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True Detective

  • 2014
  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective

Summary

In Louisiana 1995, detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) are called out when a woman's body is found in a farmer's field. Seventeen years later, they are interviewed separately about the case by the Crime Investigation Division.

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Episode 1: The Long Bright Dark

Summary

It's Louisiana, 1995, and newly paired state police detectives Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle are called out after a woman's body is found in a farmer's field, posed kneeling in front of a tree with a crown of deer antlers on her head. Seventeen years on, Hart and Cohle find themselves being interviewed separately about the case by the Crime Investigation Division, stirring up harrowing memories for them both. Crime drama, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

Review

You have to admire a show for being as wilfully odd, dark and unhelpful as this. New kid Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and slightly jaded senior partner Marty (Woody Harrelson) are homicide cops in Louisiana in 1995, working on the case of a woman found naked, lashed to a tree and wearing a Satanic antler crown. So far, so 9pm on ITV. But who killed her is just the oft-forgotten starting point for a woozy character study where the real villains might be Rust and Marty.

Rust is a fidgety mess of grief and nihilism, while Marty’s got the more traditional male flaws of boorishness and emotional cowardice. What matters isn’t the case, but how it shows us the cops’ rotten hearts. Regular flashforwards to 2012, where Marty (still a cop) and Rust (a wild-haired, drawling bum) are themselves the subject of police interviews, tell us something bad is coming.

It moves with the urgency of a concussed tortoise, but McConaughey is a revelation, hypnotically convincing as a character who could easily have been absurd. The mood conjured up by director Cary Fukunaga (he did the Fassbender Jane Eyre), somewhere between David Lynch, Terrence Malick and a scarier version of True Blood where all the bad stuff is done by people just like you and me, gives True Detective the air of a show that knows exactly what it’s doing, even if it’s not quite willing to give that away yet.

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Details

Released on
2014-02-22
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Rustin CohleMatthew McConaughey
Martin HartWoody Harrelson
Maggie HartMichelle Monaghan
Det Maynard GilboughMichael Potts
Det Thomas PapaniaTory Kittles
Lisa TragnettiAlexandra Daddario
Maj Ken QuesadaKevin Dunn
MinisterClarke Peters
Billy Lee TuttleJay O Sanders
Danny FontenotChristopher Berry
Charlie LangeBrad Carter

Crew

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WriterNic Pizzolatto
DirectorCary Joji Fukunaga

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  • Summary

    It's Louisiana, 1995, and newly paired state police detectives Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle are called out after a woman's body is found in a farmer's field, posed kneeling in front of a tree with a crown of deer antlers on her head. Seventeen years on, Hart and Cohle find themselves being interviewed separately about the case by the Crime Investigation Division, stirring up harrowing memories for them both. Crime drama, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson

    Review

    You have to admire a show for being as wilfully odd, dark and unhelpful as this. New kid Rust (Matthew McConaughey) and slightly jaded senior partner Marty (Woody Harrelson) are homicide cops in Louisiana in 1995, working on the case of a woman found naked, lashed to a tree and wearing a Satanic antler crown. So far, so 9pm on ITV. But who killed her is just the oft-forgotten starting point for a woozy character study where the real villains might be Rust and Marty.

    Rust is a fidgety mess of grief and nihilism, while Marty’s got the more traditional male flaws of boorishness and emotional cowardice. What matters isn’t the case, but how it shows us the cops’ rotten hearts. Regular flashforwards to 2012, where Marty (still a cop) and Rust (a wild-haired, drawling bum) are themselves the subject of police interviews, tell us something bad is coming.

    It moves with the urgency of a concussed tortoise, but McConaughey is a revelation, hypnotically convincing as a character who could easily have been absurd. The mood conjured up by director Cary Fukunaga (he did the Fassbender Jane Eyre), somewhere between David Lynch, Terrence Malick and a scarier version of True Blood where all the bad stuff is done by people just like you and me, gives True Detective the air of a show that knows exactly what it’s doing, even if it’s not quite willing to give that away yet.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    We may earn commission from links on this page. Our editorial is always independent (learn more)

    Details

    Released on
    2014-02-22
    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Rustin CohleMatthew McConaughey
    Martin HartWoody Harrelson
    Maggie HartMichelle Monaghan
    Det Maynard GilboughMichael Potts
    Det Thomas PapaniaTory Kittles
    Lisa TragnettiAlexandra Daddario
    Maj Ken QuesadaKevin Dunn
    MinisterClarke Peters
    Billy Lee TuttleJay O Sanders
    Danny FontenotChristopher Berry
    Charlie LangeBrad Carter

    Crew

    rolename
    WriterNic Pizzolatto
    DirectorCary Joji Fukunaga
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