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9 Addictive Mysterious TV Shows Like The Vampire Diaries

Updated on December 23, 2016
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Blood, lust, sex, violence and tons of high-voltage drama . . . The Vampire Dairies on the CW has everything you want in your supernatural show.

Just like other supernatural sows around there, The Vampire Diaries has its own definition of death. People die, come back and then they die again, only to be revived once again. If anything, TVD has taught us one thing - if your favorite character dies, there is a good chance that he/she would come back later on.

There is too much going on to explain in words. Those who watch the show love all the mayhem and twists frequently thrown at them. Some people hate it while others follow it religiously. Well, we are not here to debate it. If you're here, it’s obvious that you are looking for some shows like The Vampire Dairies.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at some shows that are more than just filler until the next season of TVD begins —

The Originals

A show on the same network with almost the same premise. Hell yeah!

The Originals tells the story of the original vampire siblings – the first of their kind. It answers a lot of questions, too: how did vampires came to be? How come they can’t go out the sun like normal human beings?

This show answers it all, narrating the origins of the very first vampires. Though it started as a spin-off of The Vampire Dairies, this show has evolved into a must-watch drama. It takes a little time to pick up, but once it does, it’s a roller-coaster ride. If if vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings don't intrigue you much, the high-quality drama should be able to draw you in. There is no reason for you to not put it in your ‘to watch’ list..

True Blood

A great show from HBO

Didn’t people say that this show wasn't worth watching? And you probably believed them. Granted, the plot is a bit of a mess initially, but it gets back to its basics pretty soon.

After all, there is a reason it lasted for 7 whole seasons. If you love vampire shows, you definitely need to give True Blood a shot. The gore, betrayal, romance, wolves, mythical creatures, vampires and some intriguing drama cements this show as one of the best supernatural dramas to ever air on HBO.


Another great show from the CW

10 seasons and this Supernatural is still going strong! That says a lot about it. Simply put, it’s so damn good and addicting. Once you watch the first couple of episodes, you’ll want to burn through the rest.

You can skip some seasons if you want to, but then you won’t get to experience all the awesome bits of the story of two brothers who fight all kinds of evil. It only gets weirder as the show progresses. From demons, ghosts, and vampires to gods that roam around – they have fought them all, and there are more lurking around.

You don’t want to miss out on their awesome journey!

Teen Wolf

A teen boy gets bitten by a werewolf and then his athletic abilities sort of turn around as he gets faster and better. With these powers, though, comes a hoard of new responsibilities and dangers. But will it be too late before he learns to disguise himself?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Teen Wolf is all about teens. While it’s true that the main focus is on teens, the show is about much more than that. The first season isn’t that good, but thankfully, things pick up from the second season as more characters are introduced.

We begin to learn that werewolves are not the only supernatural creatures roaming around the city. The plot only gets more complex and intriguing from there.

The Secret Circle

One of the most underrated shows

It’s a shame that this show lasted for only 2 seasons because it was great. Nevertheless, there are two whole seasons for you to burn through if you love vamp TV.

I'd urge you to not judge it before you give it a shot. Just because there are a lot of teens, it doesn’t have to be mediocre. In fact, any adult who is into the supernatural genre will love it.

It’s dark, compelling and filled with totally unexpected plot twists -a masterpiece that must be brought back from the dead!

Being Human

A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living in the same house? It just can’t get boring! They try to live a normal life despite being non-humans, but things always go haywire.

Everyday in their lives is a new adventure as they learn that living together probably wasn't a good idea.. With only 5 seasons, it shouldn’t take a lot of your time to churn through it.

You can either go with the original version or the remake. Although the UK version is great, I prefer the US one. It’s all up to you. Give both versions a go for first few episodes and see what you like.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer

A vampire classic

Its misguided title put aside, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer is an incredible show. What began as a mid-season replacement soon become a hit amongst the audience, securing a huge fan base and merchandising.

The plot revolves around a girl who is destined to slay demons and vampires, battling alone and relieving the world of evil creatures. Surprisingly, fighting vampires is only a small part of what this show is about.

It chronicles a young girl’s journey as she deals with her personal problems and identity crisis while she also finds time to slay monsters. With some daring and intriguing plot lines and some terrific character development, this show is definitely one of the best vampire serials.

If you haven’t watched this show yet, you can buy the DVD on Amazon.


I strongly recommend this show to everyone who loves mystery shows like TVP and Lost where things are revealed pretty slowly. It can be overwhelming for you if you are skipping episodes. You won’t comprehend a single thing. I strongly suggest you to watch it from the very beginning.

