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|No. of episodes||12|
|Original run||September 7, 2008 to November 23, 2008|
|DVD release||May 19, 2009|
Season 1 refers, collectively, to the 12 episodes that comprise the first season of the HBO original series True Blood. Debuting on Sunday, September 7, 2008 to a modest 1.44 million viewers, the series makes its initial appearance with its pilot episode, "Strange Love". The series continued to acquire followers, as episodes aired on subsequent Sundays, airing over a duration of a 78 day period. The series' first season came to an end on Sunday, November 23, 2008, airing to a viewership of 2.45 million viewers, with the episode "You'll Be the Death of Me". Ending in the anachronistic Hollywood stereotype of leaving the viewer in utter suspense, the chronicles of Sookie continue in the series' second season.
Loosely based on Dead Until Dark, the first book in the The Southern Vampire Mysteries collection, a series of books written by award winning American author Charlaine Harris, the series chronicle the story of Sookie Stackhouse, a young telepathic waitress living in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. As in the True Blood Season 1 written counterpart, Dead Until Dark, Sookie is led through a world possessing an ever increasingly large amount of supernatural occurrences that have been happening since vampires have "come out of the coffin", mainstreaming with their human counterparts, due to the advent of Tru Blood, a synthesized version of human blood, that vampires can easily purchase, thus assuring the public that vampires are now safe to be around, and that they are no longer a threat to the human race.
The series' first season received an American DVD release on May 19, 2009.
In the not-too-distant future, vampires have come out of the coffin. Mass-produced synthetic blood has allowed these oft-maligned creatures of the night to walk freely among us...no longer in need of a human fix. But can a young Louisiana waitress forge a love match with a vampire? HBO presents the thrilling first season of this drama series created by Alan Ball and based on the best-selling "Sookie Stackhouse" novels by Charlaine Harris. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humour, Season One introduces Sookie, a perky Louisiana waitress with telepathic gifts and an irresistible attraction to a 173-year-old bloodsucker named Bill Compton. Surrounded by colourful local folk, Sookie sets out to prove that humans and vampires cannot only co-exist - they can find something akin to true love.
|01||"Strange Love"||September 7, 2008|
|Two years after vampires have "come out of the coffin", the life of 25-year-old waitress Sookie Stackhouse is changed when 173-year-old Bill Compton walks into Merlotte's Bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Meanwhile, Sookie's friend Tara comes to work at Merlotte's while Sookie's tomcatting brother Jason finds himself on the wrong side of the law.|
|02||"The First Taste"||September 14, 2008|
|After saving Sookie from the Rattray's revenge, Bill uses his vampire blood to heal Sookie and it leaves her with some strange side effects. In return, Sookie invites him to her house for a get-to-know-you gathering with Jason, Tara and Gran. Jason is released from custody, having only been a person of interest in the murder investigation of Maudette. He continues his amorous ways with Dawn, discovering her to also have had encounters with a vampire. Tara expresses her interest in Jason, while the Rattrays are killed by an apparent freak tornado. Later, out looking for Bill, Sookie comes across strange vampires.|
|03||"Mine"||September 21, 2008|
|Bill must suddenly lay claim to Sookie in order to protect her from a cadre of his vampire acquaintances. At Merlotte's, Sam and Tara seek refuge from their respective problems, and Jason asks Lafayette for medicinal help. Dawn is found dead in her bed after an intimate encounter and falling-out with Jason.|
|04||"Escape from Dragon House"||September 28, 2008|
|When another Bon Temps resident is found murdered under suspicious circumstances, Jason is once again taken into custody and it is up to Sookie to uncover the identity of the real killer and clear her brother's name. Bill takes Sookie to the vampire bar Fangtasia, where she is introduced to Eric, a thousand-year-old Viking vampire and Bill's superior.|
|05||"Sparks Fly Out"||October 5, 2008|
|Spurned by an exasperated Sookie, Bill ends up winning over Adele's church audience with his vivid recollections from the Civil War, though Andy and Bud remain suspicious. Sam tries to make the most of his fading opportunity with Sookie, though she's clearly not ready to commit. Ignoring Tara's rebuff, Lafayette convinces Jason to give vampire blood, aka "V juice," another shot. Alone at home, Bill remembers the painful wartime incident that parted him from his beloved family and changed his fate forever.|
|06||"Cold Ground"||October 12, 2008|
