The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural–fantasy horror television series created by Kevin Williamson based on the novels of the same name by author L. J. Smith. It was officially picked up for the 2009–10 season on May 19, 2009. It premiered on September 10, 2009 on The CW and received the highest ratings for a series premiere in the network’s history scoring 4.91 million live viewers.
The series focuses on the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, that is charged with supernatural history since its settlement of migrants from New England in the late 17th century. The town’s politics are orchestrated by descendants of the original founding families, all comprising a “Founders’ Council.” Some of the founding families of Mystic Falls include the Salvatores, the Gilberts, the Fells, the Forbes, and the Lockwoods. They secretly guard the town mainly from vampires, although there are other supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches, ghosts, and hybrids.
It follows the story of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) as she begins to get over her parents’ death – and two vampire brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).
It’s Elena’s first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna, Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy, and salvage what family they have left. The first day is already shaping up to be a struggle for Elena until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan. Elena is touched that he can relate to what she’s going through. What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire.
Their undeniable connection grows deeper, but, their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan’s vicious and malevolent older brother Damon returns with a plan to wreak havoc on the town, seek revenge against his younger brother for turning him into a vampire against his will and claim Elena for himself.