True Detective : Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
True Detective

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



Critic Ratings: 84


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User Ratings: 75

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Air date: Jan 12, 2014

Investigators take another look at a 1995 murder when a similar case occurs in 2012 in this drama, which begins with Martin Hart and Rust Cohle, former partners in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division, looking back on the original crime and its effect on their personal and professional lives.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2014

Pressure to land a suspect in the Lange murder brings a warning from Quesada that Hart and Cohle might be replaced by a new task force, but they lobby for extra time to investigate a rural brothel and a burned-out church.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2014

An obscured image in a church leads Hart and Cohle to a tent-revival minister, whose parishioners point to a man they believe was seen with Dora Lange, but when a sex offender who matches their description is interrogated, Cohle dismisses him, even though he offers a confession. Meanwhile, Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend; and old case files reveal a connection to a woman who drowned years ago.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2014

Cohle revisits a dark chapter of his past to track down a possible link to prime suspect Reggie Ledoux, but he needs to make sure a distracted Hart has his head in the game.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2014

The spoils of a solved case are shared by Hart and Cohle; troubling new intelligence is revealed by Papania and Gilbough.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2014

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

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Air date: Mar 2, 2014

Hart and Cohle call a truce to investigate a series of disappearances that may be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2014

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

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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.

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Critic Reviews for True Detective Season 1

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (38)

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

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…
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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…
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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…
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True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances.

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

As Fukunaga's images plunge us into the desolate bayous of Louisiana, Pizzolatto's words plunge us into the darkness of the human soul.

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

True Detective is not just a great TV drama. When you look beyond the surface, it's also a great character study.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 1

  • Oct 18, 2020
    Submerged in an undertow of stoic quality, True Detective offers modern sages [McConaughey & Harrelson] a way to account their traumas and misfortunes in an unsound, but completely resonant fashion.
  • Sep 25, 2020
    They can over-act and work too much on suspense sometimes, making it feel like it's taking ages to cut to the chase. Nevertheless, the acting is impeccable. The writing is suspenseful and original. It's very unique in that it blends crime drama, with the ever-present possibility that there's some sort of supernatural or sci-fi threat lurking.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    Had forgotten about this completely. There are times when you find a good book and you store it away somewhere, unwary that when you recommend it to can't find it ..ergo. This is the most seminal TV ever made ; the backdrop, the poverty , the social injustice, the reluctant authorities. Harrelson and McConnaghy are magnetic. The whole dynamic is off the scale. I wish they could do a movie together in a similar vein. It doesn't get any better than this.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    What can I say about this show is that I was invested and so amazed by the story and the characters within the show. The best parts of this show was the performances by Matthew and Woody wow is the only word I say for their performances in this show. The story was so great the themes of the show was great just everything to be honest. The only bad thing I can say really is the ending of the show but all great films and great series dont really know how to end off something great but its fine i really loved this season hopefully the next season will be as good as this one or maybe even better we will see Much Love
  • Aug 04, 2020
    Season 1 is simply one of the best tv-shows ever made.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    This is the best series I've ever seen, it has everything, it engages you from the first moment, the main characters are so good you'll remember their performance forever. A true work of art
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Intriguing, Dark and Intelligent. Matthew's and Woody's performances are commendable and stands out against each other. The show's strangeness is portrayed in the best way by weighing plot on relationships and responsibilities with parallelism to its source material. Also a shoutout to gripping and thought-provoking dialogues ❤️🔥

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