As FX's primo rural crime drama Justified winds down to its emotional conclusion this week, I figured it was a good excuse to repost, one more time, my first commentary for NPR -- which just happened to be an observation about how cool this show is.
It's also a perfect example of the channel's ongoing quest to redefine the working class male. Series like Justified (rural U.S. Marshall back to policing his backwoods Kentucky hometown), Rescue Me (9/11-scarred firefighters in New York City), Sons of Anarchy (troublemaking biker gang in California) all have one vibe in common. They're providing new ways to look at working class white guys overlooked in many other TV shows.
Justified has only gotten better since this first, admittedly stilted review of mine. Timothy Olyphant's Raylan Givens is a U.S. marshal grown weary of the job -- mostly he's weary of killing criminals when they don't get with the program. But he's been pulled back into a blood feud with a family his relations have fought with for a long time -- tortured by the killing of the aunt who raised him like a son.
The final showdown airs at 10 tonight on FX. To get revved up, check out my NPR piece on it all.
Posted by deggans at 6:01:57 pm on May 04, 2011