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The supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries tells the story of a high-school girl as she is introduced into a supernatural world of vampires and other mystery creatures. Although the supernatural creatures have long inhabited the small town where she lives, it isn't until a year after her parents' deaths that they make themselves known. The Vampire Diaries is created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and is based upon the novels of the same name written by L.J. Smith. Although based upon these novels, the story presented veers away from the plot in the books and crafts its own compelling story.

The Vampire Diaries follows the life of a young seventeen-year-old girl, Elena Gilbert, as she falls in love with an older vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Perhaps one of the most common issues that arise between the couple is Elena's growing attraction to Stefan's older brother, Damon Salvatore. The first series of the show focuses on the growing relationship between Stefan and Elena, and the complication Damon presents. As the series progresses, it is revealed that the brothers' attraction to Elena is based in part to the resemblance to their mutual past love, Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned the brothers into the vampires they are. Elena's resemblance isn't just a slight resemblance either, but identical. This turns out to be due to the fact that Elena is the doppelganger of Katherine and is part of a mystical vampire curse.

Throughout the series the viewer watches as Elena deals with the issues that supernatural creatures cause in her life and the danger that can result from being in a relationship with one. In addition to Elena, the series focuses on her group of friends and families as they come to know the hidden secrets of the town and the existence of supernatural creatures. Most notably, the series focuses on the lives of Elena's younger brother, Jeremy Gilbert, her best friends, Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes, and other friends, Matt Donovan and Tyler Lockwood.

The story is set in a small fictional town in Virginia called Mystic Falls. Throughout the course of the series the viewer learns that Mystic Falls has long been home to various supernatural creatures since it was founded in the late 17th century. These supernatural creatures are not limited to just vampires. The series includes witches, werewolves, ghosts and special hybrid creatures. The city of Mystic Falls has a long founded system of politics that centers among the founders of the town. This Founder's Council includes the Gilbert family, the Salvatore family, the Forbes family, the Lockwood family, and the Fells family. The heads of these families are all aware of the town's supernatural inhabitants and often do what they can to protect their small town from the threats these supernatural beings represent.

As the series progresses, the focus shifts from Elena learning about supernatural creatures and events and begins to focus on the role Elena plays as a doppelganger in a mythic quest that can break the restrictions that vampires face. Additional story lines develop that introduce the most powerful vampires ever created, called the Original Family. This Original Family is made up of the first humans ever to be turned into vampires and is the source of all vampires that exist in the show's world.

Starring in the series are Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder as the main love triangle. The supporting cast features Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig, and Steven R. McQueen. Later in the series Joseph Morgan, Matt Davis, and Claire Holt all became prominent characters on the series. The show itself is mainly filmed in Georgia with the town of Covington, Georgia, serving as Mystic Falls. However, the pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vampire Diaries first aired on The CW and remains one of its most popular and watched shows.

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Thursday 8:00PM et/pt on The CW
6 Seasons, 134 Episodes - Currently Airing
Drama, Science Fiction, Vampire
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The Vampire Diaries Full Episode Guide

  • An unexpected guest threatens Elena's safety. Damon comes to a difficult conclusion.

  • Elena and Bonnie help Jo with last minute wedding details.

  • Damon and Elena consider the consequences of his offer. Enzo seeks Stefan's help.

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'Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev Will Leave Series After This Season

Say it ain't so, Elena! Nina Dobrev has announced that she will be departing "The Vampire Diaries" after the current season, its sixth. Dobrev follows fellow castmates Steven R. McQueen and Michael Trevino, who also recently left the show. However, unlike McQueen and Trevino, Dobrev is more or less the center of the show. Though storylines have focused more heavily on supporting players of late, Dobrev's Elena was the show's main protagonist from the beginning, and remains so.

'Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Trailer Features a Surprising Cameo

This trailer for "The Vampire Diaries" season six features a familiar face that we didn't expect to see! Caution: Spoilers ahead if you aren't all caught up! The promo for the upcoming sixth season of "The Vampire Diaries" gives us our first look at some actual footage...and things are looking mighty sad. It looks as though Elena and the gang are still having a tough time dealing with the aftermath of the season five finale. And hey, considering what happened, we don't blame them.

The CW Sets Fall Premiere Schedule: Find Out When 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow' and All Your Favorite Shows Premiere!

