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Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

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Nic Pizzolatto
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Wayne struggles to hold on to his memories, and his grip on reality, as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Matthew McConaughey ...  Detective Rust Cohle 8 episodes, 2014
Colin Farrell ...  Detective Ray Velcoro 8 episodes, 2015
Woody Harrelson ...  Detective Marty Hart 8 episodes, 2014
Rachel McAdams ...  Detective Ani Bezzerides 8 episodes, 2015
Michelle Monaghan ...  Maggie Hart 8 episodes, 2014
Taylor Kitsch ...  Officer Paul Woodrugh 8 episodes, 2015
Michael Potts ...  Detective Maynard Gilbough 8 episodes, 2014
Kelly Reilly ...  Jordan Semyon 8 episodes, 2015
Tory Kittles ...  Detective Thomas Papania 8 episodes, 2014
Vince Vaughn ...  Frank Semyon 8 episodes, 2015
Chris Kerson ...  Nails 8 episodes, 2015
Mahershala Ali ...  Detective Wayne Hays 8 episodes, 2019
Carmen Ejogo ...  Amelia Reardon 8 episodes, 2019
Stephen Dorff ...  Detective Roland West / ... 8 episodes, 2019
Ray Fisher ...  Henry Hays 8 episodes, 2019
Scoot McNairy ...  Tom Purcell 7 episodes, 2019
Ritchie Coster ...  Mayor Austin Chessani 7 episodes, 2015
Sarah Gadon ...  Elisa Montgomery 7 episodes, 2019
Christopher James Baker ...  Blake Churchman 7 episodes, 2015
Afemo Omilami ...  Police Chief Holloway 7 episodes, 2015
James Frain ...  Lieutenant Kevin Burris 7 episodes, 2015
J.D. Evermore ...  Detective Lutz 6 episodes, 2014
Andy Mackenzie ...  Ivar 6 episodes, 2015
Dana Gourrier ...  Cathleen 6 episodes, 2014
Michael Irby ...  Detective Elvis Ilinca 6 episodes, 2015
Abigail Spencer ...  Gena Brune 6 episodes, 2015
Timothy V. Murphy ...  Osip Agronov 6 episodes, 2015
Yara Martinez ...  Felicia 6 episodes, 2015
Adria Arjona ...  Emily 6 episodes, 2015
Isaiah C. Morgan ...  Young Henry Hays / ... 6 episodes, 2019
Madison Wolfe ...  Audrey Hart 6 episodes, 2014
Alain Uy ...  Ernst Bodine 6 episodes, 2015
Jon Lindstrom ...  Jacob McCandless 6 episodes, 2015
Brett Cullen ...  Gerald Kindt 5 episodes, 2019
Kevin Dunn ...  Major Ken Quesada 5 episodes, 2014
Mamie Gummer ...  Lucy Purcell 5 episodes, 2019
Michael Greyeyes ...  Brett Woodard 5 episodes, 2019
Jon Tenney ...  Alan Jones 5 episodes, 2019
W. Earl Brown ...  Detective Teague Dixon 5 episodes, 2015
Joe Chrest ...  Detective Demma 5 episodes, 2014
Rhys Wakefield ...  Freddy Burns 5 episodes, 2019
Michael Hyatt ...  Katherine Davis 5 episodes, 2015
Leven Rambin ...  Athena Bezzerides 5 episodes, 2015
Emily Nelson ...  Margaret 5 episodes, 2019
Lera Lynn Lera Lynn ...  Singer 5 episodes, 2015
Kennedi Butler ...  Young Becca Hays 5 episodes, 2019
Dane Rhodes ...  Detective Favre 5 episodes, 2014
Alexandra Daddario ...  Lisa Tragnetti 4 episodes, 2014
Josh Hopkins ...  Jim Dobkins 4 episodes, 2019
James MacDonald ...  Major Blevins 4 episodes, 2019
Michael Broderick ...  Special Agent John Bowen 4 episodes, 2019
C.S. Lee ...  Richard Geldof 4 episodes, 2015
Tim Griffin ...  Special Agent Burt Diller 4 episodes, 2019
Lolita Davidovich ...  Cynthia Woodrugh 4 episodes, 2015
Tony Molina Jr. Tony Molina Jr. ...  Detective 4 episodes, 2014
Vinicius Machado ...  Tony Chessani 4 episodes, 2015
Trevor Larcom ...  Chad Velcoro 4 episodes, 2015
Brian Oerly ...  Eddie 4 episodes, 2019
Matt Battaglia ...  Commander Floyd Heschmeyer 4 episodes, 2015
Sol Landerman ...  Michael Bulgari 4 episodes, 2015
Meghan Wolfe ...  Maisie Hart 4 episodes, 2014
David Morse ...  Eliot Bezzerides 3 episodes, 2015
Rick Springfield ...  Dr. Irving Pitlor 3 episodes, 2015
Scott Shepherd ...  Harris James 3 episodes, 2019
Jackson Beals ...  Detective Mark Daughtry 3 episodes, 2014
