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Breaking Down The 'Justified' Series Finale: Who Lived And Who Died?

4/15/2015 8:22am EDT
'Justified' Series Finale Recap And Review: 'The Promise' - Who
After six seasons, one of television's best series came to an end on Tuesday. Justified wrapped up its near-perfect run with "The Promise," which delivered the bloody showdowns we've come to expect from this series while also taking near its entire fourth act to spend some final time with these unique, beloved characters and remind us that they're the reason we kept coming back to Harlan for years on end. It was everything that it should've been and then some.

Picking up exactly where last week's episode left off, Raylan is in the process of being detained thanks to the BOLO that AUSA Vasq...

'Justified' Cast Talks Series Finale, How Will It End?

4/13/2015 12:05pm EDT
'Justified': The Cast Reflects Before The Series Finale
As FX's Justified wraps its six-season run of excellence this Tuesday, we had one more opportunity to ask its cast and producer how it's been so good. Starpulse joined series stars Timothy Olyphant, Joelle Carter, Erica Tazel and Jacob Pitts, as well as executive producer Graham Yost, at the Paley Center for Media last week to look back on the show and ponder the future.

"It's been amazing," reflected Joelle. "They say art is like life and I think it's so true. I think I have grown with Ava. I've grown in my own capacity as an actress to evolve and to trust myself more, and they've given m...

'Justified' Recap: Trust

3/25/2015 10:37am EDT
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - As In, You Shouldn't Tru
We're now into the final four episodes of Justified, and so naturally it's time for some bullets and betrayals. This week's installment, "Trust," is all about people who should not have trusted other people, and paying the price for that faith. You certainly didn't expect everyone to stay on the same sides forever, did you?

Katherine is ranting to Duffy about last time's explosion, although she still doesn't think that highly of him. He reminds her that they're still on the same side, except for that they're not, and tells her to find out if Markham is going to move his money out of the va...

'Justified' Gets Back On Track

3/11/2015 10:02am EDT
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Dark As A Dungeon' - Of Deaths An
After stumbling for the first time last week, Justified gets back on track with "Dark As A Dungeon," which wraps up the loose end that is Ty Walker while also continuing along its subtle track of making parallels all the way back to season one.

Raylan is doing some housecleaning over at his father's place, because one should properly store one's shotgun and flush any pills before selling said house, when he finds his dad's footlocker full of various keepsakes. Raylan being Raylan, he takes it out into the front yard and lights it on fire. The only thing spared is a key that he elects to ho...

'Justified' Recap: 'Sounding' - Ava's Gone Missing?!

2/18/2015 7:15am EST
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Sounding' - Ava's Gone Missing?!
The last time we saw Ava Crowder, she was in a panic, so it's no surprise that this week's episode of Justified starts with her and is heavily about our favorite former criminal. In "Sounding," Ava's still convinced that Katherine Hale knows she's a mole, and so makes a drastic choice to protect herself. One that Raylan, who has probably never had a moment of panic in his life, does not like.

Ava is biting her nails while Boyd goes on again about their potential future; she expresses her skepticism about his plans. As they roll through a state police checkpoint, the troopers notice that sh...

'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Cash Game' - The Bad Get Worse

1/28/2015 9:05am EST
'Justified' Recap And Review: 'Cash Game' - The Bad Get Worse
After we returned to Kentucky with a bang last week, Justified keeps the tension up with "Cash Game," the second episode of its final season. It gives important information to both the characters and the audience, as plots and people's identities start to come into focus, including some more fantastic guest stars plus another scene-stealin performance from Jacob Pitts that's the cherry on top.

Ava's having another inebriated morning, interrupted only by the realization that there is someone in her backyard barn. She grabs her revolver and heads that way; not pleased to find Boyd there, she...

'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In With A Bang

1/21/2015 9:11am EST
'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In
So, here we are: the beginning of the end of Justified. There's sadness that comes with that, obviously, given that this has been one of television's consistently excellent shows from the day it went on the air a little less than five years ago. But there's also a sense of excitement, because "Fate's Right Hand" proves that this show is not screwing around, and is going to finish things off as strong as it's ever been.

Winona is still raising Raylan's daughter Willa, and wondering why he's not there considering that he was supposed to be headed their way. But the reason why is obvious: it'...

