The Best Episodes of Justified

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

A character drama based on the 2001 Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole." Leonard's tale centers around U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky, a quiet but strong-willed official of the law. The tale covers his high-stakes job, as well as his strained relationships with his ex-wife and father.

The Promise

#1 - The Promise

Season 6 - Episode 13

Raylan, Boyd, and Ava fight one last, bloody battle to find out who leaves Harlan alive.

star 8.77
994 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Graham Yost, Fred Golan, Dave Andron, Benjamin Cavell
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Slaughterhouse

#2 - Slaughterhouse

Season 3 - Episode 13

After the murder of his friend, Raylan is a man on fire as he goes after any- and everyone he holds responsible on the way to a bloody final showdown.

star 8.49
749 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
Writers: Fred Golan, Graham Yost
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Bloody Harlan

#3 - Bloody Harlan

Season 2 - Episode 13

The Crowder and the Bennett clans go to war over control of Harlan, a move that leaves dead and dying on both sides.

star 8.41
747 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Fred Golan
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Decoy

#4 - Decoy

Season 4 - Episode 11

Boyd and the gang from Detroit Mob use dirty tricks to keep Raylan and Drew Thompson alive.

star 8.39
833 votes
Writers: Graham Yost, Chris Provenzano
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Ghosts

#5 - Ghosts

Season 4 - Episode 13

Raylan has a last, lethal showdown with the Detroit mob, while Boyd and Ava try to keep an incriminating secret dead and buried.

star 8.36
849 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
Writers: Fred Golan, Benjamin Cavell
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Restitution

#6 - Restitution

Season 5 - Episode 13

Raylan has one last shot at taking down Art's would-be assassin, while cartel killers have Boyd's back against the wall.

star 8.27
906 votes
Writers: Chris Provenzano
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Bulletville

#7 - Bulletville

Season 1 - Episode 13

In the season finale, things come to a head in Harlan when the worlds of Raylan, Boyd and Bo Crowder collide.

star 8.25
793 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Fred Golan
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Coalition

#8 - Coalition

Season 3 - Episode 12

While Raylan closes in on an ever-more-unpredictable Quarles, Boyd enters into an unlikely alliance with Dickie Bennett in a last-ditch attempt to recover Mags's fortune.

star 8.20
676 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
Writers: Taylor Elmore
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The Gunfighter

#9 - The Gunfighter

Season 3 - Episode 1

The arrival of a Detroit mobster in Lexington puts Raylan on a collision course with a sadistic Dixie Mafia hit man. Raylan also has another altercation with Boyd.

star 8.16
788 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Graham Yost, Fred Golan
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Peace of Mind

#10 - Peace of Mind

Season 4 - Episode 12

The Drew Thompson case becomes a fiasco that Raylan can fix only by besting Boyd in a hunt for the unwitting woman caught in the middle.

star 8.16
835 votes
Writers: Taylor Elmore, Leonard Chang
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Starvation

#11 - Starvation

Season 5 - Episode 12

Raylan puts pressure on every criminal in town as a ploy to arrest Darryl Crowe Jr., while Boyd and Duffy enlist an unlikely ally to fight off cartel killers.

star 8.15
906 votes
Writers: Chris Provenzano
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Shot All to Hell

#12 - Shot All to Hell

Season 5 - Episode 5

Raylan's secrets are at stake when a mob revenge plot descends upon Kentucky, and Boyd's recent successes are tempered by a crushing defeat.

star 8.14
921 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Chris Provenzano
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The Toll

#13 - The Toll

Season 5 - Episode 11

A shooting close to home forces Raylan and Boyd to decide which lines they're willing to cross.

star 8.14
878 votes
Directors: Jon Avnet
Writers: Benjamin Cavell
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Harlan Roulette

#14 - Harlan Roulette

Season 3 - Episode 3

Raylan faces off with a tyrannical Oxy dealer, putting him on a collision course with the new head of the Dixie Mafia. Meanwhile, Boyd fights to regain part of his family's empire, but his methods could rip his crew apart.

star 8.13
742 votes
Directors: Jon Avnet
Writers: Dave Andron
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The Hatchet Tour

#15 - The Hatchet Tour

Season 4 - Episode 9

Boyd discovers he still has an Ellen-May problem, while Raylan goes off-book to do some dynamite-fishing with unexpected results.

star 8.13
735 votes
Writers: Taylor Elmore, Leonard Chang
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Brother's Keeper

#16 - Brother's Keeper

Season 2 - Episode 9

Just as the bad blood between the Bennetts and the coal company threatens to boil over, Raylan must thwart one of Mags' sons.

star 8.11
739 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Taylor Elmore
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Reckoning

#17 - Reckoning

Season 2 - Episode 12

A deadly home invasion hits Raylan personally, placing him in a race with Boyd and Arlo to find the killer. Mags is forced to make decisions about her involvement in the Bennett family's criminal activities and the fate of Dickie, who has a deadly plan to absolve himself of responsibility.

star 8.11
706 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Dave Andron
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Get Drew

#18 - Get Drew

Season 4 - Episode 10

Drew Thompson slips through the fingers of Raylan, Boyd, and the Detroit mob, and sets off a breakneck race to find him.

star 8.11
753 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
Writers: Dave Andron, VJ Boyd
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Outlaw

#19 - Outlaw

Season 4 - Episode 8

Bodies start dropping and no one is safe as the search for Drew Thompson enters its home stretch.

star 8.11
718 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Benjamin Cavell, Keith Schreier
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Loose Ends

#20 - Loose Ends

Season 3 - Episode 9

Raylan pursues a Dixie Mafia soldier who could be the key to nabbing Quarles; Ava protects an imperiled prostitute by any means necessary.

star 8.10
674 votes
Writers: Ingrid Escajeda
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Guy Walks into a Bar

#21 - Guy Walks into a Bar

Season 3 - Episode 10

Raylan struggles to keep Dickie Bennett in prison while contending with an increasingly violent and unpredictable Quarles.

star 8.10
681 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: VJ Boyd
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Watching the Detectives

#22 - Watching the Detectives

Season 3 - Episode 8

A shocking murder forces Raylan to face past mistakes. Meanwhile, Boyd goes up against Harlan's corrupt sheriff.

star 8.10
708 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Graham Yost
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Collateral

#23 - Collateral

Season 6 - Episode 12

Raylan and Boyd’s paths cross as they search for Ava in the mountains. Markham recruits an unlikely ally to his cause.

star 8.09
948 votes
Writers: Chris Provenzano, IVJ Boyd
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Kill the Messenger

#24 - Kill the Messenger

Season 5 - Episode 6

An attack on Alison sends Raylan to Harlan in search of payback, while Boyd scrambles to arrange protection for Ava.

star 8.05
886 votes
Directors: Don Kurt
Writers: Ingrid Escajeda
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Thick as Mud

#25 - Thick as Mud

Season 3 - Episode 5

Raylan races to save Dewey Crowe from a gang of vicious organ harvesters. Boyd faces off with a new adversary.

star 8.04
702 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Jon Worley, Benjamin Cavell
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