… terrific new drama … Dark streaks aside, Justified is also, as you'd expect from Leonard (and writer Graham Yost, formerly of Boomtown), a funny show, with taut dialogue and a distinct sense of place. Its supporting characters are a riot of wiseass agents, sardonic thieves and big- and small-time hustlers. …Entertainment Weekly says:
… I knew from this moment on that I'd kinda fallen in love with a new TV show. … in the end, it comes down to hard stares and that combination of drawled amusement and sudden violence that make him so cool yet exciting. As Boyd says to our hero, ''I know you like to shoot bad people.'' And damned if you don't want to watch Raylan do that.TV Guide says:
… a fantastically entertaining instant classic. … This is the best new series, network or cable, of the midseason. An immediately addictive brew of action, suspense and wry humor, the show is grounded in Olyphant’s low-key but high-impact star-making performance, the work of a confident and cunning leading man who’s always good company. Edgy and adult, yet considerably less dark (as in gloomy) and twisted than many of FX’s breakout shows, Justified could be the network’s most broadly accessible entertainment yet. Having seen three of the first four episodes, I am hooked on this must-see series. There’s no justification for missing it.The New York Times says:
… The dialogue sometimes has a snap that’s rare, or let’s just say nonexistent, in prime time. … the funny parts are worth waiting for, like the guest appearance by Clarence Williams III — who played a bad guy in one of the better Leonard adaptations, “52 Pick-Up” — as an ornery Vietnam vet who delivers a wickedly offensive tirade to two young male cops. …The Los Angeles Times says:
… as played by Timothy Olyphant, Givens is a charmer, no doubt about that. And if the damaged antihero is beginning to wear out his welcome, Olyphant makes "Justified," which premieres Tuesday, a fine and upstanding addition to FX's gallery of mangled mavericks. …The Chicago Tribune says:
… This deeply enjoyable show arrives fully formed and well aware of where its many strengths lie. The shaggily delightful dialogue, the deft pacing, the authentic sense of place, the rock-solid supporting cast and the feeling that you are in the hands of writers, actors and directors who really know what they're doing -- all of these are worthy reasons to watch "Justified," which I suppose is a drama, but it seems wrong to hang that weighty word on this wry, supple show. …The Washington Post says:
… Givens does look darn good in his jeans and his spotless, cocky cowboy hat. He walks the walk, all right, but he talks way too much of the talk, as do most of the other characters in the mannered and self-conscious series premiere. Although the marshal is a crack shot, he seems more interested in talking varmints to death than in fillin' 'em full of lead. …The San Francisco Chronicle says:
… "Justified" as a whole really delivers, from the explosive pilot to a couple of other, less adrenaline-filled but no less superb episodes that add humor and nuanced storytelling to the mix. … Olyphant's iconic look and portrayal of Raylan Givens recalls every badass good guy in Western lore, and you find yourself liking him more every time he pulls the trigger. That alone would be enough to make "Justified" appointment television, but it's clear there's a lot more depth yet to be mined as Yost and his writers (who had bracelets made that say WWED - "What would Elmore do?") reinvent the modern-day lawman.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… the best new series premiere so far in 2010. … Attention to character, particularly among the criminals of the week, exemplify what's unique about "Justified." On most shows, these guest characters have pretty generic traits that amount to "bad" or "crazy." On "Justified," the antagonists are colorful and rooted in specificity. Next week, Givens tracks a folksy prison escapee who previously robbed a bank and was jailed when another robber died during the robbery under "foreseeable circumstances." … Violence erupts unexpectedly but so do comic moments. …The Newark Star Ledger says:
… It’s in that clash between Givens’ need for simple justice and the modern world’s more complicated rules that "Justified" finds much of its tension, and comedy. Givens is a character who originally appeared in several books by legendary crime author Elmore Leonard ("Out of Sight," "Get Shorty"), and "Justified" has the kind of muscular confidence and style that makes it both a worthy Leonard adaptation and a good match for FX …The Boston Globe says:
… Raylan is a full-on cowboy, despite the fact that it’s 2010, and he is the mesmerizing hero of FX’s terrific new series, “Justified.’’…The Hollywood Reporter says:
… Credit some clever dialogue by Graham Yost and the riveting acting of guest star Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, the ultra-nationalist leader (and former best friend of Raylan) for keeping this from becoming a two-dimensional morality play. …Variety says:
… a wonderfully old-fashioned drama … Olyphant delivers an unabashed star turn in this one. … distinguished by a wry sense of humor -- characteristic of Leonard's work -- that permeates the three episodes made available. …10 p.m. Tuesday. FX.
