• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 9, 2011
    100
    Buoyed by the effortless charisma of Timothy Olyphant's star turn as the laconic but lethal Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, this series is a twisted triumph.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 9, 2011
    100
    Like the show itself, Margo Martindale's performance is smart, chilling, amusing, convincing and unfailingly entertaining. And like the show, you really don't want to miss it.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 8, 2011
    100
    The ensemble cast is terrific and the direction lean and perfectly pitched at every turn.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 9, 2011
    91
    Most TV series feel the need to up the ante in their second season, to prove the first one wasn't a fluke. Justified proceeds with such assurance, however, that it can maintain a cool, witty serenity that only enhances its tough-guy drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 10, 2011
    90
    The trick for Justified in its second season won't necessarily revolve around balancing standalone and serialized stories: The show seems to have a good handle on how to manage that in the early going of season 2. No, the challenge will be giving all of its characters something worthwhile to do while expanding the worlds of Harlan and Lexington even further.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 9, 2011
    90
    The series, which had a string of stand-alone episodes before becoming more serialized, gets the balance a little better in Season 2 (though there are still some stand-alones to welcome newbies).
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 9, 2011
    90
    Darn it if Justified showrunner Graham Yost and company haven't found a way to equal--if not top--that bunch [of opponents], while at the same time building on the lessons they learned in the first season.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 9, 2011
    90
    Based on the first three episodes, I'm thinking season 2 is going to be even better and certainly more consistent.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 7, 2011
    90
    In short, coming off the first season's solid ratings, Justified pretty much looks like a home run for FX, which has been getting by lately on singles and doubles.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Von Doviak
    Feb 3, 2011
    88
    Justified's rich vein of gallows humor, convincing sense of place, and twisty hillbilly-noir narratives are all selling points, but it's Olyphant's devilish grin that seals the deal.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 232 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. May 6, 2011
    10
    This show is the best. If you have not watched it yet you should. Timothy Olyphant has been compared to the young Clint Eastwood. I would agree, with the added comment that Timothy Olyphant is a really good actor. Justified is far superior to The Shield in my opinion and I am so happy that it will have a third season. The combination of humor, tension and character development is just unequalled on TV.
    The decision to keep Walton Goggins in the neither totally good nor totally bad character of Boyd Crowder was genious. The writing is solid with Olyphant pulling off some of the funniest lines outside a comedy format and each season's story is completed within the 13 episodes with usually just one little thread left to continue into the next season. Love it.
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  2. Apr 1, 2011
    10
    Unbelievably awesome, Justified continues to be my favorite TV show currently airing. Timothy Olyphaunt is one of the coolest protagonists ever, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent. Certainly, this season is moving at a slower pace than season one, but the characters are also more fully realized and fleshed out. Truly an awesome show that no one who likes things that are cool should miss. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2011
    10
    I have loved Justified from the very first episode, and this season is no different. Im very pleased to see that it has been picked up for a second season and I hope for a third. Everyone should give this show a shot. Full Review »