True Detective - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Long Bright Dark



Critic Consensus: With "The Long Bright Dark," True Detective makes a strong debut, showcasing fantastic acting against a dark, decadent backdrop.

Episode Info

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.


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
Brad Carter
as Charlie
Jay O. Sanders
as Billy Lee Tuttle
Clarke Peters
as Minister
Davi Jay
as Gordon DiCillo
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Critic reviews for The Long Bright Dark

The show is beautifully subdued and restrained, offering a more contemplative tone. It forgoes the typical harried nature of a procedural in favor of character, striking the perfect balance between a grim case and the effect this line of work can have.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

There is such gravitas and intensity on display that it hardly matters if we have seen similar investigations in police dramas before.

June 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There was so much to take in, with the jumps between years and different cases, but I think the show has all the right ingredients to a recipe for success.

June 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

After one episode, True Detective already stands out as somehow greater than the sum of its impressive parts.

June 9, 2015 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…

It's a show that looks and sounds as good as anything currently on TV, pairing lush, lingering shots of an artfully decaying Louisiana with T Bone Burnett's spare, unsettling soundtrack.

June 9, 2015 | Full Review…

If finely acted, moody murder mysteries, with film noir dialogue and tortured characters are catnip to you, then this is just the ticket.

June 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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