The Vampire Diaries

2009 TV-14 7 seasons

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The Vampire Diaries

2009 TV-14 7 seasons
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Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena, who attempts to unravel the many dark secrets of her hometown of Mystic Falls.
SEASON  1
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  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 5 discs

In Mystic Falls, Va., two vampire brothers -- good Stefan and evil Damon -- compete for the love of 17-year-old Elena Gilbert ... who happens to be a dead ringer for the Civil War-era vamp who turned the siblings into bloodsuckers.
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that teens will probably want to watch this slickly produced supernatural drama. One obvious reason is that The Vampire Diaries is about young people -- and attractive ones at that. It also plays into the popularity of vampires and all things otherworldly. That said, it's a lot edgier than Twilight, making it an iffy choice for younger teens. For one thing, the violence is pretty graphic -- although most of the time, it isn't over-the-top gory -- and some scenes between characters are pretty steamy. The show also tends to portray underage drinking as commonplace without showing too many serious consequences.

Sexual Content

Some heated kissing between teens and references to casual sex and seduction. Characters equate the term "hooking up" with actual intercourse, with no emphasis on practicing safe sex.

Violence

Violent conflict (including vampire attacks and hand-to-hand combat that involves people throwing each other into buildings and out of windows, etc.) is part of every episode -- and so is blood. Characters also experience life-altering moments of violence, including death.

Language

Occasional use of words like "crap" and "ass," along with descriptive terms such as "tranny mess."

Social Behavior

The central conflict pits a good-hearted vampire against his evil vampire brother -- and his own baser instincts. But underage characters also drink without clear consequences and make references to casual sex.

Consumerism

Some advertising (for Bing) appears on the screen during the show, and characters from the series are appearing in commercials that air in conjunction with the show.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Most of the main characters (including the heroine) drink alcohol socially on occasion, even though they're underage. Some drink to the point of being drunk, although there are rarely any consequences for their actions. Some characters smoke cigarettes, and one character has a serious drug problem, although he attempts to get clean over the course of the series.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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