With vampires being so popular lately new vampire shows are popping up like crazy. Yay! So why not make a list of vampire shows – old and new. Below is a list of shows that have vampires as part of their main storyline. Meaning my list doesn’t have shows that had maybe one or two vampire themed episodes. Anyway, the list features very well known and awesome shows and some shows many haven’t heard of…
(In no particular order)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003): Come on, we all know Buffy! “In every generation there is a chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” The show ran for seven seasons and features some of the best pop culture referencing ever (I know I have quoted Buffy lines a million times). The super hilarious show, about the sexy vampire slayer Buffy, was and still is a huge hit with many. The boys were dreaming about Buffy and the girls were drooling over Spike and/or Angel.
Angel (1999-2004): Angel was the Buffy spin off show about Buffy’s first love, the vampire with a soul – Angel. The show was about Angel seeking forgiveness and redemption. He leaves Sunnydale (and Buffy) to go to Los Angeles, where he and his crew fight evil. Like Buffy this show is full of great lines and is funny as hell, the show rocked.
True Blood (2008 – current): This ongoing, racy and sexy show quickly became a huge hit. About Sookie Stackhouse, a psychic waitress that falls in love with a vampire in a world where vampires are known. Cue the chaos… and fun.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 – current): A new vampire drama aimed at teenagers that is gaining new fans every week. The plot revolves around Elena Gilbert, the beautiful teen that is the object of passion for two vampire brothers, one good, and one evil. Stefan and Daman battle over Elena in a plot full of mystery and revenge.
Moonlight (2007-2008): This show is about a vampire detective that falls in love with a mortal woman. Unfortunately for its fans this vamp show only lasted one season.
Kindred: The Embraced (1996): A series that only lasted 8 episodes and was loosely based on the Vampire the Masquerade RPG by White Wolf games. I loved this show and all the vampire races it had. The show followed the vampire Julian Luna, Julian is the “prince” of the city, ruler of five groups of vampires in the city called The Kindred. The vampires survive through the masquerade, disguising themselves as humans, and Julian strictly enforces the laws that govern them to protect their anonymity.
The Munsters (1964-1966): This is a classic, you may not have seen it but you’ve heard of it. It’s a 1960s show about a family of monsters. You had vampires, Frankenstein’s monster, werewolves and more. The perfect show to watch if you are in an old school kinda mood.
Forever Knight (1992–1996): This show followed 800-year-old vampire Nick Knight, a detective working in Toronto on a quest for redemption. The show lasted three seasons and ended on a huge cliffhanger.
Blood Ties (2006-2007): Yet another vampire detective show based loosely on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff. The show follows the super sexy ex-cop Vicki Nelson. Vicki along with the vampire Henry Fitzroy solves an assortment of supernatural cases. I was really sad that this show only lasted 2 seasons.
Blade: The Series (2006): A show based on the Blade comic and hit movies. It followed our favorite ass kicking half vampire half human vampire hunter. In spite of the movies success, the show did poorly and only lasted one season.
Vampire High (2001-2002): This was an almost painfully cheesy show about a vampire school (I still watched every episode in spite of the bad acting and camp-factor). To quote the opening title sequence…”When The Great Eclipse plunged the world into darkness, the vampire race erupted in a civil war. The bloodthirsty ‘Fury’ battled the enlightened Elders for domination of the undead. In desperation, the Elders gathered up those young vampires that could be saved and entrusted them to me. To humanize them, to tame their instincts and teach them how to live among mortals.” The result is a show with vampires more angsty and emo than any you’ve ever seen or read about.
Dark Shadows (1966-1971): Another old vampire show, this time a gothic soap opera that follows the strange happenings to the Collins family and their friends. The show features everything from vampires, to witches, werewolves – you name it.
Ultraviolet (1998): A mini series that followed Michael Colefield. Ultraviolet revolves around a government-funded paramilitary police unit, which may have connections to the Roman Catholic Church fighting a secret war against a worldwide vampire conspiracy. Even though about modern vampires, the word “vampire” is never used in the show.
Being Human (2008-current): A British supernatural drama-comedy series about three people living together, just trying to live normal lives. With the three people being a vampire, ghost and werewolf that is a little hard to do.
Of course, if there is a show we missed that you feel needs some lovin’ please leave comment and let us know.