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Season Four of Fx's Justified started up yesterday (Jan 8, 2013).

I will posit that the first three seasons were as good as any comparable period of ANY tv show ever.

Me? Hyperbole? Nah!

I have never seen a show that can, over the course of a 60 minute episode, so consistently ratchet up the tension so well. I like different kinds of shows: Psych, Burn Notice, Downton Abbey, Adventures of Brisco County Jr, X-Files, Sherlock Holmes, et al. So I'm not "sold" on a Justified-type show.

I recommend starting with season one. But you really should give this series a look. For consistent quality episodes, it has been Grade A+

Raylan Givens rocks. And the character is from books by Elmore Leonard, who is a fantastic writer, so it's got a strong basis.


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HolmesandWatson wrote:

Season Four of Fx's Justified started up yesterday (Jan 8, 2013).

I recommend starting with season one. But you really should give this series a look. For consistent quality episodes, it has been Grade A+

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I especially find it refreshing that the writers assume they have an intelligent audience. There is no hand-holding to explain what is going on.

It took awhile to get used to the idea I would see something happen on Justified that would catch me by surprise without any warning or explanation..."wait, these two guys seem to know each other so why did one just pull out a gun and shoot the other?...did I miss something?" But now I trust that when that happens, it will become clear later on as the story is told.

It is also the only show I know which gives entertaining dialogue to bit characters who you will never see again.

They also occasionally introduce and build up characters for an expected confrontation with the protagonist only to catch you off-guard with a twist to the plot.


Yeah, the writing's very, very good.

Throughout season 3, the script foreshadowed Quarles' quick draw holster jamming in a climactic standoff with Raylan, and the whole thing was a red herring. I love that level of planning.

When I first saw the teasers, I was expecting some horrible, obvious, hillbilly cop show; I've never been so happy to be wrong.

Scarab Sages

We only had the first two seansons in German television. I love the writing, characterization and dialogue - and really love that Raylands reputation for being trigger happy and violent seems to exeed his actions by far.


This week's episode (Feb 26) was 60 minutes of television being as good as it can be. The ability of this show to consistently ratchet up tension and plot over the course of a single episode is unequalled. I cannot envision a better drama than this one.


I just binge-watched the first two seasons, while Mrs Gersen and Baby Gersen were out of town. I'm an Elmore Leonard fan, and loved the character in his books; it's awesome to see him brought to the screen (Episode 3 was the novel Riding the Rap compressed to fit 40 minutes). Olyphant does a great job. Love all the other characters, too. Really good show, and I have to say that Season 2 was better than Season 1.


Kirth Gersen wrote:
I just binge-watched the first two seasons, while Mrs Gersen and Baby Gersen were out of town. I'm an Elmore Leonard fan, and loved the character in his books; it's awesome to see him brought to the screen (Episode 3 was the novel Riding the Rap compressed to fit 40 minutes). Olyphant does a great job. Love all the other characters, too. Really good show, and I have to say that Season 2 was better than Season 1.

Season 2 is the best one, while season 5 is the weakest (but still being far better than 90% of all of television).


Season 2 was your favorite?! I thought that season 1 was awesome. In my opinion the dramatic loss in story quality from 1 to 2 was enough to get me to stop watching. But then 1 is based on the book and 2 is Hollywood writers, unless I am misinformed. Season 2 isn't bad... It just seemed so absolutely meh compared to 1. So I switched my watching to other shows.


Aranna wrote:
Season 2 was your favorite?! I thought that season 1 was awesome. In my opinion the dramatic loss in story quality from 1 to 2 was enough to get me to stop watching. But then 1 is based on the book and 2 is Hollywood writers, unless I am misinformed. Season 2 isn't bad... It just seemed so absolutely meh compared to 1. So I switched my watching to other shows.

One of my good friends is obsessed with this show.

OBSESSSED.

He has spent thousands of dollars on hats like the one in the show. He visited the show's setting with his brother last year and got to meet some real rangers(or whatever they are on the show) along with the person on the force who does consultation for the show. He had the time of his life, but he spends entirely too much money on hats.


