This Dracula is a mix of the familiar — a beauty who may be the reincarnation of his late wife; medical experiments aimed at making him able to withstand sunlight — and some decidedly unusual twists.
I won't give away too much, but after seeing five episods, I'm looking forward to seeing more.
"Dracula" has the makings of one of TV's better vampire shows, and may end up high on this list of the 10 best:
10. "Moonlight" (2007-08) • This is pretty much the same premise as "Forever Knight" (below), but this vampire detective pined for a mortal woman.
9. "Forever Knight" (1989, 1992-96) • How better for a vampire to atone for his sins than to join the police force — on the night shift, of course.
8. "The Munsters" (1964-66) • Hey, Lily and Grampa were both vampires. And this show remains a camp classic.
7. "Dark Shadows" (1991) • This prime-time remake of the 1966-71 daytime soap was pretty good. (And Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-starred as young David.)
6. "The Vampire Diaries" (2009-) • It's hard to judge a show that's still in production, but this one has already declined from moderately entertaining to weak soap opera.
5. "True Blood" (2008-) • The first couple seasons were great, but more recently it's descended into a blood-soaked mess.
4. "Kindred: The Embraced" (1996) • This was sort of "The Godfather" with vampires — an intriguing series about vampire clans that Fox pulled the plug on after only eight episodes.
3. "Being Human" (2009-13) • It sounds like the opening of a bad joke — a vampire a werewolf and a ghost share a house — but this British series was really good. And the 38 episodes give us a beginning, a middle and an end.
The American/Canadian version of the show (2011-) is also good, but the original was better.
2. "Angel" (1999-2004) • This "Buffy" spinoff is the best show with a vampire as the central character. Too bad The WB staked it without giving us a real conclusion.
1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003) • This was, hands down, the coolest show on TV.
Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at email@example.com; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.