Only now does it occur to me... that in the 90s, they totally made a prequel to TRUE DETECTIVE.
It features Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two men with a volatile love-hate relationship who spend a great deal of time speaking in front of video cameras; furthermore, Harrelson plays a philanderer, and McConaughey ends up sleeping with Harrelson's girlfriend. Now whaddya think about that? Methinks Nic Pizzolatto was taking notes!
Half-kidding aside, this film sorta feels like THE TRUMAN SHOW reimagined as a corporate 90s romantic comedy, but it has a few inspired casting choices– including Martin Landau as McConaughey's stepdad, Adam Goldberg (in what feels like a DAZED AND CONFUSED crossover) as his old pal, and Dennis Hopper as his long lost biological dad.
Perhaps this can be metaphorically applied to TRUE DETECTIVE: Landau is the Gothic window dressing, but Hopper is the true, secret, Lynchian father figure?
And Clint Howard's in there, too, because this is a Ron Howard movie and it just wouldn't be right otherwise.
I must also give special mention to McConaughey's Houston Oilers-beer-cozy-necklace:
which is pretty wonderful, but, to be clear, I am not recommending this movie. Carry on.