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The Best Vampire TV Shows of All Time, Ranked

Updated May 5, 2020 21.5k votes 3.2k voters 62.2k views49 items

List RulesScripted 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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  • Angel1
    1,005
    601

    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

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

    Entire series
    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and...  more
  • The Vampire Diaries2
    1,852
    794

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

    Entire series
    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series...  more
  • True Blood3
    1,294
    779

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan...  more
  • The Originals4
    1,759
    618

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, supernatural drama

    Entire series
    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a...  more
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer5
    1,512
    810

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

    Entire series
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
  • Supernatural6
    1,426
    758

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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

    Various episodes
    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more
  • Penny Dreadful7
    504
    414

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created...  more
  • Being Human8
    629
    575

    Being Human

    Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror comedy

    Entire series
    Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created...  more
  • Charmed9
    570
    442

    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M....  more
  • Moonlight10
    385
    394

    Moonlight

    Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

    Premiered2007

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

    Entire series
    Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor...  more
  • Dracula11
    427
    398

    Dracula

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October...  more
  • Dark Shadows12
    336
    422

    Dark Shadows

    Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Horror Film, Fantasy

    Entire series
    Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC...  more
  • Van Helsing13
    93
    58

    Van Helsing

    Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired...  more
  • Hemlock Grove14
    366
    339

    Hemlock Grove

    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

    Hemlock Grove (Netflix, 2013) is an American Netflix original horror thriller television...  more
  • A Discovery of Witches15
    125
    51

    A Discovery of Witches

    Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama, Romance

    A Discovery of Witches (2018, Sky One) is a British fantasy drama series based on the All...  more
  • The X-Files16
    528
    546

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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

    Various episodes
    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more
  • American Horror Story17
    107
    50

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more
  • The Munsters18
    312
    283

    The Munsters

    Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

    The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign...  more
  • Tales from the Crypt19
    155
    148

    Tales from the Crypt

    John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith

    Premiered1989

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

    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror...  more
  • The Strain20
    283
    359

    The Strain

    Corey Stoll, David Bradley

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, supernatural drama

    Entire series
    The Strain (FX, 2014) is an American horror drama television series created by Guillermo del...  more
  • Doctor Who21
    385
    485

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Multiple episodes
    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
  • Goosebumps22
    145
    156

    Goosebumps

    R.L. Stine, Kathryn Short

    Premiered1995

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

    Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's...  more
  • Forever Knight23
    228
    228

    Forever Knight

    Geraint Wyn Davies, Catherine Disher

    Premiered1992

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

    Forever Knight is a Canadian television series about Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire...  more
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker24
    227
    338

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1974

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

    Various episodes
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the...  more
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch25
    301
    345

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

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

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the...  more