10 Best Episodes of Justified - Season 1

If you're a fan of character-driven dramas with a touch of action and suspense, then "Justified" is the TV show for you. Based on the Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole," this series follows the life of Raylan Givens, a U.S. Marshal from Kentucky. With his quiet demeanor and strong-willed nature, Givens finds himself navigating the dangerous world of law enforcement while also dealing with strained relationships with his ex-wife and father.

Since its debut in 2010 on FX, "Justified" has captivated audiences with its riveting storytelling and compelling characters. With a total of seven seasons, this show has provided fans with plenty of unforgettable moments. From intense shootouts to complex moral dilemmas, each episode keeps you on the edge of your seat, eager to see what happens next.

So, whether you're a longtime fan or new to the world of "Justified," join us as we dive into the best episodes of this beloved series. Get ready to relive the thrilling moments and explore the depths of Raylan Givens' journey as he walks the fine line between the law and his own personal demons.

Written by Sophie and last updated on nov 06, 2023.

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Justified - S1E5

#13 - The Lord of War and Thunder (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Raylan's father is arrested in the wake of a confrontation with the tenant of a house he and Raylan's stepmother own.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 943 votes.

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#12 - Fixer (Season 1 - Episode 3)


In tracking a vanished confidential informant, Raylan goes against a pair of violent ex-cons who are just dying for a showdown with "The Kentucky Cowboy."

The episode was rated 7.67 from 1119 votes.

Justified - S1E2

#11 - Riverbrook (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Raylan hunts an escaped prisoner who is determined to reunite with his ex-wife...and his stashed fortune.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 1241 votes.

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#10 - The Collection (Season 1 - Episode 6)


After an apparent suicide on an opulent Kentucky horse farm, Raylan must resist the sexy widow as he searches for the dead man's missing art.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 916 votes.

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#9 - Long in the Tooth (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Raylan leaves to California to follow the trails of a criminal who has evaded him twice in the past, and Raylan is determined that the third time won't be the same.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1018 votes.

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#8 - The Hammer (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Determined to repair the damage he's done, Raylan takes time away from his assignment bodyguarding an eccentric judge to track down an old lead.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 816 votes.

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#7 - Blind Spot (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Raylan foils an attempt on Ava's life and vows to find out who was behind it. Later, Raylan finds out that Ava may not have been the target.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 870 votes.

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#6 - Veterans (Season 1 - Episode 11)


When Boyd Crowder and his crusaders become vigilantes, Raylan takes it upon himself to try to shut them down.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 816 votes.

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#5 - Blowback (Season 1 - Episode 8)

When a murderous inmate takes hostages, Raylan must scramble to defuse the situation before the bullets start flying.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 867 votes.

Justified - S1E1

#4 - Fire in the Hole (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Gunslinging U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens faces off against his oldest friend in Harlan, Kentucky, a 21st Century Wild West.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 1562 votes.

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#3 - Hatless (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Raylan has a few drinks and gets himself beaten up, after being suspended as a Marshall. He pulls himself together and decides to jeopardise his career further by going after the thugs who have been harassing his ex-wife's new husband.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 844 votes.

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#2 - Fathers and Sons (Season 1 - Episode 12)


In order to work for the Marshal's Office, Raylan's dad Arlo agrees to become a double agent and work for Bo Crowder. Meanwhile, Bo sets up a meth lab to get back in business.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 779 votes.

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#1 - Bulletville (Season 1 - Episode 13)

In the season finale of Justified, titled "Bulletville," tensions reach their breaking point in the small town of Harlan. Raylan, Boyd, and Bo Crowder find themselves on a collision course that will have explosive consequences. This episode is a rollercoaster of twists and turns, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Fans have praised "Bulletville" as an amazing finale to the show's first season. With its cool twists and turns, this episode delivers a satisfying conclusion to the season's storylines. While it took a little time for the season to find its stride, once it did, it became pretty decent. Fans are eagerly hoping that the next season doesn't take too long to establish a solid plot thread.

For those who have decided to revisit Justified, "Bulletville" is a reminder of just how good this show is. Even on a rewatch, it still holds up and keeps viewers hooked from start to finish. So, buckle up and get ready for an action-packed and thrilling season finale that will leave you wanting more.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 831 votes.

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