“Sometimes, we have to make deals with lowlifes because we have our sights set on life forms even somehow lower on the ladder of lowlife than they.” ~Raylan Givens
Tuesdays @ 10/9c on FX
Having watched FX Network’s Justified since it’s premier on March 16, 2010 it’s proven to be one of those rare shows that not only delivered on the promotional hype leading into the pilot but has in fact over the course of the proceeding three seasons only gotten better. An outspoken fan of the show, I’ve often been asked how exactly I would describe Justified; A dark, angry, unflinchingly sarcastic, charismatic, heart-warming, moralistic, comedic and well written modern day alternative to the classic western. An answer which upon subsquent viewings has nearly always garnered the same response; it was justified.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th century-style officer operating under the civil and loosely ethical code of the modern times, a man whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals and a problem for his superiors in the U.S. Marshals Service. As a result of a controversial but “justified” shooting of a fugitive criminal-leader in Miami, Givens has been reassigned from South Florida to Lexington, Kentucky, a district that includes Harlan County, the rural mining area in the east of the state where Raylan himself was born, raised and thought he has escaped from.
Developed by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole.
In Season 2, “Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens” (Olyphant) squared off against criminal matriarch “Mags Bennett” (the part for which Margo Martindale won an Emmy®Award). The end of Season 2 brought about the end of the Bennett family’s hold over Harlan County and the return of Raylan’s old nemesis/friend “Boyd Crowder” to the criminal life.
This season, Boyd and his crew will find they aren’t the only ones making a play to rule the Harlan underworld. Now Raylan finds himself facing off against dirty politicians, hidden fortunes, a mysterious man named “Limehouse” and an enterprising and lethal criminal from the Motor City.
The series co-stars Nick Searcy as Givens longtime friend and boss “Chief Deputy Art Mullen”; Jacob Pitts as “Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson”; Erica Tazel as “Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks”; Joelle Carter as “Ava Crowder”; and Natalie Zea as Raylan’s ex-wife “Winona Hawkins.” Walton Goggins also stars as “Boyd Crowder.” Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Leonard is also an Executive Producer on the series along with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Fred Golan and Michael Dinner