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It's about whether our lives really matter at all. That's scarier than the scariest monster.
McConaughey and Harrelson don't just fill out these characters, they disappear into them, delivering two of the best performances you'll see in TV or film this entire year.
It's a winner. But it's also an oddball, and a weirdo, and an interesting-cum-strange companion, and someone - um, something - you won't mind spending time with.
It has the feel of an indie film spread over eight episodes starring two of the best character actors in the business.
True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances.
In an effort that has the potential to be one of the best and boldest new TV dramas of the year, two film stars exhibit on the small screen the advantage of working in an extended serial.
As Fukunaga's images plunge us into the desolate bayous of Louisiana, Pizzolatto's words plunge us into the darkness of the human soul.
True Detective is not just a great TV drama. When you look beyond the surface, it's also a great character study.
True Detective absorbs you from the first minute and never lets go. [Full Review in Spanish]
There are hints of a more pervasive and pernicious evil at work in rural Louisiana. Despite these hints, the narrative doesn't go deeper than an episode of Law and Order: SVU.
Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 1
3d agoI don't know if I can think of a better series. While I wish there was more of Rust and Marty, the writers stayed true to the show and stopped way before the storyline got near overkill. The first 2-3 episodes are relatively slow but the character development and acting is so gripping, you can completely look passed that. From memory, right from the end of episode three to the climax of the show, it's a masterpiece. Real drama, real mystery, acting of the highest caliber... the list goes on. If you are in any way intrigued by criminal thrillers, you simply have to watch the first season of True Detective. Some of the best television you are ever likely to digest.
Jan 01, 2021With only a few exceptions, every masterpiece is born through an excruciating process of trial and error. Now, what if that piece is a murder, so immaculate that even after a decade of looking there is anything but nothing! Knowing all these, would they be able to stop, or should they?
Dec 27, 2020A must see TV thriller series. Outstanding performance by both Detectives, Rust and Marty.
Dec 02, 2020The nihilism in this show is complicated and challenged, and the lack of complete clarity in its stance may be offputting to some. But overall, what you have here is still one of the best seasons of television that exists in our world.
Nov 27, 2020The first season is the gold standard, one of the best television series ever created. Bravo to both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Should have stopped there because the next 4 detectives are nowhere close to their brilliance | follow us at @uncle.review
Nov 26, 2020It's literally a masterpiece
Nov 23, 2020True detective could have been pure perfection in terms of acting, storytelling, pace, cinematography and everything else. Then episodes 7-8 happen and they ruin it all. Everything feels rushed and underdeveloped. Still, this first season is worth watching but what a pity! Really...
Oct 18, 2020Submerged in an undertow of stoic quality, True Detective offers modern sages [McConaughey & Harrelson] a way to account their traumas and misfortunes in an unsound, but completely resonant fashion.
Sep 25, 2020They can over-act and work too much on suspense sometimes, making it feel like it's taking ages to cut to the chase. Nevertheless, the acting is impeccable. The writing is suspenseful and original. It's very unique in that it blends crime drama, with the ever-present possibility that there's some sort of supernatural or sci-fi threat lurking.
Aug 28, 2020Had forgotten about this completely. There are times when you find a good book and you store it away somewhere, unwary that when you recommend it to someone...you can't find it ..ergo. This is the most seminal TV ever made ; the backdrop, the poverty , the social injustice, the reluctant authorities. Harrelson and McConnaghy are magnetic. The whole dynamic is off the scale. I wish they could do a movie together in a similar vein. It doesn't get any better than this.