True Detective : Season 1 (2014)



Critic 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.


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Air date: Jan 12, 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 (81) | 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…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 1

This was one of the most intense and well formulated series I have ever witnessed. The detectives complete separation from personalities couldn't be more different, yet ironically the same. The nature of the case, the diverse ideologies and the violent nature of the series was formulated into a ticking time bomb. Both actors were brilliant together, from Woody's down home cop attitude and Matt's critical views on society in the Deep South made for a Great War of words, and at times diverse cop partnership.

I just finished season one and I somehow feel I've seen a glimpse of real and ancient darkness. I'm almost reluctant to write a review because words can't convey the significance and the brilliance of this piece of storytelling art. I know I will rewatch it ad infinitum - especially to listen to Matthew McConaughey's numerous nihilistic monologues on the universe, time, truth, love and darkness. The chemistry betweeen the two lead actors (McConaughey and Woody Harrelson), the writing from show creator Nic Pizzolato, the cinematography and the soundtrack come together to make something the likes of which I don't believe we've ever seen before on television. If I had to sum the story up in just a few words? It is utterly terrifying.

Flawless and gripping.


incredible pacing and build-up throughout the season leads to one of the most satisfying stories of television for years.

Probably as good as TV gets - Harrelsen and McConaughey in their element and the perfect duo for this dark and gritty series. McConaughey didn't even feel the need to take his top off in this one.

Great series, thriller and the acting is terrific!

brilliant one of the best shows ever

True Detective season 1 is a masterpiece to behold. I sometimes wish i could erase my memory of ever watching it, just so i can watch it again for the very first time. An amazing script, amazing visuals, and two damn good performances. True Detective is without question... a masterpiece.

True detective 1st season is just fascinating. Great movie����

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