List of True Detective episodes

True Detective is an American anthology crime drama television series created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, that premiered on January 12, 2014, on HBO. The series focuses on police investigations and on the effect they have on troubled detectives that carry them out. Each season is structured as a self-contained narrative with different sets of characters and settings, and consists of eight episodes that have been between 54 and 87 minutes in length. As of February 24, 2019, 24 episodes of True Detective have aired, concluding the third season. A fourth season is set to premiere on January 14, 2024.[1]

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Series overview Edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedAverage viewers
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
18January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)2.33[2]
28June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)August 9, 2015 (2015-08-09)2.61[2]
38January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)1.25[2]
46January 14, 2024 (2024-01-14)TBATBA

Episodes Edit

Season 1 (2014) Edit

In 2012, two former homicide investigators with the Louisiana State Police's Criminal Investigations Division, Rustin "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin "Marty" Hart (Woody Harrelson), are summoned for questioning by detectives Maynard Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Thomas Papania (Tory Kittles), about the Dora Lange murder investigation of 1995; they have not seen nor spoken to each other since an altercation concerning Martin's wife Maggie Hart (Michelle Monaghan) over a decade prior. With many of the old files destroyed in Hurricane Rita, the two men are asked to recount the history of their working relationship, personal lives, and the Dora Lange murder investigation, as well as a series of other related individual cases as new evidence suggests that the perpetrator remains at large.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"The Long Bright Dark"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)2.33[3]
22"Seeing Things"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 19, 2014 (2014-01-19)1.67[4]
33"The Locked Room"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoJanuary 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)1.93[5]
44"Who Goes There"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 9, 2014 (2014-02-09)1.99[6]
55"The Secret Fate of All Life"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 16, 2014 (2014-02-16)2.25[7]
66"Haunted Houses"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoFebruary 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)2.64[8]
77"After You've Gone"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoMarch 2, 2014 (2014-03-02)2.34[9]
88"Form and Void"Cary Joji FukunagaNic PizzolattoMarch 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)3.52[10]

Season 2 (2015) Edit

California Highway Patrol officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) discovers the dead body of a city manager who was involved in a major land deal. Given the ambiguous jurisdictional nature of the crime scene, two other officers, Vinci Police Department Detective Raymond Velcoro (Colin Farrell) and Ventura County Sheriff's Office CID Antigone "Ani" Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), along with Woodrugh are assigned to investigate the murder. The crime soon involves Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a career criminal who was involved in the land deal and whose life savings were stolen when the murder took place. The three detectives, plus Semyon, quickly realize a larger conspiracy at play involving the victim's ties to the city of Vinci's deepening corrupt proliferations.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
91"The Western Book of the Dead"Justin LinNic PizzolattoJune 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)3.17[11]
102"Night Finds You"Justin LinNic PizzolattoJune 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)3.05[12]
113"Maybe Tomorrow"Janus MetzNic PizzolattoJuly 5, 2015 (2015-07-05)2.62[13]
124"Down Will Come"Jeremy PodeswaNic Pizzolatto & Scott LasserJuly 12, 2015 (2015-07-12)2.36[14]
135"Other Lives"John CrowleyNic PizzolattoJuly 19, 2015 (2015-07-19)2.42[15]
146"Church in Ruins"Miguel SapochnikNic Pizzolatto & Scott LasserJuly 26, 2015 (2015-07-26)2.34[16]
157"Black Maps and Motel Rooms"Daniel AttiasNic PizzolattoAugust 2, 2015 (2015-08-02)2.18[17]
168"Omega Station"John CrowleyNic PizzolattoAugust 9, 2015 (2015-08-09)2.73[18]

Season 3 (2019) Edit

The story takes place in the Ozarks over three separate time periods. In 1980, partner detectives Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) and Roland West (Stephen Dorff) investigate a macabre crime involving two missing children. In 1990, Hays and West are subpoenaed after a major break in the case. In 2015, a retired Hays is asked by a true crime documentary producer to look back at the unsolved case.[19]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
171"The Great War and Modern Memory"Jeremy SaulnierNic PizzolattoJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)1.44[20]
182"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"Jeremy SaulnierNic PizzolattoJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)1.19[20]
193"The Big Never"Daniel SackheimNic PizzolattoJanuary 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)1.06[21]
204"The Hour and the Day"Nic PizzolattoNic Pizzolatto & David MilchJanuary 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)1.45[22]
215"If You Have Ghosts"Nic PizzolattoNic PizzolattoFebruary 1, 2019 (2019-02-01) (online)
February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03) (HBO)
0.88[23]
226"Hunters in the Dark"Daniel SackheimGraham Gordy & Nic PizzolattoFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)1.25[24]
237"The Final Country"Daniel SackheimNic PizzolattoFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)1.32[25]
248"Now Am Found"Daniel SackheimNic PizzolattoFebruary 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)1.38[26]

Season 4 (2024) Edit

In Ennis, Alaska, detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) investigate the disappearance of eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station who vanish without a trace.[27]

Ratings Edit

True Detective : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678
12.331.671.931.992.252.642.343.522.33
23.173.052.622.362.422.342.182.732.61
31.441.191.061.450.881.251.321.381.25
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research[2]

References Edit

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