Those who complain about it just don’t get this show. It’s similar to Lost where you had to interpret various scenes to make sense of it. Give the first couple of episodes a shot on Netflix and see if you like it.


A great spin-off TV show

I believe that this show is pretty underrated, mainly because it’s a spin-off of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Don’t be mistaken, though. While it’s not as cutesy as its predecessor, it manages to have a wry sense of humor even in the darkest moments.

From the cast, to the plot to the character development, everything was top-notch. It was great to see the character Angel change throughout the show. The flashbacks revealed how evil he was in the past, bringing nothing but torture, pain and death to people when he didn’t have a soul. Actor David Boreanez, who played the role, perfectly depicted a vampire’s path to redemption.

The biggest criticism this show received was that since it’s a spin off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it can’t be good. Give it a chance and see for yourself.


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      Madi 16 months ago

      I have to say, quite a few of these were spot on for shows I like in addition to TVD (especially Fringe, Being Human, etc.)! If anyone's looking for more, I would also recommend Haven, Hemlock Grove (if you're into really creepy stuff), The 100, and more I can't think of right now ;)

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      Kristina 15 months ago

      Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Samantha 9 months ago

      Great List, Missed out Charmed though! :)

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      Addie 7 months ago

      Did I miss something ?! I was pretty sure that secret circle only had 1 season.....

      Well it would be awsome if they do have a second season though ....

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      yoyoyo 7 months ago

      Secret circle was cancelled before they made a second season

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      Rose Jones 6 months ago

      Really excellent reviews. I think that Buffy was the best of the ones I have seen, followed by Angel and then True Blood. I want to check out The Secret Circle.

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      Anya 5 months ago

      Secret circle was AMAZING and pissed off they canceled it, for HIDDEN GEMS TRY Merlin!!! ROSWELL, KYLE XY , THEN WATCH SMALLBILLE, the 4400 is really good, buffy is one of my favs ...same with true blood and the origionals and the 100, Witches of East END ... teen wolf is amazing the most twist like vampire diaries they based their characters from Buffy too... I really like green arrow...I'm getting iffy with all the rest of comic book shows...smallville and the green arrow ..they don't make em as good as they used to ...I like watching character beings created and evolving as you grow and learn with them in a soap opera fashion with well thought out plots that are like a novelist book series that goes on forever but never wavers in quality creating the most intricate worlds and characters with magic making all things possible ( with rules and unpredictable loop holes )

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      Teen wolf fan 3 months ago

      I've watched all f these shows and I liked them all but some if them got repetitive like Buffy , the vampire diaries and the originals . Teen wolf is my fave though , nothing is ever repeated apart from the flashbacks which last about a minute or so. Has anyone tried Grimm they should've included that,I zombie is great the 100 is okay but kinda annoying . Who are your fave actors. Mine are : Dylan spray berry, Dylan o'brien and tyler posey Xx

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      its whatever 2 months ago

      couple of these damn shows are fucking awesome but most of them i got tired of and none of these shows will come pare too the show secrect circle sooo ........

      btw i know most of my spelling is bad

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      teen wolf 6 weeks ago

      teen is the best

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      Jamie 3 weeks ago

      Some of these are actually similar. Where is Buffy or any 90's show similar to vampire diaries. Before Vampire Diaries I never saw so much angst and meladrama in the horror genre. There aren't many shows like it even in todays tv. The 90's was an acquired taste compared to today. Nowadays if you love todays angst I'm not sure you can fully appreciate yesterdays campy writing. Supernatural is more similar to the 90's format. Fun horror with Monster of the week cases and humor. But TVD on the other hand is something completely different from older shows that were campy humor than life and death angst. Teen wolf I could see having alot of both. It started out more like the 90's but became more like vampire diaries in it's tone. I don't like or watch true blood. The only other show besides originals which is sort of cheating since it's a spin-off is Shadowhunters of whom I belittled the entire first season. I am a mega book fan and the writing was horrible so I gave up on it..After giving season 2 a second chance I have realized that alot of the problems have been fixed and it's so much better. I also realized that it has a tone of tvd which doesn't shock me as I always viewed the books as having a similar tone to the vampire diaries even though the vampire stuff was pretty much a smaller issue than the nephilim and the on going war. But I seriously don't think there is many shows that have that kind of drama and are horror/fantasy styled.

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      Alyssa 9 days ago

      Ok, so the Vampire Diaries ended and I'm looking for new shows to look at that relates to the Vampire Diaries but has to be on netflix, anyone got any ideas?

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      kljhg 9 days ago

      Watch originals. Its the next best thing

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