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7 Amazing TV Shows Like 'The Originals'

Updated on September 2, 2017
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Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all time favorites are "The Wire", "Breaking Bad", and "The Sopranos."

Vampires have always been popular in entertainment. From shows, to movies, and to novels, they are everywhere. Given the popularity of this subgenre, it’s not surprising to see the success of shows like The Originals and The Vampire Diaries go through the roof.

The Originals started as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries but quickly transformed into something special. The show took a more serious and mature approach to storytelling, becoming a favorite amongst teenagers as well as adults. If you liked the drama, suspense, gore, and the fast-paced storytelling of The Originals, you’d like the shows listed below.

Seven Shows Like 'The Originals'

  1. The Vampire Diaries
  2. Supernatural
  3. The 100
  4. Charmed
  5. Salem
  6. Teen Wolf
  7. iZombie

1. 'The Vampire Diaries'

The plot revolves around two sexy vampire brothers who blend in with humans, toy with them at their will, and move on before anyone notices how they never age. Things go south when both of them fall for a teenage girl in school, leading to a fierce rivalry between the brothers.

The story doesn’t make much sense at first. Why'd two vampires fall for the same mortal girl? Fast forward a few episodes and everything starts to make sense as we take a detour to their past. As it turns out, these guys have known her for years. All hell breaks loose when other creatures come into the picture with their own part to play in an overarching storyline.

The first season is pretty watchable, but the second season is where every piece of the puzzle falls into place. Stick to it and you'll reap the rewards for keeping your faith in this series later on.

The Vampire Diaries has come a long way since 2009. You’ll grow to love the characters you loathed in the beginning and vice versa. Even the bad guys are fan favorites thanks to some very careful character development over the course of eight seasons.

Props to the showrunners for taking a risk with the storylines and venturing off into uncharted territories. It has paid off pretty well for them.

If you’re looking for some supernatural shows, don’t miss out on The Vampire Diaries.

2. 'Supernatural'

Supernatural follows Sam and Dean, two demon hunters who follow the footsteps of their father and eliminate supernatural entities from the face of the Earth. They fight ghosts, monsters, vampires, werewolves, gods, and other supernatural creatures out there to make Earth a safer place for everyone.

The storyline might seem outlandish at times, but this is where the fun lies. You’ll love every moment of it. Even when the story is not making much sense, the action that follows the legends and folktales certainly will.

The chemistry between the two brothers is heartwarming and one of the strongest highlights of this series. Over the course of 12 years, they have stood by each other through thick and thin, facing all sorts of creatures together and eventually defeating them together.

The action is always on, but the character development has been given its share of time too. Without the much-needed attention on the backstories of our heroes, the storylines wouldn’t be as intriguing as they are. Yes, there are times when the story feels like a drag, but those moments are few and far between. It’s a rollercoaster ride filled with action-packed sequences, for the most part.

3. 'The 100'

This show takes place in a future where a nuclear conflict between China and the US has almost brought the human race to the verge of extinction. A few lucky ones made space their home, as Earth was no longer habitable.

Now that they’ve consumed almost all their resources, they have to move back to Earth. When they forcefully send 100 juvenile criminals back to Earth, they find out that there are others who survived the bombs. If they want to survive on Earth, they not only have to fight the radiation, but also the various factions. And that’s only the beginning of the long list of issues they’re going to face.

The series starts off pretty slowly, just like a usual teen opera. Fast forward a few episodes, and you’ll notice how the survival story turns into a nightmare. A good blend of horror and teenage drama is what makes The 100 stand out from other shows out there.

The show never backs down from putting viewers in uncomfortable situations and asks them all sorts of questions. Is it okay to save your people at the expense of someone else’s life? How far is too far?

One of the strongest traits of this show has been its characters. They are very well fleshed out, with each given their due screen time. You’ll grow to love some of the characters. Hating someone outright, on the other hand, is just not possible. Everyone has a solid motive behind their actions. They’re doing it for their families. They’re cruel and ruthless because this is what it takes to survive.

Suspend your disbelief for 50 minutes or so, it’s going to be a little unrealistic. Leave logic at your doorstep, and enjoy a fascinating story.

4. 'Charmed'

The story follows three sisters who find out that they are witches. They need to wipe out the evil forces from the face of the Earth. It turns out that it’s not going to be as easy and straightforward as they'd thought. It’s fun to see how these sisters band together and emerge victorious out of almost every situation.

