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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first season
A little over 18 months ago a programme known as The Shield came to the end of its Tuesday night run on American channel FX. Known as the best show on FX, having some of its highest ratings and lasting 7 seasons, it left a pretty big hole on Tuesday nights. FX needed something to fill it. Justified is that show. But as much as it was promoted towards Shield fans (Doors...
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by P. J. Potter

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like your heroes extra cool
Pretty good series. Based on an Elmore Leonard story, so you know the hero is going to be pretty cool. Timothy Olyphant looks good (with hat)and plays the part well - if slightly tongue in cheek. Some episodes are a little lightweight and lack a solid storyline; if you just watched a few, you might wonder what the fuss was about.
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Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Mr. D. A. Reggiori


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105 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first season, 24 Jun 2010
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P. J. Potter "Phil" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Justified - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
A little over 18 months ago a programme known as The Shield came to the end of its Tuesday night run on American channel FX. Known as the best show on FX, having some of its highest ratings and lasting 7 seasons, it left a pretty big hole on Tuesday nights. FX needed something to fill it. Justified is that show. But as much as it was promoted towards Shield fans (Doors being kicked in, guns going off, Walton Goggins featured prominently in advertising) Justified is a much different style of cop show.

Using Elmore Leonard's 'Fire In The Hole' as a jump-off point for the show, it nails his style completely. From the pilot the the season's end it maintains a slow and steady pace, each episode heavy on the dialogue, loads of great character moments and typically ending with someone catching a bullet or two.

The jist of the season is Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant of Deadwood fame) with having to protect his old flame Ava from the biggoted and corrupt Crowder family she was married into - before shooting her husband with a shotgun over dinner - in particular white supremecist Boyd Crowder, played by Walton Goggins. Meanwhile Raylan has to keep a lid on his temper as he's being investigated for his tendency to fill criminals with lead. And his issues with his Ex-wife and her new husband. And his dad.

The first half of the season (pilot aside) are procedural like, with their stand alone storylines and excellent one-off characters (How about a former mob accountant, now working as a dentist who attacks one of his more annoying patients?), but the second half gets into the serialised story, Boyd gets more screen time and it builds towards it's Wild West climax.

Most shows first seasons are uncertain about that they want to be as they expand their world beyond the pilot and find that the show that works isn't necessarily the ones the creators had in mind. Justified is one of those that know exactly what's up from the first minute and works like a charm.

Those of a downloading persuasion should check out episodes 4,8 or 9 for a great taster.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gun-slinging, whisky-drinking cowboy (back) in small-town Kentucky, 8 Sep 2011
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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).
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tv at its best., 23 Aug 2010
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Mark Shepperson "Mark" (Thailand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Justified - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Justified is a gem of a show. The characters are well written and develop well; even over the course of one season with one the best supporting actor roles ever (Walton Goggins).
The show takes place at the home town of our main character ( a US marshall) after he has been moved back in the fallout of a internal affairs investigation about a shooting, hence the shows name.
The world is believable but slightly unrealistic (think of 'No Country for old men') that gives the makers a little space to create a more rich and interesting place with ex-wife's, ex-girlfriends, local crime family and a scammer of a dad (the brilliant Raymond J. Barry). All well acted without exception.
The story is gritty, funny, sad, desperate, intelligent and violent with a few twists and loyalty shifts thrown in for good measure. Our Marshall has a dark side and this helps him get into trouble with the local boys network and dispatches his justice in a Spaghetti Western style.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well written, 10 Jun 2011
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It would be really easy to steriotype this as a cowboy in the modern world crime series. The reality is that it surpasses the cliches and and is much more complex. It is incredibly well written with each episode being an original story in its own right. The cast and the dialogue is superb.

Half way through the first episode I had to check the box to see if it was an HBO production because the production standards and script were so good. The story lines are entertaining and gripping, but not without humour and whit.

All this aside it also gives an interesting insight into redneck kentucky small town crime and drug supplying. Im tempted to say that its like a redneck version of The Wire, but that would do it an injustice as its far more original than that.

Very original, very entertaining, very well made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable escapist entertainment, 19 Oct 2011
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I don't normally watch these type of series but it was recommended viewing in the Times but said it was series two which put me off a bit. We watched it and got hooked so bought series one and ended up watching it in between episodes of series two up to four episodes each time. Now watching it again for the second time and have just got to the Fire in the Hole short story in the book When the Women Come Out To dance. Can I say more other than my wife can't take her eyes off Tmothy Olliphant who I must say is brilliant as is all the cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the magic of words in the beauty of kentucky, 5 Mar 2014
This review is from: Justified - Season 1 (DVD)
A great great show, the dialogues inspired by Elmore Leonard are said with great delight by excellent actors who succeed in giving a delightful fun in this circumvolution , sinuous way of expression that characterize these characters , Timothy Olyphant has finally found his role, Walton Goggins is superb , Jere Burns as always a delight, Raymond J Barry deserves an Emmy, they all do. A brilliant joy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise !, 7 Jun 2013
This review is from: Justified - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
When I read that this is about the "adventures" of a U.S.marshall in cowboy hat and boots I automatically thought " Jeez,not another "american cliche" !!!".
Boy,was I wrong !
There are many reasons that make the series highly commendable.The nicest surprise was,however,the script-both plot and dialogue.Refreshingly intelligent,to say the least.Direction and acting are also way above average.
In short an enjoyable anything-but-mundane series.
Good work lads !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 101 series, 11 Mar 2013
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By which I mean I would add Justified to the list of 101 TV Series to See Before you Die. It really is that good. It is characterised by particularly strong and consistent writing and the acting of Olyphant in the lead role.

However, and it is a big however, the series is not dependent just on Olyphant. For some reason Justified seems to have collected a very strong cast of supporting actors including Walton Goggins and Margo Martindate. In fact there are times when it is difficult to say who is best in most scenes and Goggins steals almost every scene he appears in.

The overarching storyline which carries on into Series 2 and 3 is Shakespearean is concept. It can only be a sheer accident that it turned out to be so good with no weak characters. I really cannot recommend the series too highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Justified, 7 Jun 2012
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Great show, tuely. Caught season 3, by the off chance, on Channel 5 and cursed myself for having missed the show until then. So, I went immediately on Amazon and ordered season 1 which introduces us to US Marshall Raylan Givens, surely one of the best 'cop' creations to ever grace the small screen.

Tim Olyphant, who plays the central character of Raylan, is spellbinding in his portrayal of the maverick Marshall, who sometimes goes 'AWOL' in taking care of the bad guys. With a strong supporting cast and the terrific 'hill-billy' Kentucty setting, the show grips from episode 1 - season 1 is mostly episodic, but with numerous story strands running through.

Cannot rate highly enough - order now, you won't regret it. Yeehah!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A redneck of a show, 11 May 2012
This review is from: Justified - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Justified is an enjoyable show, Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood) plays Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, He wears a Stetson, and is a real marks men with a gun.

For me the runaway performance of this series is that of Walton Goggins (The Shield) he plays Boyd Crowder. A real redneck Neo Nazi, the character is so hate-able that by the end of the season you kinda like him.

Much of the season is based around these two characters, there are some really heart wrenching scenes, but equally some very funny ones too, it is violent,I doubt this will go down in history as one of the best shows ever but really it is a real redneck affair and I loved it!
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