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The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 (2009-2010)

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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.

Cast

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 (25) | 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…
Media Life
Top Critic

A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.

September 18, 2009 | Full Review…
Slate
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…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The core teen couple is a winner.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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…
ScreenRant

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.

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