'Justified's' Joelle Carter: Emmy Contender

6/5/2013 2:15pm EDT
Nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards are just over a month away, and there's one name that deserves to be on the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ballot: Justified star Joelle Carter.

No character on the hit FX series has gone through more changes than Carter's Ava Crowder, who began the show as the charming love interest for U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant), before transforming into the criminal queen of Harlan County alongside husband-to-be Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). Particularly in seasons three and four of Justified, we've seen such depth i...

The 10 Most Underrated Cable TV Actors & Actresses

7/22/2012 12:00pm EDT
Xander Berkeley
There are a lot of talented actors and actresses in Hollywood - probably a lot more than you think. For every big name you remember, there are five or ten who don't get their due. While we don't have the space to recognize all the actors we enjoy, here's a short list of the ten that are most glaringly overlooked...

In alphabetical order:

1. Xander Berkeley

Where You Should Know Him From: As Percy on CW's Nikita. Also George Mason on FOX's 24, and the flicks Gattaca, Air Force One, A Few Good Men and Terminator 2: Judgment Day...just to name a few.

Xander Berkeley is one of those acto...

'Justified' Recap: Bad Things Happen When 'Guy Walks Into A Bar'

3/21/2012 2:04am EDT
Justified keeps going strong this week, as Raylan and Quarles have another confrontation that makes up one of the best scenes in the show's history. If Timothy Olyphant or Neal McDonough don't win an Emmy, I will be shocked.

Nothing good ever happens past nightfall in Kentucky, at least on this show. There are two sheriff's deputies planting drugs in Shelby's truck, for one. He stops them with his shotgun, but it's clear they're playing dirty in Harlan County. Shelby then talks to Boyd, who decides he doesn't want his friend going anywhere alone from that point on. He goes to vis...

'Justified' Recap: Tying Up 'Loose Ends'

3/14/2012 2:03am EDT
Even the best Justified villain has to fall. And with only five episodes left in the show's third season, this is the beginning of what should be a fantastic end.

We start at the end of another long day for Raylan (does he even have short days?), as he contemplates what to do with the gun that killed his ex-wife's second husband. He stashes it in his apartment and then decides to inspect the ceiling.

The next morning, he's summoned into Art's office. Art wants to know what Raylan has on Quarles "right now that you can prove." After the resulting silence, he tells Raylan that until Quarl...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Man Behind The Curtain' (3.07)

2/29/2012 2:07am EST
This week's Justified is a slow episode by comparison, but leave it to one of TV's top writing staffs to have something worthwhile in even the quieter hours.

Still dealing with Winona's departure, Raylan is getting blitzed at a different place, which happens to be the bar below his new apartment. Imagine his surprise when Quarles shows up at the bar beside him. "You're a bouncer in a dive bar," he says, and is not impressed. Raylan retorts with details of Quarles' propensity for roughing up male escorts that I didn't need. The next day, determined to take Quarles down, he needles...

Q&A: How 'Justified' Star Timothy Olyphant Conquers TV

2/22/2012 1:48pm EST
If there's one film actor who came into television and blew the doors off the medium, it was Justified star Timothy Olyphant.

In three seasons as quick-witted, quick-drawing Kentucky marshal Raylan Givens, the Live Free or Die Hard actor hasn't given a bad performance. In fact, he hasn't given less than a great one. Whether it's his leveling stare or just the way he points his words, Olyphant carries himself with a natural intensity that makes Raylan the infamous character we've been told he is. Simply put, in someone else's hands, this role just wouldn't work.

Off-screen, he's incredib...

'Justified' Recap: 'When The Guns Come Out' (3.06)

2/22/2012 2:16am EST
By the title of this episode of Justified, you should be able to guess that there's more shooting than usual. Yet as is also usual, this show is a lot more than just its body count.

While Raylan is trying to figure out where Winona ran off to after she left him last week, lots of people are being shot (which is kind of typical for Kentucky). He's advised not to keep going after her, but we all know Raylan is too stubborn to listen. Instead, he goes looking for the money from the bank robbery she swiped last season, and when he finds it missing, he knows what's up. He asks Art for ...

'Justified' Recap: 'Thick As Mud' (3.05)

2/15/2012 2:03am EST
There's a lot going on in this week's Justified, and quite a few familiar faces. If "Thick As Mud" has a particular pop to it, it's because Elmore Leonard has a co-story credit for this ride.

