True Detective is back! Here's how and when to watch episode 1 of Night Country

At long last, HBO's crime drama True Detective returns tonight with its fourth season, titled Night Country.
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Calling all crime drama lovers! True Detective: Night Country, the fourth installment of the HBO favorite, premieres tonight and you're going to want to know all of the details on how to watch. The series earned critical acclaim and award wins in its first season, which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, both of whom were nominated for Emmys for their roles. As an anthology series, each season follows different characters and different mysteries, and the quality of the show has gone up and down over the years.

This time around, True Detective has a new showrunner in Issa López, with creator Nic Pizzolatto taking a backseat as an executive producer. Night Country takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska, following the investigation of a missing team of researchers led by Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis). Fans of the series are super excited for it to return, especially because it's female-led in its cast and writing/directing. The early reviews from critics are also very impressive, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% at the time of this writing.

True Detective: Night Country epiosde 1 release date and time

So, let's get into how you can watch the premiere of True Detective: Night Country, titled "Part 1," tonight! Because this show is an HBO original, there are only two places you can watch the new episode this evening, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. If you have cable, all you have to do is turn on the channel HBO at 9:00 p.m. ET to start watching the episode. If you're watching via streaming, head to HBO's platform Max at 9:00 p.m. ET and the new episode should be available.

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If you're streaming, you can watch the episode at any time after it's released. For linear, an encore showing of the first episode will air right after the premiere at 10:01 p.m. ET, then another time at 11:02 p.m. ET, and then one more time at 12:03 a.m. ET on Sunday night/Monday morning. You can check HBO's schedule here to see what's playing on TV and when.

Release time by time zones

At this time, HBO's streaming service Max is only available in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and select European countries. In select South East Asia countries, viewers can access HBO with HBO Go. Given this information, we've broken down what time True Detective: Night Country will premiere by the major time zones where the streamer is available:

  • Pacific Time Zone: 6:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Central Time Zone: 8:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Eastern Time Zone: 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Atlantic Standard Time: 10:00 p.m. GMT-4 on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Brasilia Standard Time: 11:00 p.m. GMT-3 on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Argentina Standard Time: 11:00 p.m. GMT-3 on Sunday, Jan. 14
  • Central European Standard Time: 3:00 a.m. GMT+1 on Monday, Jan. 15

Need to know whether or not you can access HBO's streaming service by your location or want to find out when it might be available? Head to this article on their Help Center for more information.

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How to sign up for Max

Is Max available in your region but you're not signed up yet? Have no fear! It's pretty simple. Follow these steps:

  • Head to and click "SIGN UP NOW"
  • You'll then have three options to choose from: With Ads ($9.99 a month), Ad-Free ($15.99 a month), or Ultimate Add-Free ($19.99 a month). You could also sign up for a yearly subscription and save 20%
  • Select your plan and click "Continue"
  • Create an account
  • Input your credit card information
  • Start streaming!

We break down each of Max's plans for further clarity here:

With Ads


Ultimate Ad-Free

$9.99 a month / $99.99 a year

$15.99 a month/ $149.99 a year

$19.99 a month / $199.99 a year

Stream on 2 devices at once, full HD video resolution

Stream on 2 devices at once, full HD video resolution, 30 downloads to watch on the go

Stream on 4 devices at once, 4K Ultra HD video quality as available, Dolby Atmos immersive audio as available, 100 downloads to watch on the go

Along with True Detective, Max offers a wide variety of titles, ranging from prestigious HBO shows such as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, along with gripping TLC and Discovery reality shows, sports, news, and much more! I strongly recommend a subscription to this platform; it's my favorite of the streamers just for its content offerings.

And keep up with us at Show Snob as we continue to cover True Detective: Night Country. Watch the trailer below for a closer look at what's to come:

You can watch new episodes of True Detective: Night Country at 9:00 p.m. ET every Sunday on HBO and Max.