March 16, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST
I love Timothy Olyphant's work.
March 16, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST
I saw the first 2 episodes and agree it's pretty darn awesome. FX again proves a show with good writing and a soul is what makes a great show. The big 4 networks can really learn a thing or two from them, especially NBC.
March 16, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST
Watch "Southland" at 9pm on TNT (I'm on central time). That show deserves some love. Great first season, and the second season is holding up well. Anyway, this is my strategy. Lost, to Southland, to Justified.
March 16, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST
I've been looking forward to this since it was announced shortly after the Shield ended.
March 16, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST
by Al Swearengen
Huzzah, my son! Fuckin' huzzah!
March 16, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST
..it makes for some of the best entertainment you'll see. Unfortunately his stuff hasn't been done right too often, so it's nice to hear this turned out so well.
March 16, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST
We gotta support this!
March 16, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST
seeing positive reviews everwhere. Will def be tuning in!
March 16, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST
This has quality written all over it.
March 16, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST
March 16, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
March 16, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Man that guy had a crazy mustache! Anyways, this show sounds like a winner, can't wait to check it out.
March 16, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST
by Toe Jam
Have been since it was first announced. I just hope my expectations haven't been pushed too high by the myriad of stellar reviews this is getting.
March 16, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST
how could it not be good<p> the question is, should i watch every week or wait till the summer and watch in one block<p> god, how i love the nets
March 16, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST
by The Chalk Outline
Corrected for you. I've had enough of your blasphemy against Breaking Bad.
March 16, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST
March 16, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST
Read Get Shorty and Ryan's Rules (or Stick I think) Both were simple and predictable books. I don't understand the fascination with his writing. <p><p>Now the movies, I have enjoyed. So I will give this a try.
March 16, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Olyphant as another lawman- count me in!
March 16, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST
Ladies and gentlemen, the elephants have entered the room. Good to know I'll have two great shows to watch tonight. So Herc, you think this is the best cop show since The Wire? So it's also better than The Shield? Interesting. I find that hard to believe, but I'll be watching!
March 16, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST
I really want to see this.
March 16, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST
San Francisco cocksuckahs!
March 16, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
I'm definitely looking forward to this but trying to keep my expectations fairly low.
March 16, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
I hope so, though FX doesn't seem like putting their shows online (though, as most of the cast will say, Its Always Sunny exploded in popularity as soon as fx let hulu have it) . Though Damages was on Hulu it's first two seasons, Sons of Anarchy too. So maybe they just pull their shows from hulu after they've become popular? I just know I could never see the Shield on Hulu and this season Damages has been notably absent.
March 16, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
When is the second season of East Bound and Down premiering?
March 16, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST
Do you refer to yourself in third-person in real life too?
March 16, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST
FX may have surpassed HBO as the highest quality network. Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, and now Justified. Versus what? Pacific, a totally gay vampire show, and some really tired comedies.
March 16, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
I'll probably end up having to wait until it hits dvd but I do want to see a quality scripted show and am always glad to hear of one headed my way.
March 16, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST
Treme will save HBO...and Game of Thrones will bring it back to #1
March 16, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST
follow Herc on Twitter? That's really the only way te character can prove his worth by gosh!
March 16, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST
Is pretty damn entertaining with a nice amount of tits to boot. And Treme/GoT will definitely boost their lineup. Justified looks great. I will dvr the clip show and watch this live.
March 16, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST
and shivered a bit. That was all it took to get me to want to watch this show. Shane still haunts me.
March 16, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST
If they wanna portray this region accurately then someone will have to at some point.
March 16, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
so count me in.
March 16, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
Olyphant looks like a bad ass U.S. Marshal.
March 16, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST
Hope you're right. Definitely looking forward to AGoT. No doubt AGoT will be EPIC. Not so sure about Trema, but I'll give it a shot.
March 16, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST
i miss the shield. : (
March 16, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST
Shane Vendrell was one of the greatest tragic figures on TV. He was destroyed by his relationship with Vic Mackey and his own stupidity. Vic should have looked after Shane better because Shane was like a big vicious dog on a chain, but he was Vic's big dog. In a way he was almost innocent because of his stupidity and his dependence on Vic for a moral center. Having said that, am I looking forward to seeing Walter Goggins again? HELL YES!
March 16, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Can't fukin wait for this! Olyphant is the man.
March 16, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST
I really hope that Goggins character hangs around the whole series. Im not sure how theyl do that being their enemies straight from the start. i love olyphant but goggins is why im tuning in tonight. i havent seen reviews this good across the board for a show in a long time.
