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The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Updated May 19, 2020 6.2k votes 1.6k voters 43.9k views8 items

List RulesVote for your favorite season of The Vampire Diaries.

All the seasons of The Vampire Diaries were great, but which seasons really stand out? For Elena Gilbert, the only thing more scandalous than a love triangle is a love triangle involving two brothers who are vampires. Some of the most memorable episodes of The Vampire Diaries come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Vampire Diaries are, let's rank every The Vampire Diaries season from best to worst.

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural teen drama series – based on L.J. Smith's book series of the same name– that follows the inhabitants of Mystic Falls including doppelgangers, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings. The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009, and aired eight seasons before concluding on March 10, 2017. The talented cast includes Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Vampire Diaries, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one The Vampire Diaries season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like. After you've cast your votes, make sure to check out these other shows like The Vampire Diaries.

 

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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The third season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 15, 2011, and contains 22 episodes. This season primarily centers around Klaus' origin, his relation with his family and reveal more about the original family.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "The Birthday," "Ordinary People," and "Dangerous Liaisons."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Elena saves Stefan from a fire.
    • Elena stakes Rebekah.
    • Dr. Fell makes a decision to save Elena.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The second season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 9, 2010, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces werewolves and even more vampires.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Bad Moon Rising," "Rose," and "As I Lay Dying."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Tyler learns of his family's curse.
    • Klaus tries to break the curse.
    • Katherine becomes a vampire.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 6 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The sixth season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on October 2, 2014, and contains 22 episodes. This season focuses on Damon and Elena reconnecting while Jo and Alaric plan their wedding.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Welcome to Paradise," "Fade Into You," and "I'm Thinking of You All the While."

    Memorable moments from Season 6 include:

    • Jeremy graduates high school.
    • Alaric and Jo's wedding does not go as planned.
    • Kai casts a spell on Elena and Bonnie.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The fourth season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on October 11, 2012, and contains 23 episodes. This season focuses on Elena learning the ways of the vampire.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Growing Pains," "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes," and "Graduation."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Stefan gives Elena a daylight ring.
    • Stefan and Elena break-up.
    • Stefan has a revelation about Silas.
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