Haunted Houses
True Detective Season 1



Critic Ratings: 13
Critics Consensus

"Haunted Houses" retreads too many clichés from the detective genre, even when its actors do a stellar job of killing time.

Episode Info

Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.


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 Haunted Houses

It's a credit to the acting abilities of Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, and Matthew McConaughey that they make this oldest of stories feel so vital.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

True Detective shows that Louisiana is filled with conspiracies, large and small.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

An illuminating hour that takes us further into the darkness that lurks within everyone...

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

We find out why Marty Hart and Rust Cohle had such a bitter falling out in 2002, and finally meet the power player somehow involved in the cult killings, in this fairly by-the-book (but still gripping) episode of True Detective.

Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's become clear that the truth of the resolution will transcend our theories and hearken back to choices that have been postponed for years.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 9.8/10 | Full Review…

While anything might happen, I don't think writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga are playing tricks on us. I think they're just telling an old-fashioned murder story really, really well.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…

From its po-faced treatment of Rust and Marty's hard-man personae to its lackluster track record with women characters, the series leaned hard on its weak spots, and the episode couldn't take the weight.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…

"Haunted Houses" is an ugly piece of TV, but it's captivating and spellbinding in its ugliness. (And, in the elegance of the filmmaking and the delicateness of Nic Pizzolatto's plotting, genuinely alluring.)

Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

On paper, plonking Maggie in the interview room might seem like a good idea, allowing Pizzolatto to maintain the show's time-skipping structure despite Rust and Marty having cut short their respective interviews, but in reality it adds little.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…

"Haunted Houses..." demonstrates some of the pitfalls of the structure Pizzolatto's using. It's essentially an hour of filling in the blanks.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…