True Blood: Season 1 Reviews

September 7, 2008
True Blood isn't meant to be an exercise in good taste. Just a romp and a wallow--and a bloody good one.
September 7, 2008
True Blood appears to be a creative experiment. Ball should at least be given the chance to prove further whether he can slay viewers with his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2008
True Blood is a show with plenty of bite.
September 7, 2008
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.
September 7, 2008
While the show is a trifle hokey, its soapy elements, gothic atmosphere and cliffhanger endings do reel viewers in, laying the groundwork for what may be the cultish, undemanding romp HBO needs to inject much-needed life into its lineup.
September 7, 2008
In Ball's droll, neo-gothic "True Blood," the vampire community isn't willing to roll over and accept our pity.
September 7, 2008
For now, I'm ready for more. Bring on the hot-tempered vampires!
September 7, 2008
The strong supporting cast can't make up for the central problems in "True Blood."
September 7, 2008
Not quite funny, not quite scary, not quite thought-provoking, the show's attempt to question the roots of prejudice is continually undermined by its own stereotyping.
September 7, 2008
It leavens fantasy romance and perverse Southern Gothic with the petty preoccupations of small-town life: "Dark Shadows" with a splash of Mayberry.
September 7, 2008
A campy attempt at Southern Gothic that too often passes over the truly macabre or grotesque for gratuitous sex and violence.
September 7, 2008
True Blood, with its constant profanity, gore and banal cruelty, will have a limited appeal. It might become appointment viewing for genre fans even as the rest of us steer clear of Bon Temps.
September 7, 2008
I'd say that the author is more vivid, subtle, and funny in her portrayal of Southern life; I'll be surprised if her fans aren't disappointed by this adaptation. The best thing about Ball's shows is their opening credits.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 7, 2008
Maybe what this Blood needs most is a transfusion.
September 7, 2008
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.
September 7, 2008
"True Blood" won't so much make your blood run cold as it will leave you cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 7, 2008
After watching five episodes, I can say True Blood stands out as one of the strongest new series in an uncertain fall.
September 7, 2008
For a network that has lost its way of late in series, Blood is a much-needed infusion of new, well, blood. Drink up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2008
Generally witty, always absorbing, and invariably violent.
September 7, 2008
It gives HBO an effortlessly entertaining potboiler about the allure of dangerous attraction after probably a few too many shows drearily dissecting broken relationships.