True Detective : Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
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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: 102

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Air date: Jun 21, 2015

Season 2 begins with the murder of a corrupt California politician with possible ties to a career criminal, and the ensuing investigation that brings together three law-enforcement officers from different jurisdictions.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

Ben Caspere's autopsy reveals the gruesome details of his demise, and Ray and Ani wonder if it has anything to do with his fondness for prostitutes. Meanwhile, Frank looks into what might have happened to his missing fortune.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2015

Ani lets Ray know she's in charge after he goes rogue on the investigation, even though he stumbles on crucial evidence that takes the case in a new direction. Meanwhile, Frank meets with his former associates in the criminal underworld, but they make it clear they're not taking orders from him anymore; and Paul hits the streets to see if Caspar's face rings a bell.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

The detail works a pawn-shop lead to close in on a suspect in the Caspere case. Frank revisits his past to pay for his present. -- (C) HBO

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Ani and Paul chase a lead up the coast; Ray and Frank mull taking new directions in life.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

Ani goes undercover to infiltrate an exclusive party, while Ray and Paul keep track of her every move. Elsewhere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers on a quest to find a missing woman who has information about Caspere.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

Precautionary measures are required by Ray, Ani and Paul to elude detection as they try to put the mystery's clues together. Meanwhile, Frank deals with the fallout of his betrayal.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2015

In the Season 2 finale, the identity of Caspere's killer is revealed and the trail of corruption is exposed as Frank, Ray and Ani plan their next moves.

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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 (50)

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…

Pizzolatto's writing is not without its irritations, particularly his dialogue... Ultimately, the characters are too fascinating to turn loose of.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Anyone who tells you the original was an instant hit from the word go is lying. It took at least two, maybe three episodes before viewers became fully attuned to its offbeat rhythms. Season two looks like it could be heading along a similar path.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 2

  • 2d ago
    I couldn't get past the first episode of Season 2. Poorly cast perhaps. To compare Season 2 to Season 1 and Season 3, from the start, had compelling performances and interesting characters.
  • Mar 20, 2021
    Exceptional performances by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. Dark themes explored thoroughly and plans not working provides for a natural flow of the story. The love life for Vince seems a truer version for Romeo and Juliet. A true masterpiece by the creators and writers to confidently stand the test of time. Highly recommended.
  • Feb 05, 2021
    Bad casting, stupid storyline... Soooo slow and full of itself...
  • Nov 27, 2020
    The first season is the gold standard, one of the best television series ever created. Bravo to both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Should have stopped there because the next 4 detectives are nowhere close to their brilliance | follow us at
  • Nov 24, 2020
    7.0/10 — "Pretty Good/Engaging" -(Seen in OCT '20)
  • Oct 18, 2020
    Season 2 lacked everything Season 1 had: intrigue, novelty and rhythm, not that it's "ok" on its own. It was pretty slow, being nothing was happening and nothing was escalating. Yet, performances were top-notch and they did bring justice to the blah-blah dialogue.
  • Sep 25, 2020
    It's a fraud, don't watch it. There's no good reason to watch it.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    This so bad that I was shocked since it followed such a great first season. The plot was all over the place, the acting was wooden and predictable but with the screenplay, you can't blame the talent. The detectives depicted in the show were so inept, I was ready to call in Inspector Gadget to show them what was going on and end the thing.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    A stain on series one.
  • Aug 24, 2020
    Well , what can I say it was okay. To be honest didnt really like the story of the second season neither did I like the ending but I guess I can just say it was okay, in my books okay is not good but hey it passed time. The strong points of the season was the actors all of the actors really did a expectational job with what they had to work with and they made me carry on watching. Much Love

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