Get out your calendars, it's time to mark down some dates! The CW has released a full schedule of premieres for their Fall shows, detailing when you can catch your favorite CW shows right when they hit the air. With the likes of "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" returning, as well as some brand-new shows starting up for the first time, there's a lot to look forward to for CW fans. Interestingly, it looks like two highly anticipated new series, "iZombie" and "The Messengers," are being saved for midseason.

Are 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder Back Together?

Today could be a very good day for Delena fans, despite the events of "The Vampire Diaries" finale. According to reports, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, who play Elena and Damon on the hit CW show, have reunited as a couple. The two had sparked a romance during their time on the show, but recently made an amicable split. But if rumors are to be trusted, the couple is attempting to give it another go, as secretly as possible. The source behind the report says that their breakup last year came in part due to the unwanted publicity their relationship brought on them, so they want to take it slow and keep their private lives private as much as possible this time around.

'Vampire Diaries' Finale: Questions Posed and a Big Event

Season 5 of “The Vampire Diaries” comes to a close this week, and the season finale is certain to pose just as many questions as it answers. As zap2it reports, the series’ executive producer, Caroline Dries, promises that the episode is going to pack an emotional punch. “The Travelers are trying to rip away their home and it's something that they rally around and in the meantime, the Other Side is falling apart," she says. "The question is what's going to happen to Bonnie, what's going to happen to our friends who are over there that we occasionally check in with, do they just go away like Vicky did? These things are spiraling out of control around them.

Liam Hemsworth Spotted with Nina Dobrev...On a Date?!

Well Delena fans, it looks like there probably won't be a reunion anytime soon. E! News reports that "The Vampire Diaries" star Nina Dobrev was spotted in Atlanta this past weekend on a date with none other than Miley Cyrus' ex Liam Hemsworth. The duo hung out at a bar, as both were in town shooting their respective projects. But are the two actually a new couple? The outing seemed to be a group one, as Hemsworth and Dobrev were hanging out with a group of friends. Eyewitnesses say that there wasn't much going on in the PDA department.

Werewolf Genealogy: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Originals' Crossover

One of the most exciting prospects for fans of both "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" is a crossover between the two series that will pull the storylines of both closer together. Such a crossover is going to happen, and according to executive producer Julie Plec, it's going to happen "very soon." According to The Hollyowood Reporter, Plec told journalists at a screening earlier this week that the crossover would hit the air before the end of November and that it would involve Tyler (Michael Trevino), a werewolf who was last seen on "The Vampire Diaries.

'Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' Debut

It's been a busy week in Mystic Falls. Not only did "The Vampire Diaries" make its season-five debut, but the premiere episode of that series served as a lead-in for the first episode of a new spin-off series, "The Originals." The two series got solid ratings for the CW, although they were understandably at a disadvantage against ratings powerhouses "The Big Bang Theory," "The X Factor," "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy." In Mystic Falls proper, "The Vampire Diaries" continued to explore the plight of Stefan (Paul Wesley), who was dumped into a watery prison by Silas at the end of last season.

New 'Vampire Diaries' Season 5 Promo Hints at Surprises

We all knew that things were going to get shaken up a bit on "The Vampire Diaries" next season, and a new promo released by the CW last week gives us a few more hints about what the shake-up will look like. Relationships will be heading off in new directions, apparently, and not everyone in Mystic Falls is who they appear to be. The 30-second teaser plays up the highly anticipated romance between Elena (Nina Dobrev ) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), with the two characters apparently saying "I love you" to one another, but Damon obviously has much less affection for Katherine (also played by Dobrev), as he sneers her name with icy contempt.

'The Vampire Diaries' Season 5: Elena and Damon Heat Up, Paul Wesley Darkens

Now that the vampires of "True Blood" have wrapped up their season, it's time to start anticipating the return of TV's other beloved vampire series, "The Vampire Diaries." The CW series begins its fifth season on Oct. 3, and there's already plenty of speculation about what's in store for Elena, Damon, Stefan and the gang. When last we visited Mystic Falls, the lives—and un-lives—of the characters were in upheaval. In the season 4 finale, Elena (Nina Dobrev) proclaimed her love for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and mixed it up with Katherine (Nina Dobrev, again), while Stefan (Paul Wesley) got himself into trouble during a confrontation with Silas (Raymond Scott Parks).

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