True Detective is an American crime drama television series created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto. The series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States, and premiered on January 12, 2014. The first season, consisting of eight episodes, starred Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The second season is scheduled to premiere on June 21, 2015.
Engineered as an anthology, each season of True Detective will introduce new cast ensembles, characters, settings, and self-contained narratives. The show's first season is set in Louisiana and follows a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives—Rustin "Rust" Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin "Marty" Hart (Harrelson)—and their pursuit of a serial killer over the course of seventeen years. True Detective 's second season will take place in California. Pizzolatto initially conceived the series as a novel, but later, as it began taking definite form, felt it was better suited for television.