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The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked 

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List Rules Scripted television series that feature vampires as a part of the plot. No animated series or miniseries.

These are the best vampire TV shows of all time, according to fans of the supernatural and undead. Everyone loves these undead denizens as they’re a good stand in for liberalism and damn fun to watch. According to Daniel Bernardi, vampires represent all things the political right fears about the left. But politics aside, they make for both good heroes and villains.

Our popular culture has embraced them in basically all facets of media. The shows on this list have at one point featured vampires—though they may not be strictly about the bloodsuckers. But which ones are the best? See what people think in the ranking below.

Because so many of the best shows on TV today are about vampires, it seems they’ve taken over popular culture. This resurgence was fueled in part by vampire movies such as Twilight, but the supernatural has always been popular on the small screen. Just look at shows such as The X-Files or Charmed. They’re not strictly about vampires but have featured them quite a bit.

Another common thread you’ll find throughout these top vampire TV shows is werewolves. For some inextricable reason, TV shows that have featured vampires almost always put them at odds with werewolves. In True Blood, they’ve been rival factions for what must be centuries and in The Vampire Diaries, they’re natural born rivals due to biological reasons. The television series of the popular film What We Do In The Shadows also sets the two creatures of the night against each other.

So to find out which TV show about vampires is the best of all time, we’re asking everyone to vote. If you’re wondering where a particular movie ranks, use the search box at the top of the list to find it. Don’t see it? Add it so that others may vote on it. After all, this is supposed to be a comprehensive list of the best vampire TV shows.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

Entire series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Black comedy, + more

Entire series True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Teen drama, Drama, + more

Entire series The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Various episodes Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Drama, supernatural drama

Entire series The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, + more

Entire series Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Genres (Tv): Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...more
8
Being Human is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

Entire series Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Romance TV, Drama, + more

Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

Various episodes The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more
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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

Hemlock Grove is an American Netflix original horror thriller television series. Executive produced by Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and a production of Gaumont ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October 25, 2013. It was produced by London-based Carnival Films. The series was created by Cole Haddon, and ...more
13
Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Horror Film, + more

Entire series Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, who was also executive producer for all episodes with Joel Silver, Gerard Bocaccio, ...more
14
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

Premiered: 1964

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more
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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

Premiered: 1966

Number of Episodes: 1225

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Horror Film, Fantasy

Entire series Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire ...more
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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro

Premiered: 2014

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Drama, supernatural drama

Entire series The Strain is an American horror drama television series that premiered on FX on July 13, 2014. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based on their novel trilogy of the same ...more
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Blade: The Series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower, Neil Jackson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Spike

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, Adventure film, + more

Entire series Blade: The Series is a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel Comics character and film series. It premiered on Spike on June 28, 2006. Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Multiple episodes Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror Film, Comedy, Fantasy

Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
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The Gates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo, Marisol Nichols

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: HBO, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Police procedural, Suspense, Drama, Mystery, + more

Various episodes The Gates is an American supernatural crime drama television series that aired on the ABC network from June 20, 2010 to September 19, 2010. The show was canceled after its first season due to ...more
22
Forever Knight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher, Nigel Bennett

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Police procedural, Drama, Science Fiction

Forever Knight is a Canadian television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire working as a police detective in modern day Toronto. Wracked with guilt for centuries of killing others, ...more
23
Kolchak: The Night Stalk... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

Premiered: 1974

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, Science Fiction, + more

Various episodes Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman, Robin Ward

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Anthology series, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Various episodes The Twilight Zone is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 74

Network: Jetix, Vrak.TV, YTV, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network, + more

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Suspense, Anthology series, Horror Film, Children's television series, + more

Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more