If you’re looking for some lighthearted drama along with some action here and there, this series is going to fit the bill. The story doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it'll still tug at your heart. And just so you know, it’s not a comedy. While the show starts off like one, the story gets darker as it goes on.

Although it is inconsistent at times, the chemistry between the characters will keep you hooked. Even when the storylines make little sense, you’ll love every moment of it.

It’s saddening to see that Charmed doesn’t get as much attention and recognition as it deserves. If this serial somehow went under your radar, now is the time to show it some love.

5. 'Salem'

Salem explores one the darkest periods in American history with an interesting twist. It aims to tell the supernatural side of the story behind the infamous witch trials.

If you’re looking for historical accuracy, you’re more than likely to be disappointed. While the show is loosely based on historical events, it’s nowhere near close to portraying them accurately.

I was skeptical about the show when I heard that it was going to air on WGN America. They hadn’t delivered anything spectacular in recent years. I’m glad to report that I was wrong. Don’t pay any attention to the bad buzz around the series. If you like surreal storylines with twists, you’ll love what Salem has in store for you.

While the first season is pretty decent, it struggles to find a balance between the historical accuracy and fantasy elements. The second season, however, embraces the weirdness with open arms as it takes a darker and moodier approach to storytelling. It’s going to draw you in from the very first moment. My advice is to not give up on it just because a first few episodes weren’t that great.

If you’re looking for some magic and mystery, this show delivers plenty of both. With tons of nudity, blood, gore, and some excellent character development, Salem cements its place as one of the best shows out there. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

6. 'Teen Wolf'

The story follows Scott McCall, an awkward teenager who turns into a werewolf when he is bitten by one. He is faster, stronger, and sharper than ever. With his new power comes new responsibilities. He must learn to handle them before it’s too late. In a world full of vampires, werewolves, wolf hunters, and otherworldly creatures, surviving isn’t going to be easy. Can he adapt to a new lifestyle while handling his teenage problems?

I have to admit that I started watching this only because I came across it accidentally. Since it’s on MTV, a network with a propensity for teen-oriented soap operas, I was skeptical about it. Fast forward a few episodes, and I knew I was wrong to judge it in advance. Teen Wolf is one of the very few shows on MTV that’s worth watching. You shouldn’t let it pass by just because it’s not on a more reputable network.

The plot can be predictable at times, but it’ll still entertain you nonetheless. The pacing and storylines are perfectly done. The good thing is that there is not a lot of fluff. On the contrary, some storylines feel a bit rushed because they cram so much content into one episode. Keeping track of the stories and characters can be a little overwhelming at first, but you’ll get used to it.

If you’re a horror fan, you’ll like what MTV’s Teen Wolf has in store. While there aren't any jumpscares, the suspense and dark tone will get to you.

7. 'iZombie'

Liv Moore, a medical resident, is living a normal life until she is invited to a party where all hell breaks loose. She wakes up the next morning to find out that she’s a zombie who needs the brain matter of humans to stay alive. But with her nasty eating habit comes a perk that enables her to inherit the memories and traits of the victim. So she decides to help solve murder investigations with her new abilities. How long will she be able to hide her true identity from everyone else?

A brain-eating zombie helping police officers with murder investigations? The plot summary should be enough for anyone to understand that this is not your typical soap opera. The premise sounds outlandish because it is. Try not to use logic anywhere. Somehow, they have managed to pull it off with some excellent acting and storylines.

Rose McIver shines in the lead role as a living, breathing zombie who’s just had her normal life turned upside down. Even though she eats brains for food, you’ll still root for her. The rest of the cast have done an amazing job as well, but it’s her who carries the whole show upon her shoulders.

It's perfect for casual watching. Try not to take it too seriously or it might annoy you.

There’s a new case to solve every episode, which keeps the show fresh and entertaining as the main story arc continues to build towards a conclusion. Over the course of two seasons, iZombie has managed to keep us intrigued and psyched for every episode with little twists and turns in its plot line. Here is hoping that it keeps going in a similar fashion.

Did I miss out on any other good shows like The Originals? Let me know in the comments section below. I'll be sure to check them out.

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      Ryan Fuller 3 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Izomibe and Supernatural are two shows I have been thinking about starting on Netflix. I have heard nothing but good on those two shows. Thank you for sharing this article. It has been helpful in making my decision to start watching these shows.