True Blood: Season 1 (2008)



Critic 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.


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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



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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.


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