Seeing Things
True Detective Season 1



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

"Seeing Things" delves deeper into examining the detectives themselves, who are as mysterious as the case at hand.

Episode Info

Pressure to land a suspect in the Lange murder brings a warning from Quesada that Hart and Cohle might be replaced by a new task force, but they lobby for extra time to investigate a rural brothel and a burned-out church.


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
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Critic Reviews for Seeing Things

True Detective gets mired in police procedural in the "Seeing Things" episode, but it's their mess, not the viewers.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While True Detective doesn't have typical procedural cliffhangers that make people want to binge-watch, I do find myself wondering how these episodes would watch in one sitting. They're so cinematic and there's a certain fluidity to the narrative.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

What we have mostly investigated here are these two men, one of whom claims to have all the answers but really understands almost nothing about himself and his surroundings, the other of whom understands far too well, and has therefore given up.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

True Detective may not be the feel good show of 2014, but it sure is great at making you want to fall down this particularly bleak rabbit hole.

Jun 10, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

In my last write-up, I said that I liked bleak mysteries. If True Detective is aligning itself with guys like Chambers and, by proximity, Lovecraft, then that is about as bleak as it gets.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

In "Seeing Things," we get glimpses of this investigative odd couple behaving in strangely similar ways, on occasion even bonding over relative outsider status to their professional superiors or significant others.

Jun 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing is exceptional about the big-picture stuff on this show -- it's all in the details: the performances, the thematic dissections, the hypnotic depictions of the Louisiana landscape.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

As much as anything, this episode of True Detective's preoccupation is masculinity, and the ways in which men seek to control the world around them.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Pizzolatto's main interest clearly lies in the effect that being a detective has not only on the men who do it but those around them, and he is composing one harsh, utterly compelling picture.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

With the second installment in the book, I can confidently say that I think we have a winner on our hands.

Jun 10, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…