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The Originals Season 1 Report Card: Grade It!

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What started as a backdoor pilot shoved into The Vampire Diaries season 4 quickly became one of the hottest shows on The CW's lineup this year, finding its footing during a spectacular freshman season.

Oh yes, my friends, we're talking about The Originals Season 1.

The countdown to its return has begun, but in the meantime, let's take a stroll through the season that made the Mikaelsons lead characters with our TV Fanatic report card.

Warning: This report card contains spoilers. If you haven't seen every episode yet, watch The Originals online to get yourself caught up or proceed with caution.

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BEST EPISODE: While there were a few episodes that left something to be desired, most of them were consistently fantastic, making narrowing this down to a single episode impossible. "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" (The Originals Season 1 Episode 6) gave us our first glimpse of Klaus as a father and the lengths to which he would go to protect his unborn daughter. "The Casket Girls" thrust the female characters into the limelight showing that The Originals was more than just a boy's club.

During "Farewell to Storyville" (The Originals Season 1 Episode 16) we watched our beloved Rebekah Mikaelson leave her lover, her brothers and her home on a quest for happiness. And then that finale, "From a Cradle to a Grave," gave us Hayley as a hybrid and set us up for what is sure to be an amazing ride for The Originals season 2: Mikael is back and in the flesh!

Haylijah!
All hail Haylijah! What viewer out there is not rooting for Elijah and Hayley to make it?!?

WORST EPISODE: This award goes to "Après Moi, Le Déluge," The Originals Season 1 Episode 11. Why? Because it shifted the focus of the series from the vampires to the witches and things took a turn for the weird when Celeste/Sabine resurrected Genevieve, Papa Tunde, and Bastianna instead of the Harvest girls. And when the Harvest girls did return, we got Creepy Monique. Shudder!

BEST CHARACTER: It seems too easy to give this one to Elijah. He's the best at everything from wearing a suit to being dead sexy. Klaus with his single man tear is just the right amount of brooding vampire mixed with tortured soul. But the Best Character award this year is going to....MARCEL GERARD. As a newcomer to the franchise, Marcel Gerard gave us a formidable opponent for Klaus, someone who wouldn't back down. Marcel is a character who understands what it means to lead people, not just be in charge. For that, he was an excellent foil to Klaus and Elijah.

WORST CHARACTER: Monique! Someone get that teen some therapy! She spent a little too much time with Esther on the Other Side and came back totally willing to kill a baby! Never have I ever been so glad to see a witch die. Ever.

BEST TWIST: Hayley is a Hybrid! Tyler's appearance in New Orleans and revelation that Hayley's unborn baby would create hybrids made us groan in agony. Hybrids? Again? And then, with one gasp for air on an altar in the middle of a church it all made sense. Hayley was in transition and the only way to keep her alive would be to save the baby from the witches who would see them all dead. Epic. Awesome. Amazing. Best twist of the season.

SADDEST LOSS: While we'd like to give this one to Claire Holt's exit, we know she's not gone for good, as evidenced by her return to become baby Hope's caregiver. Losing Sophie Deveraux was shocking, especially considering everything Sophie had done to secure Monique's return. But the saddest loss was that of Father Kieran. A friend, an uncle, and the representative of the human faction, he wasn't afraid to go toe to toe with the supernaturals in New Orleans. He'll be missed.

BEST COUPLE: Haylijah fans spent the season on the edges of their seats waiting for the moment when these two would finally get together. They weren't disappointed as proclamations were made (sort of) and kisses were shared. We swooned! We squealed! We sighed! But the real best couple of The Originals season 1 isn't a romantic couple at all. We're giving this one to Josh and Davina.

He's the one person who has been consistently on her side, and all because she erased Klaus' ability to compel him, however painful that may have been. These best friends are good for each other, and Josh is funny, so we want to keep him around as long as possible. 

And now it's YOUR turn, TV Fanatics! What grade do YOU give The Originals Season 1?

 

Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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A++++++++++++++++ So you people that grade this show F, watch the show every week, know the characters and the story, and grade it F? Wow! Really?
Why in the world would you watch a show each week that you consider so bad? Or did you watch an episode or two and make your decision?

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i never yelled. clearly your feelings are just extra sensitive,I was not trying to hurt your fragile feelings I NEVER called you retarded i said you sounded retarded in your comment(s) there is a difference..i never said you could not read this article /comment on this article whatever.i am fully aware that everyone has a right to free speech & their own opinions.however it is ridiculous to waste so much time commenting on a article or a show you dislike.that's all i was trying to educate to you. F.Y.I: I'M FAR FROM IGNORANT I'M A HIGHLY EDUCATED COLLEGE GRADUATE.. I DON'T NEED LUCK.

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@ kristina mass

Umm, given your rather 'exulted' education and self-diagnosed level of superior education; I would think that you would know that writing text in capitals denotes yelling?? Telling someone they sound retarded, and telling them to get a life because their opinion differs to you, seems very immature.

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@ Perrin

#The Originals Grade A+.

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F. Haley ruined this show. I feel bad for the rest of the cast.

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Kristina mass

A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++THE ORIGINALS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!! LOVE THE ORIGINALS SHOW, EXITED FOR THE ORIGINALS SEASON 2!!!

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To the people ranting and beating their chests that its only Klaroliners who have an issue with things like poor acting, OOC favourites and poor writing, can I suggest a quick visit to the TO pages of the official Wikia? There you will find some very eloquent TO-non-shipping stans who voice both their love, as well as their criticism of the show/characters. Strangely enough they seem to also have problems with some of the reasons given here. Wake up people, stop dismissing all concerns as shipper angst, you are missing the valid points that people are making, and a show that lost a million viewers over two months just cant afford to dismiss viewer concerns.

