True Detective

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Season 1 episodes (13)

1 The Long Bright Dark
Series Premiere. Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), lead investigators in a macabre 1995 Louisiana murder, relive the case and their partnership in the wake of new info.
2 Seeing Things
Under pressure to land a suspect, Quesada warns Hart and Cohle they might be replaced by three detectives from a new occult-crimes task force. Later, they follow a lead that takes them from a rural cathouse to an incinerated church.
3 The Locked Room
A hidden image at the burned-out church leads Cohle and Hart to Joel Theriot, a tent-revival minister whose parishioners finger a scarred 'tall man' seen with Dora Lange. Hart gets sidetracked after Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend at a C&W bar.
4 Who Goes There
Hart and Cohle hunt for their newly identified suspect, Reggie Ledoux. As Hart's personal life collapses around him, Cohle immerses himself in an old criminal identity from his narco days, contacting a biker gang known to deal with their suspect.
5 The Secret Fate of All Life
A violent denouement in the forest clears the Dora Lange case and turns Cohle and Hart into local heroes. In 2012, Gilbough and Papania put their cards on the table, presenting disturbing new intelligence.
6 Haunted Houses
In 2012, Papania and Gilbough question Maggie, now divorced from Marty, about Cohle and Hart during 2002, the year their relationship fractured and Cohle quit the force following a suspension.
7 After You've Gone
After Marty is shown a harrowing piece of evidence, he and Cohle forge a truce as they probe a murky conspiracy of disappearances connected to the Dora Lange murder, a path of connections that leads to the Tuttle family.
8 Form and Void
Season One Finale. A seemingly arbitrary detail in a photograph, along with a homeowner's old tax records, provides Hart and Cohle with a vital new lead in their 17-year-old case--which they pursue to an apocalyptic confrontation.
101 Season 1 Trailer #2
Something deep and dark awaits in 'True Detective': HBO's hit drama series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
102 Season 1 Invitation to the Set
Get the scoop on the premiere season of 'True Detective' from the cast and crew of this HBO drama series. Interviews include Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, and more.
103 About True Detective
An inside look at the HBO series 'True Detective' with stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and others.
104 Season 1 Characters
Meet detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) in this scintillating preview of the hit HBO drama series 'True Detective.'
105 Making True Detective
Delve inside the HBO series 'True Detective' in this behind-the-scenes special. Clips from the show and interviews with cast and crew, including stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, paint a fascinating picture of this gripping series.

About this show

Touch darkness and darkness touches you. From HBO and creator/executive producer Nic Pizzolato comes this searing crime drama series that follows troubled cops and the intense investigations that drive them to the edge.

Ratings and reviews

4.03K reviews
Eric Hart
November 19, 2015
Watched the first two episodes and thought it was building up to something with each new episode. It never did. The cast is a okay but could have done better with a better script. After watching season one (and liking it) I thought this season would be entertaining as well. I was wrong. By the fifth or sixth episode I wanted to quit watching it. I ended up watching the entire season. Not because it picked up. Quite the contrary. My brother and I would watch the episodes and laugh when nothing progressed.
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Steven Stermer
August 22, 2014
I was recommended this show. After watching the Pilot, which I purchased individually, I couldn't stop thinking about it... so I purchased the 2nd episode, and things unraveled from there. My interest was primarily to watch a "Neo-Noir" or a "Rual-Noir" and look for revisions on the genre, in this aspect, True Detective fit the bill. As an entertainment factor, It's a wonderful show, with great character development and contrast between the characters. Although I will admit, coming off such a ridiculously strong pilot, there were certain aspects of the show I found unrealistic and a bit far-fetched. I was excited to see how things wrapped up in the end as I knew they were not planning on returning to these characters in Season 2... the ending however was... a bit flat for my taste, very cliche. Still a wonderful show, I suppose I was just hoping something about more risky, especially considering the characters fates were sealed either way, and literally ANYTHING could have been done to them, needn't worry about genre conventions. Looking forward to Season 2.
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Don Dufour
February 26, 2019
I am honestly at a loss how this season got so many positive reviews. episodes 1-7 kept you hanging on. Season finale absolute trash. Have you ever seen the village, or any other movie with a terrible ending? saved you 8 hours, you're welcome.
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