True Detective was about as perfect and brilliant production as has ever been on TV. The directing, acting, writing and most importantly the beautiful cinematography and imagery of Louisiana was just astounding for TV level production.
I find it funny that so many places on the internet created these True Detective theories (so many of them outlandish) and were disappointed when the show wasn't what they wanted it to be or created it to be with their theories.
Pizolatto from the very beginning said this wasn't going to be some wild Lost-esque show of all these different crazy things going on with sci-fi angles and so forth. It wasn't going to be some wild goose chase with red herring after red herring to trick the audience. The show was a basic and brilliant character study of two men and how their lives were affected by crime. It was the journey that Hart and Cohle went on and how it changed them, what they lost a long the way and then what they gained. The finale was brilliant in terms of wrapping up their stories and not the story of the yellow king and all of that. The show was never about that, or at least wasn't intending to become a giant serial killer/cult hunt. I could write a post for days about my feelings of everything that happened in those 8 episodes but at the end of the day the show stands above most other exemplary works of television. Might as well just hand the Emmy to McConaughey now.
As for other shows that I enjoy watching right now...
Shameless- This season has brought it into the fold of the best dramas on TV. Dark, crude and funny.
Homeland- Still nothing will compare to the original idea and first season but overall a good show.
Boardwalk Empire- Think its had its day. Still for me seems like Nucky was miscast from the very beginning. Buscemi was never very interesting or convincing.
The Newsroom- Still think Sorkin writes the best dialog in TV or Film regardless of the lack of substance to his female characters. Unfortunately the idea of re telling the news the way he wants it to be seen did become contrived.
The Walking Dead- Its improved now that they are out of the prison but it still lack something. Maybe its just because the show has this overall pervading feeling of no hope and there is no real end in sight. Its just a general how to survive a zombie apocalypse show with some interesting people and some boring people.
Ray Donovan- Best freshman show on pay cable. Hoping for big things in the future with this show. Could become Showtimes next Dexter or Weeds of sorts to partner with Homeland.