TV shows don’t often get the respect they deserve. That’s probably because the highest rated series currently on television is Three And a Half Men… not exactly the kind of thing to inspire confidence in the medium. But if you look beyond the pablum marketed to (and embraced by) the masses you’ll find some absolutely brilliant shows deserving of your viewership. NBC’s Community, Travel Channel’s No Reservations, and Showtime’s Californication are just a few examples of great TV, but they’re far from the only ones.
The FX network has more than its fair share of quality shows too, and one of their best is Justified. The series is based on a character from an Elmore Leonard short story who’s brought to life in fantastic fashion by Timothy Olyphant. Strong characters, solid drama, gritty action, and an underlying sense of humor made it one of last year’s best new shows, and it returns for a sophomore season soon.
Justified: The Complete First Season hits shelves on January 18th, and one lucky reader will be winning a copy of the DVD. How you ask? Simple… leave a comment below telling us the name of your favorite TV show featuring a gun-toting good guy (or gal) who isn’t a cop and why you like the character so much. Got that? They can be a private eye, a bodyguard, a government agent, etc, but not a cop. So Riptide would work, but TJ Hooker wouldn’t. I don’t make things difficult to be mean… I do it to make sure your reading comprehension skills are up to snuff.
Need more incentive? Check out the solid selection of special features listed below.
- Season Two: A Look Ahead
- Commentary on Fire in the Hole with Executive Producer Graham Yost, Actor Nick Searcy, Gregg Sutter and Director Michael Dinner
- What Would Elmore Do?
- Commentary on Blowback with Executive Producer Graham Yost and Writer Ben Cavell
- Commentary on Hatless with Actors Tim Olyphant, Natalie Zea and Writer Dave Andron
- The Story of Justified
- Justified: Meet the Characters
- Commentary on Bulletville with Executive Producer Graham Yost and Writer/Producer Fred Golan
- Shooting for Kentucky
- Meet the Marshals: A Conversation with Charlie Almanza
- “Long Hard Times to Come” Music Video
As always the contest is open to US residents only ages 18 and up. Be sure the email address associated with your comment is correct as that’s how we’ll notify the winner. Contest ends January 21st! Good luck!
The official show synopsis is below:
Timothy Olyphant (“Damages” and “Deadwood”) stars as a modern-day Western hero based on the character created from legendary crime novelist Elmore Leonard from his short story, “Fire in the Hole.” Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens (Olyphant) is exiled to his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky after the shooting of a Miami drug cartel hit man raises debate over his renegade style of law enforcement. Unfortunately it isn’t long before the people he left behind begin to surface in the most unexpected ways. Raylan’s new job pursuing prison escapees, fugitive con men and a corrupt local sheriff has never been more intense. Find out what makes Raylan’s Wild West, gun-slinging actions Justified in this thrilling first season!”