True Detective (season 1)
|True Detective (season 1)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Original release||January 12– March 9, 2014|
The first season of
Constructed as a
Pizzolatto initially conceived True Detective as a novel, but felt it was more suitable for television. The episodes, directed by
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
||January 12, 2014||2.33|
Seventeen years later in May 2012, Hart and Cohle are separately interviewed about the Lange investigation by detectives Thomas Papania (
|2||2||"Seeing Things"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||January 19, 2014||1.67|
1995. Animosity between Cohle and Hart flares after Cohle suspects Hart is cheating on Maggie. Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle (
In 2012, Cohle reflects on his daughter's death in a car accident, which led to the collapse of his marriage and his spending four years as an undercover narcotics investigator. His undercover career ended with a lethal gunfight, after which he was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution. After his release, Cohle requested a job in homicide and was partnered with Hart. Cohle reveals that he experiences brief, intermittent episodes of visual hallucinations caused by years of drug use while working as an undercover officer. Shots from 1995 show that Cohle occasionally suffers these hallucinations when he is with Hart, but he does not discuss them. Hart is now divorced from Maggie for reasons unrevealed.
|3||3||"The Locked Room"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||January 26, 2014||1.93|
1995. Hart and Cohle, after speaking with pastor Joel Theriot, learn that Lange was sometimes seen at church with a tall man with distinctive facial scarring. Their investigation continues in the face of pressure to turn the case over to Tuttle's new task force. Hart enters a jealous rage when he discovers his mistress Lisa (
2012. The interviews continue, revealing Hart's questionable moral views and Cohle's nihilistic views of humanity.
|4||4||"Who Goes There"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||February 9, 2014||1.99|
In 1995, Charlie Lange (
In 2012, Hart and Cohle both maintain the story of Cohle's sick father in the face of skeptical questioning by Papania and Gilbough.
|5||5||"The Secret Fate of All Life"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||February 16, 2014||2.25|
In 1995, Ginger introduces Cohle to DeWall Ledoux, Reggie's cousin and meth-cooking partner. DeWall refuses to do business with Cohle, but unwittingly leads him and Hart to a meth lab hidden in the bayou. Hart apprehends Reggie, who makes cryptic statements about Carcosa. Hart kills Reggie in a rage after discovering two kidnapped and abused children in the compound. DeWall flees but dies after triggering a homemade booby trap. Hart and Cohle plant evidence to make it look as though an intense shootout has taken place, a scenario they report to a police investigation. They are hailed as heroes at the police station and in the press, and they receive commendations and promotions.
By 2002, Hart and Maggie have reconciled and Cohle is dating again. While Cohle is consulting on a police interrogation, the prisoner asks for a
In 2012, Papania and Gilbough tell Hart they suspect that Cohle, who they allege conveniently led Hart to every clue or lead in the case, has been orchestrating the killings. Cohle is also a person of interest in Rev. Billy Lee Tuttle's suspicious death two years earlier, which was around the time Cohle returned to Louisiana. Cohle walks out of his interview after the detectives accuse him.
|6||6||"Haunted Houses"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||February 23, 2014||2.64|
In 2002, Cohle links a series of missing persons to Tuttle-funded schools. A former pastor in Tuttle's ministries claims Tuttle covered up child molestation. Ledoux's surviving victim, now institutionalized with
In 2012, Papania and Gilbough interview Maggie, who deflects their questions. Hart walks out of his interview in response to Papania and Gilbough's accusations against Cohle. Cohle seeks out Hart and they agree to meet and talk.
|7||7||"After You've Gone"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||March 2, 2014||2.34|
|In 2012, Cohle presents Hart with evidence of a cult he believes is responsible for the disappearance of dozens of women and children along the coast in Louisiana. Among the evidence is a videotape of the ritualistic rape and murder of Marie Fontenot (the missing-child case they briefly investigated in 1995) by men in costumes and masks, which Cohle stole from a safe in Rev. Tuttle's home. Cohle denies killing Tuttle, speculating that others did it to prevent Tuttle from being blackmailed over the tape. Hart, shaken from watching the videotape, agrees to join the investigation. They learn that Tuttle had an illegitimate half-brother with the surname Childress, whose son had scars on his face. They also learn that their former colleague Steve Geraci (
|8||8||"Form and Void"||Cary Joji Fukunaga||Nic Pizzolatto||March 9, 2014||3.52|
|In 2012, the "man with the scars" (