43. The Vampire Diaries
Release Year: 2009
Creator: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson
Starring: Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen, Michael Trevino
From Kevin Williamson who created Dawson’s Creek and Julie Plec comes The Vampire Diaries, the most-watched show in the history of the CW and one of the most popular shows among the Teen Choice Awards. The supernatural thriller/drama centers around two vampire brothers Damon (Somerhalder) and Stefan Salvatore (Wesley) as they return to Mystic Falls, Virginia where supernatural beings are commonplace.
But the main character and object of the affection of the two vampire brothers is Elena (Dobrev) who initially falls in love with Stefan who is a good-natured and by all accounts nice and sweet vampire. But when evil older brother Damon comes into the picture, Elena starts to have feelings for the other brother and a high school love triangle develops with a pair of vampires more than a century old.
There are witches, vampire hunters, werewolves and all sorts of supernatural stuff going on to go with all the high school drama that is a nice package for viewers to enjoy.
42. The End of the F***ing World
Creator: Jonathan Entwistle (based on the comic book from Charles S. Forsman)
Starring: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosak
This is such a fun and absurd show that makes for a great binge-watch. The first season was released the first weekend of 2018 and instantly became one of the fan favorites of the new year. It’s based on a comic book so you have to enter that comic book world of absurd behavior, graphic language and a few things that will make you raise your eyebrow or otherwise say, “holy crap, what is happening?!”
James and Alyssa are the modern day Bonnie and Clyde who run away from their homes where each has dealt with their own untenable situations. James grew up without his mother, and the reason is revealed in shocking detail in the show and has a dad he doesn’t much care for. He’s emotionless and thinks he’s a sociopath who is going to grow into a serial killer. He’s like a teenage version of Dexter.
Alyssa had her dad leave her when she was young and often dreamed about what her life would be like with him around instead of her evil stepfather who is abusive toward her mother and a full-on creep toward Alyssa.
Unhappy at home, the two go on a road trip together that sees them get in all sorts of trouble that results in the law on their chase, and you won’t believe what happens next.
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