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True Blood

Strange Love (Season 1, Episode 1)
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TV Episode | 58 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

In a society where humans and vampires co-exist, set in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse is a young woman who may have found a perfect boyfriend. Sookie is clairvoyant and constantly hears people's thoughts so it ...See moreIn a society where humans and vampires co-exist, set in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse is a young woman who may have found a perfect boyfriend. Sookie is clairvoyant and constantly hears people's thoughts so it makes dating a bit difficult since she tries to keep her ability a secret. When 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton walks into the Merlotte's Bar & Grill where she works as a waitress, she realizes that she can't "hear" what he's thinking, thus giving away his origins since she can't hear the thoughts of those whom are technically dead. Vampires "came out of the coffin" two years ago when the Japanese invented Tru Blood, a synthetic blood substitute. Sookie rescues Bill when a couple of lowlife rednecks, the Rattrays, try to steal his blood to sell on the black market, but she may have a price to pay for interfering. Meanwhile, Sookie's older brother, Jason, is a smooth-talking hustler and lothario who works part-time with a construction crew, and who gets arrested after a local woman that he had a one-night stand with is found strangled. Tara Thornton is Sookie's ill-tempered best friend whom finds her bad-boy brother irresistible. Sam Merlotte is the owner of Merlotte's Bar, who keeps his romantic feelings for Sookie to himself. Lafayette Reynolds is Tara's flamboyant gay cousin and the short-order cook at Merlotte's as well as Jason's co-worker at his construction day job who has more to offer than his gourmet foods. Arlene Fowler is a middle-aged divorcée and another of Sookie's friends and co-workers at Merlotte's looking for a new husband to help raise her two children. Andy Bellefleur is the local police detective working with the collaboration of the town sheriff, Bud Dearborn, whom thinks the town may have a killer in their midst as they investigate the strangulation case. Written by garykmcd See less
Director
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Alan Ball (creator) | Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
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Libby Goldstein | Junie Lowry-Johnson (as Junie Lowry Johnson)
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Status
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Updated Sep 7, 2008

Release date
Sep 7, 2008 (United States)

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36 cast members
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Anna Paquin
Sookie Stackhouse Sookie Stackhouse   See fewer
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Stephen Moyer
Bill Compton Bill Compton   See fewer
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Sam Trammell
Sam Merlotte Sam Merlotte   See fewer
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Ryan Kwanten
Jason Stackhouse Jason Stackhouse   See fewer
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Rutina Wesley
Tara Thornton Tara Thornton   See fewer
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Chris Bauer
Andy Bellefleur Andy Bellefleur   See fewer
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Nelsan Ellis
Lafayette Reynolds Lafayette Reynolds   See fewer
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Jim Parrack
Hoyt Fortenberry Hoyt Fortenberry   See fewer
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Carrie Preston
Arlene Fowler Arlene Fowler   See fewer
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Michael Raymond-James
Rene Lenier Rene Lenier   See fewer
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William Sanderson
Sheriff Bud Dearborne Sheriff Bud Dearborne   See fewer
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Lynn Collins
Dawn Green Dawn Green   See fewer
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Lois Smith
Adele Stackhouse Adele Stackhouse   See fewer
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James Parks
Mack Rattray Mack Rattray   See fewer
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Karina Logue
Denise Rattray Denise Rattray   See fewer
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Danielle Sapia
Maudette Pickens Maudette Pickens   See fewer
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Josh Kelly
Frat Boy Frat Boy   See fewer
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Jessica Stroup
Sorority Girl Sorority Girl   See fewer
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Lorna Scott
Sav-A-Bunch Shopper Sav-A-Bunch Shopper   See fewer
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Jessica Tuck
Nan Flanagan Nan Flanagan   See fewer
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Bill Maher
Bill Maher Bill Maher   See fewer
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P.J. O'Rourke
P.J. O'Rourke P.J. O'Rourke   See fewer
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Lorin McCraley
GrabbitQuik Clerk GrabbitQuik Clerk   See fewer
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John Henry Canavan
Good Old Boy Vampire (as John Henry) Good Old Boy Vampire (as John Henry)   See fewer
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John F. Schaffer
Sav-a-Bunch Manager Sav-a-Bunch Manager   See fewer
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Larry Udy
Man at Bar Man at Bar   See fewer
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David Lewis
Teenage Customer Teenage Customer   See fewer
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Brendan Patrick Connor
Man with Beer Man with Beer   See fewer
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Jennifer Hasty
Woman with Fries Woman with Fries   See fewer
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Adalia Braydon
Pretty Girl (uncredited) Pretty Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alan Gray
Papa (uncredited) Papa (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Kobus
Man at Bar (uncredited) Man at Bar (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gregg Lee
Pool Player (uncredited) Pool Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Deborah Rombaut
Merlot's Patron (uncredited) Merlot's Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Retson Ross
Kicks Vampire (uncredited) Kicks Vampire (uncredited)   See fewer
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8 / 10 | 2,753 votes