The Originals

Series Summary
Klaus, the original vampire/werewolf hybrid, returns to New Orleans -- which his family helped build -- to investigate rumors of a plot against him, in this spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries." He finds his former protege, Marcel, reigning powerful over its inhabitants, causing growing tension in the supernatural community. Klaus' brother, Elijah, joins him, and they learn that werewolf Hayley has fallen into the hands of a defiant witch who has life-changing information. In hope of reclaiming the city, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to help further their cause.

Air Dates: 2013 - Present

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Science fiction

Network: CW

  • Season 3, Ep. 22 : The Bloody CrownMay 20, 2016

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    With the Mikaelson compound overrun by an army of enemies, Klaus must face judgment for centuries of cruelty; an unexpected arrival stuns Marcel; Elijah, Freya and Kol search for a way to save their family.

  • Season 3, Ep. 21 : Give 'Em Hell KidMay 13, 2016

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    Freya's prophetic visions reveal that her family is on course to confront a dangerous new enemy; Detective Kinney helps Vincent and Kol travel to the ancestral world to stop the witches and regain their city.

  • Season 3, Ep. 20 : Where Nothing Stays BuriedMay 6, 2016

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    After a ruthless plan that has left their family broken, Klaus, Elijah and Freya search for a way to take down Lucien once and for all; Kol and Marcel make an urgent plea for help.

  • Season 3, Ep. 19 : No More HeartbreaksApr 29, 2016

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    Following Cami's violent encounter, Klaus relies on his family and allies to find a cure while he watches over Cami at the compound; Freya turns to her arsenal of spells while Vincent and Marcel look for a crucial ingredient at Cami's apartment.

  • Season 3, Ep. 18 : The Devil Comes Here and SighsApr 15, 2016

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    Enemies join together to kidnap Klaus; Elijah and Freya confront a powerful force; Hayley and Cami have a risky plan to get Klaus back.

ratings & reviews

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  • The premiere episode of the new series, "Always and Forever," tells pretty much the same story as the backdoor pilot, only from the point of view of Elijah (not Klaus, as before). This works on some levels but stumbles on others. Show More

  • The debut treads water getting everybody up to speed, but the dagger-in-the-heart of a cliffhanger--coupled with [Joseph] Morgan's radioactive onscreen charm--should keep The Originals' veins flowing amply. [4 Oct 2013, p.60] Show More

  • It's "House of Cards," with a werewolf/vampire hybrid instead of a charming but ruthless Southern senator. Show More

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