10. Blade: The Series
While not as good as the movies, “Blade: The Series” was more vampire slashing fun. There’s plenty of action, and as it is Blade, plenty of crazy violence. Unfortunately, this one had a relatively brief run.
9. The Vampire Diaries
Sure, it’s kind of a take-off of “Twilight,” but it’s still pretty entertaining TV if you’re into this sort of thing. In a bit of a departure from the films, “The Vampire Diaries” is focused more on soap opera and melodrama than brooding romance. This can be a good and bad thing.
8. Forever Knight
Only the 1990’s could give us a show about a vampire turned cop. It’s kinda like “Miami Vice” meets “True Blood.” The main character in “Forever Knight” tries his best to hide his true nature, but as this is the 1990’s, this is not too possible.
7. Being Human
This one is not entirely about vampires, but features one as a main character. “Being Human is about three young folks who are all monsters. No, they’re not terrible people, they’re actually freaking monsters. This one’s a lot more existential and poignant than it appears on the surface.
6. Penny Dreadful
Showtime’s most recent foray into horror has been met with rave reviews thus far. The show looks at the classic monster stories in a brand new and more realistic manner. Yeah, yeah…I get that these stories aren’t “real,” but the show’s grittiness is more than admirable.
5. The Strain
Reviewers were mixed on the first season of Guillermo del Toro’s newest TV effort. This author is of the opinion that the show is excellent, with its dark and brooding nature very refreshing. It’s also one of the most violent shows in TV history. The second season drops July 12 on FX.
4. True Blood
If a side of graphic violence or blood is what you crave, then True Blood is your destination. You can get some traditional Louisiana fare and see some vampires off each other. Kind of like Anne Rice meets Chuck E. Cheese. Maybe save the tokens for some extra garlic…
An incredibly popular spin-off of “Buffy,” “Angel” dealt with some darker issues. The beauty of both shows was that neither were adverse to taking on some heady subject matter. David Boreanaz was excellent in the title role.
2. Dark Shadows
Something about a vampire-laced soap opera is still strangely appealing. The original had its share of melodrama, but was also pretty darn scary also. The movie version…not so much. This type of concept could still work today.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The movie was a decent action-comedy, but the show is often regarded as one of the best of the last 20 years. In truth, the TV version of Buffy is more of a variety show than anything else. Each week you get some comedy, drama, horror, and occasionally some singing/dancing. Like “Six Feet Under,” it seems to just work…and well at that.