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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as Rust Cohle
as Martin Hart
as Ken Quesada
as Maggie Hart
as Lisa Tragnetti
as Det. Thomas Papania
as Det. Maynard Gilbough
as Laurie Perkins
as Billy Lee Tuttle
as Errol Childress
as Steve Geraci
as Reggie Ledoux
as Betty Childress
as Joel Theriot
as Miss Delores
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It has the feel of an indie film spread over eight episodes starring two of the best character actors in the business.
So slow down to the speed of McConaughey's drawl. Take out a thick notebook like the one he carries through the show. Pay close attention, and remember everyone's name. It will pay off.
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.
Like True Blood and Treme, this eight-part series draws on a well of off-center Louisiana characters to give the tale fresh flavor.
Everything about the fraught situation is deftly captured by the actors: the awkward silences, the flash flare-ups, the comic moments and inside jokes that happen over time in spite of friction, the solidarity in the face of a common problem.
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.
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?!
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.
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