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"Justified" review by Suzanne 1/6/15
Premieres January 20 on FX 10pm

I just love this show. It's so multi-layered. It has fun, quirky characters, many of whom are crazy or dangerous. The lead hero Raylan is so gorgeous and sexy, and he's kind of like the old-fashioned lawman I grew up watching in the 60's, like Marshal Dillon. Normally I don't like shows that have cops breaking the rules or mis-using their power, but this show is not at all realistic. It's more like "Batman", in a way, than "Gunsmoke".  Raylan sometimes shoots people or does other things he shouldn't in his pursuit of justice. At least he does get in trouble for it most of the time.

Boyd Crowder is his nemesis, his Joker or Lex Luthor. He wears the black hat and does a great job with it. He's smart and well-spoken, yet he's never quite able to get what he wants.  He and Raylan are just wonderful to watch when they cross paths, like a great comedy duo. In this last season, Raylan is helping to put Boyd away for good, so he can retire and go to Florida, settle down with his girlfriend Winona and their daughter. I sure hope he's able to do that, yet part of me also pulls for Boyd to be able to finally get his fortune and settle down with Ava. I'm not really sure either man is capable of settling down the way they want to, though. They might have to end the season with both of them going out shooting, like Butch and Sundance. It wouldn't be the first time that they've teamed up, either.

Additions to the cast this year include Sam Elliot and Jeff Fahey, as well as Scott Grimes and Garret Dillahunt. All are wonderful, of course.  We also see the return of our favorites, including Mary Steenburgen and Jere Burns, and all the rest of the Marshalls and some of the bad guys (the ones that weren't all slaughtered last season).

Every episode is a big shock or thrill. In the first episode, "Fate's Right Hand", someone is murdered. At the end of the second episode, "Cash Game" something shocking happens to Boyd and Ava. A lot of other stuff happens in the third episode "Noblesse Oblige" as Boyd decides to go up against some really big guys again. I can't wait to see what happens next! I don't know what I'll do when this show is over. It's kind of heart-breaking. 

I don't know if it's just me, but Raylan seems even more bad-ass than usual. He does a lot of violent and questionable things, but at least he only does them against the bad guys. Make sure you watch!

More Information:

Video Clips:

Justified: Pawn 

Description: Truths will be revealed. Fates will be sealed. The final season of Justified premieres 1/20 on FX.


Justified Flashbacks: Boyd Crowder. Outlaw

Description: “I am the outlaw … and this is my world.” Be reminded why no one should underestimate Boyd Crowder.


Justified Flashbacks: The Limo

Description: Raylan Givens doesn’t take kindly to threats. Relive this moment from Season Four, and recall how he was one step ahead of Nicky Augustine.


Justified – Hat Trick 

Description: For Raylan and Boyd, there's just one final thing. The ultimate standoff begins this January.


Justified - Three on a Match

Description: Harlan is about to go up in flames. See who adds fuel to the fire this January on FX


Justified - The Job  

Description: It's all coming to an end. The final bullets fly this January on FX.


Justified Flashbacks: The Beginning  

Description: Remember the first guy to stare down the barrel of Raylan’s gun? Relive the opening scene from the premiere episode.


Justified Flashbacks: Introducing Boyd  

Description: "Fire in the hole!" Relive Boyd Crowder's explosive first moment from Justified's premiere episode.


Justified Flashbacks: A Sign From Above  

Description: A quick conversation led to a prayer with the congregation. Relive this classic Boyd/Raylan moment from Season One.


Justified Flashbacks: Mags  

Description: Mags. That “apple pie”. Relive the moment Raylan was reacquainted with the matriarch of the Bennett Crime Family.


Justified Flashbacks: King Boyd  

Description: Crowders. Crime is in their blood. Relive the moment Boyd stepped up to take his father’s place.


Based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole,” Justified was developed by Graham Yost and stars Timothy Olyphant as ‘Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens’, a lawman who finds himself drawn back to his home state of Kentucky. This January, in Justified’s final season, the long brimming conflict between Raylan and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) will finally come to a head.

The series co-stars Walton Goggins as ‘Boyd Crowder;’ Nick Searcy as ‘Chief Deputy Art Mullen;’ Jacob Pitts as ‘Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;’ Erica Tazel as ‘Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;’ Joelle Carter as ‘Ava Crowder;’ and Jere Burns as ‘Wynn Duffy.’ Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Executive Producers on the series include Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Michael Dinner, Fred Golan, Dave Andron, Don Kurt, Taylor Elmore, Timothy Olyphant, and the late Elmore Leonard.  Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

Episode 1 "Fates Right Hand" (Airs January 20, 10pm E/P) - In the final season premiere, Raylan guides Ava through the process of informing on Boyd and tries to turn Boyd's old ally Dewey Crowe against him as well, all while Boyd works to pull off a daring heist right under Raylan's nose. Written by Michael Dinner, Fred Golan & Chris Provenzano; directed by Michael Dinner.

Episode 2 "Cash Game" (Airs January 27, 10pm E/P) - Raylan's investigation brings him into conflict with a paramilitary outfit, while Boyd and his partners try to salvage a profit from their heist.  Written by Dave Andron & VJ Boyd; directed by Dean Parisot.

Episode 3 "Noblesse Oblige" (Airs February 3, 10pm E/P) - Raylan follows a trial of illegal explosives in an attempt to pin Boyd, who discovers he's run afoul of a dangerous new player in town.  Written by Taylor Elmore  & Benjamin Cavell; directed by Peter Weller.

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