The Shocking 16: TV's Most Heart-stopping Moments

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'True Detective'

The Shootout (Season One, Episode Four: "Who Goes There?")
Six minutes. One take. No prisoners! (Well, okay, one prisoner: that biker dude with the ginger goatee.) The seemingly endless continuous shot of an undercover Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) desperately trying to survive a housing-project drug raid gone bad was a technical marvel, rooting the viewer in a breathtaking action-adventure sequence and proving the show had the cinematic chops to match its movie-star leading men. It also came from out of nowhere — the best demonstration yet of True Detective's truly unpredictable pacing.

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