Aranna wrote:
Season 2 was your favorite?! I thought that season 1 was awesome. In my opinion the dramatic loss in story quality from 1 to 2 was enough to get me to stop watching. But then 1 is based on the book and 2 is Hollywood writers, unless I am misinformed. Season 2 isn't bad... It just seemed so absolutely meh compared to 1. So I switched my watching to other shows.

There was no book. "Fire in the Hole" was a short story by Elmore Leonard, in which Raylan Givens kills Boyd Crowder with a single bullet to the heart.

Anyhow, I LOVED the second season, with the introduction of the Bennetts. Seriously, I feel like that family lives right next door. Yes, it's an interesting neighborhood here in Rhode Island.


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Hitdice wrote:
There was no book. "Fire in the Hole" was a short story by Elmore Leonard, in which Raylan Givens kills Boyd Crowder with a single bullet to the heart.

There were two books. (Originally, anyway; then one more after the show). Before FitH, Raylan Givens was the main character of both Pronto (1993; there was a 1997 TV adaptation, not starring Olyphant) and Riding the Rap (1995). The latter got compressed way down and became the basis for Episode 3 (only) of Season 1. The character Earl Crowe is from Pronto. Leonard actually started with the TV show when he wrote Raylan in 2012; the show subsequently adopted part of that into one of the Season 3 episodes.

Elmore Leonard wrote a ton of other stuff that got (some very good, some lame) adaptations as well, for example:

  • 3:10 to Yuma (1953; basis for the 1957 Glenn Ford and 2007 Russell Crowe movies)
  • Rum Punch (1992; basis for Quentin Tarantino's 1997 Jackie Brown)
  • Get Shorty (1990) and Be Cool (1999) (basis for the 1995 and 2005 Travolta movies)
  • Hombre (1961; basis for the 1967 Paul Newman movie)
  • 52 Pick-Up (1974; basis for the 1986 John Frankenheimer movie starring Roy Scheider)
  • Mr. Majestyk (1974; basis for the Charles Bronson movie)
  • Maximum Bob (1991; basis for the 1998 TV series)
  • Out of Sight (1996; basis for the 1998 Clooney movie and the 2003 "Karen Cisco" TV series)
  • Stick (1983; basis for the 1985 Burt Reynolds movie)
  • Cat Chaser (1982; basis for the 1989 Peter Weller movie)
  • The Switch (1978; same villains as in Rum Punch; basis for the 2013 Jennifer Aniston movie Life of Crime)
  • Valdez is Coming (1970; basis for the 1971 Burt Lancaster movie)
  • Touch (1987; basis for the 1997 Christopher Walken movie)
  • The Big Bounce (1969; basis for the 1969 Ryan O'Neal and 2004 Owen Wilson movies)
  • Last Stand at Saber River (1959; basis for the 1997 Tom Selleck movie)
  • Killshot (1989; basis for the 2008 Mickey Rourke movie)
  • Etc.

    Leonard also wrote the screenplays for Joe Kidd (Clint Eastwood, 1972), Mr. Majestyk, Stick, 52 Pick-Up, and Cat Chaser.


  • Okay, look Kirth, I didn't know The Switch had been dramatized, so I'm eternally grateful! I first read the book about a month after I saw Jackie Brown, and was all like "I know those guys!!"

    Nor was I aware of the books about Raylan. All my knowledge of Elmore Leonard comes from a box full of paperbacks left in the closet of an apartment I rented by a previous tenant. Does Karen Cisco feature in any of the Raylan books? 'Cause Carla Gugino shows up in a later season of Justified playing a US Marshal from Miami named Karen but they never call her Cisco. She's gotten married, then divorced and kept the name, I assume because FX didn't have TV rights to the character.

    At that point I started to wonder if Ray Nicolette the FBI agent was going to show up, and, supposing he did and that Karen's father felt he needed a stern talking to, would said talking to be delivered by Dennis Farina, or Robert Forster?


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    Saw Life of Crime -- I hate to say this, because I'm as far from a Jennifer Anniston fan as it's possible to be, but this was a very faithful adaptation and, more importantly, a very good movie. I'd put it right alongside Get Shorty as one of the very best Elmore Leonard movie adaptations.


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    Aww, damn thread necros. Thought maybe they decided to do a 7th season :(

    Loved the show, loved the characters.

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