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Season One of True Blood premiered on HBO on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 at 10:00 pm. The season lasted twelve episodes with the finale airing on November 23rd, 2008. True Blood is based on the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" series of vampire novels by author Charlaine Harris. This season adapts the first book in the series, Dead Until Dark. The setting for the show is the fictional town of Bon Temps in Renard Parish, Louisiana. The title takes it's name from Tru-Blood - a synthetic blood substitute that enables vampires to sustain themselves without having to feed off of humans. As vampires are viably no longer a threat to humanity, they choose to "come out of the coffin", revealing their existence to the world. Not all vampires are satisfied with this Great Revelation however and prefer to maintain their centuries-long traditions.

The main character of the series is Sookie Stackhouse, a twentysomething waitress who lives with her grandmother and works at Merlotte's Bar & Grill. One evening at work, she meets a vampire named Bill Compton and the two engage in an old-fashioned, albeit strange, courtship. Someone however, does not care for the idea of fraternization between humans and vampires as a serial killer begins targeting female vampire groupers, or, fangbangers.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

# Title Airdate Director Writer
1x1 Strange Love September 7th, 2008 Alan Ball Alan Ball
1x2 The First Taste September 14th, 2008 Scott Winant Alan Ball
1x3 Mine September 21st, 2008 John Dahl Alan Ball
1x4 Escape from Dragon House September 28th, 2008 Michael Lehmann Brian Buckner
1x5 Sparks Fly Out October 5th, 2008 Daniel Minahan Alexander Woo
1x6 Cold Ground October 12th, 2008 Nick Gomez Raelle Tucker
1x7 Burning House of Love October 19th, 2008 Marcos Siega Chris Offutt
1x8 The Fourth Man in the Fire October 26th, 2008 Michael Lehmann Alexander Woo
1x9 Plaisir d'amour November 2nd, 2008 Anthony M. Hemingway Brian Buckner
1x10 I Don't Wanna Know November 9th, 2008 Scott Winant Chris Offutt
1x11 To Love Is to Bury November 16th, 2008 Nancy Oliver Nancy Oliver
1x12 You'll Be the Death of Me November 23rd, 2008 Alan Ball Raelle Tucker

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal cast[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
Anna Paquin Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer Bill Compton
Sam Trammell Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley Tara Thornton
Chris Bauer Andy Bellefleur
Nelsan Ellis Lafayette Reynolds
Jim Parrack Hoyt Fortenberry
Carrie Preston Arlene Fowler
Michael Raymond-James Rene Lenier
William Sanderson Bud Dearborne
Lynn Collins Dawn Green
Lois Smith Adele Stackhouse

Guest stars[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
James Parks Mack Rattray
Karina Logue Denise Rattray
Danielle Sapia Maudette Pickens
Andrew Rothenberg Malcolm Beaumarchais
Aunjanue Ellis Diane Hardwicke
Graham Shiels Liam McKnight

Minor roles[edit | edit source]

Actor Role
John Henry Canavan Wayne Bosen
Lorin McCraley Grabbit Kwik clerk
Patricia Bethune Jane Bodehouse
Roberta Orlandi Janella Lennox

Crew[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

Directors[edit | edit source]

Writers[edit | edit source]

Home video[edit | edit source]

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