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"Justified" review by Suzanne
Wednesdays 10/9pm on FX - Returns 2/9

This is a very good show. In some ways it reminds me of "Sons of Anarchy", another good FX drama. The main difference is that this is about the other side of the law. The star is Timothy Olyphant (formerly of "Deadwood"), who plays Marshall Raylan Givens.

This is definitely not "Walker Texas Ranger" because it is way more complex, and also more realistic. There is lots of violence and "bad language". It's not a family show.

In some ways this is another soap opera, since it involves a lot of different people, their families, and who they're sleeping with, or working for, etc. It has that in common with Sons of Anarchy, as well as lots of great actors and guest stars who clearly enjoy their work.

I'm watching a DVD that FX sent me for the upcoming episodes of season 2. I had a little trouble figuring out who is who in the show. Hopefully FX will play some kind of "Last season on Justified" for viewers to catch up. Even so, it's worth watching just for Olyphant and the other superb actors.

If you like cop shows, this is an excellent one. They track down some really horrible people and put them away (or shoot them). It does feel very justified, and very satisfying. I enjoyed this show more and more as I watched.

Here are the episodes I watched, which are coming up:

Episode 1: "The Moonshine War" (Airs February 9, 10 pm e/p) - Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender. Story by Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard; Teleplay by Graham Yost.  Directed by Adam Arkin.

Episode 2: "The Life Inside" (Airs February 16, 10 pm e/p) - Rayland chases a pregnant fugitive who has fallen into the hands of of human traffickers.  Written by Ben Cavell.  Directed by John Avent.

Episode 3: "The I of the Storm" (Airs February 23, 10 pm e/p) - The hijacking of a bus full of drugs ends in murder, and Raylan pursues the likely culprit: Boyd Crowder.  Written by Dave Andron.  Directed by Peter Werner.

Press Release info:

Developed by Graham Yost (Boomtown, Speed) and starring Timothy Olyphant (Damages, Deadwood), Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard's short story Fire in the Hole. Fresh off the epic gun battle that concluded season one, season two of Justified finds Bo Crowder dead, and the Crowder criminal grip on Harlan County broken. Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) must now face off against the criminal organizations that are moving to fill th e void, and finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

The series co-stars Nick Searcy (CSI) as Givens ' longtime friend and boss 'Chief Deputy Art Mullen;' Jacob Pitts (21) as 'Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;' Erica Tazel (Life) as 'Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;' Joelle Carter (CSI: Miami) as 'Ava Crowder;' Boyd Crowder' s sister-in-law; and Natalie Zea (Hung) as Raylan's ex-wife 'Winona Hawkins.' Walton Goggins (The Shield) also stars as 'Boyd Crowder.' Yost (Boomtown, The Pacific, Band of Brothers) wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Leonard (Cuba Libre, Rum Punch, Get S horty) is also an Executive Producer on the series along with Fred Golan ( Boomtown, Raines), Sarah Timberman (Kidnapped), Carl Beverly (Kidnapped ) and Michael Dinner (Karen Sisco), who directed the pilot episode. Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

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