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True Detective

True Detective

Photo Credit:  Lacey Terrell/HBO
  • 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.
On Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 2 finale of TRUE DETECTIVE. In the 90-minute season ender, "Omega Station," Frank, Ray and Ani weigh their options as Caspere's killer and the scope of corruption are revealed.



  • - Louisiana USA