- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
- Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Mehcad Brooks, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Michelle Forbes, Todd Lowe, Michael McMillian, Jim Parrack, Adina Porter, Carrie Preston, Michael Raymond James, William Sanderson, Deborah Ann Woll, with, Lynn Collins, Lizzy Caplan, and, Lois Smith, Stephen Root
Following the creation of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte’s in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifterâ€”though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and over the first season, the two become romantically involved.
The main mystery of the first season concerns the murders of women connected to Sookie’s brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). First Maudette Pickens, then Dawn Green, and Amy Burley, are all strangled shortly after having intercourse with Jason. Though the town sheriff suspects Jason is the killer, Jason and Sookie’s grandmother is murdered shortly afterwards. At the end of the season it is revealed that Arlene Fowler’s fiancee Rene Lenier is actually Drew Marshall with a fake Cajun accent, who has been killing women he considers vampire lovers.
In addition to the murders, the first season concentrates on Sookie’s relationship with Bill, and Sam’s relationship with Sookie’s friend, Tara. Bill explains the rules of being a vampire to Sookie and, after he finds himself killing a vampire to defend Sookie, he is forced to sire a young girl, Jessica, as punishment. In the last episode of the season, the new vampire is left with Bill. After Maudette and Dawn’s murders, Jason becomes addicted to vampire blood, “v-juice”, and has a short relationship with another addict, Amy, which ends when she is murdered by Drew. At the end of season one, Jason joins the anti-vampire movement Fellowship of the Sun and seems to be clean.
The second season has several overlapping plots. Lafayette is imprisoned by Eric, Jason joins the anti-vampire Church of the Fellowship of the Sun, and Maryann causes mayhem in Bon Temps. Meanwhile, Jessica inadvertently causes conflict between Sookie and Bill.