TV Shows and Mini Series with Byronic Heroes

by TOP02001 | created - 22 Mar 2013 | updated - 13 Apr 2013 | Public

I love Byronic Heroes so here is a list of some shows and series to check out that include at least one Byronic!

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1. Jane Eyre (2006– )

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 16,944

Mr. Rochester! Can't get much more Byronic than Charlotte Bronte's wonderful creation.

2. Wuthering Heights (1992)

PG | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Sophie Ward

Votes: 10,669

Heathcliff: another ultimate example of a Byronic Hero. While there has not been a perfect Wuthering Heights adaptation, this one is good and follows the book.

3. Wuthering Heights (2009)

TV-PG | 142 min | Drama, Romance

Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.

Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Lancashire

Votes: 7,099

Nothing like the book but Tom Hardy still makes this worth a look.

4. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and his/her human companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 171,882

The Doctor is extremely Byronic, particularly the ninth and tenth doctors. Definitely a TV series worth checking out. It is amazing.

5. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 248,789

This show is full of several Byronic Heroes: Damon, Stefan, Klaus...I am sure I am missing someone.

6. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 104,895

Davis Bloome in season 8 is textbook Byronic. While the ending of his arc is atrocious, this season is worth checking out just for him.

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 112,706

Vampires are commonly Byronic (going back as far as The Vampyre). This show has two: Angel and Spike.

8. Angel (1999–2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 56,517

Angel of course. Great spinoff.

9. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 431,329

For a while I thought Sawyer was the Byronic Hero of this show but by the end, I could only see him as an anti-hero and Sayid the true Byronic. Sayid's never ending focus is awesome.

10. Charmed (1998–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause, Rose McGowan

Votes: 64,352

Cole enters in season 3 (played by Julian McMahon) and is one of my favorite Byronic Heroes. He is so villainous at times, yet romantic that it is very entertaining.

11. True Blood (2008–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 213,857

Once again with those vampires. Here there are at least two: Eric and Bill.

12. Being Human (2008–2013)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan

Votes: 22,117

And because Byronic vampires never gets old (for me at least), here is one of the best written Byronics on television ever: Mitchell. Just trust me on this one. Pure brilliance.

13. Being Human (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Three twenty-somethings share a house and try to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire.

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Eddy Kariti

Votes: 22,732

In the US remake, vampire Aiden has a lot of Byronic qualities for sure.

14. Sanctuary (2008–2011)

44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, and cloning have changed the definition of "humanity" in the modern world, but the darker side contains monsters that only few are brave enough to face, because the future lies in their hands.

Stars: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl, Ryan Robbins

Votes: 16,928

Two Byronic Heroes who just happen to be my two favorite characters in the show: Tesla and John.

15. Moonlight (2007–2008)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A vampire lands work as a private investigator and falls for a mortal woman.

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 22,288

Mick is my personal favorite vampire! Another great Byronic Hero. Josef, his best friend is arguably Byronic as well.

16. Alias (2001–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 40,443

Sloane is a very entertaining villain because he is Byronic.

17. Roswell (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 23,695

Max and Michael are both aliens. Supernaturals and out of the world creatures always make for good Byronic Heroes. One of my favorite shows. Very romantic but the Sci Fi elements and characterization are also fantastic.

18. Blood Ties (2007)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Vicki Nelson, a former homicide detective turned private investigator, and Henry Fitzroy, a 470-year-old vampire, form a unique team solving cases and dealing with the supernatural world.

Stars: Christina Cox, Dylan Neal, Kyle Schmid, Gina Holden

Votes: 5,758

An underrated gem. Henry is a wonderful example of a Byronic Hero who actually likes what he is: a vampire. He's not very brooding (though I like that too).

19. Kindred: The Embraced (1996– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Julian Luna, the undead Prince of the City, leads the Vampire Clans as he falls in love with Caitlin, a human reporter.

Stars: Stacy Haiduk, Erik King, Patrick Bauchau, Brigid Brannagh

Votes: 2,303

Julian, another vampire on the outskirts of society but Prince of his city. Too bad the actor died before it could continue.

20. Supernatural (2005– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins

Votes: 329,740

Dean Winchester has a lot of Byronic qualities.

21. The Dresden Files (2007– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Chicago-based wizard works as a private investigator.

Stars: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja

Votes: 8,115

Harry Dresden: wizard detective but also arguably Byronic.

22. House M.D. (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

Votes: 352,517

House is a good human example.

23. Robin Hood (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After 5 years of fighting in the crusades, Robin returns to England and leads a band of outlaws to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Stars: Jonas Armstrong, Gordon Kennedy, Sam Troughton, Joe Armstrong

Votes: 14,323

Nice entertaining family show with a good Byronic (Guy) thrown into the mix.

24. Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis

Votes: 11,980

Scholars have argued that Captain Wentworth is Byronic. I'm not sure I personally buy it but I still love him anyway! Good casting in this tv version of Wentworth despite the flaws of the film.

25. Torchwood (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd

Votes: 35,567

A spinoff of Doctor Who, Captain Jack Harkness is also very Byronic.

26. Once Upon a Time (2011–2018)

TV-PG | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle

Votes: 191,532

While the series is problematic IMO and very uneven, the show has two Byronic Heroes: Graham/The Huntsman and Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. I stopped watching but I have also heard things about Hook to make me wonder if there is a third.

27. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 134,622

Two in this brilliant show: Gauis Baltar and Leoben.

28. Survivors (2008–2010)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Stars: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper

Votes: 7,867

Tom is Byronic in this. Unfortunately this entertaining series got cut short after season 2.

29. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 79,172

I have never watched this show but I often hear that Q is Byronic.

30. Gossip Girl (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Romance

Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.

Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick

Votes: 131,147

Chuck Bass. I finally only watched this show for him. The last couple seasons are pretty bad though. The first two are surprisingly well written. I scoffed at this show for years.

31. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 167,166

Don Draper.

32. Beauty and the Beast (2012–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A beautiful detective falls in love with an ex-soldier who goes into hiding from the secret government organization that turned him into a mechanically charged beast.

Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello, Austin Basis

Votes: 32,319

Vincent is arguably Byronic (I haven't quite bought it comletely yet though). An uneven show but still entertaining.

33. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 8,897

I just discovered this and it is now one of my favorites! If you think it slow at first, give it a chance because it gets better and better. Mr. Moray is arrogant, passionate, and focused on what he wants. He gets more Byronic with each episode. I would recommend checking out the book it is loosely inspired from as well where he is even more Byronic than the show in a very Brontean, romantic kind of way. I can't wait for the next season.