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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 7, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 158 Ratings

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  • Summary: The return of presumed dead vampire leads the Vampire Authority to pay a visit to Bill and Eric.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 8, 2012
    They've added a new element that makes it something I can finally (I'm sorry) sink my teeth into. They've added politics as blood sport.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 6, 2012
    A densely packed, well-paced gothic horror soap with surprisingly funny twists placed at the worst.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 7, 2012
    Summer TV at its witty, riveting best.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 5, 2012
    The show is still crazily entertaining. [11 Jun 2012, p.41]
  5. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jun 8, 2012
    While politics come into play later, it is human emotions such as grief, regret and loss that fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into at the start of the season.
  6. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 8, 2012
    It's with much appreciation that I report that Season 5 of True Blood is not about the introduction of any new magical creatures (though the fairies are up to some B-story shenanigans), but the long-discussed Authority, the seven-member governing body of all vampires everywhere.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 11, 2012
    The first four episodes of Season 5 find True Blood at its most directionless and meandering.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. Jun 11, 2012
    Great first episode, opening new story lines and solving past ones, this could be one the best seasons yet love the new characters and I cant wait for the rest of the season Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    A very enjoyable first episode, a lot of story arcs were set up for this season and I can't wait to see them fleshed out. Some story arcs were a bit weaker (Steve Newlin, what the hell?) than others, but I'm sure they will be explained and unfold nicely. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2012
    Season 5 is far better than season 4 and is one of my favourite seasons yet. Though their were too much story lines to follow, this season was jaw-dropping, action packed and contained some of the best episodes in the series! I can't wait for Season 6 Expand
  4. Oct 19, 2013
    this whole season was as bad as the fourth season was, but this season had a good ending that I did not give up yet of true blood despite being bad and annoyng. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2012
    After watching this whole season disappointedly, I kind of regret spending my time on it. I enjoy the books and this storyline is getting way away from the books. There are too many irrelevant characters creating too many different stories that don't make much sense at all. Religion and politics? No thanks, lets enjoy the guilty pleasure for what it is - a vampire romance. Haha. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2012
    This Show is based off a really good series of books. Season one was fantastic in sticking to the storyline. Now 4 seasons later in season 5 i use the therm "based" loosely. The Series has strayed from the original storyline and flew off in it's own direction. I'm NOT happy about it and don't wish to continue watching something that has gone so far from the original story. If you have seen the show but not read the books, don't read past book one. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am so tired of all those story lines that is never connected in anyway and that dam lock-down is driving my nuts. I love the books and the fact that the characters stays in the same storyline and that it actually follows true to a great ending but this series it has become one of the most annoying one I have ever seen. HBO easily create beautiful thing but this is just pitiful Expand

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