|Numbed by tragedy, Sookie looks for refuge from the cacophony of her friends' and neighbors' inner voices. After lashing out at his sister and decking Andy, Jason wrestles with withdrawal symptoms from his V juice habit. Tara resists the overtures of her alcoholic mother Lettie Mae, who's trying to rid herself of a demon and needs her daughter's help (and money). Sam and Tara make a connection in their mutual search for "something real."|
|07||"Burning House of Love"||October 19, 2008|
|Sookie's painful childhood revelation about her Uncle Bartlett spurs Bill into vengeful action. Despite her skepticism, Tara agrees to pay for an exorcism to purge Lettie Mae of a demon. In search of V juice, Jason travels to Fangtasia, where he bonds with an adventurous young woman named Amy. A trio of rednecks decide to exact vigilante justice on a pack of vampires who crashed Merlotte's in search of their wayward mate Bill.|
|08||"The Fourth Man in the Fire"||October 26, 2008|
|Sookie tries to hold herself together in the wake of another possible tragedy. Tara is amazed by Lettie Mae's turnaround, and considers similar therapy for herself after lashing out at Sookie and Sam. Jason's new squeeze Amy charms the crowd at Merlotte's, but shows a darker side to Jason when their V juice well runs dry. René pops the question to Arlene while Sookie is baby-sitting her kids. Later, at Bill's request on behalf of Eric, Sookie agrees to use her gifts to help Eric, a powerful vampire sheriff, root out a thief at Fangtasia.|
|09||"Plaisir D'Amour"||November 2, 2008|
|Bill breaks a vampire taboo in saving Sookie from vampire Longshadow's attack, and must pay a steep price as a result. Jason and Amy break their own taboo by kidnapping a vampire named Eddie in order to harvest his blood. With Lettie Mae apparently cured, a skeptical Tara consults with Miss Jeanette about exorcising her own inner demon. Sookie returns home to yet another horrific tragedy, prompting Bill to enlist an unlikely bodyguard - Sam - to protect her while he's away.|
|10||"I Don't Wanna Know"||November 9, 2008|
|Caught in a compromising position, Sam shares a secret with an incredulous Sookie. Thinking she's been purged of her demon, Tara celebrates with Lettie Mae - but goes off the deep end when she uncovers Miss Jeanette's true intentions. Sookie has a disturbing revelation during Arlene and René's engagement party at Merlotte's. Jason and Amy debate what to do with Eddie. Tara speeds into a bizarre roadside encounter that lands her in jail. At a vampire tribunal to decide his fate, Bill faces a harsh penalty for his offense, but the magister decides on a more creative sentence involving a human teen named Jessica.|
|11||"To Love Is to Bury"||November 16, 2008|
|Bill fulfills the conditions of the tribunal's sentence, although he and Eric find that Jessica doesn't quite turn (out) as expected. Trying to solve the mystery behind her most recent vision, Sookie heads to a pie shop with Sam and later puts the squeeze on a philandering police officer to get info on a murder suspect. Jason helps clean up Amy's bloody mess, worrying about their future, but is unable to break away. Tara's anger over Lettie Mae's refusal to bail her out of jail is tempered when Maryann Forrester, a wealthy "social worker," comes to her rescue. Disgusted by the hypocrisy of a vamp-bashing state senator, Lafayette decides to pay him a warning visit on the campaign trail. In Bill's absence, a vulnerable Sookie finds comfort in Sam. A distraught, self-doubting Jason finds himself in hot water with Sheriff Bud and Detective Andy, again.|
|12||"You'll Be the Death of Me"||November 23, 2008|
|Sookie finds a link to the string of killings in Bon Temps - and is soon in the murderer's cross hairs again. Tara decides to make the most of her second chance with Maryann. Jason finds a new calling after anti-vampire zealot Orry visits him in jail. Bill tempts fate during his latest attempt to save Sookie. Sam is perturbed by a surprise encounter with an old acquaintance. Lafayette finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.|
- Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse (12 episodes)
- Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton (12 episodes)
- Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte (12 episodes)
- Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse (12 episodes)
- Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton (12 episodes)
- Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds (12 episodes)
- Chris Bauer as Detective Andy Bellefleur (11 episodes)
- Michael Raymond-James as René Lenier (11 episodes)
- Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur (10 episodes)
- Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry (9 episodes)
- Adina Porter as Lettie Mae Thornton (9 episodes)
- William Sanderson as Bud Dearborne (9 episodes)
- Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman (7 episodes)
- Lois Smith as Adele Hale Stackhouse (7 episodes)
- Lizzy Caplan as Amy Burley (6 episodes)
- Lynn Collins as Dawn Green (5 episodes)
- Stephen Root as Eddie Gauthier (3 episodes)
- Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur (8 episodes)
- Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford De Beaufort (7 episodes)
- John Billingsley as Mike Spencer (4 episodes)
