A majority of “True Detective” fans seem to be in agreement about the show’s worst season. Of the 537 U.S. residents polled by Looper, around 45% voted the show’s California-set sophomore season to be its worst to date. Elsewhere, around 37% of the poll’s respondents said the divisive third season of “True Detective” is its worst, while just 17% ranked its first season lowest. The responses, while a little varied, seem to reflect the general critical opinions of the show’s three seasons.
Although Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch all received acclaim for their performances in “True Detective” Season 2, the season itself is generally regarded to be its most uneven and disappointing. The head of HBO programming even acknowledged the season’s lackluster quality back in 2015 (via The Frame), and went so far as to blame himself for putting pressure on “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto to write the season too quickly. Now, that’s not to say that the show’s first and third seasons don’t have their own divisive qualities. In fact, the finales of both seasons continue to provoke wide ranges of responses from the show’s fans.
But no matter how controversial certain episodes of the show’s first and third seasons may be, neither season seems to be quite as negatively regarded as “True Detective” Season 2.