True Detective is an American crime drama series created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The show airs on HBO and is an anthology series, meaning that the characters and story are revamped after each season. The first season consisted of eight episodes and starred Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, among others.
The series uses multiple timelines to follow the lives of homicide detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) as they attempt to hunt down a serial killer in Louisiana over the course of 17 years.
True Detective has received widespread critical acclaim, and with an average episode viewership of 11.2 million viewers per episode, True Detective became the most watched first season of an HBO Original Series since 2001. The show is praised for the performances of its actors (particularly those of McConaughey and Harrelson), the complexity of its narrative structure, and for its authenticity stemming from shooting on location in Louisiana. True Detective received four nominations for the 2014 TCA Awards– Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, Program of the Year, and Matthew McConaughey for Individual Achievement in Drama.