Here’s the official watch order for ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’

When The Vampire Diaries premiered to audiences on Sept. 10, 2009, fans were immediately enamored with the storyline of Elena Gilbert, a high school student who lost her parents in a tragic accident and moved in with her aunt along with her brother, Jeremy.

The Gilbert siblings dealt with the death of their parents in very different ways, but the emotions they felt were the same. They felt lost, alone, and scared, even surrounded by family, friends, and routines that were no longer comforting. It was a critical time in both of their lives, and losing their parents changed everything.

What neither Elena nor Jeremy could be prepared for next was that something⏤more specifically, someone⏤would soon change everything all over again. When school starts after summer break, Elena runs into someone who impacts her life significantly and opens a door for the Gilberts and all the residents of Mystic Falls that some would have rather left closed.

The six seasons that followed introduced viewers to a world of vampires, witches, hybrids, and werewolves. There were species so far hidden within the town’s history that only a select few knew of their existence, and they were hell-bent on keeping it a secret.

In addition to the six seasons of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Legacies helped grow TVD’s universe, giving fans the chance to learn even more about the realm they loved so much. Of course, The Vampire Diaries first introduced a few key players from The Originals, and the same goes for Legacies.

Without vampires, humans, witches, and werewolves forming those initial bonds⏤or becoming enemies⏤the other series wouldn’t have been possible. How do the various episodes work in tandem with each other? Whether you’re a fan of TVD who has never ventured into the other realms, are starting entirely from scratch, or just want to rewatch your favorite vampy series, how do you get started?

You most definitely want to begin with The Vampire Diaries. You’ll undoubtedly fall in love with Stefan or Damon, root for Elena to dive deeper into her relationships with both of them, and understand why her heart is torn. You’ll relate to the characters within the series and then you’ll get to the episodes where outsiders are introduced, which is where your real journey begins.

You can start by watching the first four seasons of The Vampire Diaries before intertwining TVD episodes with The Originals. If you’re wondering how best to do this, a pop culture fan has laid it out for you in a well-developed and likely time-consuming list.

On Quora, an account named Shivam Upadhyay laid out an episode-specific watchlist for fans of The Vampire Diaries and the series that follow. This list will help navigate the story in its entirety, and is a fascinating way to watch the series for new or existing fans.

The official watch order for The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Legacies

  • The Vampire Diaries Season 1
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 2
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 3
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 4
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 1
  • The Originals S1, E1
  • The Originals S1, E2
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E2
  • The Originals S1, E3
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E3
  • The Originals S1, E4
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E4
  • The Originals S1, E5
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E5
  • The Originals S1, E6
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E6
  • The Originals S1, E7
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E7
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E8
  • The Originals S1, E8
  • The Originals S1, E9
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E9
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E10
  • The Originals S1, E10
  • The Originals S1, E11
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E11
  • The Originals S1, E12
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E12
  • The Originals S1, E13
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E13
  • The Originals S1, E14
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E14
  • The Originals S1, E15
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E15
  • The Originals S1, E16
  • The Originals S1, E17
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E16
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E17
  • The Originals S1, E18
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E18
  • The Originals S1, E19
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E19
  • The Originals S1, E20
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E20
  • The Originals S1, E21
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E21
  • The Originals S1, E22
  • The Vampire Diaries S5, E22
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E1
  • The Originals S2, E1
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E2
  • The Originals S2, E2
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E3
  • The Originals S2, E3
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E4
  • The Originals S2, E4
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E5
  • The Originals S2, E5
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E6
  • The Originals S2, E6
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E7
  • The Originals S2, E7
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E8
  • The Originals S2, E8
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E9
  • The Originals S2, E9
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E10
  • The Originals S2, E10
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E11
  • The Originals S2, E11
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E12
  • The Originals S2, E12
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E13
  • The Originals S2, E13
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E14
  • The Originals S2, E14
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E15
  • The Originals S2, E15
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E16
  • The Originals S2, E16
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E17
  • The Originals S2, E17
  • The Originals S2, E18
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E18
  • The Originals S2, E19
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E19
  • The Originals S2, E20
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E20
  • The Originals S2, E21
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E21
  • The Originals S2, E22
  • The Vampire Diaries S6, E22
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E1
  • The Originals S3, E1
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E2
  • The Originals S3, E2
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E3
  • The Originals S3, E3
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E4
  • The Originals S3, E4
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E5
  • The Originals S3, E5
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E6
  • The Originals S3, E6
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E7
  • The Originals S3, E7
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E8
  • The Originals S3, E8
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E9
  • The Originals S3, E9
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E10
  • The Originals S3, E10
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E11
  • The Originals S3, E11
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E12
  • The Originals S3, E12
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E13
  • The Originals S3, E13
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E14
  • The Originals S3, E14
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E15
  • The Originals S3, E15
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E16
  • The Originals S3, E16
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E17
  • The Originals S3, E17
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E18
  • The Originals S3, E18
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E19
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E20
  • The Originals S3, E19
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E21
  • The Originals S3, E20
  • The Vampire Diaries S7, E22
  • The Originals S3, E21
  • The Originals S3, E22
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 8
  • The Originals Season 4
  • The Originals Season 5
  • Legacies Season 1
  • Legacies Season 2

There you have it⏤the all-inclusive and most perfect watch order for your favorite vampy shows. Do you plan to re-watch The Vampire Diaries from the start? Are you watching the shows’ intertwining episodes for the first time, or have you binged the episodes in this order already? Let us know below!