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True Blood (2008)

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Rayting:   7.8/10 229032 votes
Country: USA
Language: English

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Episode Guide

Season 7

August 24, 2014Episode 10 Thank You
August 17, 2014Episode 9 Love Is to Die
August 10, 2014Episode 8 Almost Home
July 27, 2014Episode 6 Karma
July 20, 2014Episode 5 Lost Cause
June 29, 2014Episode 2 I Found You

Season 6

Season 5

Season 4

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

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User Reviews

yamaharacing16-124-656478 19 July 2019

I loved this show when it first came out. I stuck with it for a while. I didn't like it got pretty weird and dragged on towards the later seasons.

cchase 21 September 2008

Dracula living in a trailer park instead of a castle. NOSFERATU out on the bayou. THE LOST BOYS hangin' out down by the Chattahoochie with a keg, instead of in an underground lair with a beachfront view. A great dinner of catfish, blackeyed peas and rice and cornbread, served up with a tall, warm, bubbly bottle of...BLOOD.

However you want to describe it, TRUE BLOOD is not only unlike any vampire story that's been done before, it's not like any series that's on right now. It's DARK SHADOWS-meets deep-fried Southern Gothic, and only Alan Ball, the creator of SIX FEET UNDER, would dare stick his neck out to bring it to you.

Based on the novels of Charlaine Harris, which I've never read, (but certainly will after this!), BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future. It's been two years since the world got a shock it never expected: vampires came "out of the coffin" as a race. We suspected they always lived - and fed - amongst us, but now it's official, and just as before with race relations and as it is now with GLBT people, the reaction across the board is the same - fear of change and fear of the unknown influences most people's feelings about it. And it doesn't seem to matter much that vamps now opt for finding nourishment from a bottled beverage made of synthetic plasma called - wait for it - "TRU BLOOD", rather than from the warm, breathing, two-legged receptacles called Everybody Else.

Sookie Stackhouse, however, has her own unique take on the whole deal. Sookie (X-MEN'S Anna Paquin) lives and works as a waitress in Bon Temps, LA, at a roadhouse restaurant called Merlotte's, the center of most of the series' action. She serves up pitchers of beer and sweet tea, and will give you a piece of her mind, once she has a piece of yours...though you'll wonder how she knew what you were thinking. Sookie is a telepath, and unfortunately for her, she can't turn off the constant flow of other peoples' streams of consciousness...most of which offers way too much information.

The only minds she can't read are vampire minds, something she discovers when she encounters Bon Temps' first vamp, the courtly and smoldering Bill Compton (Brit actor Stephen Moyer in a bravura performance). They are taken with each other on first sight - Sookie, who is not afraid of the unusual since she herself fits that category all too well, and Bill because he cannot figure her out - is she mortal, or something more?

Looking on this blossoming romance in various stages of curiosity, disgust or outright disapproval are Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), a walking hormone on two legs whose IQ matches his boot size; headstrong, opinionated Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie's childhood BFF; Sam Merlotte himself (Sam Trammell), Sookie's boss, who's got it bad for her and wears his heart on his sleeve on and off the clock; Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), the boldly out, proud and randy cook who serves as Greek chorus, instigator and confidante to Merlotte's employees, but most especially to Sookie, and her 'Gran', Adele Stackhouse (the marvelous Lois Smith), who couldn't be happier that Sookie is romantically involved with somebody...even if he is undead.

Not a single opportunity is wasted here to explore every nuance of mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary, in a way that even a series as outstanding as BUFFY could only get close to. Passion burns, secrets abound, betrayal, murder and t

grantss 14 July 2018

Set in modern times, vampires roam the earth and are humans mortal enemies. However, a substitute has been found for human blood, a substitute that vampires can consume with the same effect as human blood. This is True Blood. Now humans and vampires can coexist in harmony, and even form relationships. But there will always be rogue elements on both sides ready to exploit the uneasy truce.

Superb, for the first few seasons. Original, uncompromising and highly engaging. Great character depth, clever, intriguing plots, interesting relationships and good performances. For 5 seasons this was fantastic.

However, the producers didn't know when to quit. The writing was already starting to feel a bit jaded, with retreads of previous plots and characters and, especially, different life-forms being introduced just to give the illusion of originality. The final two seasons were mediocre, at best.

The final season, Season 7, was particularly bad. No originality and the writers and actors seemed to be just going through the motions. Watching became a chore, something I had to do so I could finish the series rather than watching because I enjoyed it. Season 7 may well be the worst final season in the history of TV, especially when compared with what came before.

UncleTantra 16 August 2008

OK, I just watched episode 1 of this new HBO series, created by Alan Ball ("American Beauty," "Six Feet Under"), and there is simply no question in my mind that it's going to be one of the hottest things on TV.

The setting is backwoods Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, from "The Piano") is a waitress in a local eatery during the day and at the local bar at night. She's pretty normal, except that she can read minds. And the crowd at the eatery and at the bar are pretty normal, too, by backwoods Louisiana standards.