While Limehouse is determined to keep Dickie (and anyone else) away from what remains of Mags' money, Boyd and Arlo are burying Devil's body after his bloody end, and Raylan's relationship with Winona is as rocky as it's always been...and oh crap, Dewey Crowe is missing some internal organs. That last part is courtesy of that creepy prison nurse Lance (Clayne Crawford), who just will not go awa...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Devil You Know' (3.04)

2/8/2012 2:20am EST
Justified: just when you think you've got it figured out, it keeps unraveling and then it punches you in the stomach. And it's worth all the pain, because it's the best series on TV.

This week, Devil's a little restless, but that's because he's got a meeting with Quarles. What the heck is going on? One of those instances where someone thinks they're bigger than they are, that's what. After his conversation with Boyd last week, Devil is twitchy, and Quarles does his best to make him feel important. "This is an opportunity that only happens once," he teases, and Devil is listening.


'Justified' Recap: 'Harlan Roulette' (3.03)

2/1/2012 2:12am EST
If you want to see just how far Justified has come, "Harlan Roulette" is the episode to look at. Colorful, intriguing and at a few points unsettling, it's the complete package.

Ellstin Limehouse is having words with Ava. He says she looks good, and she replies "better than the last time we saw each other," which is just one heck of a loaded sentence. She wants him to meet Boyd. And so, on a bridge in the middle of the night, with plenty of glowering from various minions on both sides, the two converse. "It has come to my attention that you are in possession of something that belo...

'Justified' Recap: 'Cut Ties' (3.02)

1/25/2012 2:10am EST
Episode two of Justified's second season is a solid standalone that also continues to hand us pieces of a masterful bigger picture.

Last week's episode ("The Gunfighter") started Justified's third season off strong. "Cut Ties" keeps up the standard, but in a different way.

Raylan wakes up in Winona and Gary's house, quickly mistaken for Gary by the realtor who's showing people around. Have a joke about Winona cheating on him with a realtor again. Once Raylan wakes up and pulls himself together, he visits Boyd in prison and actually asks him for relationship advice. Boyd points out that ...

'Justified' Recap: 'The Gunfighter' (3.01)

1/18/2012 2:07am EST
Here's why I call Justified the best series on TV: because every season, I ask myself "How can this possibly get any better?" and it always does.

"The Gunfighter" starts off simply enough, but within minutes we're reminded that everything in this world is much more complex than it appears. Winona finds herself being pulled over by the state police; seems that Art has been trying to reach her. She arrives at the hospital, where Art tells her "he's going to be all right," and we don't need to be told who he's talking about. Yes, that's Raylan taking a nap in a hospital bed, where we kn...

Q&A: New Elmore Leonard Novel As 'Justified' Premieres

1/17/2012 1:10pm EST
Elmore Leonard
Fans eagerly awaiting Justified's third season tonight shouldn't miss the newest Raylan Givens novel, which hits shelves today.

Before he was played to perfection by Timothy Olyphant, the character was created by legendary novelist Elmore Leonard.

Raylan's first appearance was in the 1993 novel Pronto, which was followed by 1995's Riding The Rap and the 2001 short story Fire In The Hole. The latter has been cited as the inspiration for Justified.

Now Mr. Leonard has brought back the literary incarnation with a new work, appropriately titled Raylan. At this weekend's Television Critics As...

The 11 Best From 2011

12/31/2011 11:00am EST
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...

'Justified's' Joelle Carter To Guest On 'Prime Suspect'

9/30/2011 3:21pm EDT
Justified fans can get their Ava Crowder fix when Joelle Carter appears on NBC's Prime Suspect.

Carter plays Louise Iannacone, the wife of a stockbroker who becomes Detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello)'s first suspect when he's murdered, in the episode entitled "Great Guy, Yet: Dead." It will air Thursday, October 13 at 10 PM ET/PT on NBC, with a re-air that Saturday, October 15 at 9 PM ET/PT.

She's best known for her role on Justified, where she's spent two seasons as Ava, the former love interest of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant). In season two, with Raylan...

'Justified' 2.13 'Bloody Harlan' Recap and Review

5/5/2011 2:12am EDT
Is anyone else having a hard time believing that we're to the end of Justified's second season already? I still vividly remember last season's finale.

While "Bloody Harlan" is no "Bulletville," it's satisfying in its own way, and I can already see the possibilities for season three playing out in my head.

