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5 underrated and unknown vampire TV shows

Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, angels, demons—these beings have become a staple in modern day television. There’s something sexy, forbidden, and outright cool about the supernatural. Shows like The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, True Blood, Buffy, and Angel have showcased new twists and turns in the world of vampire mythology.

Vampire TV shows are here to stay, and audiences are still rabid for the new, next vampire story. Over the years, television has made many successful attempts at shows focused on the supernatural creatures, some landing under the radar, undetected by fans.

No longer. Here are five of the best and most overlooked vampire-centric TV shows in recent memory!

Forever Knight


Forever Knight was a Canadian television show that ran on CBS from 1992 to 1996. Lasting for three seasons, Forever Knight followed 800-year-old vampire Detective Nicholas Knight, working the night shift at a police station. Nick worked with city medical examiner Natalie, his only human comrade to know of his “affliction.” Nick struggled with his immortality and humanity, working alongside Natalie to find a cure for his vampirism all while solving different crimes throughout the city, and using his powers to give him the upper hand.

Many of Nick’s cases frequently tied into memories of his many years living on earth as a vampire, utilizing unique flashbacks to uncover his history. Though Forever Knight vampires landed on the traditional side, the show did employ a rarity in vampire-driven shows: an existing cure.



Similar to Forever Knight, but over a decade later, Moonlight landed on CBS. The show debuted in 2007 and suffered from two enemies: The show premiered right before TV vampires made their wildly popular presence once again, and it fell right in the middle of the notorious writers strike. Private investigator Mick St. John, an 85-year-old vampire, solved crimes, often alongside human friend and reporter Beth.

Although Mick saved Beth from his vampire-wife’s terror as a child, Mick fell for her independence and acceptance of his life. Mick was also conflicted with his being as a vampire, rigorously trying to track down a cure. Mick’s vampirism was a modern twist on the legend, as his kind could go out in the sun and required freezing temperatures to sleep and recharge.

Though Moonlight only lasted one season and erred on the campy side, the show was still sexy and addictive. The cast of Alex O’Loughlin, Sophia Myles, and Jason Dohring didn’t hurt its aesthetics, either. Unfortunately, the show couldn’t survive the strike and met its doom after 16 episodes … including one heck of a series-ending cliffhanger.

Blood Ties


Airing on Lifetime for two seasons, Blood Ties was another vampire detective show that followed human private investigator Vicki Nelson as she solved crimes with 470-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy. Blood Ties differed in two ways, though. First, Vicki and Henry solved supernatural crimes; their world wasn’t just filled with vampires, but ghosts, witches, and demons as well.

Second, Henry never apologized for his vampirism. In fact, the fresh-faced vampire willingly utilized his skills and charisma to his advantage to help Vicki. The chemistry between the two and their constant will-they-won’t-they situation was palpable. In line with Moonlight, Blood Ties aired just a little too soon and couldn’t quite find its footing.

Being Human (U.S.)


Yes, it’s true. Being Human had two incarnations: a U.K. and a U.S. version. But more people have watched the U.K. version, as it was the original. The U.K. version of the show, which followed a vampire, ghost, and werewolf cohabitating, was excellent. And so was the U.S. version, which ran for four seasons on Syfy. The American version followed the same premise, and during season one, several of the same plot lines from its sister. But this version of Being Human tweaked its original source material just a bit and by season two, the two weren’t even comparable.

The chemistry between Aidan (the vampire), Josh, and Nora (the werewolves), and Sally (the ghost) was undeniable. Best friends on- and off-screen, the four really made the show lovable. Being Human U.S. wrote in several excellent female characters and had a way of making you care about every minute of story—even the secondary characters and their plights. Many people refused to watch simply based on principle and allegiance to the original, but Being Human U.S. was a separate entity that proved it was just as exceptional and could survive on its own.

Hemlock Grove


A Netflix original, Hemlock Grove will air its third and final season this summer. Although it teeters on the outrageous, the Eli Roth–produced genre show is distinctive in its take on supernatural mythology. From its wolves to its vampires (referred to as Upir on the show), Hemlock Grove takes all your conventional knowledge and throws it out the window. The show focuses on teenage characters, but their situations are a far cry from PG (or even PG-13). With great performances by Upir matriarch Famke Janssen, and wolf and vampire best friends Landon Liboiron and Bill Skarsgard (yes, another vampire Skarsgard!), Hemlock Grove is bingeable and will continuously play with your head.

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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