The Horror Honeys: Vampire Month: Bringing Fresh Blood to the Vampire Legend...

Vampire Month: Bringing Fresh Blood to the Vampire Legend...

A Revenge Honey "Vampire Month" Top Five List by Linnie

Like many a horror-loving adult, my intro to the world of television-based vampires came via the 1966-gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Now, my feels on the movie are pretty well-known (if you don't know, educate yourself), but my love for the original series has never wained one iota. And while its soapy goodness is the yard stick by which I measure all other television vampire dramas, there have been several in recent years that gave Dark Shadows a run for its money.

A few caveats to the following top five:

1) Only television series that featured vampires for the full run and not just as a temporary plot point were open for consideration.

2) No; Buffy the Vampire Slayer is not on the list, because it would obviously win, and thus, was too obvious a choice. But I think we can all agree, Joss Whedon wins at life.

3) I've never seen The Vampire Diaries, so I can't judge its rightful place on this list. Feel free to let me know where/and if it should be included!

With all of that in mind, let those fangs show as we enjoy some vampiric TV!

5.  The House of Frankenstein (1997)

If you remember Peter Werner's 1997 mini-series The House of Frankenstein, congratulations! You too were likely also watching everything on TV in the 90s, regardless of whether or not it was any good. Starring Adrian Pasdar, Teri Polo, Greg Wise, and a super-pre CSI Jorja Fox, this Frankenstein is about an LA detective (you will notice a theme with LA and vampires) whose girlfriend turns into a werewolf, and is then kidnapped by a vampire. Set partially in a nightclub with the same name as the film, The House of Frankenstein is a slice of pure 90s cheese, and one that I love re-watching from time to time, because of that cheesy goodness.

4. Demons

Made by the creators of Hex and Merlin, Demons was a six-part English miniseries the focused on a descendent of Van Helsing and his adventures battling the forces of darkness. Demons wasn't deep or revolutionary, but it was funny, entertaining as hell, and as well-crafted in six episodes as many of our US shows are in an entire full season run. If you can manage to get your hands on the DVD of the series, it's well-worth the time and investment to do so!

3. Dark Shadows (1966-1971)

The horror soap opera has been tried more than once through out television history, but it's never been more fun than it was in Dark Shadows. While the series avoided the supernatural in most of its first season, the saga of the Collins family became the melodrama we all know and love when vampire Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) arrived in episode 202. To modern audiences, or to those who didn't grow up watching Dark Shadows (I watched re-runs every afternoon after school), the show may seem insanely over-the-top. But personally? That's why I love it so much.

2. Moonlight (2007-2008)

Moonlight is a classic example of an excellent show that was cancelled way before its time, as the best shows usually are. Moonlight followed private investigator Mick St. John, a vampire living in Los Angeles and trying to navigate existence as a vamp with a conscience. Starring Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, and Shannyn Sossamon, Moonlight could be cheesy, and the writing could be downright ridiculous, but it was fun, it was pretty, and it was a nice addition to the horror-themed television shows that rose in popularity in 2007.

1. True Blood (2008-2014)

Think what you will about the later seasons of HBO's True Blood. Hate the fairies and witches, despise the weird Lilith plot line and the waste of Christopher Meloni, rage on the underdeveloped female characters (especially Sookie), vampire incest, and metaphor sledgehammers. You can hate all of that, but you still have to admit that the first three seasons of True Blood were nothing but promise, and absolutely everything the modern vampire drama should be. It was sexy, compelling, violent (in fact, True Blood might stand as one of the bloodiest shows in television's history) and it was never less than stunning. Yes, True Blood may have faltered at the end, but that doesn't mean we should forget about its gorgeous beginnings. That is why I choose True Blood as the best vampire show in television's history.

Is YOUR favorite TV vamp on this list?
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