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True Detective: The Long Bright Dark

Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle, former CID partners in Louisiana provide separate statements about the murder case they investigated of a teenage prostitute to 2 detectives. The case goes back 17 years when the first clues into Dora Lange's murder was the presence of a cult ceremony. We also see how volatile the relationship between Hart and Cohle was in the beginning.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday January 12th, 2014

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Feb 22, 2014

  • Currently 7.6/10
7.6/10 (25 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Alexandra Daddario
As Lisa Tragnetti
Kevin Dunn (1)
As Major Ken Quesado
Jay O. Sanders
As Rev. Billy Lee Tuttle
Christopher Berry
As Danny Fontenot
Brad Carter
As Charlie Lange
Joe Chrest
As Det. Demma
J.D. Evermore
As Det. Lutz
Dana Michelle Gourrier
As Cathleen
Michael J. Harney
As Steve Geraci
Anthony Molina
As Detective
Alyshia Ochse
As Lucy
Dane Rhodes
As Det. Favre
Madison Wolfe
As Audrey Hart
Meghan Wolfe
As Macie Hart
Don Yesso
As Commander Speece
Clarke Peters
As Pastor
Jennifer Dawson
As Erath Woman
Davi Jay
As Gordon DiCillo
Ron Clinton Smith
As Sheriff Tate
Charley Vance
As Erath Man
Wanetah Walmsley
As Janet Fontenot

David Stephen Mitchell
As Promise Keeper
Duane Cothren
As Sgt. Robert Wilsden
Jim Tooey
As Jack Stofica
Jon Arthur
As Detective
Rex Baker
As Narcotics Officer
Skip Bolen
As Forensic Photographer
Wayne Ferrara
As Hornsby
Will Koberg
As Trooper
Main Cast
Matthew McConaughey
As Det. Rustin Cohle
Woody Harrelson
As Det. Martin Hart
Michelle Monaghan
As Maggie Hart
Michael Potts
As Det. Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles
As Det. Thomas Papania


In the night, a fire is lit in a farm field. A long line of fire illuminates the night...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Black AngelsYoung Men DeadEnd credits
Bob DylanRocks and Gravel 
The Handsome FamilyFar from Any RoadStart of episode
The McIntosh County ShoutersSign of the JudgementCohle & Hart drive to Marie Fontenot's house.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorNic Pizzolatto
Executive ProducerNic Pizzolatto  |  Cary Joji Fukunaga  |  Matthew McConaughey  |  Woody Harrelson  |  Richard Brown (5)  |  Steve Golin  |  Scott Stephens
ProducerCarol Cuddy
Co-ProducerLee Caplin  |  Jessica Levin
Associate ProducerMick Aniceto
Production DesignerAlex Digerlando
EditorAlexander Hall (2)
CastingAlexa L. Fogel
Unit Production ManagerCarol Cuddy
First Assistant DirectorJon Mallard
Second Assistant DirectorJames Roque
MusicT-Bone Burnett
Costume DesignerJenny Eagan
Director of PhotographyAdam Arkapaw
Production SupervisorPeter Feldman
Art DirectorTim Beach
Warning: True Detective season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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