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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

Guest Stars
Alexandra DaddarioAlexandra Daddario
As Lisa Tragnetti
Kevin Dunn (1)Kevin Dunn (1)
As Major Ken Quesado
Jay O. SandersJay O. Sanders
As Rev. Billy Lee Tuttle
Christopher BerryChristopher Berry
As Danny Fontenot
Brad CarterBrad Carter
As Charlie Lange
Joe ChrestJoe Chrest
As Det. Demma
J.D. EvermoreJ.D. Evermore
As Det. Lutz
Dana Michelle GourrierDana Michelle Gourrier
As Cathleen
Michael HarneyMichael Harney
As Steve Geraci
Anthony MolinaAnthony Molina
As Detective
Alyshia OchseAlyshia Ochse
As Lucy
Dane RhodesDane Rhodes
As Det. Favre
Madison WolfeMadison Wolfe
As Audrey Hart
Meghan WolfeMeghan Wolfe
As Macie Hart
Don YessoDon Yesso
As Commander Speece
Clarke PetersClarke Peters
As Pastor
Jennifer DawsonJennifer Dawson
As Erath Woman
Davi JayDavi Jay
As Gordon DiCillo
Ron Clinton SmithRon Clinton Smith
As Sheriff Tate
Charley VanceCharley Vance
As Erath Man
Wanetah WalmsleyWanetah Walmsley
As Janet Fontenot

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


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
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