- Alec Gray as Coby Fowler (4 episodes)
- Dale Raoul as Maxine Fortenberry (4 episodes)
- Laurel Weber as Lisa Fowler (4 episodes)
- Aisha Hinds as Miss Jeanette (4 episodes)
- Graham Shiels as Liam (4 episodes)
- Raoul Trujillo as Longshadow (4 episodes)
- Jeremy Denzlinger as Wayne (3 episodes)
- Andrew Rothenberg as Malcolm (3 episodes)
- Aunjanue Ellis as Diane (3 episodes)
- Kanin Howell as Chuck (3 episodes)
- Jessica Tuck as Nan Flanagan (3 episodes)
- Caleb Moody as Royce Williams (3 episodes)
- Michelle Forbes as Maryann Forrester (3 episodes)
- Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby (3 episodes)
- Avion Baker as Young Tara Thornton (2 episodes)
- Tara Buck as Ginger (2 episodes)
- Patrick Gallagher as Chow (2 episodes)
- Kevin McHale as Neil Jones (2 episodes)
- Labon Hester as Young Jason Stackhouse (2 episodes)
- Zenali Turner as Young Sookie Stackhouse (2 episodes)
- Cheyenne Wilbur as Bartlett Hale (2 episodes)
- Patricia Bethune as Jane Bodehouse (1 episode)
- Martin Spanjers as Young Sam Merlotte (1 episode)
- Tanya Wright as Deputy Kenya Jones (1 episode)
Special guest starringEdit
Differences between the Book and the Television seriesEdit
Season 1 of True Blood is loosely based on the book Dead Until Dark by American author Charlaine Harris, the first book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries. However, the TV show differs from the book in many ways. For one thing, the book is chick literature with romance, mystery and fantasy elements thrown in. The TV show reaches out to a more universal adult audience. In the book, Sookie Stackhouse is the sole protagonist. The television series has five main protagonists: Sookie Stackhouse, Jason Stackhouse, Sam Merlotte, Bill Compton and Tara Thornton. Below are some of the major changes between Season 1 of True Blood and Dead Until Dark.
- The pilot episode of the TV show shows a young frat boy and his girlfriend enter the Grabbit Kwik store in Bon Temps looking for Tru Blood. The shop assistant tricks them into thinking he's a vampire and laughs about it when they fall for his joke. However, the couple and the shop assistant are unaware that a vampire is actually in the store. He extracts his fangs, threatens to kill them if they make fun of vampires again, pays for his Tru Blood and leaves the store with a cheery "Have a good day!" No such event occurs in the book. This scene was added to the TV show as an introduction to television viewers on the premise of the series.
- In the books, Tara Thornton doesn't appear until the second novel in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Living Dead in Dallas. In Season 1 of the TV show, however, she is a major character. Lafayette Reynolds is also a major recurring character while he only had a minor role in the first book.
- Many of the characters in the TV show differ greatly from their counterparts in the books, both in physical appearance and personality. In the book; Sookie and Jason Stackhouse have blue eyes, Sam Merlotte has strawberry blond hair and in later books, Tara is a sophisticated, fashionable, mild mannered Caucasian. In the TV show, Sookie and Jason have brown eyes, Sam has grey hair and Tara is a brash, brutally honest, temperamental African-American. Also Lafayette in the book is very feminine, he is also feminine in the television series but is quite tough and fearsome alongside that, a quality not displayed in the book. Maxine Fortenberry is also nosy and uncaring on TV whereas in the book she appears to be a more gracious woman while her son Hoyt appears to be a more caring sweeter person on TV than he is in the book. Bill is also a warmer person on TV than he is in the book.
- In the book, Sookie appears to have very few friends apart from Bill, Sam, Lafayette and Arlene. In the TV show, Sookie has been close friends with Tara Thornton since she was six years old. In later books, Sookie and Tara were revealed to be best friends during high school but have tended to fall out of touch from time to time ever since. In the TV show, Sookie also has a closer relationship with Lafayette and Arlene. She is also on friendly terms with Dawn while in the books it is stated that Sookie and Dawn never got on well.
- In the book, Bubba the vampire is sent by Bill to look after Sookie while he attends business. In the TV show, Bubba doesn't appear and Bill asks Sam to guard her while he's away instead.
- In the book Hep D never appeared, Instead it was called Sino Aids which is a disease undetected by modern healthcare and can leave vampires helpless.
|True Blood Season 1|
|Season 2 >> • Season 3 >> • Season 4 >>|
|#01 "Strange Love"||#07 "Burning House of Love"|
|#02 "The First Taste"||#08 "The Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|#03 "Mine"||#09 "Plaisir D'Amour"|
|#04 "Escape from Dragon House"||#10 "I Don't Wanna Know"|
|#05 "Sparks Fly Out"||#11 "To Love Is to Bury"|
|#06 "Cold Ground"||#12 "You'll Be the Death of Me"|
|True Blood Season 1 Transcripts|
|Season 2 >> • Season 3 >> • Season 4 >>|
|#01 "Strange Love"||#07|
|#02 "The First Taste"||#08|
|#04 "Escape from Dragon House"||#10|
|#05 "Sparks Fly Out"||#11|