HBO’s epic tale of light vs. darkness was a smash hit with Canadians. Based on final data for the first six episodes which averaged 451,000 total viewers and preliminary data of all eight episodes which averaged 392,000 total viewers, the instant-classic series TRUE DETECTIVE is the most-watched debut season in HBO Canada history, besting the previous record of 378,000 total viewers for the first season of GAME OF THRONES. The anthology series’ first installment, which reached a total of more than 2.4 million viewers during its run, came to a thrilling and moving conclusion last night as detectives Cohle (Academy Award® winner McConaughey) and Martin (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson) end their 17-year hunt for a killer. Subscribers who missed out on the broadcast run or who want to watch it all over again, can binge on the entire journey now on TMN GO, Shaw Go Movie Central app, and Telus Optik on the go.
TRUE DETECTIVE is an eight-episode, one-hour anthology series about Louisiana detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer. Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) worked the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about this notorious case. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle’s personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point. Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot moves forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the drama centres around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle’s relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men. Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) stars as Hart’s wife who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession.
In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.