Woody Harrelson

The 25 Best Cop Shows of All Time

It’s a big day for fans of ’80s television, cop shows, and, basically, things that are good: after first and second season releases that ended in 2006 and never resumed, the pop culture saviors over at Shout Factory have stepped up with a massive, full-series DVD box set for Hill Street Blues, the ground-breaking dramatic series that continues to influence quality television to this very day. And while it’s easy enough to earmark Hill Street as one of the best police series of all time, how do all those perp-chasing, car-crashing, rule-bending, good-cop-bad-cops actually stack up against each other? … Read More

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‘True Detective’ Was a Case Study in the Drawbacks of TV Recap Culture

Now that 48 hours have passed and HBO Go is fully recovered, it’s safe to assume that most of the millions of people attempting to watch the True Detective finale have done so by now. After weeks of anticipation, crazy co-star Oscar speeches, and increasingly elaborate theories from the Internet hive mind, the general consensus (although much of the Flavorwire staff dissents) is that the final hour of HBO’s latest powerhouse was, well… not what fans hoped it would be. And inevitably, disappointment with True Detective‘s final hour translates into disappointment with True Detective as a whole. Nic Pizzolatto’s brainchild is still a wonderful way to spend eight hours, of course, but it’s also a cautionary tale in making any definitive judgements about a show — especially a show like this one — before it’s over. … Read More

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Miss ‘True Detective’? Enjoy the Trailer for the Nadir of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, ‘Surfer, Dude’

Once there was a movie about a sun-dappled surfer living the dream, not wearing a shirt, ever, and using… Read More

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‘True Detective’ Season 1 Finale Recap: “Form and Void”

Well, there you have it. Eight episodes and a case spanning over 15 years, and we finally get our answers. The first season finale had much of what you would expect: a creepy murderous duo, a violent battle, blood and disgust and philosophizing and reconciliations. Yet the season didn’t end with a bang — not a loud one, at least — but a whimper. It was a predictable and simplistic ending to a mass conspiracy that has turned us all into obsessive detectives, combing every inch of episodes for clues and using our blogs as the internet version of Rust’s crazy wall. So, was it worth it?

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The Best Bizarre ‘True Detective’ Merch

The moment we’ve all been dreading has finally arrived. This Sunday, the season finale of HBO’s True Detective airs. All we can hope is that time really is a flat circle, and Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart will live on somehow. There’s a lot resting on the episode “Form and Void.” Who is the Yellow King? Will Rust ever wash his hair? Who mows the lawns in Carcosa? True Detective fandom has spiraled out of control (so many spirals… ) — in a good, and sometimes, creepy way. We found a few bizarre pieces of merch that will tingle your metafiction senses. … Read More

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HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Breathes New Life Into Aging Cop Show Clichés

“You don’t pick your parents, and you don’t pick your partner.” That line comes early in True Detective, HBO’s new cop show, and there’s nothing wrong with letting it worry you a bit — it braces the viewer for yet another variation on the old story about the two cops whose opposite personalities clash, yet find a common ground of respect and camaraderie in the line of duty. That’s not the only prototypical police procedural element of the series: aside from the mismatched partners, you’ve got a grisly serial killer, a captain prone to calling our heroes to the carpet, and political pressure to solve a sensationalistic, high-profile case. You’ve seen all these elements before, but you’ve not seen them done like this. As Roger Ebert used to say, “It’s not what a movie is about, but how it’s about it.” The rule holds true for this TV show, which has the style and experimentation of a great movie. … Read More

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