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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.

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, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan 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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt 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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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 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 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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell 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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof 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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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington Entire series Being Human 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 comedy and horror ...more

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green Penny Dreadful 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 show was originally pitched to ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi 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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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause 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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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann 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

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Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles 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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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring 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

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith 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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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 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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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro 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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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick 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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman, Robin Ward 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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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 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

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Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage 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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Forever Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher, Nigel Bennett 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

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Kindred: The Embraced is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Stacy Haiduk, Erik King, Patrick Bauchau Entire series Kindred: The Embraced is an American television series produced by John Leekley Productions and Spelling Television. Loosely based on the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade, the series ...more

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Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer 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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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones 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

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My Babysitter's a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
My Babysitter's a Vampire is a 2011 Canadian television series, based on the television film of the same name. In Canada, the series premiered in French on Télétoon on February 28, ...more

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Ross Hull, Raine Pare-Coull, Jodie Resther Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian horror fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in ...more

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Blood Ties is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Christina Cox, Gina Holden, Kyle Schmid Blood Ties is a Canadian television series based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff; the show was created by Peter Mohan. It is set in Toronto, Canada and has a similar premise to an earlier ...more

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Tales from the Darkside is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Paul Sparer Tales from the Darkside is an American anthology horror TV series created by George A. Romero; it debuted in 1984. Similar to Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, ...more

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Masters of Horror is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jessica Lowndes, Holly Marie Combs, Bree Turner Episode: The V Word Masters of Horror is an American anthology style television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.

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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl Sanctuary was a Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler and funded largely by the Beedie Development Group. The show is an expansion of an eight-webisode ...more

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Vampire High is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Meghan Ory, Karen Cliche, Joris Jarsky Vampire High is a Canadian TV series which originally aired from 2001 to 2002. The show centered on a group of young vampires subjected to a daring experiment by the "Elders": taken in ...more

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Young Dracula is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Keith-Lee Castle, Clare Thomas, Simon Ludders Young Dracula is a British teenage horror drama television series which aired on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula and Young Monsters, a children's book by Michael Lawrence. The final episode ...more

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Monster Squad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Fred Grandy, Henry Polic II, Fred Gandy Entire series Monster Squad is a television series that aired Saturday mornings on NBC from 1976-1977 that is unrelated to the later movie of the same name. The series stars Fred Grandy as Walt, a criminology ...more

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Port Charles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Kelly Monaco, Amy Weber, Linda Purl Various episodes Port Charles is an American television soap opera which aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. It is a spin-off of the serial General Hospital, which had been running since 1963 and ...more

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She-Wolf of London is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Dan Gilvezan, Kate Hodge, Arthur Cox She-Wolf of London was a short-lived television series that aired in first-run syndication in the USA from October 1990 to April 1991. The first 14 episodes were filmed in England and aired ...more

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Vampire Prosecutor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Lee Young-ah, Yeon Jung-hoon Vampire Prosecutor is a South Korean television series, starring Yeon Jung-hoon, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah and Kim Joo-young. The crime procedural drama tells the story of a prosecutor who ...more

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Death Valley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Texas Battle, Bryce Johnson, Tania Raymonde Many episodes Death Valley is a horror black comedy mockumentary television series broadcast on MTV. The series premiered on August 29, 2011. The series follows the Undead Task Force, a newly formed division ...more

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Cliffhangers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Curse of Dracula  Cliffhangers is an American drama series that debuted on February 27, 1979 on NBC.

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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more

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Blood+ is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Kari Wahlgren, Ben Diskin, Crispin Freeman Blood+, pronounced as "Blood Plus", is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku. The series premiered in Japan on Sony's anime satellite ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey, 2014) is an American horror television series developed by Robert Rodriguez. Wanted by the FBI and Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia), bank ...more

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Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jôji Nakata^! Yoshiko Sakakibara^! Fumiko Orikasa Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and ...more

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Ultraviolet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba Ultraviolet is a 1998 United Kingdom television series written and directed by Joe Ahearne and starring Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba and Philip Quast. The music was composed and ...more

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Seraph of the End is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
The Superhero Nerd added Seraph of the End (Owari no Serafu, AKA Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series and 2015 anime series. After a manmade virus kills everyone over age 13, ...more

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The Lair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Evan Stone, Dylan Vox, Colton Ford Entire series The Lair is an American gay-themed vampire television series produced by here! in 2007. The first season, consisting of six episodes, wrapped production in January of that year. The first two ...more

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I Heart Vampires is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked
Dean Chekvala, Ben Messmer, Sungmi Choi I Heart Vampires is a web television series produced by Take180. The series consists of a first season of 22 episodes which ran from March 19, 2009 until September 11, 2009, a second season of ...more