March 16, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST
good Welsh name, that
March 16, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST
Already set on the DVR.<p>What's up with the Washington Post? They said "The Pacific" and now "Justified" are just ok. If it was Tom Schales who wrote those reviews, maybe it's time for the guy to retire.-----later-----m
March 16, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST
Damages, Sons of Anarchy....really good shows. Can't wait to catch this tonight!
March 16, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST
Can't wait to see this. FX shoots, FX scores.<p> Again.
March 16, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST
I'm glad it was worth the wait. Way to go, FX. And, sumbitch, if Archer hasn't grown on me also. Of course it helps when they feature guest voices like Jeffrey Tambor and Thomas Lennon.
March 16, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST
March 16, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST
they should have used more of his creepiness in die hard.
March 16, 2010, 5 p.m. CST
Sorry but Justified/Anarchy/Shield/Damages are way better than the crap airing on HBO.
March 16, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST
Rarely does a tv show do that
March 16, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST
March 16, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST
Olyphant rocks. Been waiting on this for some time. Got a little confused with the Seagal show's title, but hoping this is awesome. FX does some great drama for sure. Miss the shield. Can't wait for Sheriff Bullock to kick some ass.
March 16, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST
you forgot that FX also has It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...
March 16, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST
I hope this isn't a 100% procedural like CSI. Cuz it looks great.
March 16, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST
by Uncle Stan
March 16, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST
Not only Treme, but Boardwalk Empire, too, from one of the writers from The Sopranos. Here's previews of both in one spot: http://defamer.gawker.co m/5494878/hbo-is-going-to-be-awe some-all-over-again .HBO has had some missteps (god-damn Deadwood left hanging in the wind), but they are still king in my book. For those keeping score, I'd put FX at a strong second, but watch out, AMC is coming up fast on the outside!
March 16, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST
more like super-awesome.
March 16, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST
Anyone seen Parenthood yet? Any good?
March 16, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST
Made me squeal and giggle like Harry they were so good. ☺
March 16, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST
Heh. Hell yeah.
March 16, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST
Aw yeah, it's on.
March 16, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST
"Can you rack in a load before I put a hole through you?" I hope this show is on for a hundred years
March 16, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
Kurt Sutter WISHES that shit was this good. <br><br> Absolutely loved it.
March 16, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST
Good god, FX is on point. HBO should hire their development folks.
March 16, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST
Hell no. I'm perfectly fine with saving $13 a month.
March 16, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST
March 16, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST
it was very good and will hold me over til Boardwalk Empire. Hell, I might even watch both!
March 17, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
I gave it a try but couldn't be bothered to care, though that might also bendue to trying to watch it alongside te Shield's stellar finale season.
March 17, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST
meant to watch this but forgot
March 17, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST
March 17, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
The show was great. Best line of the night was the fat Nazi holding the block as it was chopped: "Whoa. I felt the air move." Haha.
March 17, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST
by American Mythos
According to the previews, Boyd and his Nazi gang are in future episodes, so looks like there's an arc. While I was watching Boyd, I was thinking he'd make such a good villian for the show I was hoping they didn't kill him off.
March 17, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST
I hope this show is around for a long time.
March 17, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST
..a.. dammit.. I was going to say show, but it's too good for that word. TV does not deserve a production this good. That was really, really impressive.
March 17, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST
and I'm dead serious about this. A local "gang" raided an abandoned, foreclosed home right across from me. It took all the energy I had not to pour gas all over their SUV while they were inside and light the fucker up. But I got their license plate instead. Wait, maybe I wasn't clear on that. I actually HAVE their physical license plate. On a shelf. In my kitchen.
March 17, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
I liked it. Very glad to see Cletus Van Damme will live to see another episode.<br><br>Along with Breaking Bad returning this Sunday, Damages and Lost in full swing, the real TV season has finally begun.
March 17, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Well-done. Saw Elmore Leonard this weekend and he says that he's seen the first three eps and that he likes it. Well, Leonard, me, too.<p>And to the dude who doesn't understand the fascination with Leonard's writing, what can I say? I guess a Grand Master who's been doing his thing for fifty-seven years whose every book is a best seller and who writes some of the best dialogue in the world ain't for everybody.
March 17, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST
Can you rack in a load before I put a hole through you?
March 17, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
Season Pass has been set on my DVR.<br>
March 17, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST
HBO is dead in the water. This show is great. Watered down Elmore Leonard is always good. His stuff needs it.
