The first season of True Detective is beautiful television. It consists of 8 episodes starring Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart, both homicide detectives. Michelle Monaghan plays Marty's wife, Maggie Hart, I haven't seen a character I didn't love played by Monaghan and Maggie is no exception. The series is set during 1995 and 2012 in rural Louisiana. McConaughey is masterful as Cohle. He does not fit the norms of society or how his job expects him to behave. He doesn't bow to politics or leadership, and plainly cuts to the truth of what he observes, which makes those around him uncomfortable. He is the more intelligent partner in some ways, being relied on for his perceptiveness. While on the other hand, Hart is the more charismatic partner, who knows how to keep the peace with his colleagues. He is also a womanizer, but seems to believe he is the "good guy" with a normal life-- wife, kids, a home-- and perceives Cohle's approach to life as absurd. These two disparate characters, their interactions, and divergent approaches are the backbone of the series, and make it fascinating to watch as the two of them work together to solve an unusual series of murders. If you enjoy crime dramas, mysteries, or thrillers, this is one that stands out as one of my favorites of all time. I stream True Detective on HBO Go or it can streamed through Amazon. Let me know what you think.
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