The Vampire Diaries First Season Report Card: A+

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The television season may be over, but that doesn't mean the time to offer up critiques on various shows, characters and actors is finished.

As we head into the summer, TV Fanatic will be grading and reviewing a number of the small screen's biggest hits. First up: The Vampire Diaries.

What did we think of its first season? Who was its best character? Where do we hope it goes next year? Read on. Find out. Chime in.

Best Character: Damon Salvatore. This will likely be the easiest choice we make on any show's evaluation. Ian Somerhalder simply owned this role, having a blast with Damon's snarky, sarcastic side - but deftly transitioning to serious and vulnerable when called for. Emmy voters will never even look at a CW show, but they should make an exception in this case.

Worst character: Caroline. This is more by default by anything. We had to choose someone. Caroline is nice and pretty, but she isn't a vampire. She isn't a werewolf. She's sort of just eye candy for male viewers, which does make me wonder: why am I complaining again?

Literally Hot Damon

Best episode: Blood Brothers. This hour took us back to 1864, revealing exactly how Damon and Stefan were turned. It also threw a major, believable twist into the relationship between these brothers. Amazing stuff.

Best storyline: The death of Vicki. This was a turning point for the show in more ways than one: it proved that almost any character could die at any time and it started Jeremy down a path that may lead to him becoming a vampire. Forgive the pun, but Vicki's murder raised the stakes on The Vampire Diaries more than any event from its first season.

Hopes for next season: More background on Tyler and his werewolf connections; more Alaric; the return of Melinda Clarke as Kelly Donovan; Damon finally moving on from Katherine... by killing her!

Overall grade: A+. When The CW premiered this series, I was prepared for a rip-off of The Twilight Saga: a cheesy love story between a vampire and a human, few deaths, no real violence or ongoing mysteries. It's safe to admit: I was wrong! Elena and Stefan are in a stable, mature relationship; the acting is top-notch; answers are provided on an almost-weekly basis; and the show delivers more twists and turns than the Autobahn.

The CW will air reruns of The Vampire Diaries all summer long on Thursday nights. If you aren't yet a believer, tune in. You soon will be.

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bonnie's not evil. She has her motives. She is a witch. A good witch who will protect the ones she loves. And others. Vampires are enemies for her. It's just who she is, a witch. She didn't chose her destony, she was born that way and it's her life. So you can't say that she's evil. She may not have the best motives when it cames to vamps but she loves Elena and is protecting her.


caroline wasnt the worst character, i think bonnie was shes really evil


i think stefan and damon are equally awesome! it's just that they are so different, and i think that no one else could've played them better! love VD!


Congratulation�����I REALLY LOVE VD and Damon!!
waiting for Season2~~~~


My compliments to VD! I'm totally addicted to this show. I think the chemistry between Stefan and Elena is great! I hope the writers keep this beatiful love story, it's so romantic! The actor did a great job, specially the 3 main-actors! My favourite is Paul Wesley, I don't know why, but is so sweet and gentleman and caring...OMG! I wish I'll have a BF like him! Stelena 4ever!


Absolutely love the show. The three lead actors are amazing and the relationships are much more real than some more contemporary shows. I and so gratefull that Go! channel in Australia had the courage to fast-track the show; showing it only a couple of weeks after it first went to air in the US, and to their surprise it was a major hit. Soooo looking forward to the series return in September.


90210 is worst this season. i give F.
for GG it pretty entertain me so B i think it's pretty decent.
VD is an A because it's only one season. the show is usually at its best in season 1.


Why was Life Unexpected not evaluated? It's a great show, so I was surprised to see it ignored. I do think 90210 deserves a C possibly even a lower grade. It came back so strong during it's second season, but then after it returned from it's three month hiatus it went back to season one terrible. I don't know what the writers were thinking, but the show has become dull and poorly written once again. Glee- I agree with many of the other users on here that it deserves a higher grade. At least an A. Vampire Diaries- I haven't gotten around to watching, but I'm sure I will. I hear great things about it. Gossip Girl- Stopped watching after season two


you can't possibly rate a show like glee without seeing its finale .. but i think glee deserves A+ the show is simply outstanding.


Yes! Lots of Delena fans here! ;)

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.