Is True Detective on Netflix?

With over 2.61 million viewers for its second season, True Detective is one of the best and most popular TV shows of the decade. The crime drama anthology produced by HBO got an average of 2.47 million viewers per episode. This page will walk you through the main cast, trivia, and the reasons behind the True Detective Netflix unavailability.

True Detective

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga, John Crowley, Justin Lin, and others.
Runtime: 55 minutes
IMDb Rating: 9.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%
MPAA Rating: TV-MA​

For those not familiar with the HBO original series, True Detective is an anthology-type TV show. Each season tells its own self-contained story.

Season 1 of True Detective is set in Louisiana and stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The pilot gathered 2.33 million viewers, while the season one finale pulled in 3.52 million Americans. In fact, the demand for the last episode of the first season of True Detective caused HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service, to crash temporarily.

You can watch the embedded first season trailer below:

Season 2 of True Detective is set in California and stars Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly. The public did not receive the second season as well as the first; nevertheless, it managed to gather more than 2.61 million viewers on average. Season 1, on the other hand, only has an average of 2.33 million viewers per episode.

You can watch the trailer for the show’s second season embedded below:

True Detective won a British Academy Television Award in the Best International Programme category by BAFTA, one Emmy for outstanding directing, three Creative Arts Emmy awards for cinematography, main title design, make-up, and casting, and two Television Critics Association Awards.


  • Matthew McConaughey developed a 450-page, 4-stage analysis of his character Rustin Cohle to better grasp his evolution along the first season.
  • Rustin Cohle smokes 49 cigarettes and drinks eight cans of beer on camera during Season 1.
  • Both Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain declined roles in the second season. Sources blame the considerable amount of time the show would have required.
  • Vinci, the city where the second season is set, is partly inspired by the Vernon corruption stories.

Is True Detective on Netflix?

Unfortunately, no; neither of its two seasons are available for streaming on Netflix.

HBO’s streaming service, HBOGo, would lose subscribers if they made their original shows available on Netflix. Therefore, the chances of it ever being available are below average. Amazon Prime will be getting some of HBO’s older shows some time after they air, so make sure to check its availability there, too.

If True Detective were on Netflix, though, it would surely be featured on our list of good TV series on Netflix.


True Detective, one of the best crime drama series of the decade, is making its fans wait for the third season and the release of the first two seasons of True Detective on Netflix. Do you think HBO will ever sign away the streaming rights to the most popular streaming service?


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