True Blood: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1
True Blood

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 349
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Air date: Sep 7, 2008
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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.


Anna Paquin
as Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer
as Bill Compton
Sam Trammell
as Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten
as Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley
as Tara Thornton
Chris Bauer
as Andy Bellefleur
Nelsan Ellis
as Lafayette Reynolds
Jim Parrack
as Hoyt Fortenberry
Carrie Preston
as Arlene Fowler
William Sanderson
as Bud Dearborne
Lynn Collins
as Dawn Green
Lizzy Caplan
as Amy Burley
Todd Lowe
as Terry Bellefleur
Adina Porter
as Tara's mother
John Billingsley
as Mike Spencer
Aisha Hinds
as Miss Jeanette
James Parks
as Matt Rattray
Karina Logue
as Denise Rattray
Dale Raoul
as Maxine Fortenberry
Danielle Sapia
as Maudette Pickens
Michelle Forbes
as Maryann Forrester
Jessica Tuck
as Nan Flanagan
Raoul Trujillo
as Longshadow
Kevin McHale
as Neil Jones
Cheyenne Wilbur
as Uncle Bartlett
Zenali Turner
as Young Sookie
John Prosky
as State Senator
Josh Kelly
as Frat Boy
Hans Howes
as Elderly DGD Member
Jessica Stroup
as Sorority Girl
Gary Kraus
as Married Man in Booth
David Ruprecht
as Televangelist
Kelli Maroney
as Televangelist
Caleb Steinmeyer
as Tolliver Humphries
Randy Oglesby
as Rev. Theodore Newlin
Cody Christian
as Screaming Boy
Patricia Bethune
as Jane Bodenhouse
Lorin McCraley
as Grabbit Quik Clerk
Jenni Blong
as Michelle Stackhouse
John Henry Canavan
as Good Old Boy Vampire
Jeffrey Nicholas Brown
as Corbett Stackhouse
Lorna Scott
as Sav-A-Bunch Shopper
Barbara Whinnery
as Child Psychologist
John F. Schaffer
as Sav-A-Bunch Manager
Larry Udy
as Man at Bar
David Lewis
as Teenage Customer
Rod Britt
as Bank Manager
Sharon Tay
as News Show Moderator
Jennifer Hasty
as Woman with Fries
Labon K. Hester
as Young Jason
Hallock Beals
as Jerk at Bar
Russ Hunt
as Sookie's Date #1
Robert Parks-Valletta
as Sookie's Date #2
Randy Hall
as Man in Bar
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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

  • Apr 05, 2015
    Set in Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress in a world where vampires have came out of the coffin. Some people loved vampires, others hate them. A series of killings of what looked like vampire attacks occurred in town and it's up to Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill Compton to find out who's the killer. The first season introduced all the characters and had a murder mystery plot. It was a fun ride except you get annoying characters that just won't die. True Blood came out as a refreshing touch to the old genre but still had a lot of room for improvement.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • 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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