A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22
All in all, it's not a bad first season for a TV series. Actually, I'm somewhat impressed with how well the show flows from one episode to the next despite it belonging to no single genre. What helps True Blood is its unusual flavor (no pun intended) combining Southern small town drama with dark comedy, mystery, horror, and large helping of sex. The show's wonderful opening sequence sums it up pretty well. You've got your civil rights allegory (vampirism as a parable for the social outsider), you've got your religious elements, you've got your drugs, you've got your violence, you've got your sex (a lot of it), and you've got your cast of quirky characters.
Where I haven't read the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris, it's hard for me to weigh in on whether True Blood is a successful adaptation of the books, but I will say that it does deliver a unique recipe. The problem with the show is that it sometimes puts too much emphasis on certain characters and not on others. For example, the main character Sookie Stackhouse (played to perfection by Anna Paquin) should be the main focus, and yet much of the time the series focuses on other characters such as Sookie's obnoxious, bed-hopping, idiot brother Jason.
Still, I can see the reason it's been a huge success. The series has all the appeal of a trashy prime time soap opera, only it deals with more mature and more fantastical subject matter.
What I hope for in the future is that there will be a little less gratuitous sex (because this first season has a ton of it) and a bit more background to the characters especially Sookie, Bill, and Tara.