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The 10 best guest stars on 'The Vampire Diaries'

If you haven’t caught up on The Vampire Diaries, spoilers may be ahead!

The Vampire Diaries is no doubt a worldwide phenomenon. It has launched three of the biggest stars in the supernatural TV fandom: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder—not to mention the rest of the smoking hot cast. The show has also provided some of the best guest stars to ever grace our television screens. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look back through the seasons at some of the show’s best guest appearances.

1. Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan): Oh, you haven’t heard of him? That’s odd, because he is currently the star of the hit The Vampire Diaries spinoff series, The Originals. How could The CW not cast this face his own show?

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Joseph Morgan plays Klaus Mikaelson, an immortal hybrid who doesn’t take crap from anyone—even his noble, handsome older brother, Elijah. Speaking of …

2. Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies): Daniel Gillies plays Elijah Mikaelson, who also stars on The Originals, but was first introduced as a recurring guest star on The Vampire Diaries. Known for his dapper suits and Shakespearean wit, this guy has been winning the hearts of doppelgängers for a millennium. Can you say “boss”?


3. Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt): This beautiful blonde plays the sexy, stubborn Mikaelson sister. Like her famous onscreen brothers, Holt’s character started out as a guest star before landing a leading role on The Originals. While she’s taken a step back in season 2 of The Originals, she still makes guest appearances to appease the massive fandom.

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4. Sage (Cassidy Freeman): She may not have played an original vampire who got her own spinoff show, but she was fierce nonetheless. Cassidy played old-school vampire Sage, who enjoyed beating the crap out of pretty much anyone and was the love interest of Finn Mikaelson. Finn was another original vampire brother of the Mikaelson family. While Finn was about as exciting as a four-hour lecture on quantum physics, he at least had a hot girlfriend. Sage’s character didn’t last very long—she was cast to introduce a very important mythology spoiler to the show. But we hope to at least catch a glimpse of her in flashbacks on The Originals.

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5. Lexi Branson (Arielle Kebbel): While fans will argue over Team Stelena and Team Delena to their deaths, there’s no denying that the entire TVD fandom loves Lexi Branson. Undead and in the afterlife, she’s proven to be the ultimate bestie to Stefan Salvatore. She’s taken him out of his darkest Ripper days, and the fans love her so much that she still continues to make guest appearances on the show. While we aren’t always for the TV show cop-out of bringing characters back to life, we’ll always be okay with Lexi coming back—no matter what crazy storyline is written to do so. Work it, girl!

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6. Kol Mikaelson (Nathaniel Buzolic): Another Mikaelson brother, Kol has remained a fan favorite long after his recurring role on the show ended. There may not be any other character that fans on social media are more passionate about bringing back. Best Kol moment? When he pretended to be Jeremy’s best friend and did some batting practice with Damon’s face.


7. Nina Dobrev (Katherine Pierce): Okay, so she technically is the star of the show—but that’s as Elena Gilbert. Nina Dobrev also sporadically played guest character Katherine Pierce—or, as diehard fans call her, Katerina Petrova—over the course of five seasons. Maybe she doesn’t exactly qualify as a guest star, but this character was so badass that we have to give her a shout-out. #PetrovaFireForLife

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8. Mikael Mikaelson (Sebastian Roché): When we first met him on The Vampire Diaries, he was a maniacal psychopath who hated his son (Klaus) and would stop at nothing to take him down. Now that he’s been resurrected on The Originals, not much has changed. He’s still delightfully evil and we love it.

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9. Malachai “Kai” Parker (Chris Wood): Before you start cursing at us and punch through your computer screens, hear us out! While one of us was against including this chracter on the list, the other was able to convince us. Kai is on the list because he is the only character on the show we could think of who has absolutely zero redeeming qualities. We don’t think he was ever, ever good. He has no humanity in him; he’s pure evil. Even Mikael has had his soft-spot moments. Kai freaking sucks, and we can’t wait to see what miraculous death the writers come up with for him. In fact, he is so evil, we are going to put a GIF of Damon Salvatore and Bonnie Bennett instead of him. #TeamKillKai

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10. Rose (Lauren Cohan): Rose was stunning. She brought out a whole other side of Damon (he cried, for crying out loud!). Plus, she’s Lauren freaking Cohan. We fell in love with her in Supernatural, then in The Vampire Diaries. Now she portrays one of our favorite characters, Maggie Greene, on AMC’s The Walking Dead. She may have been but a blip in the TVD universe, but she was magical.

We’ve only touched on a fraction of the epic characters from this great show, so we’ve decided to also provide an “honorable mention” list:

  • Sheila “Grams” Bennett, played by Jasmine Guy
  • Anna, played by Malese Jow
  • Josette “Jo” Parker, played by Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
  • Hayley Marshall, played by Phoebe Tonkin
  • Andie Star, played by Dawn Olivieri
  • Connor Jordan, played by Todd Williams
  • Esther Mikaelson, played by Alice Evans
  • Mason Lockwood, played by Taylor Kinney (Fun fact: He also dates Lady Gaga!)

Who is your favorite guest star—past or present—on The Vampire Diaries? Sound off with your thoughts below, and be sure to tune in when the show returns from its winter hiatus on Thursday, Jan. 22, on The CW. (Why do hiatuses have to be so long?) Until next time … #FangsOut!


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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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