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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Air date: Sep 10, 2009
Air date: Sep 17, 2009
Air date: Sep 24, 2009
Air date: Oct 1, 2009
Air date: Oct 8, 2009
Air date: Oct 15, 2009
Air date: Oct 29, 2009
Air date: Nov 5, 2009
Air date: Nov 12, 2009
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
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 (26) | Top Critics (18)

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…
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.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…

The core teen couple is a winner.

Sep 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.

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…

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…

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…

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