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203 of 211 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
Since I watcheed the very first episode of JUSTIFIED, I've been fanatical about this show. It's never failed to satisfy, and it just keeps getting smarter. It didn't hurt that Timothy Olyphant, a widely underappreciated actor, was playing Marshal Raylan Givens, who is probably the most unique and entertaining characters on TV since before Hugh Laurie out-lasted his stay as Gregory House. It also didn't hurt that we were getting all these great character actors like Nick Searcy as Art, Natalie Zea as ex-wife Winona, and most especially Walton Goggins as Raylan's best "frienemy", Boyd.

But where the show really seems to shine is with the casting of its villains. In Season Two, we had the extraordinary Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett, and the terrifically quirky Jeremy Davies as her son Dickie. Now in this season, we have another tremendously underappreciated actor, Neal McDonough as the eerie Robert Quarles and the great Mykelti Williamson as the quiet yet menacing Elstin Limehouse.

The season begins in the aftermath of Season Two's finale, with Raylan wounded from not only the beating he got from Dickie, but the bullet he got from another member of the Bennett clan. With Dickie the only surviving member of the Bennett family, he intends to claim his birthright of the over $3 million his mother got from selling out to Black Pike Mining. Unfortunately, after the beating of Givens, and his attempted murder of Ava Crowder, he's in prison. Boyd, Ava's current lover (post Raylan), has sworn vengeance on Dickie and intends to kill him no matter what. Meanwhile Raylan has rekindled things with Winona, and we soon discover she's pregnant with Raylan's child; a relationship and a pregnancy made even more complicated by Raylan's constant run-ins with the Dixie Mafia (represented previously by another terrific character actor Jere Burns as Wynn Duffy until Quarles comes to town in exile from the main business organization in Detroit) and the various schemes and plans of Dickie, the Crowders, and all the other colorful characters that inhabit his world.

From the season's very first episode involving a hitman who always gets the drop on his victims to Quarles' entrance as the smooth-talking, creepily charming and lethally efficient "carpet-bagger" and his eventual descent into addiction and madness to the endless machinations of Limehouse, as well as Boyd and Dickie in their pursuit of the hidden the $3 million will culminate in something explosive and life-changing (and probably life-ending) for the characters involved, JUSTIFIED keeps on delivering and delivering without fail.

Also a very special character is the strangely-lovable Dewey Crowe (played with such incredulity and skill by Damon Herriman), certainly the winner of Harlan County's "Criminal With The Least Guile" award.

With a crack creative team of talented writers and directors and an ever-expansive pool of great actors, Showrunner Graham Yost has put together the best show on FX right now. It never feels forced or manufactured. The plot points all seem to grow very organically as opposed to a series of chance occurences or deus ex machinas that a lesser show might employ. Despite all of the talent constantly surrounding him, it's a real shame that Olyphant himself hasn't gotten the attention or accolades he deserves. He may get out-shone by some other actors when he's not part of the scene, but when he's together with any one of them, he can match them moment for moment. The success of the show rests solely on how Olyphant's portrayal of Givens continues to be something of greatness, and he's owed more due than he gets.

However, that's not to say that the people he's surrounded with aren't great. I'd really like to see Art more personally involved in more episodes, because Searcy's portrayal of him is so keen-eyed. McDonough is currently in the running alongside THE WALKING DEAD's Jon Bernthal for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor (obviously at this point, it's just a prediction), and it's also a race for Goggins and Williamson as well.

