The Vampire Diaries
- 8 Seasons
The fantasy soap opera The Vampire Diaries follows a group of vampires who (sort of) live and love in a small town in Virginia. As in the Twilight series, a young mortal woman falls in love with a hunky vampire. She then has to deal with all the drama that ensues. The series is set in the town of Mystic Falls. The town has been a focal point for supernatural activity since its founding in the 1700s. Prominent among its paranormal residents are a clan of vampires who have been up to mostly no good for centuries. When a teen girl, Elena, moves to town, she falls in love with a mysterious hunk, not realizing that he's a vampire and he's 162 years old. The world of the vampires is a dangerous one, and Elena is soon in peril. Her biggest problem is that she draws the attention of another vampire who notices she looks exactly like his long-dead vampire lover. The resulting love triangle causes all kinds of peril. The TV series is based on a series of young adult vampire romance novels. The story bears many resemblances to the Twilight novel series, but The Vampire Diaries novels predate that launch of the Twilight series by more than a decade. The TV series debuted on The CW in 2009, and it continued for eight seasons before concluding in 2017. During this time, it was one of the most successful series on the network, and it spawned a spin off, The Originals.