Everyone knows Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the wonderful things in your life, but we can’t seem to think about anything other than our favorite TV shows. The show that comes to mind first of all is The Originals, our new not-so-secret obsession. With this season almost halfway over and us basking in the beauty that is a full first season, we thought we’d take a moment to let you know why we’re thankful for the Vampire Diaries spin-off.

1. No Doppelgangers!

Praise the TV gods! Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries has proven that there is such thing as too many doppelgangers. As this season has progressed, we’ve seen Nina Dobrev play three different roles (Elena Gilbert, Katherine Pierce, and Amara) while Paul Wesley played two (Silas and Stefan Salvatore). While these guys are super talented, it’s been quite a lot to wrap our heads around. On The Originals, each actor only plays one character and they play that character perfectly. The Originals isn’t caught up in all of the crazy mythology that it’s source material is concerned with, they’re interested in showing us the intricate family drama and supernatural warfare going on with the Mikaelson family and the other creatures in NOLA.

2. All Mikaelsons, All the Time.

Speaking of the Mikaelsons, we’re totally head-over-heels in love with Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt). Not only are we rooting for these three to work through their drama and become a tight-knit family unit — geez, they should be close after centuries together — but we seriously love everything about this little supernatural family. There’s Elijah, the older brother who is fiercely loyal, has solid morals, and is extremely dashing (he’s the definition of tall, pale, and handsome). There’s Rebekah, the younger sister who follows her heart and is trapped in an endless cycle of trusting her family. And then there’s Klaus, the middle brother who is hot-headed, power-hungry, and temperamental. We love them all — even their many problems.

3. We’re Not Regular Witches, We’re Cool Witches.

Sure, The Vampire Diaries has witches, but we have to say that we’re kind of over Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). She’s died countless times and now she’s got herself a full-time gig as The Anchor, a supernatural being that has one foot in the world of the living and one in the land of the dead. Not only that, but Bonnie has lost all her witchy powers. What use is she now without powers and with all her random feels attacks whenever a supernatural being dies and passes through her to get to the Other Side. Lame. On The Originals, we’ve got Sophie Deveraux (Daniella Pineda), a witch with a family history rooted deeply in New Orleans’s past. She’s willing to do whatever it takes for her coven, and we love her sass. And then there’s Davina Claire (Danielle Campbell), a teenage girl with the power of four witches inside of her — oh yeah, and did we mention she’s a weapon being fought over? That’s intriguing.

4. Better Romances — Fewer Love Triangles!

Sure, The Vampire Diaries has an epic love triangle between Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan, and Elena — not to mention countless other love triangles, but is terrible for us to want people to just pick one person and to stay with that person? So far on The Originals, we’ve been free of the dreaded love triangles and are shipping couples that put those on TVD to shame. First up there’s Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah. Sure, she’s carrying Klaus’s hybrid baby, but the sexual chemistry between them is through the roof. On top of that semi-forbidden romance, we have Marcel Gerard (Charles Michael Davis) and Rebekah. These two definitely had something going on in the 1800s and now that it’s resurfacing, these two are heating up our TV screens.

5. It's Way More Grown-Up.

While The Vampire Diaries is getting more and more over-the-top each week, The Originals is proving that it’s more like it’s source material’s older, more mature sibling rather than it’s best friend. We are caught up in the teenage drama of TVD while it seriously feels like watching Shakespeare when we’re watching The Originals, what with all the asides and soliloquies that the Mikaelsons dish out. These guys are centuries old vampires and they’re not tackling college or getting kicked out of high school (we’re looking at you, Jeremy Gilbert), they’re confronting their demons and trying to mend their family tree.

The Originals airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!