Air Dates: September 7, 2008 - Present
Network: HBO
Best Episode: "I Will Rise Up" (August 16, 2009)

Since the days of Bram Stoker, vampires have always been horror's sexiest monsters. It's all in their manner of attack: biting a person's neck, sucking their blood in a way that'd leave a major hickey if not for the fangs. True Blood, the HBO hit based on author Charlaine Harris' The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series, is the ultimate realization of that bloodlust.

Set in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the Alan Ball-created guilty pleasure posits a world where vamps are integrated into society and their special blood is used as an aphrodisiac—“fang-banging” is considered to be the kinkiest of sexual predilections.

Though they're more about sex than violence, the undead on True Blood aren't totally immune to scaring audiences. Imagine if some creature of the night twisted your neck like a pretzel during doggy-style intercourse, or if a coven of witches recruited your girlfriend into their fold. Given the perverted influences of Harris and Ball, though, she'd probably cast a spell that makes you look more like Alexander Skarsgard.