Except that the hook of this series is that vampires "came out of the coffin" on national TV a couple of years earlier. They now live openly in society, because the Japanese have invented a synthetic blood that is sold in convenience stores everywhere as "True Blood." The vampires themselves are considered kinda exotic, and there are "fang bangers" of both sexes who long to have sex with them.

One moves to town. Sookie saves his life. Sparks fly. The stage is set for a really fun, well-written series. There is not a clunker in the cast, or an off moment in the writing. One to look forward to.

ShadedEyes 13 September 2008

There is no doubt in my mind that True Blood is developing it's die-hard cult fans even as I write this.

Director Alan Ball has successfully adapted the show from the southern vampire series penned by Charlaine Harris. The show incorporates the gritty, down-south, feel that permeates Harris's books. The imagery, whether in landscape or in outfits, is incredible and really gives the viewer a chance to feel the atmosphere of the story.

The music is unbeatable... The opening credits rolling by is enough to hook a person right there.

The acting by lead characters is great. Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse is incredible. She's captured just the right tones of innocence, lively spark, and morals that personify Sookie. The only thing that might be noted is that her accent seems a little off, I can't say how specifically it just sounds wrong which is understandable as she's a Canadian.

Stephen Moyer as 'Vampire Bill' is great as well. I thought his accent was great, much more realistic than other characters who I had definite red flags pop up when I heard them speak. His screen presence is unbeatable and he fits the role of a vampire almost eerily well.

I'm looking for some better character development in Tara, Sookie's close friend, she seems to fit a stereotype a bit too well for my taste. Hopefully writers will mix things up for Tara a little, give her some great lines.

So acting is a 8 out of 10, Screenplay and Scenery get a definite 10 out of 10, and the score is 10 out of 10.

True Blood is the kind of show that comes along and while it has every opportunity to fall flat, sinking into the rut of so many other 'vampire TV shows', it rises above and makes its own cut into the genre.

skip-98756 23 May 2020

I just finished watching this amazing vampire series once again..I saw it when it 1st came out and hadnt watched it for a long time..I'd forgotton how it ended and alot of it was like watching for the first time again. This is some Very unique writing and not like any vampire,werewolf,witch show that you have ever seen before..It takes the very difficult path of mixing horror,gore,sexuality, intensity, drama,humor and satire all in one show and it does it extremely well! You feel a bond with each of the characters and there is a great deal of character development over the seasons, so much so that some of the characters become almost polar opposites of what they were when they were 1st introduced..Another fascinating twist is the Bizzare but also Wonderful change in the writing that occurs in the last season..its So Different that you wonder what the heck happenned! The whole tone of the show changes and yes this will disrupt Alot of viewers who expect a continuity of theme thru the show till its end....But....The change ,though radical, is also wonderful..I'd say there is Less humor, less satire, more Intensity, More seriousness in each actors acting which leads to a more dramatic feeling..The gore is still there but its Not as funny, its serious, its intense, and its heart breaking for so many of the characters and they all act it out so well.. Overall, that last season was like watching a Different show but it was Every bit as interesting and entertaining...Now thats something you Dont see very often! I love this show...Sexy,smart, dramatic, satirical and crazy funny at time, heartbreaking at others...What more could you ask of Any show in Any genre? The Final episode covers the full gamut of emotions and wraps things up in a beautiful ending that would bring a tear and a smile to anyone... highly recommended!

RobScott-13 22 February 2021

True Blood is an extremely entertaining supernatural thriller that has a little of everything. It has comedy, action, drama, love, sex, etc., etc. It really is a classic! It's the best of the vampire genre and has more shocking, intense and exciting moments in one season than most shows have in their entire run! Some seasons toward the end weren't as good but still worth watching and really entertaining!

yossarian100 17 June 2008

Another interesting, entertaining, and slightly on the odd side series from HBO that should have more than enough sex and blood for those more discerning fans of our mythical long toothed friends, the vampires.

On the other hand, some may find it little more than an "R" rated soap opera with teeth.

I'm more forgiving. I liked the first episode, thought it had a fairly strong cast, and the story held my interest, even though some of the southern accents sounded a bit strange. Still, having a lead character who is wound a little too tight, there's a reason for that, is a fresh enough idea and Anna Paquin, as Sookie Stackhouse...you heard that right, is well cast.

I'm looking forward to the next episode. Maybe this new show will reach right out and bite you.

brandonneicke 12 April 2020

I write this review as a "want to be writer". Not someone with any real skill or credibility. However when you want to become a writer as a youth it is usually driven from the art of actually writing. Dialogue, action and character development. This show is very well written, Alan ball clearly is gifted. Not just skill but talent. I think this show was only good for 5 seasons and they should have left it at that. Shows make the mistake of going on, not just because they can. Because the audience ask for it, I remember Vince Gilligan saying he could have had more seasons of breaking bad, but chose not to. I didn't understand at the time but I do now. This show is not meant to go on and on, it's a story. It was meant to end at the right time. This could easily have gotten 10 stars from me if they made this show 5 seaons.

SDawson_1 23 February 2021

It's hard to explain just how much I loved this show when it was on and is still one of my all time for shows to this day!

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