Since the finale is next week, and it's already been picked up for a fourth season, I guess those "long, hard times" will keep on coming for one of Elmore Leonard's best characters, and I'm beyond thrilled to continue to keep taking that ride alongside him.
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
Format: DVD
Timothy Oliphant is a great good/grim guy. Loved him in Dead Wood (why the heck was that cancelled, anyways?) and he continues the good work in Justified. I particularly like his relationship with the "bad" guy/old friend, Boyd Crowder. Excellent in acting and execution!
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of the most awesome series on television to come along in some time!!! First season was great, tho the time scheduling was a bit of a challenge for me and I missed some at original air time and had to catch up on dvd's recorded by friends. Debated with myself if I could "justify" (lol) purchase of the actual packaged dvd sets, Volume 1 as well as Volume 2, but the "extras" included in the packaged sets made it worth the price!!! So far, Season 3 has been as good as 1 and 2. Can't beat it!!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
While surfing through channels looking for something to watch i stumbled onto Justified, i was so engrossed with the show and characters that i became instantly hooked.This happened in the middle of season three so i instantly purchased season one and two and i havent been sorry. This is the best show on TV bar none!!!I don`t understand why the show, actors, actresses havent gotten any awards. The storyline is great and very believeable which is very key to any successful show. Please don`t take this show off the air! Its unreplaceable! Raylans the man, Winona and Ava are easy on the eyes, the other actors can lead in any show. What more can you ask for.Keep up the great writing and acting as it can only get better with age. Ive sent seasons one and two to my daughter and now her family is hooked. When will season three be released on DVD? I can`t wait!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
Format: DVD
I watch a 'ton' of series, this show is by far the best series that I have seen in along time. The acting is great but the dialogue is superb, the writers of this show have to be underpaid. It is best watched in a couple of sittings. Difficult to get as much out of it watching it week to week, so I have purchased seasons I & II and will buy it every year it comes out if it stays half as good as it has been. Hope it runs 10 more years at least
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
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Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky has got to be one of the sexist men on TV or film. This man is drop-dead gorgeous and he can act. But we have to go back to Elmore Leonard for creating this wonderful complex character and the whole community in a tiny Kentucky mining town, where the second source of income comes from growing pot and cooking up meth in back-woods trailers. The characters are magnificent and I balked when they killed off a great villain, Beau. But it's never predictable or boring. I want this series to continue on and on. I have the first two seasons and am awaiting the third. This is worth collecting.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
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I quit watching cop shows years ago. The last one I watched was Hill Street Blue. The reason why I quite watching is they were either to formula based or the character's in the show were to un-likable, or the shows were to unbelievable. This Show is full of likable character's (good guys and bad) and great stories never before told on television. Everything about this show is very well done
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
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OMG, the first episode was awesome! I can't wait to see the rest of the season. I love, the love hate relationship between Raylan and Boyd. When it all boils down, they need each other. (Kane & Able) Hurry up and get well Raylan! Even at his worst, he still bought in the bad guy! Love, love, love, this show!!!!!!
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 23, 2012
"Justified" gave us two great seasons, partly because of the excellent work of the evil Bennett clan, especially Mags (Margo Martindale), Dickie (Jeremy Davis), and Coover (Brad William Henke). The two principal actors, Timothy Oliphant and Walton Goggins, are the mainstay of the series, but the Bennett clan was really the topping on the already rich cake.

In case you don't recognize the name, Olyphant has been a busy actor on TV (Sheriff Bullock on "Deadwood", Wes Krulik on "Damages") and in film (the villain in "Live Free or Die Hard", "Hitman"). Goggins you'll remember best as the treacherous detective from the hit series "The Shield"

The series is based on Elmore Leonard's work, and Leonard is well known for works which include "Get Shorty", "Hombre", and "Valdez is Coming". His prior ventures in TV series include the short lived "Karen Sisco" (2003-4) and "Maximum Bob" (1998), so "Justified" is his first real TV hit. For his work as Executive Producer he received a Peabody in 2011.

The series was nominated 5 times for an Emmy and Margo Martindale deservedly won in 2011 as Best Supporting Actress.

Season 3 brings us a new set of villains, although Dickie Bennett is also around. Chief among the new villains is a local butcher named Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) and a pedophile Chicago mobster (Neal McDonough) trying to redeem himself by making money setting up an Oxycodeine selling business.

The good supporting cast is also on hand, with Nick Searcy as the beleaguered head Marshall, Raymond Barry as Oliphant's increasingly muddled father, and Joelle Carter as Oliphant's ex-girlfriend and Goggins current squeeze. Unfortunately we see a lot less of Natalie Zea, Oliphant's ex-wife.

Coming off two very successful seasons, "Justified" is on pause. None of this season's villains comes anywhere near the power of Bennett clan leader Mags, and the quirky relationship between the principals is no longer as interesting. More problematic, Goggins character appears to change with every episode.

If you were a big fan of the first two seasons, you probably want to take a look at Season 3, but be prepared to be disappointed. If you're new to the series, definitely don't start here. I'm a big fan so I'll tune into Season 4, but I hope to see better villains.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
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I'm naming my first boy Raylan.... Justified is the best show on TV hands down. Olyphant makes a pretty convincing U.S. Marshall and Walton Goggins does an amazing job as Boyd Crowter. The 1st two seasons were awesome and Episode 1 of season 3 is every bit as good.
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