Watch a Clip from HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE Premiere Episode

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Shot on location in Louisiana, the drama series True Detective began its eight-episode season on JAN. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Watch a clip from the episode here!

Matthew McConaughey ("The Wolf of Wall Street," Golden Globe nominee for "Dallas Buyers Club") stars as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson ("Out of the Furnace," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") stars as Martin Hart in the show, which also stars Michelle Monaghan ("Gone Baby Gone") as Hart's wife, Maggie, who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life spiral into cycles of obsession and violence.

Alternating between 1995, 2002 and 2012, all eight episodes were written by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre"), who executive produce along with Scott Stephens, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Steve Golin.

At first glance, Martin Hart and Rust Cohle couldn't be more different. Hart, a native Louisianan, is an outgoing family man with two kids, whose marriage is buckling under the stress of the job. Cohle, a former undercover narcotics detective from Texas, embraces isolation, articulating a pessimistic, even bleak, world view. But they share an obsession with justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men.

Also featured in True Detective are Kevin Dunn (HBO's "Luck") as Major Quesada, Hart and Cohle's boss; Tory Kittles ("Sons of Anarchy") and Michael Potts (HBO's "The Wire") as detectives Papania and Gilbough, in charge of the 2012 investigation; Elizabeth Reaser ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn") as Laurie; Shea Whigham (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") as revivalist Joel Theriot; Clarke Peters (HBO's "Treme") as a rural minister; Jay O. Sanders ("Person of Interest") as Billy Lee Tuttle; and Lili Simmons (CINEMAX's "Banshee") as Beth, a prostitute.




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