The Best Seasons of The Vampire Diaries  

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Here is the list of the best seasons of The Vampire Diaries, ranked from best to worst, with DVD cover images. Fans of The Vampire Diaries are very passionate about the series, so it's no surprise that arguments are often had over which is the best season of The Vampire Diaries. Currently ranking number one on TV shows with the hottest casts, The Vampire Diaries has also given fan many memorable moments. This ranking of all The Vampire Diaries seasons has been voted on by many fans of the show, so this list isn't just one person's opinion. Some of the greatest episodes of The Vampire Diaries come from different seasons, so determining what the best The Vampire Diaries season is can be challenging.

Since its 2009 premiere on The CW, The Vampire Diaries quickly became one of the network's most watched shows along with Supernatural and The Arrow. The supernatural drama stars Nina Dobrev (up until season 7) as Elena Gilbert, a human girl who is caught in a love triangle with two vampires: Stefan Salvatore, played by Paul Wesley, and his older brother Damon, played by Ian Somerhalder. Set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, The Vampire Diaries follows the characters as they face villainous creatures, betrayals, and love. 

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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 Vampire Diaries was officially renewed for a third season by The CW on April 26, 2011 that aired from September 15, 2011 to May 10, 2012. The third season consisted of 22 episodes and focused on the story of Klaus' origin, his relation with his family and reveal more about the original family. The third season opened to generally positive reviews. The season takes a gap from the last season and begins with Elena Gilbert's 18th birthday with all series regulars returning with the exception of Sara Canning whose character Jenna Sommers was killed off in the previous season. Joseph Morgan's character Klaus became a series regular instead of returning as a recurring character.

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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 Vampire Diaries was officially renewed by The CW for a full 22-episode season on February 16, 2010. The first episode premiered on September 9, 2010, at 8 p.m. ET. The season picks up immediately after the events of the season one finale. All the series regulars returned. Season two focuses on the return of Elena Gilbert's doppelganger, Katherine Pierce, the introduction of werewolves, the sun and moon curse, and the arrival of the original vampires. Tyler Lockwood's uncle, Mason Lockwood, arrives in town searching for the moonstone, a family heirloom. Tyler later learns of his family's werewolf curse. Meanwhile, Caroline Forbes is killed by Katherine while having Damon Salvatore's blood in her system, turning her into a vampire. The arrival of the original vampires, Elijah and Klaus Mikaelson, also bring about complications. Klaus is a vampire-werewolf hybrid, but his werewolf side had been forced into dormancy by witches, as nature would not stand for such an imbalance in power. Therefore Klaus arrives in town with plans to break the curse and unleash his werewolf side by channeling the power of the full moon into the moonstone, sacrificing a vampire and a werewolf, and drinking the blood of the doppelgänger. The season became available on DVD and Blu-ray on August 30, 2011.

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The Vampire Diaries - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of The Vampire Diaries
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The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural romance television series created by Kevin Williamson based on the novels of the same name by author L. J. Smith. It was officially picked up for the 2009-10 season on May 19, 2009. It premiered on September 10, 2009 on The CW and received the highest ratings for a series premiere in the networks history scoring 4.91 million live viewers.The series focuses on the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, that is charged with supernatural history. It follows Elena Gilbert portrayed by Nina Dobrev as she begins to get over her parents' death and two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, portrayed by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, respectively. Kayla Ewell portrayed Vicki Donovan for the first seven episodes until her character was killed off. Matt Davis was later cast as a history teacher in a recurring role to fill the void. He was later upgraded to series regular status. The season concluded on May 13, 2010, comprising 22 episodes.

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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 Vampire Diaries, a one-hour American supernatural drama, was renewed for a fourth season by the U.S. channel The CW on May 3, 2012, seven days before the third season's finale. Unlike the previous seasons that aired in September, it premiered on October 11, 2012, to avoid competition from major television shows. Season 4 consisted of 23 episodes instead of the usual 22 episodes. All the previous season's characters returned as series regulars apart from Matthew Davis, who was killed off in the Season 3 finale but made guest appearances in the second, twenty-second and twenty-third episodes of the new season.On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, titled The Originals will air on April 25 for series pick-up. On April 26, 2013, The CW announced that The Originals, The Vampire Diaries' spin-off series, was picked up for a full season slated to premiere next fall.On February 11, 2013, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season.

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