Glenn Fleshler ...  Errol Childress 3 episodes, 2014
Michael Harney ...  Steve Geraci 3 episodes, 2014
Alex Fernandez ...  James O'Neal 3 episodes, 2015
Brandon Flynn ...  Ryan Peters 3 episodes, 2019
David Stanbra ...  Detective Segar 3 episodes, 2019
Richard Meehan ...  Frankie Boyle 3 episodes, 2019
L. Warren Young ...  Detective 3 episodes, 2019
Myk Watford ...  Detective Morelli 3 episodes, 2019
Erin Moriarty ...  Audrey Hart 3 episodes, 2014
Bill Kelly ...  Detective Hobbs 3 episodes, 2019
Jim Klock ...  Detective Ted Bertrand 3 episodes, 2014
Gabriel Luna ...  Miguel Gilb 3 episodes, 2015
Jack Topalian ...  Armin 3 episodes, 2015
Arthur Darbinyan ...  Leonid 3 episodes, 2015
Garrett Kruithof ...  Detective Jimmy Dufrene 3 episodes, 2014
Agnes Albright ...  Veronica Chessani 3 episodes, 2015
Emily Rios ...  Betty Chessani 3 episodes, 2015
Christian Campbell ...  Richard Brune 3 episodes, 2015
Courtney Halverson ...  Erica Jonson 3 episodes, 2015
Don Yesso ...  Commander Speece 3 episodes, 2014
Bea Santos ...  21 Year Old Julie Purcell / ... 3 episodes, 2019
Carla Vila ...  Danielle Delvayo 3 episodes, 2015
Benjamín Benítez ...  Gonzales #1 3 episodes, 2015
Robert Renderos Robert Renderos ...  Gonzales #2 3 episodes, 2015
Ronnie Gene Blevins ...  Stan 3 episodes, 2015
Jay O. Sanders ...  Billy Lee Tuttle 2 episodes, 2014
Fred Ward ...  Eddie Velcoro 2 episodes, 2015
Lili Simmons ...  Beth 2 episodes, 2014
Shea Whigham ...  Joel Theriot 2 episodes, 2014
Michael Graziadei ...  Dan O'Brien 2 episodes, 2019
Christopher Berry ...  Danny Fontenot / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Brad Carter ...  Charlie Lange 2 episodes, 2014
Johnny McPhail ...  Robert Doumain 2 episodes, 2014
Gareth Williams ...  Police Chief Warren 2 episodes, 2019
Charles Halford ...  Reggie Ledoux 2 episodes, 2014
Jodi Balfour ...  Lori 2 episodes, 2019
Greg Bryan ...  Jay Bunda 2 episodes, 2019
Pedro Miguel Arce ...  Danny Santos 2 episodes, 2015
Molly Hagan ...  Mrs. Harris 2 episodes, 2015
Ashley Hinshaw ...  Lacey Lindel 2 episodes, 2015
Lennon Morgan ...  Ronnie Boyle 2 episodes, 2019
Nick Basta ...  James Boyle 2 episodes, 2019
Alyshia Ochse ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 2014
Harlon Miller ...  Video Tech / ... 2 episodes, 2014-2019
Miranda Rae Mayo ...  Vera Machiado 2 episodes, 2015
Bojesse Christopher ...  Detective Richard Kitting 2 episodes, 2019
Brighton Sharbino ...  Maisie Hart 2 episodes, 2014
Corbin Pitts ...  Mike Ardoin 2 episodes, 2019
Weronika Rosati ...  Agnes 2 episodes, 2015
Mark Chaet ...  Jew Diamond Dealer 2 episodes, 2015
Chet Grissom ...  Bart Sallis 2 episodes, 2015
Michael A. Klucher Michael A. Klucher ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2019
Luke Edwards ...  Lenny Tyler 2 episodes, 2015
Lawrence Turner ...  Foreman 2 episodes, 2019
Stevin Knight ...  Dan Howser 2 episodes, 2015
Cullen Moss ...  State Trooper 2 episodes, 2019
Joseph Sikora ...  Ginger 2 episodes, 2014
Jancey Sheats Jancey Sheats ...  News Anchor 2 episodes, 2019
Jamison Jones ...  Will Davidson 2 episodes, 2015
Anjul Nigam ...  Ventura County Medical Examiner 2 episodes, 2015
Riley Smith ...  Steve Mercer 2 episodes, 2015
Ronny Cox ...  Catalast Executive / ... 2 episodes, 2015
Deborah Ayorinde ...  Becca Hays 2 episodes, 2019
Lena McCarthy ...  Julie Purcell 2 episodes, 2019
Steven Williams ...  Junius 2 episodes, 2019
Lindsay Musil ...  Shelly 2 episodes, 2019
Nathan Wetherington ...  Mike Ardoin 2 episodes, 2019
Bailey Rae Fenderson ...  Amy Hays 2 episodes, 2019
Cooper Roth ...  Aspen Conroy 2 episodes, 2015
Mary Kathryn Bryant ...  State Police Receptionist 2 episodes, 2019
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Storyline

