My new favorite show is "Justified". The main character, Raylan Givens is based a short story by Elmore Leonard called "Fire In the Hole". Leonard is also a producer of the show. Raylan is a federal marshall working in Kentucky hill country. He grew up in Harlan County and managed to get out of there, but was busted back for a "justified" shooting. He has been described as a "19th century" type lawman, wearing cowboy boots and hat. He has to deal with a myriad of mean, redneck criminals including rival drug dealing clans.
Raylan is a cool character with a devilish streak.
Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens. He has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards for this role. Critics have praised the writing, directing, and acting. The critics have described in better than I could, and I agree with them.
The critic from "USA Today" said: "As you'd hope from a show based on Elmore Leonard's work, the plots snap, the dialogue crackles, and the characters pop."
A critic from "People Weekly" wrote: "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."
Here are a few of the "rascals" with whom Raylan matches wits:
Raylan finds time for romance, too. The girl in the picture has a really mean ex-husband. Raylan has an ex-wife himself, and at present she is pregnant with his baby. It's complicated.
If you haven't seen it, give it a try.