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Jun 17, 2010
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Justified is a new drama series that has the thespian elements of a Western classic and the investigative methods of CSI, although probably not as modern.

Set in the hill country of Eastern Kentucky, Justified revolves around the story of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a 19th century style but modern day lawman.

His unorthodox way of bringing justice has been a subject of dispute among his bosses at the U.S. Marshal Service and more importantly, against other criminals.

The character of Raylan Givens is reportedly inspired by the Western novels Pronto and Riding the Rap, which features a character of the same name.

While the show’s concept has proven to be fresh, the Western stereotypes are most certainly present in the series. Viewers could most certainly find it as either tedious or dead exciting, depending on their knack for law dramas.

The first few episodes showed no sign of the show being formulaic, although it will be interesting to see how far this concept will go.

The show was recently picked up for a second season, a clear indication that people are into Justified’s clever approach to crime dramas.

The life-saver of this series is Raylan Givens himself, played by Timothy Olyphant. He is one of those characters we never get tired of rooting for, thanks to his anti-hero attitude and terrific Westerner swagger.

We’d like to think that he is the sole reason behind the show’s success, but such a bold statement would have to be Justified.

Here are four good reasons why Timothy Olyphant is a hand-in-glove fit for the role of Raylan Givens.

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