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The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'

Updated May 19, 2020 6.2k votes 1.6k voters 44.0k 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 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The first season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 10, 2009, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Elena Gilbert and the vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Pilot," "Haunted," and "Founder's Day."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Elena starts dating Stefan.
    • John and Isobel's relationship with Elena is revealed.
    • Katherine stabs John.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The fifth season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on October 3, 2013, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds Elena starting college while Stefan suffers from amnesia.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Original Sin," "500 Years of Solitude," and "While You Were Sleeping."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Elena and Damon break-up... and hook-up.
    • Stefan gets a new Doppelgänger.
    • Damon and Elena drive into the Mystic Grill.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The eighth season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on October 21, 2016, and contains 16 episodes. This season finds Damon and Enzo under the control of the vault monster.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Hello, Brother," "Detoured on Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell," and "I Was Feeling Epic."

    Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

    • Vicki rings the Maxwell bell.
    • Stefan makes a sacrifice for Damon.
    • Elena reunites with her parents.
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  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 7 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries'
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    The seventh season of The Vampire Diaries premiered on October 8, 2015, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds Damon coping with Elena's sleep state.

    This season has several unforgettable episodes including: "Never Let Me Go," "Hell Is Other People," "Moonlight on the Bayou," and "Gods and Monsters."

    Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • Stefan and Damon confront their mother.
    • Damon burns Elena's coffin.
    • Enzo and Damon disappear into the vault.
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