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True Detective

True Detective

  • Premiered: 
    January 12, 2014
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Nic Pizzolatto 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Each season of TRUE DETECTIVE focuses on a different crime story, with different cast members, locations, and narratives so that a single season stands on its own. In Season 1, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, former partners in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division (CID), revisit a homicide they worked in 1995 when a similar case in 2012 leads two new detectives, Papania and Gilbough, to investigate the original '95 murder. Alternating between 1995, 2002 and 2012, this one-hour drama tells the stories of both investigations, as well as revealing the reasons why Cohle left CID in 2002. The story opens with Hart and Cohle giving separate statements to Papania and Gilbough about the murder of a prostitute, Dora Lange, 17 years earlier. As they look back, details of the crime, replete with occult overtones, are accompanied by insights into the detectives' volatile partnership and personal lives. On the surface, Hart and Cole couldn't be more different, but they share an obsession with justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men. During their investigation, Cohl dismisses a sex offender who offers a confession -- even though their boss, Major Quesada, has them under considerable pressure to solve the murder -- and he pores over old case files, finding a connection with a woman assumed to have drowned years earlier. As Hart and Cole continue their investigation, Hart's wife, Maggie, struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life spiral into cycles of obsession and violence.

TRUE DETECTIVE returned for its eight-episode second season on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO. 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. Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch star in Season 2. Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn portrays Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. McAdams plays a Ventura County Sheriff's detective named Ani Bezzerides, while Kitsch portrays California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop Paul Woodrugh. The first two episodes are directed by Justin Lin.

TRUE DETECTIVE returned for its eight-episode third season with two episodes debuting back-to-back on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 9-11pm ET/PT on HBO, followed by single episodes subsequent Sundays at 10pm. Playing out in three separate time periods, the new season tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades. Mahershala Ali stars as Arkansas state police detective Wayne Hays, who originally investigated the crime, with Stephen Dorff starring as Roland West, the detective who investigated the case with Hays, and Carmen Ejogo starring as schoolteacher and writer Amelia Reardon. Additional cast members include Josh Hopkins, who will play Jim Dobkins, a private attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas involved in deposing state police detectives in an ongoing investigation. Scoot McNairy is Tom, a father who suffers a terrible loss which ties his fate to that of two state police detectives over ten years. Mamie Gummer stars as Lucy Purcell, a young mother of two at the center of a tragic crime. In 1980, Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Ark. In 2015, retired detective Wayne Hays, his memory failing, looks back at the disappearance of 12-year-old Will and ten-year-old Julie Purcell, recalling the days and weeks immediately following the 1980 crime, as well as developments in 1990, when he and his former partner, Roland West, were subpoenaed after a major break in the case.
On Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 9-10:10pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 3 finale of TRUE DETECTIVE. In the season ender, "The Final Country," following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.



  • (Season 1) - Louisiana USA
  • (Season 2) - California USA
  • (Season 3) - Arkansas USA