By Ken Tucker
Updated May 19, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

This was the season True Blood not only took off as a TV series that found the perfect balance between terror and comedy, satire and adventure, romance and S&M, but also became a pop culture sensation, probably HBO’s biggest phenomenon since The Sopranos. Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) contend with the supernatural shenanigans of Maryann (the marvelous Michelle Forbes); Jason (Ryan Kwanten) joins and rips through a religious sect; and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) goes through hell. Watching it all one disc after another is better, in my humble opinion, than reading a slew of Charlaine Harris’ novels. Not so good are the EXTRAS, which offer a paucity of episode commentaries (only one includes series creator Alan Ball), none of them especially illuminating, and a couple of so-so comic features on vampire life. But seeing the saga on DVD will leave you thirsty for the new season in June. A?

Episode Recaps

True Blood

Sookie, Bill, Eric, Lafayette, Sam and the other residents Bon Temps deal with vampires, werewolves, fairies, and shape-shifters—not to mention romance and drama

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