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"True Detective" (TV show) is a drama series on HBO.

Season 1

The first season stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer, ranging from the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 to the reopening of the case in 2012.

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.

Michelle Monaghan ("Mission: Impossible III") also stars as Hart's wife, Maggie, who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession. The cast also includes Kevin Dunn ("Veep") as Major Quesada, the supervising officer in 1995; Tory Kittles ("Sons of Anarchy") and Michael Potts ("The Wire") as Detectives Papania and Gilbough, the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers.

Season 2

Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Colin 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, while Vince Vaughn plays 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.

The cast also includes Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves, Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened, and Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon's wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.

"True Detective" is written and created by Nic Pizzolatto ("The Killing"), who executive produces along with Steve Golin and Scott Stephens. The first season is directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre," "Jane Eyre") who also serves as executive producer. Justin Lin directs the first two episodes of the second season.



TRUE DETECTIVE (TV SHOW): FACTS

Network: HBO
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 12, 2014
Seasons: 2





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