, causing your least favorite character to suddenly become your favorite.
  • Feb 19, 2021
    There are "rings" that let you walk in the sun, you need to dip stakes in special tree shavings to kill another vampire, and everyone who's 150 years old stopped right on that 24-32 age age gap. It's Twilight in a different wrapper.
  • Jan 24, 2021
    Love this show! I have even rewatched the entire series. I wish the characters would show up on the Legacies spin-off show!
  • Jan 08, 2021
    most definitely the best season
  • Aug 29, 2020
    What's to say I love this episode how Stefan and Elena meet. And this show is gonna be the type of show to watch over and over. Plus with the other shows to go with it.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    This movie is a good. I already watched it but, I'm watching it again I love it!!!
  • Aug 08, 2020
    The Vampire diaries is by no means the best TV Show out there but it is a solid show that i am currently watching for the second time. SEASON 1 Introduces you to the characters and the town and lore so you have to take in some information as you do with every show, not hard. One of the only problems is the power dynamics that happen sometimes make no sense. overall if you can push past bonnies BS it is a good show
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Nothing new but the strong cast makes it a lot of fun.
  • 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.

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