True Blood: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1
True Blood

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It's unabashedly soapy and it occasionally wavers in its social commentary, but True Blood is a gory, sexy genre romp with a strong supporting cast.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 367

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Air date: Sep 7, 2008

Based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire books, the series opens with Bon Temps, La., waitress Sookie Stackhouse welcoming the first vampire, Bill, to Merlotte's bar, while her brother, Jason, deals with the unfortunate fallout of a one-night stand.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2008

After Bill helps Sookie out of her dangerous run-in with the Rattrays, she invites him to her grandmother's house to meet the family, but Jason is unnerved when they leave together or a nighttime stroll, which ends at the Compton's antebellum mansion.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2008

Sookie becomes the focal point of a heated dispute between Bill and his more bloodthirsty vampire associates; Sam and Tara find common ground in their current states of romantic affairs; Jason begs Lafayette for help with a personal problem after Dawn kicks him out.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Another murder throws the citizens of Bon Temps for a loop, and once again the prime suspect is Jason, who's also coping with the extremely uncomfortable consequences of Lafayette's assistance; Sookie convinces Bill to take her to a vampire bar in Shreveport, where she hopes to learn more about her hometown's killings and get her brother off the hook.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Bill proves to be a popular attraction for Adele's historical society, but his stories of the Civil War dredge up painful memories of the wartime experiences that changed his life forever. Meanwhile, Jason decides to give "V" another try; Sam finally asks Sookie for a date; and Andy and Bud keep the murder investigations open.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2008

A tragedy sends Sookie in search of a place far from others' inner voices; Jason suffers withdrawal symptoms from a recent habit; and Tara's mother reaches out to her in a time of need.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Bill takes action after hearing Sookie's distressing recollection about her uncle; Tara resorts to desperate measures to help her mother; Jason takes a road trip to Fangtasia to satisfy his latest craving; and a group of vigilantes hunts for vampires who made a scene at Merlotte's.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Jason's latest girlfriend, Amy, is a hit at Merlotte's, but her mood darkens when the "V" runs out. Meanwhile, Bill asks Sookie to help Eric in his hunt for a Fangtasia thief; Tara marvels at her mother's transformation; and Rene proposes to Arlene.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Bill's concern for Sookie's safety causes him to run afoul of the vampire's code. Meanwhile, Jason and Amy resort to extreme measures to satisfy their "V" habit, Tara follows in her mother's footsteps and Sam is tapped by Bill to look after Sookie while he faces disciplinary action.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

Sam tells Sookie a secret when he's caught in a difficult position; Jason and Amy plot their next move with Eddie; Arlene and Rene have their engagement party at Merlotte's; and Bill goes on trial for his recent offense.

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In the not-too-distant future, vampires have come out of the longer in need of a human fix. But can a young woman (Anna Paquin) forge a love match with a vampire? HBO presents this drama series based on the books by Charlaine Harris.

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Critic Reviews for True Blood Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (20)

Unless the thought of vampire/human love makes your pulse quicken - or, even better, makes you wish you didn't have a pulse to quicken - most of it is not really worth seeing.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

In Ball's droll, neo-gothic "True Blood," the vampire community isn't willing to roll over and accept our pity.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

Appetizingly pulpy and yet not at all crass, the series presents a new angle on the phenomenon of shows-so-bad-that-they're-good: It sucks hard and thus plays very well.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…
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True Blood is a show with plenty of bite.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

After watching five episodes, I can say True Blood stands out as one of the strongest new series in an uncertain fall.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

So far, True Blood isn't deep, it doesn't have the undertow of mortality and loss that made Ball's previous hit, Six Feet Under... But its take on contemporary gothic does have a knowing connection to a dark side of American life.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Part of the appeal of True Blood, especially in its first few seasons, was its over-the-top shock value, often bloody and sexual in nature.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

After dealing with all the hype and hubbub that came through the media with last year's soft vampire love story Twilight, it's nice to see a show that actually has some teeth to it.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A creative dramedy bolstered by both an unusual premise and strong, well-developed, colorful characters who add a touch of campy humor.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show is basically one big pile of meh. Most the rest of the actors fall somewhere on the scale between "yikes" to "yawn," and most the rest of the dialogue is just as bad as the words poor Paquin is forced to spit out.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

When Tara and Sookie speak truth to each other (or seem to), True Blood is almost shrewd.

Sep 7, 2008 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

True Blood is a sexy affair that sets up an entirely believable world where humans and vampires co-exist. It's a soap, to be sure, but a soap with an eye for social commentary.

Sep 7, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

  • May 08, 2020
    It was entertaining for awhile. Too much sex for me. I enjoyed the episodes with more comedy in them.
  • Sep 03, 2019
    It is sooooo bad, that it even starts to be good. Actors actually tried so hard to play it bad, at least i think so, because it is not possible to act that horribly naturally. Enjoyed every overplayed cringe causing scene, yummy!
  • Mar 30, 2019
    Any "subtext" about the relations between Humans and Vampires are on the nose to the point of being text. But, it works.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    A seven season supernatural ride in the American landscape, delivered by an awesome cast & crew!! Truly imaginative storyline that takes the Vampire franchise in a new direction- a must see for fans of the genre!!
  • Apr 10, 2017
    One of the things I love the most about this show is the parallelism between vampires and the LGBT community (ie "god hates fangs" messages on the church's board during the intro).
  • Jul 08, 2016
    I had this sold to me by a friend of mind as follows; 'it's like soft porn for girls' she didn't mention the amazing kitchy, vampire, fantasy element that got me so badly hooked! Love it, really worth a watch.
  • Jan 29, 2016
    I was a HUGE fan of True Blood when it first appeared on HBO. Before True Blood, the vampire genre was all campy with neon eyes and moody lighting. True Blood broke the mold and set their vampires in the real world looking almost human. Did I love this series more the 2nd time around? Mostly. I found myself skipping some of the lesser character scenes and focusing on Sookie and her relationships. In hind sight, I think this season would have been much better if they'd centered on Sookie more. That's where the action was.
  • Nov 30, 2015
    A welcome addition to the vampire genre. This series progressed through romance and emotional ties of family, friendship, etc. It illustrated the struggle between diversity and open-minded acceptance of those who are different from us versus small-minded prejudice and intolerance. It superbly demonstrated aspects of dominance and submission, sensuality, sex, love and many of the varieties of romantic entanglements available to our human experience. It touched on aspects of Fae that aren't overly popularized. Faeries are often considered light, happy and sweetly biddable in popular fiction. It would have been interesting to see how other creatures from mythology and fiction might have been incorporated.
  • Sep 01, 2015
    Heard great things about this series; unfortunately, I didn't see them on the screen. What I saw was a cry-baby mind-reader who is quick to judge others without any internal examination of her own prejudices and a love-sick puppy of a vampire who will do anything, including perish, to please the cry-baby. Can't get attached to characters because they die are a frequent clip. Will not be watching any more seasons.
  • Jun 06, 2015
    Interesting enough to keep me watching and look forward to the next season. Top, quality entertainment!

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