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This anthology crime drama tells a different story in each season. The first season chronicles a murder investigation in Louisiana and stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The second is set in southern California and stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on HBO
3 Seasons, 23 Episodes
January 12, 2014
Crime, Drama
9.0/10
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams
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True Detective Full Episode Guide

  • Following up on new leads, Wayne and Roland track down a man who left the police force in the midst of the Purcell investigation. Meanwhile, Amelia visits Lucy Purcell's best friend in hopes of gaining insights into the whereabouts of the mysterious one-eyed man.

  • Wayne and Roland revisit discrepancies in the Purcell case that were hidden or forgotten over the years. Among those being reevaluated is Tom Purcell, as well as Lucy Purcell's cousin, Dan O'Brien. The glitter of Amelia's book release is tarnished by a voice from the past.

  • Wayne finds himself in a no-win situation as new clues emerge in the Purcell case. Roland wrestles with how to keep evidence secure as lawyers demand a new investigation. Amelia finds her relationship with Wayne imperiled by her writing aspirations and his jealousy.

  • Hays recalls his early romance with Amelia, as well as cracks in their relationship that surfaced after they married and had children. Ten years after the Purcell crimes, new evidence emerges, giving him a second chance to vindicate himself and the investigation.

  • Hays looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case in West Finger, Ark., including possible evidence left behind at the Devil's Den, an outdoor hangout for local kids. As attention focuses on two conspicuous suspects

  • The disappearance of a young Arkansas boy and his sister in 1980 triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays, who worked the case 35 years before with partner Roland West. What started as a routine case becomes a long journey to dissect and make sense of the crime.

  • Ray and Ani attempt to escape their desperate situation while Frank ties up some loose ends.

  • Ray, Ani and Paul take precautionary measures in order to evade detection.

  • Desperate to locate a missing woman with intel about Caspere, Frank meets with Mexican drug dealers; Ani infiltrates an exclusive inner circle, with Ray and Paul keeping close tabs.

  • Ray and Frank contemplate new life choices; Ani and Paul follow a lead up the coast.

  • A lead at a pawn shop builds the case against a suspect in the Caspere murder. Meanwhile, Frank's road to legitimacy takes a new direction.

  • Caspare's murder affects Frank and the Vinci Mayor's office.

  • Officials investigate a bizarre murder and must get to the bottom of a web of conspiracy.

  • In the second season premiere, the foursome cross paths during the investigation of the murder of a high-profile businessman.

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Check out the first teaser right here!

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for 'True Detective' Season 2 Cast

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