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Herc Says FX’s JUSTIFIED Is The Best New Show Of The Season!!

I am – Hercules!!
A dark, funny western expertly disguised as a contemporary cop show, “Justified” is crazy great, up there with “Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” as one of the best adaptations of an Elmore Leonard story ever. (Which is saying something.) Flying bullets and car chases and sudden violent death complement its dry wit and platoon of embraceable characters, and it should attract quite a few viewers who followed FX’s “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy” every week, and I suspect quite a few viewers who are not fans of those shows. Three episodes in, I think it may be the best current TV drama not titled “Mad Men.” Adapted by screenwriter Graham Yost (“Speed,” “Boomtown”), it offers in its central character, deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens (“Deadwood” vet Tim Olyphant), one of television’s most entertaining presences and one of its all-time biggest badasses, one surrounded by wealth of equally amusing characters, a lot of them highly likeable, all of them highly watchable. The Stetson-sporting Givens may look like “Deadwood” lawman Seth Bullock, but he’s a whole lot more fun. In fact, you might have to go all the way back to “Twin Peaks” and FBI special agent Dale Cooper to find a TV cop as fun as Givens. (I almost want to call “Justified” the best cop show since “Twin Peaks,” but HBO’s “The Wire” gets in the way.) The series begins in Givens’ home base of sunny Miami, where, amid a sea of bikinis, he manages to find some non-frontier justice that does not sit well with his superiors. As punishment, he’s reassigned to Lexington, Ky., the place from whence he came and a place to which he clearly does not wish to return. The reassignment puts Givens in proximity of deadly local hillbilly white-supremacist criminal mastermind Boyd Crowder (“The Sheild” vet Walton Goggins), who mined coal next to Givens before they both went on to bigger things. The two enjoy a relationship that reminds me more than a little of De Niro and Pacino in “Heat.” I won’t give away here how their encounter in the pilot ends, but I will say the fallout will likely follow Givens at least to the end of its first season. The second episode, also scripted by Yost but not based on a Leonard story, contains a nod to the events depicted in the pilot but is mostly its own thing, and just as good. A third episode, not written by Yost but starring Yost’s old “Speed” associate Alan Ruck, takes Givens out west to Los Angeles and feels like a really good R-rated episode of “The Rockford Files.” I love that the bad guys Givens chases are seldom purely louts, and some of them are actually pretty swell. In the pilot I particularly liked Givens’ murderous ex-neighbor Ava (Joelle Carter), whose introduction is both wonderfully revealing and hilarious, like something out of a Tarantino movie. Happily we’ll be seeing more of her as the series soldiers on. As soon as the previews for next week’s “Lost” leave your screen, I implore you to ignore that hour-long “FlashForward” clip package and just flip over to FX. “Justified” is some arresting television. Time Magazine says:
… 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.
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  • March 16, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    I may check it out...

    by pantera777

    I love Timothy Olyphant's work.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    This show is boss!

    by CCon99

    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

    Check the repeat at 10:11pm on FX

    by polisciguy83

    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

    Can't wait

    by Daremo

    I've been looking forward to this since it was announced shortly after the Shield ended.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    How about that? Bullock did himself well.

    by Al Swearengen

    Huzzah, my son! Fuckin' huzzah!

  • March 16, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    When Elmore Leonard is done right...

    by lock67ca 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

    Manlove for Olyphant...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    We gotta support this!

  • March 16, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Olypahnt awesomeness

    by Jimbonx

    seeing positive reviews everwhere. Will def be tuning in!

  • March 16, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by aversiontherapy2

    This has quality written all over it.

  • March 16, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Been lookin' forward to this.

    by Shermdawg

  • March 16, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Saw an old

    by Bass Ackwards

  • March 16, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Saw an old picture of Bullock

    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

    Really looking forward to this

    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

    has olyphant returning to tv

    by brabon300

    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

    I think it may be the best current TV drama not AIRING ON AMC

    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

    Peeing my pants for this one...

    by dj_bollocks

  • 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

    To the TiVo season pass!

    by Judge Briggs

    Olyphant as another lawman- count me in!

  • March 16, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    LOST and JUSTIFIED - Tuesday night awesomeness

    by turketron_2

    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

    Will this be available on Hulu or FX's site?

    by SoylentMean

    I really want to see this.

  • March 16, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Bring back fuckin' Deadwood!

    by SoylentMean

    San Francisco cocksuckahs!

  • March 16, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Perfect time for me - right after Lost

    by FrodoFraggins

    I'm definitely looking forward to this but trying to keep my expectations fairly low.

  • March 16, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Soylent Man

    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

    Herc! Need an Answer...

    by Judge Briggs

    When is the second season of East Bound and Down premiering?

  • March 16, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by crappyfun

    Do you refer to yourself in third-person in real life too?

  • March 16, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    FX is quietly building up a quality collection

    by johnnyangelheart

    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

    Bass Akwards, thanks for the heads up

    by SoylentMean

    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


    by Fico

    Treme will save HBO...and Game of Thrones will bring it back to #1

  • March 16, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    But does deputy U.S. marshal Raylan Givens

    by dihay

    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

    True Blood

    by optimus122

    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

    I saw Walt Goggins in the commercial

    by NoQuarter

    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

    Does anyone call Obama a "socialist" in the pilot?

    by StanGrossman

    If they wanna portray this region accurately then someone will have to at some point.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Its as close to Deadwood as anything possible

    by IamZardoz

    so count me in.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this

    by Thanos0145

    Olyphant looks like a bad ass U.S. Marshal.

