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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Originals'

July 10, 2020 559 votes 144 voters 2.7k views5 items

All the seasons of The Originals have been thrilling, but which seasons really stand out? Klaus Mikaelson, a vampire-werewolf hybrid, and his family navigate a bevy of threats in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Some of the most memorable episodes of The Originals come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some The Originals seasons focus on Klaus' relationship with Hayley, while other good seasons examine the complicated dynamic of vampires, werewolves, and witches.

The Originals is a fantasy supernatural drama that is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The Originals premiered on The CW on October 3, 2013. In 2018, The Originals aired its fifth and final season, though it had its own spin-off with Legacies in 2018. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Originals are, let's rank every The Originals season from best to worst.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Originals, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of The Originals not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be hard to put one The Originals season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    The Originals - Season 3

    The third season of The Originals premiered on October 8, 2015, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds the Mikaelsons contending with a troublesome prophecy and vengeful enemies.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "You Hung the Moon," "The Other Girl in New Orleans," and "No More Heartbreaks."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • The Ancestors make a move against Davina.
    • Klaus makes an eternal promise to Cami.
    • Klaus goes on trial.
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    The Originals - Season 2

    The second season of The Originals premiered on October 6, 2014, and contains 22 episodes. This season finds the Mikaelsons having welcome and unwelcome reunions with family members.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Rebirth," "Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire," and "Brotherhood of the Damned."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Klaus learns the truth about the necklace given to him by Esther.
    • Freya attacks Esther.
    • The Mikaelsons sabotage Davina.
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    The Originals - Season 1

    The first season of The Originals premiered on October 3, 2013, and contains 22 episodes. This season follows the Mikaelson siblings, first introduced in The Vampire Diaries, as they take back New Orleans and protect it from threats.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Bloodletting," "Reigning Pain in New Orleans," and "From a Cradle to a Grave."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Sophie reveals a secret from her past.
    • Hayley goes missing.
    • The war between Marcel and Klaus begins.
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    The Originals - Season 4

    The fourth season of The Originals premiered on March 17, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. Set five years after the events of season four, this season follows the Mikaelsons as they face an ancient mystical menace.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Gather Up the Killers," "Keepers of the House," and "Voodoo Child."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Klaus offers himself as a sacrifice.
    • The Hollow gains the power to be reborn.
    • The siblings start new lives.
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