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Broadcaster: M-Net DStv StarSat 
Show Genre: Horror
Series Premiere: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Show Summary

True Blood is an American supernatural horror drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball and based on the Sookie Stackhouse series of novels by Charlaine Harris, which details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town.

The series centres on Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton.

The series premiered in the USA on HBO on 7 September, 2008.

True Blood premiered in South Africa on M-Net and DStv's M-Net HD channel on Tuesday 10 February 2009, at 21h30. It was moved to DStv's M-Net Action channel for the third season, to DStv's M-Net Series channel for Seasons 4 and 5 and to M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) for Season 6. It also later aired on TopTV's Top One channel and DStv's M-Net Series Zone (from Season 6).

See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 6 premiered on M-Net Series Zone on Monday 21 October 2013, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast from Mondays to Thursdays at the same time. There are 10 episodes in the sixth season.


Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight.

And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin."

Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out.

Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast.

"Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road.

But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill's arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.

A sexy, scary new drama from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, True Blood delves into the meticulously-crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris.

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Note: the first two seasons were simulcast on M-Net HD but not the third, although it was aired in HD on DStv on Demand. The fourth season simulcast on M-Net HD once again but Season 5 aired exclusively on M-Net Series, an SD channel. When the show moved to M-Net Series Showcase for Season 6, it was once again simulcast in HD.

Season 1 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 10 Feb 2009 | Finale: 28 Apr 2009 | Tue, 21h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 24 Oct 2010 | Finale: 9 Jan 2011 | Sun, 21h00

Season 2 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 27 Oct 2009 | Finale: 16 Feb 2010 | Tue, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 10 Apr 2011 | Finale: 26 Jun 2011 | Sun, 21h00

Season 3 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 22 Oct 2010 | Finale: 7 Jan 2011 | Fri, 22h00
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Jan 2011 | Finale: 26 Mar 2011 | Sat, 23h25
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 17 Jun 2012 | Finale: 2 Sep 2012 | Sun, 21h30

Season 4 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 9 Sep 2011 | Finale: 25 Nov 2011 | Fri, 22h30
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 6 Nov 2011 | Finale: 22 Jan 2012 | Sun, 00h30

Season 5 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 Jan 2013 | Finale: 29 Mar 2013 | Fri, 22h30

Season 6 (10 episodes)

Channel: MS Showcase | Premiere: 15 Jul 2013 | Finale: 16 Sep 2013 | Mon, 21h30
Channel: MS Zone | Premiere: 21 Oct 2013 | Finale: 5 Nov 2013 | Mon-Thu, 22h30

Main Cast

(For full cast and characters, click Seasons tab at top of page)
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer
Sam Trammell
Ryan Kwanten
Rutina Wesley
Chris Bauer
Nelsan Ellis
Jim Parrack
Carrie Preston
Michael Raymond-James
William Sanderson
Alexander Skarsgård
Lynn Collins
Lizzy Caplan
Lois Smith
Mehcad Brooks
Anna Camp
Michelle Forbes
Aisha Hinds
Mariana Klaveno
Todd Lowe
Michael McMillian
Adina Porter
Dale Raoul
Stephen Root
Deborah Ann Woll
Evan Rachel Wood
Marshall Allman
Denis O'Hare
Kevin Alejandro
Lindsay Pulsipher
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Lauren Bowles
Janina Gavankar
Fiona Shaw
Jessica Tuck
Joe Manganiello
Lucy Griffiths
Christopher Meloni
Valentina Cervi
Scott Foley
Rutger Hauer
Robert Patrick
Robert Kazinsky
Arliss Howard
Kelly Overton
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Amelia Rose Blaire
Luke Grimes
Bailey Noble
Karolina Wydra

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