  • March 16, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by johnnyangelheart

    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


    by alice133

    i miss the shield. : (

  • March 16, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Shane Vendrell on the The Shield

    by johnnyangelheart

    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

    DVR already set!!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Can't fukin wait for this! Olyphant is the man.

  • March 16, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST


    by bourne7855

    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


    by mynamesdan

    good Welsh name, that

  • March 16, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Can't Wait

    by MGTHEDJ

    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

    FX has set the bar VERY high.

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Damages, Sons of Anarchy....really good shows. Can't wait to catch this tonight!

  • March 16, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Baby

    by Cobbio

    Can't wait to see this. FX shoots, FX scores.<p> Again.

  • March 16, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    After watching 1,379 promos for this show

    by skimn

    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


    by idrinkyourmilkshake


  • March 16, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Olyphant rules!

    by jaysin420

    they should have used more of his creepiness in die hard.

  • March 16, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Yeah HBO freaking sucks.

    by AshokForgiven

    Sorry but Justified/Anarchy/Shield/Damages are way better than the crap airing on HBO.

  • March 16, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    This looks very good, the previews caught my attention.

    by Mike_D

    Rarely does a tv show do that

  • March 16, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    So, I take it Justin Timberlake is NOT in this...?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 16, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    F#@k yes

    by alexgk

    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


    by BadMrWonka

    you forgot that FX also has It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...

  • March 16, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    This looks amazing, but does it have a long running arc?

    by AshokForgiven

    I hope this isn't a 100% procedural like CSI. Cuz it looks great.

  • March 16, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    but Herc also thinks Gilmore Girls is awesome

    by Uncle Stan

  • March 16, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    johnnyangel and FICO

    by Somerichs

    Not only Treme, but Boardwalk Empire, too, from one of the writers from The Sopranos. Here's previews of both in one spot: 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

    "but Herc also thinks Gilmore Girls is awesome"

    by Hercules

    more like super-awesome.

  • March 16, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    While we're on Gilmore Girls...

    by Somerichs

    Anyone seen Parenthood yet? Any good?

  • March 16, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Gilmore Girls Seasons 1-3

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Made me squeal and giggle like Harry they were so good. ☺

  • March 16, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    "It was justified."

    by Gawdfather

    Heh. Hell yeah.

  • March 16, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Goggins as crazy Nazi-hick?

    by Gawdfather

    Aw yeah, it's on.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    This shit is AWESOME

    by kenjinattix

    "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

    I like Sons of Anarchy well enough, but...

    by Shermdawg

    Kurt Sutter WISHES that shit was this good. <br><br> Absolutely loved it.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Gawdfather

    Good god, FX is on point. HBO should hire their development folks.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    HBO should hire their development folks.

    by Shermdawg

    Hell no. I'm perfectly fine with saving $13 a month.

  • March 16, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Just imagine there were some quotations in that title.

    by Shermdawg


  • March 16, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Just saw it

    by IamZardoz

    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

    Did Sons of Anarchy improve?

    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


    by NippleEffect

    meant to watch this but forgot

  • March 17, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Seek it out, Nipple.

    by Shermdawg

  • March 17, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Watched it

    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

    Loved it.

    by Imagikafan

    I hope this show is around for a long time.

  • March 17, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    TV does not deserve a .. a...

    by gotilk

    ..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

    as I was watching

    by gotilk

    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

    Good start.

    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

    Nice premiere

    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

    The praise this show has gotten was "JUSTIFIED"

    by Thanos0145

    Can you rack in a load before I put a hole through you?

  • March 17, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Well done indeed

    by ATARI

    Season Pass has been set on my DVR.<br>

  • March 17, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    FX is so much better than HBO now

    by torontoxic

    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

    It was alright, nothing more

    by JonJonB

    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

    He pulled out first..

    by JBouganim1

    It was Justified. Show is fucking great

  • March 17, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Nice nice nice

    by aversiontherapy2

    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

    Why did I laugh...

    by allykatD

    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

    Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    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

    "the best current show not called Mad Men"

    by AshokForgiven

    Heh, the Mad Men isn't even the best show on AMC.

  • March 18, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    TV >

    by Gene_Parmesan

  • March 18, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    TV > Movies

    by Gene_Parmesan

    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

    Gene_Parmesan, don't know, don't care...

    by Somerichs

    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

    My hopes were high

    by Sonny_Williams

    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

    Good, not great

    by PrivateIron

    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

    Damn you, The Wire

    by Fico

    You have set my standards too high. I just thought Justified was all right, nothing special.

  • March 18, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I thoroughly agree about TV > Movies

    by turketron_2

    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

    Absolutely fantastic.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Herc, we agree on two shows now, perhaps three if your Wire talk is genuine.

  • March 18, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by jaysin420

    Best pilot since Lost, nuff said.

  • March 18, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    just watched it off dvr

    by akkosa

    it was ok, I guess. I wasn't blown away, but Olyphant is good.