9 Addictive and Mysterious Tv Shows Like 'the Vampire Diaries'

Updated on November 30, 2018
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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.'

Blood, lust, sex, violence, and tons of high-voltage drama. The Vampire Diaries on the CW has everything you want in your supernatural series.

Just like other shows in the genre, 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 they will 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 Diaries.

The Best TV Series Like 'The Vampire Diaries'

  1. Teen Wolf
  2. The Originals
  3. True Blood
  4. Supernatural
  5. The Secret Circle
  6. Being Human
  7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  8. Fringe
  9. Angel

1. Teen Wolf

Scott gets bitten by a werewolf and then his athletic abilities get a boost as he gets faster and stronger. With these powers come a hoard of new responsibilities and dangers. But will it be too late before he learns to disguise himself?

The series is loosely based on the 1985 comedy film starring Michael J. Fox. However, this adaptation is much darker as it is a more serious drama with violence and gore. It uses the protagonist's condition as an allegory for adolescence as he copes with a changing body and new urges.

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 since it is your typical werewolf narrative that we've seen before. Things pick up from the second season as more characters are introduced and the plot becomes more ambitious. From the third season onward, the plot becomes more complex and compelling as a mythology is developed.

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.

If you love th show, check out some more series like Teen Wolf.

'Teen Wolf' Compared to 'The Vampire Diaries'

Teen Wolf has been a massive success for MTV and is right up there with The Vampire Diaries in terms of having a rabid fanbase. Both series have been accused of riding the wave that was created by Twilight. It should be noted that both series come from previous material that predates Twilight. Teen Wolf is a reimagining of the 1985 comedy film of the same name while TVD is actually adapted from a series of books that were originally published in 1991.

There was actually a bit of a crossover with the shows, though it was more like a visual gag. An episode of Teen Wolf had a lacrosse game where the opposing team had the initials of MFH on their uniforms. This stands for Mystic Falls High, the high school in The Vampire Diaries. This was a nice easter egg from the show creators.

While both shows feature supernatural beings, they are quite different in tone. As good as it is, TVD is essentially a teen drama show in a genre setting. Teen Wolf has its teen drama but it features more comedy and action as well. It actually has more similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both show have teens living in town plagued by weird happenings that they must solve themselves. Even the character dynamics featured here seemed to be inspired by Buffy.

Teen Wolf Final Season Trailer

2. The Originals

What better show is there to recommend than the official spin-off series?

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

This show answers it all as it narrates the origins of the very first vampires. Though it started as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, 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 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 this on your watch list.

If you like this one, be sure to check out this list of similar shows to The Originals for further recommendations.

The Originals Final Season Trailer

3. True Blood

People said 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 better pretty soon.

There is a reason this series lasted for seven seasons. If you love vampire shows, you definitely need to give True Blood a shot. The gore, betrayal, romance, wolves, mythical creatures, vampires, and intriguing drama cements this show as one of the best supernatural dramas to ever air on HBO. However, some fans debate about the ending. If you're one of the critics, you can check out this article on ideas to improve the series finale.

What Is Supernatural Drama?

All of the shows on this list fit into the category of supernatural drama. These shows are typically character-driven and focus on the relationships the characters have with each other. This is done in an environment where being like vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural beings are present. It is not uncommon for the protagonists to be one of these beings themselves.

The genre arguably got its start with the soap opera Dark Shadows, which aired from 1966 to 1971. It featured many elements from horror films as well as some sci-fi elements. The most iconic example of the genre is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which still inspires many new series today. The past decade has seen the genre rise in popularity as it has merged with the teen drama and has gained an audience of young adults.

Some examples of supernatural dramas include:

  • American Horror Story
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Charmed
  • Haven
  • Hemlock Grove

4. Supernatural

It has been running for over 10 seasons and Supernatural is still going strong! That says a lot about it. Simply put, this show 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 the full scope of the 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!

If you're looking to get a taste of this series, I recommend checking out this list of the 20 best Supernatural episodes to get an idea of what the show is about.

5. The Secret Circle

It’s a shame that this show only lasted for two 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 doesn’t mean it has 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. This is a masterpiece that must be brought back from the dead!

The Secret Circle Trailer

6. 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.

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

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

Being Human UK Trailer

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7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Putting aside its misguided title, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an incredible show. What began as a mid-season replacement soon became a hit amongst the audience, securing a huge fan base and tons of merchandising.

