The Best Vampire TV Shows You Can Eat
Vampires never go out of style, if the number of TV shows featuring them is any indication. On the eve of more vampire shows on the horizon such as Peacock’s vampire academy and the AMCs Interview with the Vampire, here is a list of the best vampire series already available. Give them a watch before Peacock vampire academy sinks its teeth into us on September 15 and Interview with the Vampire premieres October 2 on AMC+.
What we do in the shadows
What we do in the shadows proves that vampires can not only be very dramatic, but also quite funny. The fictional comedy is set in the present day and centers on a group of vampires (and their relatives) who live together on Staten Island and don’t seem to quite adjust to modern life. The show has four seasons already, and FX has also launched a fifth and sixth season. That’s a lot of vampiric shenanigans to look forward to.
buffy the vampire slayer
In the series of the 90s buffy the vampire slayer, the residents of Sunnydale, California lived on a hellmouth that gave the town a higher than normal population of vampires. The good news for the people of Sunnydale, however, is that high school girl Buffy Summers is the Vampire Slayer, a supernaturally strong woman who is a regular student by day and who, along with her friends, slays vampires and demons at night. You can see Buffy’s influence on later teen vampire shows, and its seven seasons are worth watching more than once.
Angel is a spin-off of buffy which focuses on the Slayer’s eponymous ex, a vampire charged with a soul. The brooding angel travels to Los Angeles and, along with other characters from buffy along with new people, starts a private agency to help the helpless, often the helpless are attacked by some kind of evil supernatural force.
Vampire shows don’t always focus on the beautiful creatures of the night, and there’s nothing pretty about vampires. Strain. The series hails from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan and centers on a CDC doctor who leads the fight against a vampiric virus that infects those in New York City and beyond. The vampires on this show are, in a word, monstrous, with long, slippery tongues that may or may not give you nightmares for weeks.
Another show where vampires do no good is on SYFY Van Helsing. The show is set in the near future where vampires have taken over, and humanity’s only hope for survival comes from Vanessa Helsing, whose blood can turn vampires into humans. Vampires don’t like it, naturally, and will do anything to stop it. The show ran for five seasons and ended in June 2021.
The novel by Joe Hill, NOS4A2, proves that vampires can make anything spooky, even Christmas. This AMC series adaptation of his work features an ancient evil being (played by Zachary Quinto) who sucked the life force out of children to stay perpetually young. The show centers on Vic McQueen, a woman who has a supernatural ability to track down the character of Qunito and is very determined to find and kill him after he kidnaps her son.
The British limited series Dracula came from sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (both also alumni of Doctor Who). This three-episode series centers on the titular vampire (Claes Bang) and is based on the original novel by Bram Stoker. Gatiss and Moffat bring a modern sensibility and a dash of humor to the classic tale, and over the course of this series we also learn more about Dracula’s backstory.
dark shadows is a late ’60s and early ’70s series that focuses on the Collins, a wealthy Maine family that has supernatural underpinnings. One of those foundations is that family member Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is a 200-year-old vampire. The show was a gothic soap opera, full of melodramatic performances and supernatural intrigue. Since its first broadcast, it has become cult and even had a remake in the early 90s.
What if vampires came out of the shadows and lived openly among us and were (mostly) incredibly hot? This is the basic principle of HBO true blood, a show based on the books by Charlaine Harris that is set primarily in Louisiana and revolves around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress who discovers she has special powers and finds herself in love with the town’s new vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The later seasons of the show haven’t been as well received as the earlier ones, but the first three seasons are well worth a watch.
A discovery of witches
Another cursed vampire romance is in A discovery of witches, where an Oxford biology professor, who also happens to be a 1,500-year-old vampire, falls in love with a historian, who also happens to be a witch. Their romance is a big no-no, but the chemistry of the two is undeniable. It’s like an adult version of Dusk and is based on the books by Deborah Harkness.
The Vampire Diaries
The CWs The Vampire Diaries spawned an entire vampiric franchise filled with teenage angst. The show, created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec (the latter co-created the upcoming Peacock vampire academy) premiered in 2009 and was set in the supernaturally charged town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. The series initially centered on a young teenage girl, Elena, who falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan. The show ran for eight seasons and included a larger cast with their own series of vampire-related dramas.
The first one vampire diary fallout was from 2013 The originals. This show moved away from Mystic Falls and headed to New Orleans, and focuses on three Mikaelson siblings: werewolves (or werewolf hybrids) Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. The three face their own entanglements in supernatural politics in New Orleans, and Klaus, a vampire-werewolf hybrid, also begins the series with his own hybrid child on the way via a one-night stand that he had with the werewolf Haley during season 4 of The Vampire Diaries.
The second vampire diary spin-off on The CW (or, more accurately, a spin-off of a spin-off, since it builds on The originals) has been Legacy. The show centers on teenage Hope Mikaelson, the aforementioned daughter of Klaus and Hayley, who has bloodlines of witches, vampires, and werewolves. The show has Hope as a student at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, a place that helps children with supernatural tendencies control their abilities. The show ran from 2019 and its fourth and final season aired in June this year.
Looking for more vampiric drama? Check out the next series, Vampire Academy, on Peacock.