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they'd left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law. Written by Rich28

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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We get the world we deserve. (Season 2) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

True Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Nic Pizzolatto, all of the nude scenes in season one were pay cable mandated. Even stating he would be happy with no nudity. See more »

Goofs

Detective Rust Cohle is seen looking at his watch as it beeps. His watch is a mechanical dive watch without any digital components, and is unable to beep. See more »

Quotes

Detective Rust Cohle: This... This is what I'm talking about. This is what I mean when I'm talkin' about time, and death, and futility. All right, there are broader ideas at work, mainly what is owed between us as a society for our mutual illusions. Fourteen straight hours of staring at DB's, these are the things ya think of. You ever done that? You look in their eyes, even in a picture, doesn't matter if they're dead or alive, you can still read 'em. You know what you see? They welcomed it... Not at first, but... ...
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 4 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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Far From Any Road
By The Handsome Family
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User Reviews

 
Amazing Show That Keeps You Wanting More!
31 January 2014 | by RoswellAlienSee all my reviews

This show is fantastic. Both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are stellar and the rest of the cast are amazing. Every person gives meaning to there character. The story is dark but it never gets to dark. It adds some humor every now and then which is done well. Also there is not a lot of Action so if your looking for a Action filled series this is not for you. Dialogue is well written you can tell that a lot of time was put into the shows script. Cinematography is absolutely jaw dropping they have some beautiful shots in the first 3 episodes. There is 0 shaky cam for those that hate it. I hope this show has a long run because it's fantastic and it really stands out from the rest of the crime shows out right now. Overall I recommend this show to people that are looking for a stellar story. Absolutely brilliant 10/10

*Edit* 2/24/14: Just finished episode 6 and I like how this is all playing out. I am really looking forward to watching the rest of the season.

*Edit* 3/10/14: Now that True Detectives first season is over. I have to say that this season will go down as one of the best achievements in Television history. The amount of emotions this season had was unbelievable. Truly some of the best Television I have watched.


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