True Detective : Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
True Detective

Critics Consensus

In True Detective, performances by Woody Harrelsen and Matthew McConaughey reel the viewer in, while the style, vision and direction make it hard to turn away.



Critic Ratings: 82


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5693
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Air date: Jan 12, 2014
Air date: Jan 19, 2014
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Air date: Feb 9, 2014
Air date: Feb 16, 2014
Air date: Feb 23, 2014
Air date: Mar 2, 2014
Air date: Mar 9, 2014

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New Orleans native and novelist Nic Pizzolatto ("Galveston") wrote and created this crime drama that focuses on a pair of homicide detectives in Louisiana and a trail of murder, mayhem and mystery that spans 17 years. Featuring the music of T Bone Burnett and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the series opens in 1995 as good ol' boy Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and his brooding, Texas-born partner, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), are called to the scene of a gruesome, ritualistic killing of a young woman, who was posed by a tree, adorned with deer antlers on her head and accompanied by strange symbols. Fast-forward to 2012, Hart and Cohle are grilled by another pair of detectives (Tory Kittles, Michael Potts) who are investigating a case that bears striking similarities to the one before. In between is a glimpse of 2002, when Hart and Cohle struggled to deal with their inner demons in separate but equally destructive ways. With Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Dunn, Lili Simmons and Shea Whigham.


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
Glenn Fleshler
as Errol Childress
Michael Harney
as Steve Geraci
Charles Halford
as Reggie Ledoux
Ann Dowd
as Betty Childress
Shea Whigham
as Joel Theriot
Carol Sutton
as Miss Delores
Davi Jay
as Gordon DiCillo
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Critic Reviews for True Detective Season 1

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (37)

It's about whether our lives really matter at all. That's scarier than the scariest monster.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

McConaughey and Harrelson don't just fill out these characters, they disappear into them, delivering two of the best performances you'll see in TV or film this entire year.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a winner. But it's also an oddball, and a weirdo, and an interesting-cum-strange companion, and someone - um, something - you won't mind spending time with.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has the feel of an indie film spread over eight episodes starring two of the best character actors in the business.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

In an effort that has the potential to be one of the best and boldest new TV dramas of the year, two film stars exhibit on the small screen the advantage of working in an extended serial.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

There is so much that the first season of True Detective gets right.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

True Detective absorbs you from the first minute and never lets go. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 23, 2018 | Full Review…

There are hints of a more pervasive and pernicious evil at work in rural Louisiana. Despite these hints, the narrative doesn't go deeper than an episode of Law and Order: SVU.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

You may find it a little slow, and the Deep South accents sometimes cry out for explanatory surtitles, but you're liable to find it seeping into your consciousness like a troubling dream you can't shake off.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is compulsively watchable while providing a comfortable sense of the familiar and total immediacy. It's a nearly perfect mechanism that lifts you along until it's over.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The show will probably join the ranks of great television mysteries.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 1

  • Oct 13, 2019
    Truly a Masterpiece show with Amazing Acting and Shocking Twists! A Complete worth watching!
  • Oct 08, 2019
    A layed masterpiece full of shock and awe. Hero's don't always wear capes!
  • Sep 27, 2019
    Show grabs you from the very start. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson really deliver on this show. Their character interactions are complete opposites which makes the show great to watch as it descends into chaos. Beautiful production and well shot, well written with great character development especially when the show takes you different periods of time. This is a must watch for anyone who is looking to watch some grade A television.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Really amazing. The Script is the best I have ever read. Mathew's character is absolutely astonishing and dramatic. Very introspective, you will change your point of view on very deep aspects of life and will remain thinking about it for years! I have seen it 4 times.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    This was truly amazing. I dread watching season five. This can't possibly compare.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    best crime for tv ever.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Good narrative speed and interesting problems.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    One of the best stories I've ever seen. Easily one of the live action shows I've watched. Rust's character is brilliantly put together, and it makes me wonder why other characters of a similar archetype can't be like him. A perfect ending, and ending dialogue as well, oh man.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    A masterpiece. The intro put you in a dense atmosphere that goes till the end.
  • Aug 26, 2019
    This show season 1 is not that good as I think. first 3 episodes are good but after that story became dull and in the end, it is not clearly shown what was the killer real motive

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