20 Shows Like The Vampire Diaries That Fans Can Buzz Right Now

The 1990s and early 2000s were filled with drama that followed handsome teenagers navigating the brutal world of high school, but there’s one show that stands out as particularly dramatic and (self-)serious. Unlike “Gossip Girl” or “90210”, “One Tree Hill” set its sights on the “average” inhabitants of a small town in North Carolina. Of course, viewers quickly learn that their lives are anything but average, and even the lowliest among them turn out to have a great capacity for melodrama.

The cast of characters is as follows: Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz), the bookish nerd, Nathan (James Lafferty), the well-to-do jock with a horrible father, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray), Nathan’s estranged, lonely half-brother, Peyton (Hilarie Burton), a cheerleader with a punk-rock spirit, and her best friend Brooke (Sophia Bush), a rich and popular girl with absent parents. Much like in “The Vampire Diaries,” a central love triangle is one of the defining storylines of the early seasons, but it never becomes less dramatic thereafter.

“One Tree Hill” may not be as dark as “The Vampire Diaries” (literally or figuratively), but the two shows share a brooding feeling that’s sure to appeal to the vampire lovers among us. Lucas may not be one of the living dead, but he likes to quote literature and refer to crows, so he basically matters.

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