10 Reasons I’m Not Ashamed to Love True Blood

True Blood is by no means a perfect show, and it does have a history of starting strong and fizzling out at the end of a given season, but it’s still one I enjoy and think doesn’t get enough respect. To that end, here are 10 reasons I’ve stuck with the show and think you should check it out.

  1. It’s well made. From cinematography to costumes to stunts, this is a well produced show. It looks gorgeous and Bon Temps, the town at the center of the show, feels lived in and complete.

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  1. It takes risks. Sure, not every risk pays off, and the end result can be a bit scattershot, but True Blood commits to storylines and doesn’t pull any punches.

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  1. It rocks the cliffhanger. Almost every episode ends on one hell of a cliffhanger, leaving the viewer breathless to come back next week. Not everyone likes this style, but I’ve always been a fan, from Classic Who, to Alias, to True Blood.

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  1. It’s Gender Equal. Both men and women are strong, both men and women are damsels in need of rescue. It’s one of the most balanced shows on television in this way; it’s also one of the more gay-friendly, with dynamic straight, gay, and bi characters who avoid caricature.

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  1. Its protagonist is just as interesting as its side characters. It’s surprising how often the lead character of a show, particularly a genre show, is one of my least favorite characters. Often the lead ends up saddled with plot, wracked with drama, or acts as a foil for the more colorful side characters, making him/her a drag to watch (Buffy, Lost, HIMYM). Not so with True Blood- Sookie is smart, resourceful, and certainly not one to whine.

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  1. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Dramas, particularly those with genre elements, can easily fall in love with their seriousness, even if only for an episode or two. True Blood keeps its tongue planted firmly in cheek and maintains a certain perspective about itself.

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  1. It has a great guest cast. Sure, the main cast is strong, but the guest cast is just as good, if not better. Previous guest stars include Stephen Root (Office Space, NewsRadio), Michelle Forbes (BSG, The Killing), and Denis O’Hare (Michael Clayton, Milk), and this season we’ve already seen Gary Cole (Office Space, Talladega Nights) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, Tree of Life).

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  1. It’s not chained to its source material. Like Dexter, and unlike other series (Game of Thrones comes to mind), True Blood is a separate entity from its source material. It draws inspiration from the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but diverges from them when the need arises and allows the writers more creative freedom. This means that fans of the books don’t necessarily know what’s coming and people who haven’t read the books (like myself) don’t need to worry about being spoiled by accident, either online or when perusing the shelves at bookstores.

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  1. It has great music. Each episode is named after a song featured either in the episode or played over the credits. The music selections are great and give the show a very different character and tone to other shows out there.

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  1. It’s fun. After a long day or even just a mini-marathon of more intense viewing (Breaking Bad comes to mind), it’s nice to watch something fun. It’s popcorn- light, addictive, and, if you don’t slather it in butter (or, in this case, over-scrutinize it), a pretty healthy snack, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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Kate Kulzick

By Kate Kulzick

Kate is a violinist by day, TV-aholic by night, and film geek by somewhere around dawn. While attending UIUC, she earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance and a Schrute Buck in a Pop Culture Trivia Contest; of the two, so far only the latter has hung on her wall. Her favorite movies are The Princess Bride, Casablanca, and The Third Man and her favorite TV shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, and Arrested Development.

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5 Responses to 10 Reasons I’m Not Ashamed to Love True Blood

  1. Anonymous March 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

    TRUE BLOOD…. what a piece of shit.it was unique and fun at first but since that whole fairy ,were panther crap it isnt a show anyone its like a bad dream thats gone on too long.and the worst part is sookie,shes so bad she makes Bill crap.thank God for Eric,pam,jason and jessica or i would have killed Alan Ball for making this series

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  2. Rebecca February 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Great review! I feel the exact same way about this how. It is my guilty pleasure, and trust me, I don’t have many! One thing, though, you really really really should read the books. They are great!!!

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  3. Lisa July 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Great review! I agree with all except I find Sookie a whiner – especially to Bill.

    I like what you said about Gays -they are not depicted as the normal run of the mill gay character – I mean Laf can fight!

    I love me Bill Compton and hope in S5 he is no longer the tortured soul. That is wearing a bit thin amongst his followers. Glad he is no longer with Sookie. She and Eric suit each other but I think they would have trouble working out who loves themselves more or who is the most selfish! lol!

    Long Live True Blood!

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  4. Kate Kulzick July 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Hey, M.T.-

    Thanks for the compliment! I’ll be writing reviews for the rest of the episodes this season. Please post your thoughts week to week! It’d be great to break down the episodes with another TrueBlood fan.

    Kate

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  5. M.T. Franklin July 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I am a TrueBlood supporter, and very interested in what you had to say.
    I found your list to be very well written and enjoyed your references.
    Leaving the viewer breathless at the end of each show- that’s for certain!
    I also liked what you had to say about sexuality of the characters.
    Do you write “reviews” of TrueBlood? I’d definitely read them!
    Great Job!

    M.T. Franklin

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