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The Originals - S01 E01

Horror . Fantasy . Mystery . Drama

Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - the city his family helped build 300 years ago. Determined to help his brother, Elijah leaves their sister Rebekah behind and follows Klaus. Elijah learns that the beautiful and rebellious werewolf Hayley - Klaus' onetime flame - has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie Deveraux. When Sophie reveals some life-changing news, Elijah realizes that the Original family may have been given a second chance at humanity and redemption. Klaus, however, is more intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Klaus vows to reclaim what was once his - the power, the city and his family.

Episode Title: Always and Forever
Airs: 2013-10-03 at 21:00
  • Chuck Barney

    This series is about the bonds of family and heated power struggles--with a big dose of vampiric hedonism mixed in. Sounds like the makings of something pretty fang-tastic.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    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]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There are a lot of moving parts and agendas here, but The Originals does a pretty good job of stitching them all together by the end of its first hour.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Carrie Raisler

    Gillies’ character is one for the ages, and although the actor’s portrayal of him is as wonderfully measured as ever, his actions here feel like the equivalent of a vampire Parent Trap situation, with Gillies just trying to keep his siblings together using whatever trickery he can. Yet, in spite of all of these concerns, it still feels like there’s a show here.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    If you’re into The Vampire Diaries (I’m not), you’ll get sucked into this sleek spinoff.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Laurel Brown

    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.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A not-bad spinoff that feels older than "The Vampire Diaries" and even more convoluted.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

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

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The originals strikes me as what "Dallas" might have been if J.R. and Bobby had been immortals. And living, of course, in the Big Easy.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    There are so many vampires and undeads and such on television these days that this crew is going to have a hard time getting attention, especially if the show continues to be as much of a grab bag as the pilot episode is. Some serious focusing--on specific story lines, specific characters--should be the first order of business.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Originals deserves credit for a mostly clear set-up for newcomers.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The performances are over the top and enjoyable enough.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The heavy-handed dialogue, courtesy of series creator Julie Plec and Michael Narducci, doesn’t deliver much bite.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Like 'Vampire Diaries' (and so much else), The Originals lacks a sharp wit, preferring the heavy-velvet drapery of self-seriousness and pretend passion.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    [A] turgid and convoluted pilot.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The Originals should give us some idea of just how deep the current teenage affection for vampire stories goes. If it can support a show this ludicrously written and terribly cast, it's deeper than most adults can fathom.

    USA Today Full Review