True Detective : Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
True Detective

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 87


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User Ratings: 2453
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Air date: Jun 21, 2015
Air date: Jun 28, 2015
Air date: Jul 5, 2015
Air date: Jul 12, 2015
Air date: Jul 19, 2015
Air date: Jul 26, 2015
Air date: Aug 2, 2015
Air date: Aug 9, 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 (87) | 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…

A strange combination of slick overproduction and basic incompetence.

Oct 19, 2018 | 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…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 2

  • Sep 07, 2019
    This show has some punch, but it had the misfortune of following season 1.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Was an uphill climb to follow Season one but stand alone the show the was good. Colin Farrel gave a great performance. Cant say the same for some of the other cast members on Season 2. Plus, the character development on Season 2 didn't go as deep as Season 1, which I think contributed a lot to the overall arc of the story.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Just an awful attempt to try to add a different style of a story, that didn't hold anywhere near the same intrigue and spark the first one did. Maybe there are some moments that save it, I think the acting is the only real positive of this show, but sadly it's ruined by a bad writing.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    They really really tried with this one. It felt like they filmed the first draft of the script. Tons of potential, but what wasn't recycled from Ellroy's The Big Nowhere felt imported from inspiration without being refined into actual drama. Vince Vaughn was miscast. If they cut out Taylor Kitsch's character and Vince's scenes away from Collin Farrell and did another (or first) dialogue revision past, I'd probably add two more stars.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    Gorgeous. This is not the same creature as TD, season 1 - nor should it be - but it whispers in the same voice, the same artistry. I loved Lera Lynn's haunting music. For me, the final episode is what really elevated Season 2 … it was already gorgeous, but I felt it was just below season 1 in emotional impact. Then I saw Omega Station and everything changed. Intense, emotional, and unexpected without tricking the audience. Season 1 was folkloric, with a mythic vibe that you don't see often on television. It was perfect. Season 2 is much grittier and violent. Both explore human nature and frailty, things hidden in plain sight, and the inescapable past.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    gets a bad rap compared to season 1 but i found it be gritty, real and awesome
  • Mar 30, 2019
    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.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    Despite trying to shift the focus to the female role, Colin Farrel eats everything, bet per episode.
  • Mar 13, 2019
    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.
  • Mar 05, 2019
    Really good writing/story. Just wish it had a happier ending.

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