We start with a familiar scene: Raylan walks into Art's office. This time, he's asking for another month off, which Art agrees is a good idea. Then Raylan adds that he wants to transfer back to Glynco and return to his former job as a firearms instructor. Art needs to think about t...

'Justified' 2.12 'Reckoning' Recap and Review

4/28/2011 6:55am EDT
If this week's Justified doesn't end up as someone's Emmy submission, I'll be surprised. So why do I feel slightly underwhelmed by it? Well, I think I was expecting a lot more than just great acting.

That great acting starts from the first moment. Raylan arrives at his father's house, which has become a crime scene. We now know for sure that Aunt Helen is dead. What a shame. Our hero sees the aftermath of her demise in slow motion and near silence. Normally, I hate slow motion scenes. Most of the time, slow motion is an annoying visual effect for a moment that's sorely overblown....

'Justified' 2.11 'Full Commitment' Recap and Review

4/21/2011 6:20am EDT
As much as last week's Justified was a filler ep, at least now we have a lot of fun things to play with. We pick up in the fallout of last week's shootout, and the Marshals Office is buzzing with activity. Raylan totally does not care what the Army CID guy has to tell him about the two shooters, who are ex-Army themselves. The Army CID guy isn't surprised that a lot of people might want to shoot Raylan. Obviously, he's a quick study.

Gary shows up and he wants to pick a fight with both Raylan and Winona. He wants to know how much she's willing to put up with, or if it will take he...

'Justified' 2.10 'Debts and Accounts' Recap and Review

4/14/2011 2:14am EDT
It's hard to believe that after tonight, we only have three new episodes of Justified left. How the cable TV season flies when you're having fun! "Debts and Accounts" is the episode that pulls together all the season's storylines in preparation for the end, and while that keeps it from being the best episode itself, it accomplishes that task with relative ease.

Raylan walks into work, is immediately met by Art, and the two start talking over the aftermath of last week's shooting of Coover Bennett. This is business as usual. We've seen it in previous episodes. But today Raylan is a lit...

'Justified' 2.09 'Brother's Keeper' Recap and Review

4/7/2011 10:23am EDT
Picking up where "The Spoil" left off, this week's Justified delivers on last week's promises, while giving us one heck of a one-shot ride at the same time. You can't ask for much more than that.

Everyone's getting ready for Mags Bennett's big get-together, including Loretta (the underrated Kaitlyn Dever), who wonders if her absent father's asked about her, and if she can talk to him next time he calls. No, that's not awkward at all. Mags deflects the questions without missing a beat, but the cute-yet-slightly-creepy moment is interrupted by Coover (who else?). He leaves as quickly...

'Justified' 2.08 'The Spoil' Recap and Review

3/31/2011 8:22am EDT
Considering it as a stand-alone episode, I'm not quite raving about this week's Justified like some of my cohorts have. Yet when I look at it as a part one, I can say that it's an intriguing first step. A first step down the road to hell paved with good intentions, and I mean that as a compliment.

We start things off with Dickie and Coover Bennett playing a late-night visit to a guy named Reggie with something live in a duffel bag. Yet Reggie isn't alone; Boyd is with him. So what's the situation? Dickie tells Reggie to tell Black Pike Mining that he's not interested, but Reggie say...

'Justified' 2.08 'The Spoil' Advanced Review

3/29/2011 6:03pm EDT
After its first less than stellar episode of season two, Justified begins to bounce back with an episode that isn't perfect, but that gives us a few answers, some more questions, and quite a few gunshots.

There's a little bit of a bad taste from last week to begin with: Raylan's out late (and drinking), presumably because of the business with Winona, because he comes back at almost 3 AM to tell her that he's certain Art knows about her theft. I was hoping that we'd leave all that behind after the previous two episodes. It does, however, give Raylan a massive hangover which makes him ...

FX Brings Back 'Archer' And 'Justified'

3/29/2011 4:23pm EDT
Good news, everyone!

Two of our favorite shows around these parts have officially been renewed for their respective third seasons. Both TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Archer and Justified will return. The news isn’t a surprise, as both shows have been going strong in their sophomore runs (currently airing Thursdays & Wednesdays at 10 PM, respectively), but it’s still great to know that we can expect to see more of Sterling Archer and Raylan Givens.

The good folks behind Archer revealed on Twitter that their third season will be sixteen episodes, while Justified's ...