The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder star in this series, based on the best-selling book series, of two vampire brothers at war for the soul of 17-year-old Elena.


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L.J. Smith (based upon the book by), Kevin Williamson (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Dobrev ... Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen ... Jeremy Gilbert
Sara Canning ... Jenna Sommers
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett (as Katerina Graham)
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan
Kayla Ewell ... Vicki Donovan
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood
Chris William Martin ... Zach Salvatore
Steve Belford ... Darren
Cindy Busby ... Brooke
Benjamin Ayres ... William Tanner
Marci T. House ... Secretary


In the small town of Mystic Falls, teenager Elena Gilbert and her younger brother, Jeremy, struggle to come to terms with the recent death of their parents. Elena is popular amongst her peers and the perfect straight-A student. However, she has difficulties hiding her grief from the world. Meanwhile, Jeremy treads on a dangerous path of using drugs to ease his pain. The arrival of new student Stefan Salvatore, makes Elena think about romantic possibilities. Elena is unaware about Stefan's mysterious origins as well as his brother Damon. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

10 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The crow that is seen in the pilot is in reference to Damon, who in the books had the power to transform into a crow. The producers said they didn't run with that because they didn't want to give him too many powers too quickly and leave no room for growth. See more »


According to Elena's phone, the first day of school is September 7th, but September 7th, 2009 was Labor Day. Schools would have been closed. See more »


Stefan Salvatore: I wanted to apologize for my disappearing act earlier, I know it was... strange.
Elena Gilbert: No worries. I get it, blood makes you squeamish.
Stefan Salvatore: Um, something like that.
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Featured in The Vampire Diaries: Handle with Care (2013) See more »


Theme from The Vampire Diaries
Written by Michael Suby
Performed by Michael Suby
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Not actually that bad depending on your expectations.

I don't know why I started watching this show, but here I am. This was not a terrible pilot episode, and I think it could get really good depending on what direction that they take it. However, this one episode had almost everything wrong with it that you expect from a CW show.

One of which was that literally every character looks like an Abercrombie & Fitch model. I also had this problem with Arrow and the problem remains here. However, I was kind of expecting this going in so it didn't stop me from taking the rest of the show in.

Another thing I had a problem with was the soundtrack and the score. Did we need either a pop song or a lovey-dovey Nicholas Sparks-like score in the background of each and every scene? There were some scenes where they probably would have worked better emotionally had they not had some OneRepublic song in the background. I now have Never Say Never by The Fray stuck in my head because of this episode.

Another thing I have to pick on is that there was some REALLY cheesy dialogue in some scenes. However, this is another thing that I kind of expected going in because of it being on The CW.

But I didn't give it six stars for no reason. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the execution of the storyline. Yes, there are vampire clichés in it, but they are introduced with a self-awareness that I kind of liked. I was afraid they would make it a world where nobody has ever heard of a vampire, but they didn't, which was nice.

I also didn't mind the acting by the main characters. They didn't completely suck, and they didn't go the Stephen Amell route, where everything you say is spoken in a seriously low and over dramatic voice.

This is a line spoken in this episode: "I'll give it a six. Missing style, but I was pleasantly surprised." That quote happens to exactly sum up my thoughts on this show.

I give The Vampire Diaries Season One Episode One 6/10 stars.

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