True Detective (TV series)

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True Detective
True Detective 2014 Intertitle.jpg
Genre
Created byNic Pizzolatto
Written byNic Pizzolatto
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Starring
Opening theme"Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family
Composer(s)T Bone Burnett
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Carol Cuddy
Location(s)New Orleans, Louisiana
CinematographyAdam Arkapaw
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelHBO
Original runJanuary 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) – present
External links
Official website
 
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True Detective
True Detective 2014 Intertitle.jpg
Genre
Created byNic Pizzolatto
Written byNic Pizzolatto
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Starring
Opening theme"Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family
Composer(s)T Bone Burnett
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Carol Cuddy
Location(s)New Orleans, Louisiana
CinematographyAdam Arkapaw
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelHBO
Original runJanuary 12, 2014 (2014-01-12) – present
External links
Official website

True Detective is an American television anthology[2] drama series on HBO created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, with the first season directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.[3] Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, and utilizes multiple timelines to trace two Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division homicide detectives' hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years.[3] The series premiered on January 12, 2014, and will consist of eight episodes.[4]

Development and production[edit]

In April 2012, HBO picked up the series with an order of eight episodes. The series was created by Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote all the episodes, while all the first season episodes are directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga; both also serve as executive producers, with Pizzolatto as showrunner.[3] Season one is set along the coastal plain of South Louisiana, where it was also filmed.[5]

Format[edit]

The series will use an anthology format, with each season featuring a different cast of characters and story.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Long Bright Dark"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)2.33[9]

Louisiana, 1995. Detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) investigate the ritualistic murder of former prostitute Dora Kelly Lange, found with a symbol painted on her back and wearing a "crown" of deer antlers, blindfolded and posed as if praying to a large solitary tree. A twig latticework, like a Cajun bird trap, is found with her body. Cohle is convinced that this is not the killer's first victim, but Hart is skeptical. Their investigation brings up the case of Marie Fontenot, a little girl whose disappearance five years earlier was not investigated. Another report is brought up of a child who claimed to be chased through the woods by a "green-eared spaghetti monster." Hart invites Cohle over for dinner, unaware that it is Cohle's deceased daughter's birthday. Cohle reluctantly accepts, but, losing a battle with alcoholism, turns up drunk. Hart and Cohle follow up on the Fontenot disappearance with a visit to Marie's uncle Danny. In a dilapidated playhouse, Cohle finds another twig latticework.


Seventeen years later, Cohle and Hart are interviewed separately, five days apart, about Dora Kelly Lange by Detectives Thomas Papania (Tory Kittles) and Maynard Gilbough (Michael Potts). Hart and Cohle have not spoken since falling-out in 2002. Cohle is shown a photograph of another girl whose body has been found posed in similar fashion to Lange. Papania and Gilbough want to know how the killer could have struck again if he was caught in 1995. 
2"Seeing Things"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 19, 2014 (2014-01-19)1.67[10]

In 1995, Cohle and Hart continue to investigate the murder of Dora Lange, and learn she was attending church prior to her disappearance. Cohle deduces that Hart is cheating on his wife, Maggie (Michelle Monaghan), with Lisa Tragnetti (Alexandra Daddario), creating friction between the two. Cohle is also experiencing hallucinatory synesthetic side effects to his drug consumption and is contemptuous of Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle's (Jay O. Sanders) lobbying for creation a special task force focusing on "anti-Christian crimes" to assist in the investigation. While buying drugs from a young prostitute, Cohle is pointed towards a trailer park of runaway girls. The two find Lange's diary and learn the location of the church, which was destroyed in a fire, and that she came under the influence of a man she called the "Yellow King." While searching through the wreckage of the church, they find a nightmarish image of a woman with deer antlers painted on a wall.