The plot revolves around a girl who is destined to slay demons and vampires. She alone battles and relieves 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 narratives 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.

It should be noted that the relationship between Buffy and her mom has earned this show a spot on the list of TV shows that mom and daughters should watch together.

8. Fringe

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 if you are skipping episodes because you won’t comprehend a single thing. I strongly suggest that you watch this series from the very beginning.

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

9. Angel

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 its 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 it was a spin-off. The idea was that a spin-off show couldn't be good. Give it a chance and see it for yourself.

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      Peyton 

      2 months ago

      The Vampire Diaries

      Teen Wolf

      Stranger Things

      The Secret Circle

      Riverdale

      Shadowhunters

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      Nina 

      2 months ago

      My top 7

      1. Teen wolf

      2. Shadowhunters

      3. The 100

      4. On my block

      5. Riverdale

      6. Stranger things

      7. The vampire diaries

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      Fg 

      5 months ago

      Vampire dairies and the originals are both so good in different ways

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      Tinny 

      5 months ago

      My favorite is secret circle. I watched vampire diaries but did not find it that interesting!

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      Alex 

      5 months ago

      Do you Guy's accept or reject teen wolf the best

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      Shakira 

      6 months ago

      No serie will ever ever ever beat The vampire diaries....

      best show everr//

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      TV Addicted 

      6 months ago

      Guys, if you love The Vampire Diaries.

      I have this list for you:

      First, start with The Originals (since it's a TVD Spin-off)

      Then make a good marathon of vampire/werewolves fan-fiction with:

      - True Blood

      - Hemlock Grove

      - Teen Wolf

      - Bitten

      - Wolf Blood

      - Penny Dreadful

      Then go to:

      - Supernatural

      - American Horror Story

      After those, you can lay low with:

      - Pretty Little Liars

      - Riverdale

      - The 100

      - Reign

      - Outlander

      HAVE FUN!

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      Netflix showgirl 

      6 months ago

      THE FOSTERS

      THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

      PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

      RIVERDALE

      SHAMELESS

      THE 100

      GOSSIP GIRL

      WATCH ALL IF YOU LIKE “DRAMA” SHOWS

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      Anobody 

      7 months ago

      The secret circle only has 1 season not 2

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      lsmorgan400@outlook.com 

      7 months ago

      You forgot to include my favorite supernatural show that got me watching the rest of them...Grimm!

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      the alpha 

      7 months ago

      teen wolf the best

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      Werewolf 

      7 months ago

      I love teenwolf

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      Shelley 

      8 months ago

      I don't think any series will be as good as the vampire diaries it would be impossible to make a show that good again they can try but how many series have been cancelled loads no series will be able to top the vampire diaries

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      Obsessed Netflix Girl 

      8 months ago

      TEEN WOLF

      THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

      STRANGER THINGS

      SHADOWHUNTERS

      RIVERDALE

      PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

      I SWEAR. THESE SERIES ARE WORTH WATCHING!

      These series are amazing!

      I can't choose!

      But if I had to I would choose The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and Stranger Things.

      You don't wanna miss these series, I promise!

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      Holy 

      8 months ago

      The Vapire Diares

      Teen Wolf

      The Sercet Circle

      Sercet Life of the American Teenager

      The originals

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      Katie 

      9 months ago

      I love most of these but my top 5 is:

      Vampire diaries,

      Shadow hunters,

      The originals,

      Teen wolf,

      The secret circle

      I can’t choose

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      ROBBIESPUD 

      9 months ago

      Game of thrones told them all 100%

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      vampire diaries 4 lyfe 

      10 months ago

      I love the vampire diaries and I can't find anything else to watch

      Ps: Damon is the best he is my face character

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      Shamar 

      11 months ago

      I honestly love all those shows vampire diaries first then the teen wolf which seasons one and two are classic and then the rest of the shows were really good but those are my two favorites

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      Dylan 

      11 months ago

      I need help crying so much finished wolfblood andteen wolf cant find any that r like them 4 wolfblood i only liked season 1 and 2

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      tvdsta 

      11 months ago

      Teen wolf is horrible. It is not worthy of being compared to the vampire diaries !!!

