True Blood (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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Episodes

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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Anna Paquin
Sookie Stackhouse

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Stephen Moyer
Bill Compton

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Ryan Kwanten
Jason Stackhouse

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Rutina Wesley
Tara Thornton

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Sam Trammell
Sam Merlotte

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Nelsan Ellis
Lafayette Reynolds

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Chris Bauer
Andy Bellefleur

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Jim Parrack
Hoyt Fortenberry

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Carrie Preston
Arlene Fowler

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Michael Raymond-James
Rene Lenier

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William Sanderson
Sheriff Bud Dearborne

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Alexander Skarsgård
Eric Northman

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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
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Critic Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 1

  • Jan 28, 2023
    One Of The Best Most Underrated 100% 100.0% Of 2008-2009
  • Sep 23, 2022
    One of my Top 5 Series' of all-time. I've watched through every season 3 times. The show is a funny, sexy, ingenious thrill ride.
  • Jul 27, 2022
    Sadly, I was not able to watch True Blood when it first aired, due to being a broke college student who could barely afford regular cable. Anyway, along the way, I have met many friends and family who are a fan of this show. They argue over which season is the best, which is the worst, and I finally took the hint when I someone gave me a True Blood cookbook. Anyway, I love LOVE this series. I really haven't gotten into a vampire story since Interview with a Vampire. Lost Boys ( too modern); Dracula: Dead and Loving it ( too campy). Then, I realized what made IWAV so appealing, I like Southern Gothic stories. When I first learned that the main character was named Sookie Stackhouse, I laughed and laughed. The characters are well-drawn and likable, and are like people you know in your own little town. The vampires are sexy and violent and each season has its own mystery. Highly recommended.
  • May 25, 2022
    Absolutely the worst writing, delivered by terrible acting. This is the cheesiest series I have ever witness. I really tried to give it an honest watch, however after season-1, episode-3 I couldn't take anymore. I stopped watching it as it is so bad I would go as far as to say painful. Not sure how is made is beyond that. To the network, writers and actors, 1 word... embarrassing
  • Mar 09, 2022
    HBO's pisstake of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mostly a hot mess with an awful script.
  • Feb 15, 2022
    A great beginning to a new series about vampires and a unique girl who can read minds is a *5* star beginning!!!!!
  • Oct 16, 2021
    This is a fun hyper sexual Vampire show whose strength is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Fun characters. Sexy actors. This show follows the love and life of Anna Pacquin's, Sookie Stackhouse, and her unusual place in the world between mortal and monster. While there are many great characters and actors the show is hers and she is good. The made up Louisiana town of Bon Ton is as much a character as any of the cast or players. The visuals are good. The music is great. This is a sexy roller coaster ride.
  • 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!

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