Abstinence? Sparkly skin? Baseball? The Twilight saga has certainly done its best to blunt the fangs of the modern
vampire. The first episode of True Blood, however, starts with a hand job, quickly moves on to inter-species sex and finishes with a vampire being drained of his
blood to be sold as a hardcore stimulant. Welcome to Bon Temps, Louisiana – a world away from Forks, Washington.
Adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, True Blood sees Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball continue his obsession with sex, death and the afterlife. Set in a
universe where vamps have “come out of the coffin” to co-exist with humans, the concept is bled dry. Anchored by a romance between ballsy waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and 170-year-old ‘fanger’ Bill (Stephen Moyer), True Blood dabbles in social allegory (the outcast vamps can represent whichever minority you like) and supernatural shenanigans. No stone is left unturned, no avenue unexplored – it’s fully realised from the start.
Sexy, scary and silly, it’s the best new show on the box bar none. Makes Twilight looks like Lazy Town.