True Blood is an American television drama series, which premiered on HBO on September 7, 2008. Created by Alan Ball, the series is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries (also known as The Sookie Stackhouse novels) by Charlaine Harris.
The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress who is living in the rural town of Bon Temps, Louisiana two years after the invention of a synthetic blood called Tru Blood that has allowed vampires to “come out of the coffin” and allow their presence to be known to mankind. Now they are struggling for equal rights and assimilation, while anti-vampire organizations begin to gain power. Sookie’s world is turned upside down when she falls in love with 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and for the first time must navigate the trials, tribulations and terrors of intimacy and relationships. Other characters include Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Sookie’s tough-talking best friend, her womanizing brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and her shape-shifting boss Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). True Blood follows a serialized format, with every episode ending on a cliffhanger that leads directly into the next. Episode titles are taken from the name of a song that appears on the soundtrack of that episode.
As of July 10 2011, 42 episodes of True Blood have aired.