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Supercool, deputy US marshall, Raylan Givens, returns to his home, Harlan County, Kentucky, where he grew up. I won't give the story away, in case you haven't seen this series yet. Olyphant is great in the lead and so are the list of supporting characters (and I mean, characters), the script is razor sharp and the action not over done, with some real tension. I've seen and bought all the series. In retrospect, this one just gets Justified into its stride. It gets even better in future series, but judged on its own, it's still a great dvd. Elmore Leonard was a script advisor and it feels Leonard-esque in tone, with its stripped down, sparky, dialogue and no nonesense characters. Top class and a bit of a treat.

The box set contains 3 DVDs, in two plastic boxes.
Box 1 contains 2DVDs and episodes 1-9
Box 2 contians 1DVD and episodes 10-13
In addition, you get a commentary from Elmore Leonard himself on how the series went from page to screen, as well as meeting the cast, all of whom come across as smart, likeable and funny.
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on 14 May 2017
A REALLY GOOD SHOW WITH SHOOT OUTS AND TWISTS ON SEASON I WELL WORTH THE MONEY AN IDEAL SHOP.
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on 22 August 2015
Great stories, bought the DVD while we were going on holiday and without wifi access, would not be able to access Amazon Prime, but will continue the series through Prime Video.
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on 31 March 2017
excellent
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on 19 July 2017
great
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on 8 September 2011
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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on 5 July 2016
The only thing about this that makes it different from many other fish-out-of-water series featuring a small town hick lawman relocated to the big city is that this small town hick has been kicked out of Miami after shooting someone and sent back to Kentucky. Otherwise this is more bog standard, testosterone fuelled fare with lots of bang bangs where the hero is 'justified' in blowing most of the other male characters away, which we find boring.
And I cannot bear the country-rap which top and tails it.
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on 28 May 2017
In spite of the unusual approach, I found the 1st season dull and tedious. Each episode was more of the same , the amount of time given to "family angst" was irritating and one wonders when the day job got done.
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on 10 June 2011
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 August 2015
“You got ice-cold water running through your veins.” - Boyd

The Peabody Award-winning cop drama “Justified", Season 1, is based on the short story “Fire In The Hole" by the acclaimed novelist and executive producer Elmore Leonard who helped expanded that story with writer/developer Graham Yost into a marvelous TV police drama which debuted as an FX network original drama. The show opens up with Deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) walking into a Miami hotel wearing his usual tan cowboy hat, boots, badge and gun, exactly 23 hours and 59 minutes after having ordered a tough guy out of Miami in 24 hours. What happens as the countdown goes to exactly 24 hours shows Raylan’s approach to peope who don’t listen and who may be armed. Ordered by his boss back to his own home state of Kentucky, he joins the staff of the head marshall played by Nick Searcy (7 Days) in an area of Southeastern Kentucky he knows only too well since he grew up there. Full of conflicts between the cops and skin heads, the ubiquitous Crowders, drug runners, ex-cons, bank robbers, con men, hot women, old friends, family, lovers, and convicts all of which collide in a very interesting, realistic, TV drama. The writers get off some great 'laugh out loud' moments amid the gore and some of the best writing on TV. Centered in Southeastern Kentucky, this show is marvelous in an often-understated, always deliberately-paced manner with the occasional shootings along the way. There are a number of threads, but episodes can be enjoyed as stand-alone eps although newbies could get lost, so start with Episode 1 because the very first scene of Episode 1 is discussed over and over later on. Also featuring Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, and Natalie Zea. Highly Recommended. Five SUPERB Stars. (FX Productions, Rated TV-MA, Color, CC, 13 episodes. There are 6 seasons, so far.)
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