Credit: Nino Munoz/The CW © 2013 The CW Network Photo: The Cast of The Vampire Diaries Season 5

Hiatuses from one’s favorite TV shows are the worst. But, don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Here are some binge-watching favorites of ours to take your mind off of counting the days until The Vampire Diaries’ October premiere date. Check out our list of TVD-related favorites!

In the Flesh

With only a three episode first season and six-episode second season to blow through, this will admittedly be a short binge-watching experience, but what this show lacks in quantity it makes up for in quantity. A British import, this zombie drama tells the story of Kieran, a recovered zombie who is returned to his small town in Northern England after the zombie rising. Think Warm Bodies, but with way darker undertones. Like TVD, this show has a dynamic cast of characters and uses a supernatural trope to tell a compelling story about what makes us human. Check it out!


Arrow

If you haven’t watched the first two seasons of The CW’s Arrow, drop whatever you’re doing immediately and find the nearest distributor of this campy-yet-compelling superhero show. It tells the story of Oliver Queen, a playboy billionaire who spends five years stranded on an island and presumed dead. When we first meet our hero, he is returning to his native Starling City with a mission to save the metropolis from corruption and crime. Though the drama starts off a little clunkily, by the end of the second season it has evolved into the best action show on TV. Come for the scenes of star Stephen Amell doing the salmon ladder shirtless, stay for the humorous and heartfelt character developments and killer action scenes. Arrow reminds us of TVD at the top of its game.

True Blood

If you’re into TVD for the vampires, werewolves, and a female protagonist with multiple love interests, then might we suggest HBO’s True Blood? It just started its seventh and final season, so you’ll have plenty of episodes to binge. Like TVD, it also knows how to pull off a shocking plot twist with the best of them. And if you’ve ever wished that TVD had more sex or violence, then this is your show. For better or worse, HBO can get away with a lot more than The CW.

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Dawson’s Creek

Before Kevin Williamson co-created TVD with Julie Plec, he created a little show called Dawson’s Creek. Like TVDDawson’s Creek was often defined by its central love triangle between tomboy Joey and best friends Pacey and Dawson, but it was so much more than that. A true ensemble show filled with confused, impressingly verbose teenagers growing up in the fictional town of Capeside, Dawson’s Creek’s six seasons are well worth the watch -- well, maybe not the college years.

Kyle XY

While we’re on the subject of TVD creator’s former shows, we need to give Kyle XY, on which Julie Plec was a writer and co-producer, a shout-out. Canceled well before its time and never given the attention it deserved (perhaps due to it being on ABC Family), Kyle XY was a three-season compelling family drama with the same talent for character development as TVD. When a teenage boy is found wandering naked through the woods with no memory, he is taken in by a local family where he learns about humanity while investigating his mysterious past. It also stars Mystic Falls’ own Sheriff Forbes, Marguerite MacIntyre, which is always a good thing.

Which shows would you recommend binge-watching for other TVD fans? Sound off in the comments below!

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!