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      yesh 

      11 months ago

      stranger things

      :originals

      :teen wolf

      :beauty and the beast

      :supernatural

      :vampire diaries

      :shadow hunters

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      rishabh ranka 

      12 months ago

      the originals is best of all

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      Glenn 

      12 months ago

      Teen wolf is better than all of them

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      Netflix/TVD#mylife 

      12 months ago

      my suggestions are

      :TVD(the vampire diaries)

      :pretty little liars (pll)

      :stranger things

      :teen wolf

      :supernatural

      there are a few more but these are the top 5

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      netflixangel 

      12 months ago

      i think everyone should try watching...

      1. The Vampie Diaries

      2. Riverdale

      3. 13 Reasons why

      4. Stranger Things

      5. Pretty Little Liars

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      Glenn 

      13 months ago

      There are other shows too like shadow hunters,stranger things and American horror story there amazing

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      Person 

      14 months ago

      My heart literally broke when I finished watching The Vampire Diaries.. I hate watching series because this always happens

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      Anonymous 

      14 months ago

      OMG!!!! I live 4 Vampire Diaries! love the Originals too and I can't wait 4 season 5 to be released... also another FANTASTIC to show I have to recommend is the tomorrow people and the 100. They're worth watching

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      Unknown 

      14 months ago

      1) TeenWolf ( Tomorrow is the finale and im crying my heart out)

      2) Stranger Things

      3)Riverdale

      4)Shadow Hunters

      5)Supernaturual

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      Stephanie 

      15 months ago

      The Magicians is good and one I really loved was Lost Girl.

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      Momme el 

      15 months ago

      Well i had to say the top of them..

      1:Teen Wolf

      2:Game of thrones

      3:The flash

      4:Arrow

      5:Lucifer

      6:Grimm

      7:Supernatural

      8:the originals

      9:The vampire diaries

      10:Gotham

      11:legends of tomorrow

      Just had to say follow My nummer steps from 1-11

      Those are the best series ever watch them and yall gona thank me after it. U wont regreat it trust me.

      ... ther is another serie movie awesome one really cool but they have just make 1 episode and i still dont know when they are gona continue it...

      -/:oasis

      And ive read some comments that its hard to find all seasong of series movies Well then i sugest this site,...

      -/: dreamfilmhd.sh

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      gold 

      16 months ago

      I think Teen Wolf, Once Upon A Time, Sherlock and Witches Of East End are the best shows ever

      (maybe Riverdale too)

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      Kimmie 

      16 months ago

      I searched and searched for The secret circles second season! It was canceled before they made it! I'm so mad this article got my hopes up! The secret circle had sooo much potential, so much! I love vampire diaries and originals basically my life. I found the secret circle after I was done with those and let me just say I should not have watched the episodes so fast because now it's over and I'll never get to watch it again. Haha

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      sam 

      17 months ago

      there's nothing like tvd(or the originals), except maybe teen wolf. there's also stitchers which is so underrated but it's so good. i can promise you you'll love it.

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      j5 

      18 months ago

      am not going to lie but like i really liked teen wolf thanks for the suggestion still.

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      Shy Shy 

      18 months ago

      Teen wolf is the best show I ever watched in my life and Vampire Diaries because it has a lot of werewolves and vampires,witches ,demons, and other supernatural things.

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      UNKNOWN 

      18 months ago

      SEEN MOST OF THESE BUT NETFLIX DON'T HAVE ALL THE SEASONS

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      Yham 

      18 months ago

      "The Originals" so far is the best for me. I can say that for the whole seasons, there is no boring episode. Thumbs Up for this!

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      rehiggins 

      20 months ago

      I would suggest not skipping seasons of Supernatural because each season builds on the previous. In other words, the choices made in the previous season to fight off the big bad/save the world/save one of the brothers create the main problem of the next season. Overall it's a great show. It can be a little daunting to try to catch up (it's almost done with the 12 season) but it's worth it.

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      kljhg 

      21 months ago

      Watch originals. Its the next best thing

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      Alyssa 

      21 months 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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      Jamie 

      21 months 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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      teen wolf 

      22 months ago

      teen is the best

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      its whatever 

      23 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 fan 

      2 years 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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      Anya 

      2 years 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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      Rose Jones 

      2 years 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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      yoyoyo 

      2 years ago

      Secret circle was cancelled before they made a second season

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      Addie 

      2 years 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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      Samantha 

      2 years ago

      Great List, Missed out Charmed though! :)

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      Kristina 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Madi 

      3 years 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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