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Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
The show really took a long time to grow on me. Then my feelings about it kept changing. It went from disliking it, loving it, feeling blah about it, and this is kinda dumb. By the 7th season I'm back to loving it. It may start off a tad bit slow but it gets more interesting as the characters develop. There are a few characters/actors in this show that really draw you in and is seriously what makes the show. First place, hands down, goes to the actress who plays Eric's progeny Pam. Then it's a tie between several others. Love the characters Lafayette, Jessica, Eric, Arlene, and Alcide. There's probably some more, but these are the ones which stand out. If you're thinking about watching this show be prepared for a lot of fantasy type topics. It's not just about vampires. There are werewolves, fairies, shape shifters, witchcraft and black magic. A bit unrealistic, but nevertheless you won't be bored. It's HBO so you know there will be your fair share of violence, nudity, sex, blood, and gore. The blood and gore isn't over the top though.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
True Blood aired for seven seasons from 2008 to 2014. It was based on the Southern Vampires Mystery novels by Charlaine Harris. The series revolves around telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and is set in backwoods Louisiana. The basic premise is that with the introduction of a synthetic blood beverage, vampires can now come out of the coffin and mingle with humanity. Just like in Twilight, Sookie is forever having to choose between her various male suitors.
PROS: It is campy good fun! Storylines are interesting. Acting is excellent. When Alexander Skarsgård shows up as brooding Eric Northman, things really get good.
CONS: Gore level is very high.
You should also be aware that the sex is very graphic.
Good take on the vampire genre; much better than what's available on commercial TV. A lot of interesting and varied characters and, of course, a lot more supernatural creatures than just vampires.
The gist: "Tru Blood" is a synthetic blood that allows vampires to not have to feed on humans; after it's release, vampires "come out" and try to integrate with society at large. In the first season, "Bill the vampire" comes back to the town he lived in during the Civil War era to claim his now unoccupied home (his last descendant has passed); the house is conveniently near the home of Sookie Stackhouse (the main character, and the name of the books the show is based on).
We get a glimpse of vampire laws and hierarchies, along with the typically human nature of vampires who don't want to integrate; there are politics of "equality" that parallel some real present day movements (marriage between vampire and human, for example); intolerance on both sides, and of course, a lot of sneaky, underhanded actions by characters with dubious intentions.
Drug use is also one of the main themes, with humans taking "V" (vampire blood) for the rush it gives them: heightened sex drive, shared visions and experiences - it's different depending on user and vampire the blood came from.
A lot of death, a lot of sex, a lot of very funny moments - my wife and I really enjoy it.
I heard all the audio books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Author Charlaine Harris did a wonderful job with Sookie. At first, I had a bit of adjustment to make, because the story line leaves the printed books. They took a left turn from the path, and never looked back. I gave True Blood a chance, and found it very entertaining. Somehow, True Blood stays true to the characters, if not so much to the story line. I recommend the entire series to anyone who likes dark comedy, light horror, quirky characters, and a healthy dose of sexy situations. Not for children. I also highly recommend the books, by Charlain Harris
Pilot season: As a southerner, a lot of elements are spot on-small town living, bible thumping hypocrites, everyone in town knows everyone etc. It was interesting & refreshing to see how racism was mainly focused on human race vs the supernaturals & not skin color (for the most part).I loved that the narration didn't tell us what was going on like most tv shows. You kinda have no clue what's gonna happen next & that's the best part!
5.0 out of 5 starsE tutto ebbe inizio da qui... True Blood (DVD)
Reviewed in Italy on August 12, 2014
E tutto ebbe inizio da qui... Se adorate lo stile horror con elementi di fantasia e non disdegnate un po' di splatter direi che True Blood ha tutto, ma proprio tutto per piacervi. Amo le storie di vampiri e non potevo non vedere questa serie tv. Pathos per 55 minuti circa di ogni episodio: quando ti rilassi un attimo ecco che succede immancabilmente qualcosa e... scorreranno fiumi di sangue: il True Blood. Bella qualità, schermo panoramico, menù semplicissimio da usare. Ci sono stagioni che intrigano di più ma, tutte, proprio tutte, vale la pena di vederle.
Dimenticatevi il Dracula di Stoker e anche i romantici vampiri di Twilight. Questa serie mostra vampiri terribilmente sexy, temuti e desiderati. Il canovaccio è una storiella un po' banale ma non è questo che ci cattura, la fragilità degli umani di fronte a ciò che non conoscono, alla tentazione del misurarsi con una dimensione superiore è il perno che tiene incollati a questa prima stagione. Ho letto critiche tremende sui giornali su questa serie, in realtà ci troviamo di fronte a una serie tv molto tamarra e slasher ma ironica, con trovate geniale, capace di mischiare i generi. Penso che a Jess Franco sarebbe molto piaciuta, non fosse altro perché molte scene sembrano da lui ispirate. Io do un voto eccellente per la creatività, l'originalitàe il divertimento