Seventeen years later, Papania and Gilbough continue their interviews of Cohle and Hart. Hart is divorced, and Cohle confides that his daughter died after being involved in a car accident, leading to the collapse of his marriage and the beginning of his addiction. To avoid prosecution for killing a meth user who had injected his own infant child with the drug, Cohle's superiors compelled him to be a "floating" drug undercover officer for four years, until he was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution after shooting three cartel members and being wounded in the gunfight. After his release, Cohle's request for another job resulted in his becoming a homicide detective with CID, where he was partnered with Hart. 
3"The Locked Room"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)1.93[11]

In 1995, Hart and Cohle locate the owner of the burnt-down church, preacher Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham), learning that Dora Lange was often seen with a tall man with facial scarring, and begin searching for him while being pressured to turn the case over to the task force. Hart begins to reconnect with Maggie despite her fascination with Cohle, and assaults Lisa's new boyfriend out of jealousy, questioning his own morality. Cohle goes through dead body files in search of cases similar to Lange and learns of Rianne Olivier, a supposed accidental death that shared elements with Lange's murder. They learn through Olivier's grandfather that she attended Light of Way, a religious school owned by Reverend Tuttle, before running off with her boyfriend Reggie Ledoux, a drug dealer, repeated sex offender and former cellmate of Lange's ex-husband, and head out to question Lange about Ledoux. The episode closes off with Hart and Cohle putting out an APB on Ledoux as a tall man covered in scars and wearing only underwear and a gas mask is seen wandering a remote compound wielding a machete, presumed to be Ledoux.


In 2012, the Papania and Gilbough interviews of Hart and Cohle identify their character flaws, particularly Hart's hypocritical views on morality and Cohle's nihilistic view of the world. Hart reflects that he is now divorced from Maggie. 
4"Who Goes There"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 9, 2014 (2014-02-09)1.99[12]
5"The Secret Fate of All Life"[13]Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 16, 2014 (2014-02-16)TBA
6"Haunted Houses"[13]Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)TBA
7"After You've Gone"[13]Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoMarch 2, 2014 (2014-03-02)TBA
8"Form and Void"[13]Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoMarch 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)TBA

Reception[edit]

The first season of True Detective has received very positive reviews from critics. It holds an 88% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.4/10, based on 56 reviews.[14] On Metacritic, it has a rating of 87 out of 100 based on 37 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim".[15] David Wiegand of San Francisco Chronicle wrote "The dialogue is rich, colorful and provocative, adding to the gothic sensibilities of the series. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga makes great use of the Louisiana location, giving it as much importance to the story as the characters of Cohle and Hart. All the performances are superb, but those of McConaughey and Harrelson are in a class by themselves."[16] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times praised the series' format, writing "We are seeing the return of the miniseries, reborn out of the seasonal long arc of the 8-to-13-hour dramatic serial. With no hurry to get to the end, there is time for slow, detailed storytelling with lots of room for conversation and for silence."[17] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix praised the performances and dialogue, writing "The two central performances are so powerful, the dialogue so evocative, the look so intense, that they speak to the value of the hybrid anthology format Pizzolatto is using here—points to a potentially fascinating shift in dramatic series television."[18] After the fourth episode aired, Christopher Orr of The Atlantic called the series "the best show on TV."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Sean T. (January 12, 2014). "'True Detective' Premiere Recap: Partners in Crime". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (April 30, 2013). "HBO Lands Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson Cop Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (April 30, 2012). "HBO Picks Up Matthew-Woody Series 'True Detective' With Eight-Episode Orders". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (October 16, 2013). "'Girls' Season 3 gets a January premiere date along with 'True Detective' and 'Looking'". Zap2it. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Walker, Dave (June 12, 2013). "HBO 'True Detective' teaser signals coming boom of New Orleans-shot TV". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2013). "'Texas Chainsaw's Alexandra Daddario, 'Twilight Saga's Elizabeth Reaser, 2 'Wire' Alums Join New HBO Series 'True Detective'". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 1, 2013). "Kevin Dunn Joins HBO Series 'True Detective', CBS Pilot 'Mom' Adds Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Levine, Stuart (January 30, 2013). "Simmons added to HBO's 'True Detective' cast". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 14, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Wins Night, 'True Detective', 'Ax Men', 'Shameless' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 22, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Wins Night, 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', 'Shameless', 'True Detective', 'Girls' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 28, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Wins Night + 'Live From the Red Carpet', 'Curse of Oak Island', 'Sister Wives' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 11, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Tops Night + 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Schedule results for "True Detective"". HBO.com. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "True Detective : Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "True Detective : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ Wiegand, David (January 9, 2014). "'True Detective' review: 2 stars shine brightly". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lloyd, Robert (January 10, 2014). "Review: 'True Detective's' slow and steady pace a winning formula". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (January 7, 2014). "Review: Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson amaze in HBO's 'True Detective'". HitFix. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

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