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 and to DStv's M-Net Series channel from Season 4. It also later aired on TopTV's Top One channel.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 5 premiered on M-Net Series on Friday 11 January 2013, at 22h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 12 episodes in the fifth 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.
Sneak Peek! True Blood
A killer night coming to M-Net Series
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.
Season 1 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 10 Feb 2009 | Finale: 28 Apr 2009 | Tuesdays, 21h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 10 Feb 2009 | Finale: 28 Apr 2009 | Tuesdays, 21h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 24 Oct 2010 | Finale: 9 Jan 2011 | Sundays, 21h00
Season 2 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 27 Oct 2009 | Finale: 16 Feb 2010 | Tuesdays, 22h00
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 27 Oct 2009 | Finale: 16 Feb 2010 | Tuesdays, 22h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 10 Apr 2011 | Finale: 26 Jun 2011 | Sundays, 21h00
Season 3 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 22 Oct 2010 | Finale: 7 Jan 2011 | Fridays, 22h00
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Jan 2011 | Finale: 26 Mar 2011 | Saturdays, 23h25
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 17 Jun 2012 | Finale: 2 Sep 2012 | Sundays, 21h30
Season 4 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 9 Sep 2011 | Finale: 25 Nov 2011 | Fridays, 22h30
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 6 Nov 2011 | Finale: 22 Jan 2012 | Sundays, 00h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 6 Nov 2011 | Finale: 22 Jan 2012 | Sundays, 00h30
Season 5 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 Jan 2013 | Finale: 29 Mar 2013 | Fridays, 22h30