Raising the stakes: the 25 best vampire TV shows, ranked

See where the likes of Buffy, True Blood, and Interview With The Vampire land in our killer countdown

Raising the stakes: the 25 best vampire TV shows, ranked
Clockwise from bottom left: Castlevania (Netflix); What We Do In The Shadows (FX); Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Getty Images / Handout); Midnight Mass (Netflix); Interview With The Vampire (Larry Horricks/AMC) Graphic: The A.V. Club

Vampires might have experienced an explosion in popularity in the mid-2000s, but they’ve always been lurking in the darkness. From the vampy (and campy) 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows to modern series like Interview With The Vampire (which is in the midst of its second season), the genre just won’t die. And luckily, there’s something for everyone: True Blood boasts steamy romance, Preacher gets violent AF, and What We Do In The Shadows has one of the best comedic ensembles going. Here are our 25 favorite vampire shows. Dig in.

This list originally published in October 2023. It was updated in May 2024.

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HEMLOCK GROVE | First Trailer [HD] | Netflix

is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, who codeveloped this Netflix series produced by Eli Roth. Set in the fictional struggling steel town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the show focuses on Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), a Romani teenager suspected of being a werewolf … which he is. The town’s primary employer is the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies, headed by the vampire Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen) and her son, Roman Godfrey (future Pennywise clown Bill Skarsgård). The first season, which follows the book more closely, is the best as it explores the unlikely friendship/rivalry between impoverished Peter and rich-boy Roman. The two subsequent seasons deviated from the source material and were mostly forgettable. All three seasons are being pulled from Netflix on October 22, 2022, so if you’re curious, binge the series (or at least the first season) before it gets staked. [Robert DeSalvo]

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