Since Twilight became an international best seller and a major motion picture series, people have come to associate the word “Vampire” with the Twilight franchise, but even before then vampire’s were a HUGE part of pop culture, from Bela Lugosi as “Dracula” in the 1930’s, to Anne Rice’s “Interview With a Vampire” book series to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” which ran on the WB (and later on the UPN from 1996 to 2003). Now though, there are more shows, books, movies, and magazine articles than ever before and some give credit to Twilight, while others give credit to the CW’s series “The Vampire Diaries” or the SyFy series “Being Human”. These are the cute, sometimes off putting shows that the people of America have been watching to feed their craving for “Vampires”. But there’s also another, more grown up series, that this writer considers the ULTIMATE in vampire entertainment.

On September 7th, 2008, HBO aired it’s sexiest and most addicting television series to date. Alan Ball, creator of “Six Feet Under”, turned a simple, seductive southern vampire mystery book series by author Charlaine Harris into a massive hit show. The name of this show? True Blood.

”True Blood” tells the story of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, who lives everyday with the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her. Vampires have “come out of the coffin” and made their existence known to the world, someone is murdering people at Merlotte’s (her place of business), and Sookie is dealing with all of it while trying to maintain a relationship with a vampire named “Bill”.

The show, in all honesty, plays out like a very adult soap opera, with drama, romance, gore, bad language, worse behavior, and death. There’s the exceedingly attractive vampires you would expect from a vampire show, (i.e. Eric Northman, a tall, blond and extremely handsome one thousand year old vampire) and there are your unattractive vampires (i.e. Eddy, a somewhat balding, over weight homosexual vampire who trades his blood for sex). There are drugs, mainly the introduction of a drug known as “V”.

While the show is ultimately a vampire show, it is not only that. There are werewolves, shape shifters, telepaths, a maenad, and even fairies…. yes, I said it. FAIRIES.

While this show is most DEFFINATELY not a show meant for children, it is a show that desearves more than a second and third glance. The characters are emotionally investable, the writing is clever and the actors are HOT HOT HOT.