By Nick Morgulis
It’s spooky season, so to celebrate here are our picks of some of the greatest immortal beings to have ever graced the small screen!
Barnabas Collins was TV’s first vampire when the remorseful bloodsucker was introduced to a failing daytime soap opera in 1967. Dark Shadows’ breakout star yearned to be with his love, Josette.
Shakespearean-trained actor Jonathan Frid’s fate was sealed when the low-budget supernatural filler became a surprise hit.
Jessica Hamby emerged as True Blood’s enfant terrible: kicking, screaming, begging for Jesus, and crying like a newborn.
Of course, undead teens just wanna have fun! But Jessica was destined to stay a vampire virgin for all eternity while her hypnotic glamour outshone even veteran vamps.
Spike from Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a lovelorn poet-turned-punk rock vampire who was originally born in the Victorian era.
Spike hated the obvious vampire tropes, saying that being “all fangy and gnarly takes the mystery out.” Hmm, whereas a trench coat, peroxide, and nail polish scream subtlety!
Count von Count
The Count is Sesame Street’s friendly parody of Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula. His iconic computational compulsion sucks the life from all the people in his neighborhood.
Ernie, Kermit, and even Oscar the Grouch suffer grim subtractions to feed his insatiable need for numerical nutrition.
Preacher’s Cassidy became one of TV’s most fantastic vampires thanks to actor Joseph Gilgun. A lifestyle of drinking, dodging sunlight and helping out his mates made him a deceptively dangerous vamp.
Cassidy was an unlikely aide to Jesse Custer and Tulip O’Hare as they tried to stop the apocalypse, but despite his many, many flaws he ended up being quite reliable.
The energy vampire with the most, Colin Robinson is an essential component of What We Do in the Shadows and never fails to bring down a room.
Way more diabolical than his bloodsucking roommates, Colin’s M.O. is mostly just to bore the life out of his victims or infuriate them to death, making him the subtlest MVP in TV history.