Ahhhh…the new season of Justified starts tonight. Sure, it’ll be bittersweet to see one of the best shows of the last decade kick off its sixth and final season, but you know what trumps that? New episodes of Justified, that’s what. If you haven’t been watching over the last five seasons, and you have even an inkling of affection for badasses onscreen, you’ve been wasting your time.
Based on an Elmore Leonard character that appears in novels like Pronto and Riding the Rap, and short stories like “Fire in the Hole,” Justified follows the adventures of U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens, played with perfect swagger by Timothy Olyphant, as he dispenses his own brand of old west style justice in the backwoods of Harlan County, Kentucky. When the first episode has white supremacist blowing up a church with a rocket launcher, you know you’re onto something special.
Raylan is an anachronism, a mythological frontier gunslinger, a shoot-first kind of lawman, and Justified is essentially a western set in the modern world, hitting the right pitch note for note. There are grim villains, primarily Walton Goggins’ small town crime boss Boyd Crowder, whip smart dialogue, and plenty of opportunities for tough, grim dudes to face off with life and death on the line.
Justified is easily the most badass show on your television box, and if you’re not watching, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Season 6 premieres tonight, January 20 on FX at 10:00pm. Which means they can swear.