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Why you should binge watch HBO's True Detective

by Jonathan Biersbach

Netflix and the Internet in general has changed our TV watching habits. We all have come to the realization that binge watching is the best kind of TV consumption and that is why I chose to wait until the first season of HBO's True Detective was over to start watching it. 

As I'm writing this, I'm half way through my binge watching of True Detective. You may have heard the buzz about the show and you might have already possibly watched it, but let me tell you….it definitely lives up to the hype and the buzz around it.


For those who aren't aware of what the show is about, lets start with who it stars. Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey and twice nominated for an Academy Award Woody Harrelson are a pair of detectives working on a ritualistic murder case in 1995. They're recanting their timeline of solving the crime 17 years later to 2 cops working on a similar case that might be connected to the 1995 murder. 

Seems like your average detective show/movie, but it's so much more thanks to their flawed characters in the 8 episode story-arc.  

McConaughey plays a new detective in Louisiana who previously came from Texas as an undercover narcotics officer with serious psychological problems stemming from his previous life in Texas. Harrelson plays his veteran Louisiana detective with a family and has his own demons involving drinking and extramarital activities with a twenty-something court reporter played by actress Alexandra Daddario


Alexandra Daddario has gained the attention of many blogs on the Internet with her full nudity in the show and she has probably also gained the attention of the President Obama after he supposedly requested the entire season of True Detective and the upcoming season of Game of Thrones while he was on vacation a few weeks ago. She even had a funny tweet about it:

The real story besides Alexandra's body of work, is the excellent writing from creator Nic Pizzolatto and the complex characters he has created and how well McConaughey and Harrelson portray them. 

The show starts off a little slow to begin, but picks up steam towards the end of the first episode and it doesn't look back. You need to watch this or find a friend who has HBO and watch this. 

I know when I'm done with the show, I'll probably find a new TV show to become addicted to (new season of Game of Thrones), but if you have 8 hours free take the time to watch it.