What Is the Premise of the FX Series "Justified"?


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"Justified" follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who is reassigned from Florida to his home state of Kentucky after he "justifiably" shoots a mob hit man. The storyline follows his criminal cases and his attempts to face his past in his childhood hometown, which is now under his jurisdiction.

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"Justified," starring Timothy Olyphant as Givens, is based on Elmore Leonard's novella "Fire in the Hole." The show first aired on the FX network on March 16, 2010, and ended in 2015 with its series finale, "The Promise." Over the course of its run, "Justified" was nominated for eight Primetime Emmy Awards and received two wins for Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress.

Throughout the series, Givens faces off against a variety of lawbreakers, ranging from local criminals to criminals with mob ties. In the first season, he shoots Boyd Crowder (Walton Croggins), a member of a local crime family. Crowder survives, and the rivalry between the men is present throughout the series.

In addition to starring in "Justified," Olyphant is also listed as an Executive Producer. Other series regulars include Chief Deputy Art Mullen (Nick Searcy), Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel), Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter) and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns).

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