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@ Do your homework

i don't see people ranting and beating their chests, i see people simply annoyed that so many people who "hate" the show are so invested in constantly bringing it down. i can see criticizing it and saying it's not 100% perfect, but to give it an F? that's bitterness and anger, not criticism. and those people should move on instead of always wasting their time hating on a TV SHOW.

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@ brooke

I disagree Brooke, because people were already heavily invested in the original family characters prior to this show starting, so after being dedicated fans for two years and loving the characters, they have the right to voice their sadness at the direction of the show. A hell of a lot of fans have persisted purely out of loyalty to the character- not out of enjoyment, which will certainly make the rating for the second season interesting, given its new time slot of death.

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It's nothing without Claire/Rebekah!
We want family! Klaus, Rebekah, Elijah ("Always and Forever") + Kol!
Without Hayley, without OOC, without stupid triangle!
if it's important to you - i’m not team klaroline

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Where is the grade?

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A++++++ The Originals is an amazing show, best one I've ever watched :) lol its so obvious that the people who voted F are all hateful shippers that are bitter that their ship ain't happening ;)

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@ Holly

I get it! You like the show. Well I don't!!!!!! Once again I am not any type of shipper and I am not hateful!! So don't make assumptions about things you do not know. What is surprising is the person who accuses others of being hateful is the one being hateful! By the way ain't isn't a word. Your welcome

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WELL IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE ORIGINALS SHOW THEN WHY ARE YOU READING THIS ARTICLE???? YOU SOUND SORT OF RETARDED WITH YOUR COMMENT UN-ORIGINALS@,SO GET YOURSELF A LIFE!!! MY REASON FOR READING THIS ARTICLE IS I DO LIKE THE ORIGINALS SHOW ALOT.

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@ Kristina Mass

Why are you yelling? First off I can read whatever article I want to and comment as well. I enjoyed the Originals on TVD but not so much now. Deal with it. Why call someone retarded? That is completely unnecessary. You ignorance is showing!

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@ Kristina Mass

Because people actually love the Mikaelson family but hate their story lines and the way they've been written on TO. People were looking forward to an epic series about these majestic vampires but what they actually got was a huge disappointed. We criticize it because we actually care about the characters and want the show to be better so that we can go back to watching our beloved Mikaelsons.

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@ Holly

You do realize people are entitled to their own opinions? EVERY show has its share of critics. EVERY show gets criticism. Why is it that when someone points out The Originals' flaws, people instantly assume it's a Klaroliner? Why do you and the writers/producers make such a HUGE deal when someone criticizes the show? Y'all need to get over yourselves and realize that The Originals isn't all that. It lost more than a million viewers. I highly doubt they're all "hateful shippers".

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@ Holly

So anyone who doesn't like The Originals is a hateful shipper? You're basically saying that the million people who quit watching The Originals are hateful shippers. Okay then... ;)

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Im going out on a limb and saying that the people that voted F hasnt even watched the show?

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@ Naazneen

Actually I've watched every single episode of TO and voted F.

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@ Naazneen

Yesterday I saw a couple Klaroline fans linking this page so they can vote "F" and Julie & Carina already know what they're doing as of yesterday so I don't think that helps their cause of trying to get their ship back. - Dedicated Stelena shipper

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@ Karen

This is the thing that i dont get. Support your ship - yessss. Tell the world that you love them - yesss. Belittle other actresses/actors/showrunners/writers, bully other fandoms, basically act like toddlers and actually expect that the aforementioned people would care enough to give you what you've been waiting for? Urmmm.. nope. I dont understand the logic of the klaroline fandom. Literally the worst ever

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@ Laurie

This comment is to Kristina Mass. You are agreeing that the haters are out of their minds. You just called me retarded in response to what I said! So the only hater here is you. Plus you seem extremely angry with the all caps! Bless your heart. Good luck.

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@ Laurie

YOUR EXACTLY 100% RIGHT LAURIE, I HAVE HAD THE SAME THOUGHT.THOSE HATERS ARE OUT OF THEIR MINDS.

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@ Laurie

When the actresses/actors/showrunners/writers mock the Klaroline fandom at any chance they get, then they have the right to defend themselves. All they ever wanted was a little respect in regards to their ship but all they ever got was hate and people telling them to just forget it. Um, you CAN'T just forget a ship you've been emotionally invested in for two years. I don't understand the logic YOU possess. Like spew hate on the Klaroline fandom, blame them for every bad thing and expect them not to retaliate? Major double standards here.

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I love the show, but they to stop trying to shove Haylijah down our throats, both characters are my favorite but Haylijah just doesn't feel right:( I hate and secretly sometimes like Klaus, I really really ship Klayley!!!

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The Originals Quotes

They say the passage of time will heal all wounds, but the greater the loss, the deeper the cut and the more difficult the process to become whole again. The pain may fade, but scars serve as a reminder of our suffering and make the bearer all the more resolved never to be wounded again. So as time moves along we get lost in distractions, act out in frustration, react with aggression, give in to anger, and all the while we plot and plan as we wait to grow stronger, and before we know it, the time passes. We are healed. Ready to begin anew.

Klaus

[to Mia] As a devout feminist, I refuse to say you hit like a girl.

Elijah

The Originals Music

  Song Artist
Song Too Late M83 iTunes
The hawk in paris freaks Freaks The Hawk In Paris iTunes
Ms mr bones Bones MS MR iTunes
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