Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky after an episode where he (once again) was a bit too fast on the trigger. This is close to the last place on earth he wants to be, but he figures that if he follows orders and keeps his head down, he'll soon be back in Miami... unfortunately, keeping out of trouble is not what he does best - especially not when his old friend Boyd Crowder, who also happens to be his worst opponent, always seem to stir up trouble. Of course he is not much helped by his romantic interest in his ex-wife (who is now happily married to another man) and his old "fan" Ava Crowder, who recently shot and killed her husband, who also happens to be Boyd's brother.
I am a fan of this first series - it's cool, well-acted, modern and it has a good mixture of a long-running storyline combined with the side stories that fit the individual episodes.
The dialects are delightful (a bit in line with the "newness" of True Blood - I spent the first two episodes of that particular series just listening to the drawls of the characters rather than paying much attention to the contents) and the cast seems to be pretty much perfect for the roles - both the tough opponents and the romantic interests.
The characters are bordering on caricatures, but as long as they stay on this side of the line, I'm more than happy to embark on series 2 (which is already ordered).