If you haven’t checked out FX Networks’ Justified, you should pick up Season 1 on DVD, catch Season 2 however you can and then weep with joy that Season 3 has already been announced.
Timothy Olyphant stars as Raylan Givens, a US Marshall who has been reassigned by the Marshall’s Service back to his home state after a questionable, but possibly justified, shooting.
Life in Kentucky is complicated; his ex-wife has married the man she left him for, his estranged father is a borderline criminal, and an old flame has just killed the brother of one of the friends of his youth.
It’s a complicated tale that twists and turns throughout Seasons 1 and 2. Â Olyphant is superbly accompanied by Joelle Carter, Natalie Zea and Walton Goggins, who play excellent roles that fit them well. Â Walton Goggins is exceptional as his old friend Boyd who is more complex as the show develops. Â He really shines at the end of Season 1 and throughout Season 2.
Justified is gritty, realistic (for the most part) and well-delivered. Â Actions have repercussions and this isn’t your run-of-the-mill police drama, lines get crossed, for better or for worse.
If you are looking for a deep show with developed characters and back story, this show will hold you at gunpoint until the curtain falls.