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.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 386

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Air date: Sep 7, 2008

Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with telepathic abilities, falls under the spell of a 173-year-old vampire; Sookie's brother finds himself in hot water.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2008

Bill returns Sookie's favor by rescuing her from the Rattrays' revenge; Bill fights off his primal vampire urges.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2008

Vampires Malcolm, Liam and Diane make a hasty retreat after Bill lays claim to Sookie; Tara seeks respite from her mother's rage; Jason turns to Lafayette for help.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Jason is taken into police custody again; Sookie is urged by Gran to use her telepathic abilities to exonerate her brother; Bill takes Sookie to a vampire bar in Shreveport.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Bill wins over Adele's church group with his vivid recollections from the Civil War; Sam reveals his feelings to Sookie; Jason gives vampire blood another shot.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2008

Sookie seeks refuge from her friends' and neighbors' inner voices; Jason wrestles with withdrawal symptoms; Tara's mother needs her help; Sam and Tara make a connection.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Sookie's painful childhood revelation spurs Bill into action; Tara agrees to pay for an exorcism for Lettie Mae; Jason travels to Fangtasia in search of V juice.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2008

Sookie tries to hold herself together in the wake of another possible tragedy; Tara lashes out at Sookie and Sam; Amy charms the crowd at Merlotte's.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Bill must pay a steep price for protecting Sookie; Jason and Amy break a taboo; Tara consults with Miss Jeanette about exorcising her inner demon; Bill enlists an unlikely bodyguard.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

Sam shares a secret with Sookie; Lettie Mae and Tara celebrate; Jason and Amy debate what to do with Eddie; Bill faces a harsh penalty.

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Cast & Crew

Anna Paquin
Sookie Stackhouse

Actor
Stephen Moyer
Bill Compton

Actor
Ryan Kwanten
Jason Stackhouse

Actor
Rutina Wesley
Tara Thornton

Actor
Sam Trammell
Sam Merlotte

Actor
Nelsan Ellis
Lafayette Reynolds

Actor
Chris Bauer
Andy Bellefleur

Actor
Jim Parrack
Hoyt Fortenberry

Actor
Carrie Preston
Arlene Fowler

Actor
Michael Raymond-James
Rene Lenier

Actor
William Sanderson
Sheriff Bud Dearborne

Actor
Alexander Skarsgård
Eric Northman

Actor
Adina Porter
Lettie Mae Thornton

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Lizzy Caplan
Amy Burley

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Lynn Collins
Dawn Green

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Lois Smith
Adele Stackhouse

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Aisha Hinds
Miss Jeanette

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Kristin Bauer
Pam De Beaufort

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Stephen Root
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Todd Lowe
Terry Bellefleur

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Alan Ball
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

  • Feb 28, 2021
    Nice start. It has its own universe and kinda typical main trope but also diversity in characters so sure give it a try!
  • 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.

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