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on 16 December 2013
Totally addictive, sexy and funny HBO show, created by Alan Ball (based on a book series by Charlaine Harris), which will run to a roller-coaster of 7 seasons in all. The creation of synthetic Tru Blood means that vampires are no longer forced to conceal their existence and prey on humans, they can now 'come out' of the coffin. Of course this means they promptly become a 'minority' population (albeit a very powerful and scary one with ruthless politics all of its own) and, to the horror of many, make an instant demand for equal rights. All of this revolves around the endearing central love story of the quirky outsider waitress and the vampire with the tortured soul.

Small Louisiana town telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar winner, Anna Paquin) falls hard and fast for dark, handsome, stranger and supernatural soulmate Bill Compton (English actor and director, Stephen Moyer) who just happens to be the vamp returning to his ancestral home next door. The smoking hot chemistry which ensues between these two characters developed into a real life romance and marriage for the actors.

The first season introduces us to a whole host of other wonderful characters human and mysterious magical creatures alike who inhabit Bon Temps and its environs: Sookie's loving grandmother Adele (Lois Smith); her loveable horndog himbo brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten); her boss Sam who harbours a huge crush (Sam Trammell); her feisty beautiful best friend (Rutina Wesley); co-workers at the bar, the fabulous gay cook Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and bigoted redhead waitress Arlene (Carrie Preston); the mysterious and menacing viking vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and his acerbic progeny (Pam); hopeless local law enforcement Detective Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Sheriff Dearborne (William Sanderson). Other notable characters are Bill's maker Lorena (Mariana Klaveno); his baby vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) Tara's alcoholic mother (Adina Porter); Arlene's Cajun drawling beau (Michael Raymond-James); local good boy Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and his hilarious overbearing momma Maxine (Dale Raoul).

Each True Blood episode cleverly examines issues of everyday life under the guise of the townsfolk struggling with the arrival of the supernatural and, in Season 1, mysterious serial killings of local women. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger which, if you become hooked, may find you bingeing a whole season in one sitting and then craving the next. You have been warned!
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on 26 September 2016
An intriguing series that was HBO's most successful before GoT came along and I can see why. The Pilot episode showcases some great characters and hones into the guts of the story. (I ave read the book.) The series seems to opt for quite a close adaptation of the stories and the actors seem well cast and apt at handling what could otherwise be quite a cringeworthy story.
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on 18 August 2015
Really enjoyed the first season, so much so I've watched it twice. An exciting world has been created with the inclusion of vampires which have been living in the dark for years but recently have come out so they can live among people. Synthetic blood by the name of True Blood has helped them to do this. There are other things going on that don't make much sense but all is explained as the show progresses. Characters have depth, history and interesting dialog.
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on 19 September 2011
If you are considering buying this DVD, you probably know what the TV show is about.
Very briefly, the plot is about the life of Sookie, a waitress in Louisiana, who is a mind reader and falls in love with a vampire. The series is based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.
On a personal note, I really did not like the fangs of these vampires, and this was the reason that I avoided watching the series for a couple of years. I only started really getting into True Blood when the 3rd season aired. Better late than never, I suppose! True Blood is now one of my all time favourite TV shows.

The rest of this review is exclusively about the DVDs and more specifically the special features. For the audio commentaries, I am also providing a (very subjective) rating.

The good:
The quality of the DVDs is excellent. There are lot of languages and subtitles.

The bad:
I was disappointed because season 1 DVDs don't have a lot of special features.

List of special features:

True Blood Season 1 Disc 1
- Audio Commentaries:
Episode 1 - Alan Ball - *****
Lots of information here! It's always fun to listen to Alan Ball 's comments. He has a good sense of humour and listening to the comments of the creator of the show is about as good as it gets for a fan. Alan gives a lot of general info on soundtrack etc, but also gets into the details of a lot of scenes.
Episode 2 - Anna Paquin and Scott Winant - *****
Anna and Scott share a lot of titbits from the shooting. Fun and engaging commentary.

True Blood Season 1 Disc 2
- Audio Commentaries:
Episode 4 - Brian Buckner and Michael Lehmann - ***
Some interesting points on writing and shooting the episode. Fun to hear what Eric and Pam were saying in Swedish. Overall not a very memorable commentary though.

True Blood Season 1 Disc 3
- Audio Commentaries:
Episode 5 - Stephen Moyer and Dan Minahan - ****
Stephen Moyer is always fun to listen to. Interesting commentary from both Stephen and Dan.
Episode 7 - Marcos Siega - ***
Marcos analyzes some scenes explaining what was the underlying intention. Quite interesting to hear how most of it was very successfully transmitted to the viewer. Generally, I prefer commentaries of two or more people, but I enjoyed getting into the scenes from the director's point of view.

True Blood Season 1 Disc 4
None

True Blood Season 1 Disc 5
- Mockumentary: Vampires of America
- Audio Commentaries:
Episode 11 - Nancy Oliver - *** Nancy wrote and directed this episode, so I expected her commentary to be very insightful. Regrettably, I found it a bit boring. It felt as though she either did not analyze a scene enough, or as if she was talking about one thing while I was more interested in another part of the scene.
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on 28 January 2013
Having being a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, someone recommended this to me as "it's like Buffy but more adult". They were right. There is quite a lot of sexual content, nudity and violence (I guess, as you would expect with Vampires!) so the 18 rated label is definitely appropriate, however I am completely hooked! There are some great story lines, some big laugh out loud moments (as some of the characters e.g. Jason Stackhouse and Lafayette are hilarious!) and it always ends on a cliffhanger so you can't wait for the next one. Having watched season 1 on DVD, I was lucky enough to find the following seasons on Sky so am now up to Season 3. The only down side is I can't wait for the next one! If you like Vampires you'll love True Blood.
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on 25 November 2014
My all time favourite series. Makes the world of Vampires , faeries and (in later seasons) Shape Shifters and Werewolves totally s believable and drag you in . . . and you want to stay there . . .

The film script sticks pretty close to the boos (as the author , ~Charlaine Harris, collaborated with the producers) for the first few seasons - which I found refreshing/
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An amazing array of Characters - all brilliantly cast - suspense, discoveries, sexual tension and plenty of humour (ALL types).

I will sorely miss this series and although I can't wait to watch the last season - I almost want to treasure the waiting for it . . .
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on 13 April 2013
As I love the various creators previous works I had high hopes for this ( "Six feet under" blew me away ; how can a show about a funeral home be so much fun and full of heart, and " American Beauty" is still one of my all time fav black comedy movies )

So I was fair perplexed to find myself becoming progressively bored as the (Beautifully shot) episodes go on, maybe it picks up after season one but this did nothing for me, sorry to all the fans out there.
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on 10 June 2016
True Blood is the zenith of the Vampire genre for TV. Yes it got a little silly by the end of the final season but this first season and subsequent five of the six that follow are top draw! Season one sets out the stall for a very enjoyable introduction to the main characters. Firstly True Blood is beautifully shot. It is well written, well cast and above all original!! Its sexy, sassy and has just the right amount of gore and black humour to keep horror fans coming back for more - Well done HBO!
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on 15 March 2018
It's dark and funny. Better than Vampire Diaries in my opinion. Great acting.
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on 21 July 2017
Great! Really enjoyed watching, thier is so much going on in it! Its impossible to get bored. Love the modern take on vampires.
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