The Best Episodes of Justified

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 8.79
901 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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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 8.58
656 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
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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 8.46
656 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
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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 8.45
750 votes
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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 8.43
762 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
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Bulletville

#6 - 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 8.31
692 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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Restitution

#7 - 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 8.31
820 votes
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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 8.31
586 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
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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 8.23
699 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
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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 8.22
751 votes
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Harlan Roulette

#11 - 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 8.20
649 votes
Directors: Jon Avnet
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Starvation

#12 - 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 8.20
818 votes
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Loose Ends

#13 - 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 8.19
589 votes
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Watching the Detectives

#14 - 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 8.19
617 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
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The Toll

#15 - 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 8.19
789 votes
Directors: Jon Avnet
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Guy Walks into a Bar

#16 - 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 8.18
598 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
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The Hatchet Tour

#17 - 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 8.17
650 votes
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Shot All to Hell

#18 - 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 8.17
841 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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Reckoning

#19 - 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 8.17
613 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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Get Drew

#20 - 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 8.16
668 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
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Brother's Keeper

#21 - 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 8.16
642 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
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Outlaw

#22 - Outlaw

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 8.15
638 votes
Directors: John Dahl
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The Devil You Know

#23 - The Devil You Know

Season 3 - Episode 4

A daring prison escape puts Raylan on the trail of two old foes. Meanwhile, Boyd confronts a traitor in his inner circle.

star 8.14
614 votes
Directors: Dean Parisot
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Thick as Mud

#24 - 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 8.13
616 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
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Collateral

#25 - 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 8.12
866 votes
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