True Detective : Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: In True Detective, performances by Woody Harrelsen and Matthew McConaughey reel the viewer in, while the style, vision and direction make it hard to turn away.


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Air date: Jan 12, 2014
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New Orleans native and novelist Nic Pizzolatto ("Galveston") wrote and created this crime drama that focuses on a pair of homicide detectives in Louisiana and a trail of murder, mayhem and mystery that spans 17 years. Featuring the music of T Bone Burnett and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the series opens in 1995 as good ol' boy Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and his brooding, Texas-born partner, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), are called to the scene of a gruesome, ritualistic killing of a young woman, who was posed by a tree, adorned with deer antlers on her head and accompanied by strange symbols. Fast-forward to 2012, Hart and Cohle are grilled by another pair of detectives (Tory Kittles, Michael Potts) who are investigating a case that bears striking similarities to the one before. In between is a glimpse of 2002, when Hart and Cohle struggled to deal with their inner demons in separate but equally destructive ways. With Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Dunn, Lili Simmons and Shea Whigham.


Matthew McConaughey
as Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson
as Martin Hart
Kevin Dunn
as Ken Quesada
Michelle Monaghan
as Maggie Hart
Alexandra Daddario
as Lisa Tragnetti
Tory Kittles
as Det. Thomas Papania
Michael Potts
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Glenn Fleshler
as Errol Childress
Michael Harney
as Steve Geraci
Charles Halford
as Reggie Ledoux
Ann Dowd
as Betty Childress
Shea Whigham
as Joel Theriot
Carol Sutton
as Miss Delores
Davi Jay
as Gordon DiCillo
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Critic Reviews for True Detective Season 1

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (37)

It's about whether our lives really matter at all. That's scarier than the scariest monster.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has the feel of an indie film spread over eight episodes starring two of the best character actors in the business.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

There is so much that the first season of True Detective gets right.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

True Detective absorbs you from the first minute and never lets go. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

You may find it a little slow, and the Deep South accents sometimes cry out for explanatory surtitles, but you're liable to find it seeping into your consciousness like a troubling dream you can't shake off.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 1


So, this was quite an awesome ride wasn't it? Not much because of the whodunnit case, but more thanks to the deeply flawed but interesting characters we're given. We see this case consume them, how they can be complete assholes and not fix their flaws, on how they refuse many chances they're given to correct past wrong doings and this is all so very human, isn't it? That's what makes True Detective rather special. They're no heroes, they can be complete assholes but we understand them and their drive. The mistery is appropriate and it's riddled with details to turn you into a true detective as well, which I guess was the intention all along, with an appropriate doomsday feel mistery cult surrounding the case, that doesn't have huge twists but is much more grounded in reality. True, many things are left unfinnished by the end but if the conclusion was too neat and tidy, it would've contradicted the tone of the show.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

This is the best series Iâ??ve watched in years, richly deserving all the accolades awarded to it. Not having HBO, I missed TD on its initial run, and got the DVDs based on reputation. The story, direction, and especially the acting will blow you away, nothing else quite like this on tv. The best dramas are plot driven- here the search for a serial killer, and also act as character studies- here what drives the two detectives and how do the search and the darkness affect them. As explained in the bonus features, this is an examination of light vs. darkness at its heart, both externally and internally. The eight episodes telling the story feature a non-linear technique. This moving in and out of different time periods, which I donâ??t always enjoy, work well here. The viewer has got to be patient though. The seventeen year journey to the climax is exceptionally crafted. Whoever thought to combine the talents of McConaughey and Harrelson hit a home run. As partners who have nothing in common, even hate one another, this partnership trumps all others. Having survived his rom-com era, Iâ??ve loved McConaughey in Dallas Buyerâ??s Club, Mud, etc. more recently. His appearance changes, mannerisms, speech are astonishing here. â??Mesmerizingâ?? is an appropriate description for McConaughey performance; I canâ??t imagine any other actor in this role. McConaugheyâ??s Rust Cohle is a philosopher-detective like no other. Louisiana is the perfect local for this moody yet intense drama. The creepiness is palpable at times, especially when Marty and Rust first arrive at the scene of the horror in episode 8. Iâ??m stopping short of any spoiler. Bottom line: these two characters are flawed men who confront great evil in their own unique ways, and that conflict affects each deeply, but to say more would be to give too much away. Prepare to be engulfed by a gripping intensity seldom seen in television; this kind of praise is too often just hyperbole, but itâ??s all too real here. You may think the assertion this is the true golden age of television is all hype, but dramas like this prove the point.


Super Reviewer

This is one of the greatest series' I have seen in a long a time. This season is made completely with love and have some brilliant writing by Nic Pizzolatto and brilliant directing by Cary Fukunaga. This is such a dark show, but it really helps when it comes to pulling in the viewer, because in many of the scenes, you really can't look away from the screen. The performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are un-describable. They play so well off each other and off the other characters in the show, which consists mostly of Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts and Tory Kittles. If anyone doesn't like this season, you have either not seen it or just don't like McConaughey or Harrelson and if that's the case; what's wrong with you?!


Super Reviewer

One of the best crime dramas I've ever seen on TV. Skillfully made in all aspects. Although the first three episodes are very slow, and brutally depressing, I was hooked from the fourth episode and on when the pace picks up very quickly.


Super Reviewer

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