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True Detective : Season 2 (2015)




Critic Consensus: True Detective's second season stands on its own as a solid police drama, with memorable moments and resonant relationships outweighing predictable plot twists.


Air date: Jun 21, 2015
Air date: Jun 28, 2015
Air date: Jul 5, 2015
Air date: Jul 12, 2015
Air date: Jul 19, 2015
Air date: Jul 26, 2015
Air date: Aug 2, 2015
Air date: Aug 9, 2015

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A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. -- (C) HBO

Network: HBO
Premiere Date: Jun 21, 2015
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Vince Vaughn
as Frank Semyon
Colin Farrell
as Ray Velcoro
Rachel McAdams
as Ani Bezzerides
James Frain
as Kevin Burris
Matt Battaglia
as Floyd Heschmeyer
David Morse
as Eliot Bezzerides
Matt McCoy
as Gillett
Rick Springfield
as Dr. Pitlor
Taylor Kitsch
as Paul Woodrugh
W. Earl Brown
as Teague Dixon
Riley Smith
as Steve Mercer
Pedro Miguel Arce
as Danny Santos
Molly Hagan
as Attorney
Christopher Baker
as Blake Churchman
Brett Rice
as Mr. Wyman
Afemo Omilami
as Holloway
Michael Irby
as Elvis Ilinca
Marco Rodriguez
as Gena's rapist
Michael Hyatt
as Katherine Davis
Emily Rios
as Betty Chessani
Vinicius Machado
as Tony Chessani
C.S. Lee
as Richard Geldof
Gabriel Luna
as Miguel Gilb
Jon Lindstrom
as Jacob McCandless
Agnes Olech
as Veronica Chessani
Courtney Halverson
as Laura/Erica
Ashley Grace
as Lacey Lindel
Cooper Roth
as Aspen Conroy
Carla Vila
as Danielle Delvayo
Stevin Knight
as Dan Howser
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Critic Reviews for True Detective : Season 2

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (39)

Anyone who tells you the original was an instant hit from the word go is lying. It took at least two, maybe three episodes before viewers became fully attuned to its offbeat rhythms. Season two looks like it could be heading along a similar path.

October 16, 2017 | Full Review…
The Herald (Ireland)

While this is distinctly and unmistakably True Detective, it's also something of a reinvention: with the same sense of menace but less claustrophobic, less of a two-hander and with a broader, richer brief.

June 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Sydney Morning Herald

This season seems to be parodying itself. Sometimes, the romance between a show and its viewers ends badly. To paraphrase True Detective 2's tagline: Maybe we get the television we deserve.

May 8, 2017 | Full Review…
Winnipeg Free Press

A lot of what was sometimes disparaged about the first season of True Detective-its southern Gothic noir, its amusing faux philosophy, its virility-will be missed in the much limper second season.

March 28, 2017 | Full Review…
The New York Review of Books

What's missing so far is what drove the first show: a sense of evil so palpable you felt like you needed a bath after watching it.

October 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Vaughn does not have half [McConaighey's] charisma, however, and Semyon's wordy meditations on his ambition and paranoia do not work nearly as well.

September 26, 2016 | Full Review…
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Audience Reviews for True Detective : Season 2

Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking, breath-taking and undeniably brilliant first season, the second season of True Detective finds the series still relevant, yet problematic. Featuring an ensemble cast of Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch, with equally impressive producing credits, the show is formidable, at least on paper.

The cast, to be sure, elevates the material in nearly every way. The performances are crisp, brooding, and engaging, with rich dialogue and strong chemistry. This speaks to the season?s biggest asset, the execution, especially with direction, is enthralling. The scenes are atmospheric, the performances often mesmerizing, and the action detached yet realistic and impacting.

The biggest indictment against the second season is the convoluted plot, which feels like a B neo-noir film strung out to nearly ten hours. There are too many twists, too many characters, and not enough coherence. Even the seasoned viewer will find themselves wanting to give up on following the intricacies of the plot, and simply enjoy the dazzle instead. To its credit, it?s staged well enough that we seldom get too frustrated with the confusion, yet this catches up to the writers in its finale, which is neither satisfying nor coherent.

Still solid, but a noted step back.

4/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer


Muddled storytelling drags it down. Characters weren't as interesting as season 1, and there were simply too many of them

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


This season is really a huge step down from the first season, but that doesn't mean that the season isn't good. It takes some time to get used to the new cast but Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell are really good in the show and their characters are really relatable; maybe even more relatable than the characters we got in the first season even though the acting was WAY BETTER. Vince Vaughn stands out and I actually love his performance in this show, because you never know if he is actually a good guy, or if he really is the villain. I think I'm probably looking a lot more positive on this show than many other people do, but I am also able to look away from the fact that this is a completely new setting and if you do that, this is actually a very good season.

Lasse Galsgaard
Lasse Galsgaard

Super Reviewer

½ THe Only good Thing(s) were Colin Ferrell and Taylor Kitsch being in it.

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