Louisiana State CID partners Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle have encountered enough death in their respective careers to where news of a murdered prostitute doesn’t stray from the norm. It may be something disheartening on its own, but after years of working in their field, it’s simply another set of paper work to do and another seedy part of town to visit in order to work the case. However, the murder of Dora Lange is something different than what they’re used to and eventually leads the two down a rabbit hole that it takes them nearly two decades to see their way out of, as there’s more to the killing than meets the eye and the investigation puts enough pressure on both detectives to where they’re changed, both personally and professionally, for good due to their involvement.
Listed below are the dates, titles, descriptions, and repeat information for the first three episodes of True Detective.
Sunday, January 12th – “The Long Bright Dark”
Former Louisiana State CID partners Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle give separate statements to a pair of investigators about the murder of a prostitute, Dora Lange, 17 years earlier. As they look back, details of the crime, replete with occult overtones, are accompanied by insights into the detectives’ volatile partnership and personal lives.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 12 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 13 (12:15 a.m.), 14 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 16 (midnight), 17 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (1:00 a.m.), and 24 (8:00 p.m.), and Feb. 4 (11:00 p.m.), 7 (7:00 p.m.), and 8 (10:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 13 (9:00 p.m.), 17 (1:15 a.m.), and 19 (3:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (5:00 p.m.) and 9 (4:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 19th – “Seeing Things”
Under pressure to land a suspect in the Lange murder, Quesada warns Hart and Cohle that they might be replaced by three detectives from a new task force. The pair lobbies for extra time to follow up on a lead that takes them from a rural cathouse to an incinerated church. With his marriage to Maggie already strained by work, Hart finds respite away from home.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 19 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 20 (12:15 a.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.), 23 (midnight), 24 (9:00 p.m.), 25 (9:45 p.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.), and Feb. 4 (midnight), 7 (8:00 p.m.), and 8 (11:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 20 (9:00 p.m.), 24 (1:15 a.m.) and 26 (12:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (6:00 p.m.) and 9 (5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 26th – “The Locked Room”
A hidden image at the burned-out church leads Cohle and Hart to Joel Theriot, a tent-revival minister whose parishioners finger a scarred “tall man” seen with Dora Lange. Brought in for interrogation, a sex offender matching the description is quickly dismissed by Cohle, despite offering a confession. Hart gets sidetracked after Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend at a C&W bar. Looking to establish a pattern of murder, Cohle pores over old case files, finding a connection with a woman assumed to have drowned years earlier.
Other HBO playdates: Jan. 26 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 27 (11:45 p.m.), 28 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 29 (10:00 p.m.), 30 (11:45 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (9:00 p.m.), 5 (10:00 p.m.), 6 (midnight), 7 (9:00 p.m.), 8 (12:15 a.m.), and 14 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Jan. 27 (9:00 p.m.) and 31 (1:40 a.m.), and Feb. 1 (7:00 p.m.), 2 (12:30 a.m.), 3 (9:00 p.m.), and 9 (6:00 p.m.)
True Detective is set to premiere Sunday, January 12th on HBO.