True Detective : Season 2 (2015)



Critic Consensus: True Detective's second season stands on its own as a solid police drama, with memorable moments and resonant relationships outweighing predictable plot twists.


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Air date: Jun 21, 2015
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A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.

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Critic Reviews for True Detective Season 2

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (44)

It's that the second season of True Detective feels ordinary while the first felt extraordinary... The ordinariness is a quality that weighs heavily on True Detective because its cop-show genre is all over TV.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

All of the lead actors dig deeply into their roles, with Farrell playing the wary, weary burnout to perfection, and Vaughn shifting into full-throttle intensity.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It may be impossible for it to strike TV lightning twice, but True Detective in its second iteration definitely has a charge.

Jun 19, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot of plot that makes the first couple of episodes a bit difficult to ease into, but at the end of the second episode, Pizzolato's penchant for abrupt violence with a side of freakiness will leave you with panting for more.

Jun 19, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

True Detective is a very different beast in its second season: less Cthulhu and more garden-variety lizard. It doesn't haunt so much as slither.

Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Is it the breakthrough, landmark television of the first season? No. But it is a rock-solid crime drama with film caliber production values, intriguing plotting and great performances.

Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…

There's no problem with the acting talent or the pungently evocative cinematography, but what we need to know is whether this new series can carve itself a niche distinct from its rather-too-familiar antecedent.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There are virtues in the second season of 'True Detective' that are forming an intimate and strong coherence between the two deliveries. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

By episode three this year, we're no closer to understanding how any of its leads fit together in their differing dynamics, or which investigation (of several corruption scandals) to follow.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Pizzolatto's writing is not without its irritations, particularly his dialogue... Ultimately, the characters are too fascinating to turn loose of.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 2

gets a bad rap compared to season 1 but i found it be gritty, real and awesome

Just absolutely brilliant, much better than Season 1 and 3 in my opinion. Don't believe the fools who hate on this just because it isn't continuing with the Season 1 story. This is an Anthology and each season has it's own location, story and characters.

Despite trying to shift the focus to the female role, Colin Farrel eats everything, bet per episode.

I hate it. I loved so much the season 1, and was so disappointed by the season 2 that I stopped watching it after the second episode. I love Rachel MacAdams, but for the first time in my life, I thought she didn't fit the role. Maybe I was still mourning the end of season 1 and was expecting so much of this season 2? What's for sure, is that I skipped it and went directly to watch season 3.

Really good writing/story. Just wish it had a happier ending.

70/100 I'm disappointed. The first season was really exciting, but this one did not really interest me.

Make me care about any of these characters... double dare

Falls apart as it goes along

one of the weaker seasons

Falls into the good, but not great category for me. Bit of a let-down and definitely not on par with the perfection of the first season, but still very watchable.

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