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What To Watch This Weekend Now That 'True Detective' Is Over

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Actors Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan and Woody Harrelson speak onstage at the 'True Detective' panel during the HBO Winter 2014 TCA Panel at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) | Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images
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If you're looking forward to Sunday night's episode of "True Detective" ... don't. There's not going to be one. Though one of the most exhilarating, enjoyable and well-crafted series on TV, the HBO crime drama is over and details of Season 2 are only just beginning to form. Which means come Sunday night, no Rust and Marty for you. But don't fret! There are plenty of quality shows to satisfy your need for drama, mystery, stupendous dialogue and/or remarkable cinematography.

Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

If you want great performances in a character-driven crime story, try "Rectify," "Awake," "Terriers" or "Broadchurch."

"Rectify"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA critics; 83% audience.
IMDb score: 8.4
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Awake"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81% critics; 75% audience.
IMDb score: 7.9
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Terriers"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% critics; 100% audience.
IMDb score: 8.6
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Broadchurch"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% critics; 95% audience.
IMDb score: 8.4
Available on Amazon.

If you want amazing acting in an unusual thriller, try "Orphan Black."


Rotten Tomatoes score: NA critics; 100% audience.
IMDb score: 8.4
Available on Amazon.

If you want a crime drama with dark, compelling characters playing a cat-and-mouse game, try "The Fall."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% critics; 96% audience.
IMDb score: 8.2
Available on Netflix.

If you want a stunning drama about crimes against women and girls in a small town, try "Top of the Lake."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% critics; 89% audience.
IMDb score: 7.6
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want a great duo exchanging memorable dialogue, try "Sleepy Hollow."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 77% critics; 82% audience.
IMDb score: 7.9
Available on Amazon.

If you want an atmospheric and hypnotic mystery, try "The Returned."


Rotten Tomatoes score: NA critics; 100% audience.
IMDb score: 8.4
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want dark, charismatic and intelligent characters shot beautifully, try "Hannibal."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% critics; 99% audience.
IMDb score: 8.5
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want incredible performances, great directing and compelling character arcs in a crime drama, try "Breaking Bad."


Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% critics; 99% audience.
IMDb score: 9.6
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want a complicated drama full of characters with ambiguous motivations, try "Damages" or "The Americans."

"Damages"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 100% critics; 100% audience.
IMDb score: 8.1
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"The Americans"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97% critics; 100% audience.
IMDb score: 8.2
Available on Amazon.

If you want a story about driven, unusual and very smart cops, try "Luther," "Wire in the Blood," "Columbo," "The Rockford Files," "Life" or "Prime Suspect."

"Luther"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA critics; 96% audience.
IMDb score: 8.6
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Wire in the Blood"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA
IMDb score: 8.4
Available on Amazon.

"Life"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA
IMDb score: 8.3
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Prime Suspect"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA
IMDb score: 8.5
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want a drama with crime elements that is strange, influential and unforgettable, try "Twin Peaks" or "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."

"Twin Peaks"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA
IMDb score: 9.0
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"Kolchak: The Night Stalker"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA critics; 95% audience.
IMDb score: 8.5
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

If you want to watch investigations on shows that became more exciting and ambitious over time, try "Fringe" or "The X-Files."

"Fringe"

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% critics; 82% audience.
IMDb score: 8.5
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

"The X-Files"

Rotten Tomatoes score: NA
IMDb score: 8.8
Available on Netflix and Amazon.

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