March 17, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST
I knew nothing about this before watching, except that Olyphant was in it. When Goggins showed up I thought "jesus this HAS to turn out amazingly"...but it was just...ok. Maybe the next eps will show me why it's "the best current show not called Mad Men", but so far I'm drawing a blank.
March 17, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST
It was Justified. Show is fucking great
March 17, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST
Thoroughly enjoyed that. Givens seethes quietly, not as quietly as Bullock, but there's more depth to this character and it feels like we've only brushed the surface. Almost all the characters just right out of the gate, in that way it's like Modern Family :)
March 17, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST
when Givens slammed that punk Nazi's teeth into the steering wheel? I must be sick, but that was a high point in an already awesome trailer. I'm pissed I missed the pilot... I'm trying to find it online now but looks like I may have to buy it from iTunes. This definitely looks like a must-watch series.
March 17, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
by Bartleby T. Scrivener
When Boyd asks Raylan if he really would shoot him, and Raylan says something like "if you make me draw, I'll put you down"; that was just awesome how Olyphant delivered that. The ending was killer. He tells his ex the story about Tommy Bucks, and she tells him your the angriest person I know. Tremendous. The music was really well done.
March 17, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST
Heh, the Mad Men isn't even the best show on AMC.
March 18, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST
March 18, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST
Justified, Deadwood, Sunny in Philly, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Rome, Weeds, Californication, Friday Night Lights, etc., etc. All of these are infinitely more creative, edgy, important, intelligent than anything running at the local megaplex. And on the horizon: Treme, AGoT, Boardwalk Empire. Look at some of the names associated with these projects - Scorsese, Peter Berg, Elmore Leonard, et al. What the fuck is going on with the film divisions of the major studios? For christsakes, can they not think of ANYTHING that isn't called "A modern reboot of ______"? I never would have thought 15 years ago when Indy film was entering its heyday, Spielberg and Lucas were still relevant and the best thing TV had going was Seinfeld and the Simpsons, that this day would ever come. But lo and behold, TV is the current king of media. What has changed structurally in Hollywood that has caused this shift in artistic talent from the silver screen to the boob tube?
March 18, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST
As a father of 3 young children who rarely makes it out to the movies anymore, I'm all for this trend. I ain't gonna question it or try to figure it out, I'm just gonna (quite literally) sit back and reap the benefits... :)
March 18, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST
and I was not disappointed! It's been a long time since a pilot episode has hit me more perfectly than JUSTIFIED. Tweaks could be made, of course, but if they changed nothing it would still be one of the best shows of the season. Olyphant has never been a more controlled, confident badass. This has a season pass.
March 18, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST
I went into this show with too much hype I guess. Goggins was amazing, his acting is even better than his work on the Shield. But come on, the post put this on the same plane as The Wire and by implication, better than The Shield, Homicide, Prime Suspect, The Job, etc. It is not. It is a very slick production with good acting. It is entertaining, but hardly monumental TV. One thing that they need to change on the show is what I call raconteurism: someone asks a simple question and then the other person rambles off a large portion of their life story as their reply. Hopefully, that is just a by-product of this being a pilot. Also, when Bullock, I mean Raylan, says he never thought of himself as an angry man and then his wife says he hides it well...they are playing it dead straight. Obviously they weren't watching the show. She's saying this about the guy who just broke into her house and sat in the dark in her living room drinking a beer while she and her husband were sleeping upstairs. I do like the subtle vein of humor in the show. The teaser at the end looked like they do understand the show works best as half comedy and I mean that in a good way. As long as the show doesn't take itself too seriously, I can keep watching this for a while.
March 18, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST
You have set my standards too high. I just thought Justified was all right, nothing special.
March 18, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
The enjoyment I've gotten out of watching seasons upon seasons of good TV... LOST, THE WIRE, THE SHIELD, NIP/TUCK, 24, TRUE BLOOD, ANGEL, BUFFY, SUPERNATURAL, EAST BOUND AND DOWN, BSG, FRINGE, FIREFLY, and on and on.... is MUCH greater than the enjoyment I've gotten out of movies in the past few years. Plus, there's a ton of shows that I've neglected... Mad Men, Deadwood, Carnivale, Rome, Californication... that I need to catch up with soon. Good times.
March 18, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST
Herc, we agree on two shows now, perhaps three if your Wire talk is genuine.
March 18, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST
Best pilot since Lost, nuff said.
March 18, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST
it was ok, I guess. I wasn't blown away, but Olyphant is good.