The Best Television of 2014 | 5 Jan 2015 // 8:20 PM
In 2014, we let Russian spies, biker gangs, Silicon Valley techies, and existentially frustrated detectives into our living rooms. As these 25 picks reveal, we had good reasons for doing so.
'True Detective' and the Conventions of Morality | 9 Sep 2014 // 8:14 PM
In the realm of moral ambiguity they occupy, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart become a microcosm of Lawrence Kohlberg's three stages of moral development.
Contemplations on the Nature of Truth: True Crime, 'True Detective', & 'Serial' Obsessions | 29 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM
True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder.
HBO's 'True Detective' and the Gentle Apocalypse of the Louisiana Landscape | 12 Jan 2014 // 5:15 AM
Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) encounter a rogues' gallery of supporting characters, including the bad men we need to keep other bad men from the door.
Anthologies, 'American Horror Story', and the Disposability of Pulp Storytelling | 25 Feb 2015 // 3:00 AM
This show embraced its reputation for the weird and the strange, but it's storytelling methods are among the messiest in television.
'True Detective' and the Death of Television Criticism | 23 Jun 2014 // 2:14 AM
Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.
Nic Pizzolatto, the Brooding Poet Behind 'True Detective' | 13 Jan 2014 // 5:05 AM
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn’t the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It