The BEST Seasons of The Originals

Every season ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: The CW

Though once pledged to remain together through the test of time, the Mikaelson's — the first and original family of vampires — have been torn apart over the thousands of years of their existence. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus, along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah, must take back the city that once belonged to them, while avoiding a war between the vampires, werewolves and witches that populate the French Quarter.

Season 3

#1 - Season 3

First Aired: Oct 9, 2015

Season three finds Klaus and Elijah estranged from each other, even as both brothers adjust to life with their long-lost sister, Freya. Hayley suffers mightily at the hands of Klaus’s petty vengeance, while Marcel and Davina rule the city under a new status quo. Meanwhile, Cami and Vincent find themselves caught up in a surprising mystery involving the newest resident of New Orleans.

star 8.62
265 votes
Season 4

#2 - Season 4

First Aired: Mar 18, 2017

When a dark prophecy threatens their immortal lives, the Mikaelson family faces their greatest challenge yet. After centuries of fighting to preserve their family, Klaus Mikaelson and his brother Elijah’s ruthless actions have spawned a legion of enemies. Surrounded by these enemies, the Mikaelsons enact a brutal strategy that will turn everyone against them, thus setting the course for season four.

star 8.61
171 votes
Season 1

#3 - Season 1

First Aired: Oct 4, 2013

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans.

star 8.52
447 votes
Season 2

#4 - Season 2

First Aired: Oct 7, 2014

In season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Plus, Klaus struggles with weaknesses and Elijah fights to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction.

star 8.46
356 votes
Season 5

#5 - Season 5

First Aired: Apr 19, 2018

The age old Mikaelson family has spent centuries fighting against legions of enemies. The original vampires have strived since the beginning of time to protect their family, no matter what the cost. The fifth and final season is no different as the Mikaelsons must once again count on the strength of their unbreakable family bond even after swearing to stay away from each other for good.

star 8.11
132 votes