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True Detective

Series Summary
A 1995 murder case is revisited 17 years later, calling into question the supposed solving of the crime by Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, and reopening old wounds related to the detectives' volatile partnership and personal lives. The inquiry unfolds in the present day through separate interrogations of the now former co-workers, who narrate the story of both the investigation and their lives, including why Cohle left Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division in 2002. As the timeline weaves between 1995 and 2012, Cohle and Hart are brought back to a world both thought they had left behind.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: HBO

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : Form and Void Mar 9, 2014

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    Hart and Cohle get a new lead in their 17-year-old case.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : After You've Gone Mar 2, 2014

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    Hart and Cohle investigate a string of disappearances that may be tied to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : Haunted Houses Feb 23, 2014

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    Maggie reveals Cohle's activities in 2002, when his relationship with Hart fractured and he quit the force.

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : The Secret Fate of All Life Feb 16, 2014

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    Hart and Cohle celebrate a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with new intelligence.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : Who Goes There Feb 9, 2014

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    Hart and Cohle follow a series of leads in an effort to track down their prime suspect.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • The crime they're investigating often takes such a back seat to the show's tricky structure and the all-pervasive angst you may once again wonder what exactly HBO has against the notion of narrative urgency. But be patient with this slow-burner of a disturbing, demanding drama. These detectives are truly fascinating. show more

  • True Detective proves to be everything the HBO marketing has promised it to be: a gorgeous, stylized and dark exploration into the worst parts of the human psyche. show more

  • While it's not fun entertainment (lacking the tragicomic notes of, say, "The Sopranos"), it is an amazing dramatic entry. It's only January, and only four episodes were available for review, but True Detective sets the bar for 2014's TV newcomers. show more

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