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True Detective is an HBO series about the search for a ritualistic serial killer across a seventeen year span. The action takes place in Louisiana, with the personal dramas of the detectives as riveting as the search for the killer. With every season there will be more twists, and more personal stories, as this series is an anthology, and will be debuting new characters and casts each year.

The show begins as two detectives confront the sight of an unclothed woman, arranged in a kneeling position, with antlers placed on her head and giving the appearance of being in prayer. This scene kicks off the resulting seventeen year pursuit of the individual responsible for this heinous and baffling crime.

The interplay between the two detectives is as fascinating as the meticulous detail paid to every aspect of the investigation. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson do a superb job with the script by Nic Pizzolato, leaving viewers hanging on every revelation of both the case investigation and the detective's personal lives.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on HBO
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes - Returning Series
January 12, 2014
Crime, Drama
9.1/10
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  • Caspere's killer is revealed.

  • Ray, Ani and Paul take precautionary measures in order to evade detection.

  • Ani works undercover at an exclusive party.

  • Ray and Frank contemplate new life choices; Ani and Paul follow a lead up the coast.

  • A lead at a pawn shop builds the case against a suspect in the Caspere murder. Meanwhile, Frank's road to legitimacy takes a new direction.

  • Caspare's murder affects Frank and the Vinci Mayor's office.

  • Officials investigate a bizarre murder and must get to the bottom of a web of conspiracy.

  • In the second season premiere, the foursome cross paths during the investigation of the murder of a high-profile businessman.

  • Hart and Cohle find a missed detail and recieve a new lead in their 17-year-old case.

  • Hart and Cohle set aside their differences while investigating a string of disappearances that have connections to the symbology of the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

  • Maggie offers insight into Cohle's activities in 2002, when his relationship with Hart went awry and he quit the force.

  • Hart and Cohle bask in solving a case. Meanwhile, Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with disturbing new intelligence.

  • Hart and Cohle are put in danger as they search for prime suspect Reggie Ledoux.

  • A hidden image at the burned-out church leads Cohle and Hart to Joel Theriot, a tent-revival minister whose parishioners point the detectives to a scarred "tall man" seen with Dora Lange. Cohle quickly dismisses a sex offender matching the description, despite his confession.

  • Quesada is desperate to find a suspect in the Lange murder and tells Hart and Cohle they may be replaced by three detectives from a new task force.

  • In the series premiere, former Louisiana State CID partners Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle give separate statements to a pair of investigators about the murder of a prostitute, Dora Lange, 17 years earlier. Reflecting back, details of the crime are revealed as well as a glimpse into the detectives' volatile partnership and personal lives.

Most Popular True Detective Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 The Long Bright Dark 1/12/2014
  • Season 1 Episode 2 Seeing Things 1/19/2014
  • Season 2 Episode 1 The Western Book of the Dead 6/21/2015
  • Season 2 Episode 4 Down Will Come 7/12/2015
  • Season 2 Episode 8 Omega Station 8/09/2015

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'True Detective' Season 2, Episode 1 - First Episode, Explained Recap

"True Detective" is back for season two, and it's still kinda hard to follow.

Matthew McConaughey Responds to Boos Following 'The Sea of Trees' At Cannes

His film may have gotten negative reviews, but that's not enough to stir the notoriously mellow actor to harsh words.

New 'True Detective' Season 2 Trailer Actually Features Talking

Dialogue! Burning stuff! Detectives! Stabbing! This trailer has it all.

'True Detective' Season 2 Trailer Hits, Features a Haggard Colin Farrell

Check out the first teaser right here!

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for 'True Detective' Season 2 Cast

She and Taylor Kitsch will be joining Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell.

Watch Ellen Page and Kate Mara as Tiny Detectives

This "Funny or Die" sketch is the best thing ever.

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn Confirmed for 'True Detective' Season Two

#TrueDetectiveSeasonTwo is finally solved!

'True Detective' Creator May Have Plagarized

Things aren't looking great for Nic Pizzolatto...

Now Vince Vaughn Might Star in 'True Detective' Season 2

Wait, really? Vince Vaughn?

Colin Farrell Might Star in 'True Detective' Season Two

Will the next great American detective be Irish? Deadline is reporting that Colin Farrell is in "deep talks" to play one of the leading roles in season two of HBO's "True Detective." If cast, Farrell would take the torch from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who starred in the first season of the anthology show. Each season of "True Detective" will feature a new cast and a new location, though HBO and series creator Nic Pizzolatto have been exceptionally secretive about any details for the upcoming season.

'True Detective' Season Two Might Star Jessica Chastain

Here's a #TrueDetectiveSeason2 that might actually come true. Jessica Chastain has reportedly been offered the lead role in "True Detective" season two, according to Nerdist. The report is unconfirmed, and as of yet Chastain's reps haven't responded for comment. If true, this would confirm rumors that series creator Nic Pizzolatto has been considering a female-driven cast in the show's second season.

'True Detective' Gets Spoofed By 'The Soup' - Watch Now!

"True Detective" has never made more sense. In anticipation of the season finale of HBO's hit show "True Detective," Joel McHale and "The Soup" have put together a parody of the show, along with a little help from "Community" star Jim Rash. In the video, McHale and Rash take on the roles of Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart, respectively.

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