Justified : Season 5

  • Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
84

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jan 10, 2014
    100
    Still standing magnificently tall in its fifth season, Justified more than justifies its place as one of television's best dramas. That's a crowded field, of course, but, in this critic's opinion, it is not just one of the best. It is THE best.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jan 3, 2014
    100
    Raylan, despite his tendency to shoot people, is something of an old-fashioned hero, complete with white cowboy hat. Here’s to the simple but effective balance, and to the complications that threaten to topple it.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 7, 2014
    91
    Never fear. The Harlan County, KY of FX’s Justified remains mostly dirty to the touch, a breeding ground for knuckle-draggers and a few somewhat higher forms of low-life.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jan 7, 2014
    90
    As it so often does, the first few episodes of “Justified” send a few plates spinning. Few shows have more deftly managed various plot threads over the course of a season, while also throwing in the occasional stand-alone story, as Justified.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jan 4, 2014
    88
    The show's characters, whether major or minor, skirt familiar archetypes, but the writing and performances consistently subvert accepted lowlife caricatures, finding something less pointedly foreboding than odd and irrefutably human in Harlan County's heroes and villains.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 7, 2014
    83
    Will this be a good season? Undoubtedly, yes, and blood will be spilled. But if this opener is any indication, there's not enough fake blood in Hollywood to sate the fifth.
  7. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jan 7, 2014
    83
    Justified has always been a show about defining yourself, for yourself. So long as it keeps finding fresh criminal conspiracies to wrap around that core--as season five appears to have done--the show will remain a must-watch.
  8. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 7, 2014
    80
    The new season returns to the show's more familiar structure. But the character beats that played out last season--and in previous seasons, for that matter -- linger. The result is that the Harlan, Ky., and environs of Justified feels like a very familiar, lived-in place--in the best possible sense.
  9. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 6, 2014
    80
    It's a funny scene [a pair of Canadian drug dealers visiting Detroit sing the praises of the Tim Hortons doughnut chain to a couple of guys from Kentucky who couldn't care less] but it also hurries the plot along and, so, in many ways it feels like a perfect melding of the minds of Detroit's Leonard and the Canadian-born Yost. Which pretty much sums up Justified, too.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 3, 2014
    80
    Prone to slow starts and whiz-bang finishes, Justified opens its fifth year in midseason form.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 2, 2014
    80
    Justified has reached the point where we know some of its tricks. But thanks to Leonard and Olyphant and writer Graham Yost’s fine balance of humor and mayhem, it’s still an hour worth looking forward to.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jan 15, 2014
    75
    It all feels been-there, done-that. Slow-burn start? Maybe. Or maybe Justified's own pipeline has run dry.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 7, 2014
    70
    Justified is slumming it: not nearly as sharp or rich as it has been or could be, but still much more clever and enjoyable than its procedural peers. It’s begging to be graded on a curve, when it should be setting it.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 6, 2014
    70
    The show pretty much picks up where it left off. Gone are the seasons when Justified would slowly run up to a serialized storyline with a few stand-alone episodes--I kind of miss those because the bad guys were so fleshed out for a TV show--instead jumping back into established storylines and jump-starting new ones..... The season premiere [is] a strong set-up episode.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 8, 2014
    10
    Raylan and Boyd are back, and I couldn't be happier. Justified has the best regular and recurring cast on TV, and this season they even add onRaylan and Boyd are back, and I couldn't be happier. Justified has the best regular and recurring cast on TV, and this season they even add on old pros like Dave Foley, Will Sasso, and David Koechner. It's basically heaven for those of us who love great line-readings, perturbed looks, and anything Elmore Leonard related.
    Jere Burns is now a regular, and that's awesome...but once again, it seems like the show is going to have a hard time finding things to do for Rachel and Tim. But they have brought back Dewey Crowe, so I can forgive them for anything.
    Now that Breaking Bad is over and done with, Justified is the best show on television.
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  2. Jan 7, 2014
    10
    I LOVE THIS SHOW. By far one of the funner and more enjoyable shows coming back. I should recommend this show to anyone and i really love thisI LOVE THIS SHOW. By far one of the funner and more enjoyable shows coming back. I should recommend this show to anyone and i really love this show. Just Amazing Full Review »
  3. Jan 20, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I am a huge fan of this show, and it is amazing to me that it seems to only get better every season. Obviously it is to early to tell how this season will stack up against the others as a whole, but if the first two episodes are any indication, it will be amazing as ever. Timothy Olyphant continues to be perfect in the role of Raylan Givens, and this is coming from an avid fan of Elmore Leonard's Raylan books. He has a sly charm, a great swagger and underneath his calm demeanor, a cold edge. The dialogue continues to be among the very best on TV, and is expertly showcased by Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder (the amazing Walton Goggins), Art Mullen (Nick Searcy) and a personal favorite side character of mine, Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).

    I can tell everyone that if you enjoyed past seasons, season 5 continues to live up to that high standard. New additions to the cast have strong potential, and the guest star lineup this show manages to attract is in a league of its own. Early into season 5, we have appearances from Amy Smart, Xander Berkeley, David Koechner, Will Sasso, Dave Foley and many more great additions. Returning characters like Dewey Crowe and Wade Messer have expanded roles, which means plenty of delightful stupidity is sure to follow from each of them! The expanded Crowe family is introduced and seems like an interesting bunch to follow, especially the intriguing addition of Jean Baptiste, apparently a former member of the Haitian secret police who seems to specialize in making bodies disappear!

    What else needs to be said? A great and varied cast of quirky characters that are sure to delight, some of the best if not THE best dialogue on TV, a wonderful back country atmosphere and setting, a great balance between light and humorous with darkness and violence, great writing, and wonderful plots that are always interesting and never convoluted or difficult to follow. Bottom line, Justified is an amazing show and if you have not yet seen it, be sure to give it a try. BTW, season one is very good, but it really hits its stride at the end of the first season and into season two, and it only gets better going forward!
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