• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 3, 2013
    70
    Always fun, the first two hours of the FX drama's fourth season are also meandering, introducing several new players, but as yet failing to betray much about how or when they'll intersect. Fortunately, star Timothy Olyphant by himself remains ample reason to tune in.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 8, 2013
    90
    A fourth season of wryly amusing but often shockingly brutal backwoods mayhem.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 8, 2013
    90
    The dialogue remains as pin-prick sharp as usual, with that clever mix of directness and humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 4, 2013
    100
    Character--as the old saying goes--is a long-standing habit, and their habits remain very much intact. The same could be could be said of Justified.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 25, 2013
    100
    What gives the show its kick is the gleefully childish lack of repentance shown by most of these rascals--countered by Olyphant's coolly amused control. [4 Feb 2013, .39]
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 8, 2013
    90
    The lovely thing about Justified is that it delivers all the shaggy charm of a diverting character piece even as a supple, strongly structured story gives the whole affair an unmistakable energy and direction.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 7, 2013
    91
    By forcing Raylan to retrace his father's decades-old steps, Yost is reinventing his show yet again, but he's also going deeper into the heart and mind of the man with the big hat and gun.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 7, 2013
    100
    It keeps going about its business, getting better than ever each season with a restrained but gripping approach that's also sure to wear well decades from now.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 10, 2013
    83
    The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 7, 2013
    100
    The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 8, 2013
    80
    It's intriguing and promising that season four kicks off with another detour–this time into the past–that connects to Harlan County here and now.
  12. 90
    For all its gore, gunfire, and criminal nastiness, it's a joyous show; even when the characters are scowling, the show seems to be grinning at you.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 8, 2013
    80
    Justified takes a purely procedural setup and turns it into a long-term story arc, a season-long mystery that will presumably get less goofy than it first appears.
  14. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 3, 2013
    100
    Justified is the strongest, liveliest, and most tonally accurate adaptation of the writer's work to date, and the latest season bracingly suggests that isn't likely to change anytime soon.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 185 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Jan 9, 2013
    10
    Great start to the fourth season. This will probably be another criminally overlooked show by pathetic award shows. F/X seems to have found a niche for brilliant shows that don't get any credit. Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    10
    If you ever enjoyed the series, this season doesn't disappoint. Witty banter abounds, and I've always been a fan of Raylan, and I think his character just keeps getting stronger. Watch this show! Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    1
    This show was amazing for three seasons. This year its total vagina. cheesy proposal? check. womwn the only ones who can make a decision? check. gimmicky plot contrivances have replaced solid screenwriting and acting. Full Review »