Form and Void
True Detective Season 1



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

While the ultimate resolution fails to play out as grandiosely as True Detective's slow build-up implied it would, "Form and Void" excels in its exploration of the characters' growth and their connection to each other.

Episode Info

Season 1 ends with Hart and Cohle finding a new lead in their 17-year-old case thanks to a detail that was overlooked.


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
Ann Dowd
as Betty Childress
Elizabeth Reaser
as Laurie Perkins
Glenn Fleshler
as Errol Childress
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Michael Harney
as Steve Geraci
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Critic Reviews for Form and Void

I've had no real time to modulate my feelings, something I'm sure I'll regret come the morning. But: I Really Did Not Like That.

Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

True Detective talked a good game - well, it certainly talked - about the nature of the universe and the systemic rot of evil and horror. But the finale reduced all of those high-minded observations to production design.

Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Maybe we were just in a psychotropic fugue state induced by the show, but that seems like a pretty beautiful, well-rounded ending to me. L'chaim indeed, True Detective.

Jun 10, 2015 | Full Review…

True Detective's final episode, "Form and Void," breaks the cardinal rule of show business. Leave 'em wanting more.

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

Epic, filmed as though it truly were a play...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson both nail their roles as Louisiana State Police partners with a true odd couple relationship.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

This episode's ball-busting, "guy moments" between Marty and Rust... will undoubtedly be analyzed to death in term papers about the depiction of masculinity on the small screen.

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

There's a permanence in the connection it fostered, and the questions, so remarkably asked, will resonate hereafter.

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

The solving of the mystery and faceoff with the creepy killer more than anything brought to mind Psycho.

Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Both men stopped performing. They just connected, or tried to. That's why Marty didn't have "a care in the world," and that's why I generally liked how Season 1 ended, despite some clanging moments here and there.

Jun 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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