True Detective (2014 series)

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Detective Rust tracks a killer through the corridors of Carcosa in True Detective...

Summary

An anthology police drama series that tells a different story each season/year, in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. Season one focuses on the lives of two Louisiana State Police homicide detectives under investigation by Internal Affairs over their a seventeen-year period of their partnership together; they must recount their investigations into the occult murder of a prostitute and the histories of several other unsolved crimes that hint at the involvement of a "King in Yellow", the perpetrator of which remains at large. The first season explores themes of philosophical pessimism, masculinity, and religion, and critics have analyzed the show's portrayal of women, its auteurist sensibility, and the influence of comics and weird horror fiction on its narrative.

Details

  • Release Date: 2014-2015
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Police Procedural, Southern Gothic
  • Setting: 1990s and Modern Louisiana and California
  • Starring: (various)
  • Creator: Nic Pizzolatto
  • Producer/Production Co: Anonymous Content, Passenger
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  • IMDB Page: (link)
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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Nudity)

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A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not much that happens in the series is explicitly "Lovecraftian", but the first season did drop numerous references to The King in Yellow (fiction), featured a bizarre cult with some eerie stick-figure symbols, and included some fantastic "eldritch locations" for characters whose points of view were the television equivalent of unreliable narrators to experience some very strange things in; commentators have also pointed out marked similarities between lines of dialogue in the series and the writings of Thomas Ligotti. (The second season was presented as a more traditional police procedural.)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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An anthology police drama series that tells a different story each season/year, in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law. Season one focuses on the lives of two Louisiana State Police homicide detectives under investigation by Internal Affairs over their a seventeen-year period of their partnership together; they must recount their investigations into the murder of a prostitute and the histories of several other unsolved crimes that hint at the involvement of a "King in Yellow", the perpetrator of which remains at large. The first season explores themes of philosophical pessimism, masculinity, and Christianity, and critics have analyzed the show's portrayal of women, its auteurist sensibility, and the influence of comics and weird horror fiction on its narrative. The second season is presented as a more traditional police procedural with fewer fantasy elements, and focuses on the interaction of several detectives from various departments with murky jurisdiction of the investigation of the discovery of the dead body of a local businessman who was involved in a major land deal which may be involved in a number of deadly conspiracies.


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