The Vampire Diaries is one of the best and most iconic teen drama fantasy series and it captured the hearts and minds of its audience for over eight years during its eight-season run. The fantasy series follows Elena, who faces high school after just having lost her parents, and on her first day back she sees Stefan a brooding guy in a black jacket who is hiding a lot of things, for instance, his brother Damon and the fact that both of them are vampires. The series ended its run over five years ago in 2017, so if you miss the series here are the 10 best shows like The Vampire Diaries you could watch to pass the time.
The Originals (Netflix)
Synopsis: New Orleans sets a decadent, sensuous stage for the turbulent saga of the original vampire family. Conflicted siblings Elijah, Rebekah and vampire/werewolf hybrid Nicklaus are the bearers of the Mikaelson legacy, a family who built and ruled the French Quarter only to be exiled a century ago. When they return to reclaim the heart and soul of their beloved city from Klaus’ former protégé, the diabolical, charismatic vampire Marcel Gerard, they ignite a long-smoldering power struggle between witches, werewolves and vengeful vampires—as well as passion, revenge, bloodlust and a primal desire to continue the familial bloodline.
Synopsis: For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have captivated audiences worldwide. They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in Legacies, a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. A supernatural teen soap from executive producer/writer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Legacies blends humor, heart and horror, as teens with terrifying supernatural origins battle not only their demons within, but also the demons that endanger the world at large. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be? As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies.
Teen Wolf (Hulu & Paramount+)
Synopsis: Scott’s a young high school sophomore who has always been on the outside looking in. No girlfriend, bad at sports and socially awkward. But a single wolf bite changes everything. Now Scott has super-human abilities which lead him to become the star of his lacrosse team. His athletic prowess also makes him popular and desirable, and he falls for the new girl in town, Allison, who’s equally smitten. But Scott’s new personality and abilities also pose several problems, including being pulled into the middle of a war between werewolves and werewolf hunters, the leader of which is the father of Allison.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Hulu & The Roku Channel)
Synopsis: After moving to Sunnydale, California, Buffy Anne Summers just wants to be a normal teenager. Back in Los Angeles, her first Watcher had died; she inadvertently burned down the gymnasium at her old high school; and her parents got a divorce. The move to Sunnydale is supposed to give both her and her mother, Joyce, a clean slate. But then she meets the school librarian, Rupert Giles, and quickly learns there is no escaping her destiny. With Giles as her new Watcher, she reluctantly steps back into her role as the Slayer. But this time she is not fighting alone. She now has an inner circle of special friends– Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and a mysterious young man named Angel– ready to join the fight and drive in a stake or two if need be.
The Order (Netflix)
Synopsis: At Belgrave University, college freshman Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society where he’s thrust into a dangerous game of life or death. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts.
Synopsis: Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters‚ follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
The Magicians (Netflix)
Synopsis: Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity.
Sleepy Hollow (Hulu)
Synopsis: The legendary Ichabod Crane is resurrected 250 years after his death into the modern day town of Sleepy Hollow, where the infamous Headless Horseman has risen as well and threatens the fate of the world as one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
Synopsis: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. This adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature —half-witch, half-mortal —while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Penny Dreadful (Paramount+)
Synopsis: Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. They are joined by a core of original characters in a complex, frightening new narrative. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.