So, there’s sad news for all the Netflix subscribers who love to binge over The Vampire Diaries. The supernatural teen drama, which premiered on The CW in 2009 for the first time and went on to run until 2017, is now unavailable to watch on Netflix. As of September 4, 2022 the entire eight seasons with 171 episodes are also available on the streaming network HBO Max and Peacock.
Back in 2011, the show was made available on Netflix for the first time as a part of an output contract between Netflix and The CW under which all eight seasons of The CW series were dropped on Netflix 8 days following the premiere of its finale season. However, in the year 2019, the parent of The CW, WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS, took the decision of not renewing the contract further and rather keep their original series to grow their particular streaming services, HBO Max and Paramount plus.
Reportedly, the output deal’s conditions required each CW series to be licensed to Netflix and continue to be on Netflix exclusively for 5 years following the inclusion of their final seasons to the streaming giant and The Vampire Diaries’ switch to HBO Max as well as Peacock arrives a bit over 5 years following the series finale in 2017.
Furthermore, TVD follow-ups The Originals concluded back in 2018 and ran for five seasons whereas Legacies which ended this year after running for four seasons can still be watched on Netflix. Reportedly, they will be moved to HBO Max in 2023 and 2027, respectively.
The Vampire Diaries was developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, and it was inspired from the book series of the same name written by L J. Smith. The series’ cast included Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Sara Canning, Candice King, Kayla Ewell, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, Joseph Morgan, Michael Malarkey and Matt Davis.
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