The 31 Best Vampire TV Shows, Ranked: “Interview With The Vampire”

Also “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “True Blood,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and more in this comprehensive look at the bloodsucking subgenre.

The best vampire TV shows of all time, from "Interview with the Vampire," "american horror story," and "Castlevania" at "prosecutor of the vampires" and "true blood"

The best vampire TV shows, including “Interview with the Vampire”, “True Blood”, “American Horror Story”, and more.

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If horror’s limitless capacity for remakes, reimaginings, and spinoffs teaches us anything, it’s that our nightmares never really change. Before “Nosferatu” clouded the silent film scene in 1922 — heck, even before Bram Stoker terrified readers with “Dracula” in 1897 — vampires transfixed audiences with their creepy mix of romance and menace. Films like “Twilight” and “Interview with the Vampire” are memorable for weaving epic undead dramas for the big screen, but the vampire sagas have arguably seen more creative permutations on TV, with castings full of bloodsucking stars appearing on shows like “True Blood” and “Castlevania.”

The best vampire TV shows examine the archetypal underpinnings of the goth-infused subgenre by referencing them in unexpected ways. Classic sitcoms like “Dark Shadows” make entertaining light of the garlic, coffins, and stakes (pun intended) of it all. Meanwhile, dark dramas like “Van Helsing” and “NOS4A2” focus on fear from terrifying new angles, heightening the seductive side of vampires to create betrayal and heartbreak between them and their victims. Plus, there’s a slew of vampire-centric crime procedurals (“Forever Knight,” “Vampire Attorney”) and goofy, sexy YA series (“First Kill,” “The Vampire Diaries”) to indulge in.

When judging these series, the overall quality of execution, as well as innovation in exploring the nature of vampirism, was considered. It doesn’t specifically mean adherence to any particular pre-established or traditional mythology, but rather originality in terms of using vampire tropes to serve the storytelling. Watching many vampire shows at once highlights the tropes that haunt the genre — the way these stories are rich in themes of ostracism, romance, and death. It also goes to show how great shows that tackle the subject really well are, but a lot of them struggle.

Light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks. In honor of the premiere of “Interview with the Vampire,” here are the 31 best vampire TV shows, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Ultraviolet,” “The Strain,” “Being Human,” “American Horror Story”, and more – rated.

Liz Shannon Miller contributed to this story.

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