Starting last Friday, in a goodwill gesture as people during the COVID-19 pandemic, HBO has unlocked almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free (without ads) for a limited time on HBO Now and HBO Go services without a subscription.
And – to my wife’s delight – the list of free programming includes every episode of True Blood.
Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball is behind this series adaptation of best-selling novels by Charlaine Harris. It follows a small-town Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse who already is viewed as an oddball by her friends and neighbors since she can read the minds of those around her. She doesn’t exactly help her reputation, though, when she falls for Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who has `come out of the coffin’ along with many of his undead comrades now that new synthetic blood has made it possible for vampires to survive without preying on humans. Still, the conservative locals aren’t wild about mortal-vampire liaisons, especially Sookie’s boss, Sam Merlotte, who carries a torch for her.
It stars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton, Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman, Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux, Rutger Hauer as Niall Brigant, Scott Foley as Patrick Devins, and Lizzy Caplan as Amy Burley.
The first season sports an 61% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: It’s unabashedly soapy and it occasionally wavers in its social commentary, but True Blood is a gory, sexy genre romp with a strong supporting cast.