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True Detective Season 1

True Detective Season 1


In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are called back to reexamine a murder case they had worked on. Through separate interrogations, the two detectives recount their original investigation, uncovering unresolved issues and raising doubts about their previous conclusion regarding a disturbing ritualistic killing. As the timelines intertwine and intersect in 2012, both men find themselves drawn back into a world they thought they had escaped. As they delve deeper into the case and each other's lives, they discover that darkness exists on both sides of the law.

air date

January. 12,2014

production companies

HBO, Anonymous Content, Passenger

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True Detective Season 1 Episode Guide

The Long Bright Dark

S1 E1 The Long Bright Dark

Jan. 12,2014

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. As they look back, details of the crime, replete with occult overtones, are accompanied by insights into the detectives’ volatile partnership and personal lives.

Seeing Things

S1 E2 Seeing Things

Jan. 19,2014

Under pressure to land a suspect in the Lange murder, Quesada warns Hart and Cohle that they might be replaced by three detectives from a new task force. The pair lobbies for extra time to follow up on a lead that takes them from a rural cathouse to an incinerated church. With his marriage to Maggie already strained by work, Hart finds respite away from home.

The Locked Room

S1 E3 The Locked Room

Jan. 26,2014

A hidden image at the burned-out church leads Cohle and Hart to Joel Theriot, a tent-revival minister whose parishioners finger a scarred “tall man” seen with Dora Lange. Brought in for interrogation, a sex offender matching the description is quickly dismissed by Cohle, despite offering a confession. Hart gets sidetracked after Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend at a C&W bar. Looking to establish a pattern of murder, Cohle pores over old case files, finding a connection with a woman assumed to have drowned years earlier.

Who Goes There?

S1 E4 Who Goes There?

Feb. 09,2014

Hart and Cohle hunt for their newly identified suspect, Reggie Ledoux, a meth cooker who shared a cell with Dora Lange's husband and recently skipped parole. As Hart's personal life collapses around him, Cohle immerses himself in an old criminal identity from his narco days, contacting an East-Texas biker gang known to deal with their primary suspect.

The Secret Fate of All Life

S1 E5 The Secret Fate of All Life

Feb. 16,2014

A violent denouement in the forest clears the Dora Lange case and turns Cohle and Hart into local heroes. Each man settles into a healthier rhythm of living as Hart returns to his family, and Cohle starts a relationship while gaining a reputation as a closer in interrogations. As time passes and his daughters grow older, Hart faces new tensions and temptations, and Cohle learns from a double-murder suspect that there could be much more to an old case than he'd once thought. In 2012, Gilbough and Papania put their cards on the table, presenting new intelligence that threatens Cohle and causes Hart to reassess everything he thought he knew about his former partner.

Haunted Houses

S1 E6 Haunted Houses

Feb. 23,2014

Maggie reveals Cohle's activities in 2002, when his relationship with Hart fractured and he quit the force.

After You've Gone

S1 E7 After You've Gone

Mar. 02,2014

Hart and Cohle call a truce to investigate a series of disappearances that may be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

Form and Void

S1 E8 Form and Void

Mar. 09,2014

An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.

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Cast of True Detective Season 1

Mahershala Ali

Wayne Hays

Stephen Dorff

Roland West

Carmen Ejogo

Amelia Reardon

Scoot McNairy

Tom Purcell

Ray Fisher

Henry Hays