Is True Detective on Netflix?

True Detective 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, as well as details on the third season of this TV show.

True Detective

Release Date on Netflix: N/A
CreatorNic Pizzolatto
Directors: Cary Joji Fukunaga, John Crowley, Justin Lin, and others.
Runtime: 55 minutes
IMDb Rating: 9
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 season 3 only has Nic Pizzolatto as a writer and will tell a macabre crime story that takes place in the Ozarks and over 3 separate time periods, during which the mystery deepens. The cast of season 3 will star Mahershala Ali as state police detective Wayne Hays and will be directed by Nic Pizzolatto and Jeremy Saulnier. However, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will also contribute to the development of this season, together with other producers from seasons 1 and 2. Although no release date has been announced for the third season of True Detective, it’s pretty clear it will come out somewhere in 2019.

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 well below average. Amazon Prime will be getting some of HBO’s older shows sometime 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. If you need new ideas for binge-worthy shows, make sure you check it out!


True Detective, one of the best crime drama series of the decade, has announced its third season and got us really hyped. The series is not on Netflix and most likely will never be considering it’s produced by a competitor of Netflix. Do you think HBO will ever sign away the streaming rights to what is now the most popular streaming service?

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