Justified: Season 2 (2011)


Season 2

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Justified finds its footing in its second season with an expanded cast of characters that enriches its seedy world.



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 261

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Air date: Feb 9, 2011

Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2011

Raylan chases a pregnant fugitive who has fallen into the hands of human traffickers.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2011

Dewey Crowe returns and tries to score on a drug shipment, but the bus carrying the drugs is hijacked, and he tries to impersonate Raylan Givens to get it back. Meanwhile Boyd gets a proposition from some fellow coal miners.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2011

Raylan helps Rachel find her brother in law, who has left a halfway house without permission to see his son on his birthday. He also begins investigating the oxy bus shooting and makes contact with the Dixie Mafia.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2011

Boyd reluctantly joins a payroll heist, but can he trust his new partners? Meanwhile, Raylan's investigation into a forged signature on a dead man's government check leads back to the Bennett clan.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2011

Winona finds herself in hot water after she is a victim in a bank robbery, so Raylan does everything in his power to catch the culprits before anybody else does.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2011

After Winona realizes that Raylan didn't recover her counterfeit $100 bill from the bank robbery, she drops another bombshell on him. Meanwhile, the coal mine offers Boyd a new job more suited toward his skills.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2011

Raylan is assigned to protect a local coal mine executive as she tries to buy up land for the company but faces opposition from the Bennett clan.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2011

As the coal mine makes one final attempt to negotiate with the Bennett clan, Loretta begins to piece together what the Bennetts did with her father.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2011

As Winona begins divorce proceedings, Raylan begins to contemplate his future as a marshal. Meanwhile, Dicky Bennett takes exception to his family's new business arrangement with Boyd Crowder.

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Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.

Critic Reviews for Justified Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

Olyphant's even a little better this season than last.

Feb 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Justified keeps on justifying - and demanding - our viewership.

Feb 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett, in the second season, is an explosion and a whisper, a matriarch who would go so far as to injure her son to protect the family name.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

In season two, Justified really found its footing, especially as it moved away from a strict hero story for Timothy Olyphant's Raylan and toward a more ensemble vibe, and introduced one of the best villainesses in recent memory.

Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…

If you believe in great American character acting then this is a show you shouldn't miss as no one is currently doing it better.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This tale of deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has proved to be compelling, complex without being too showy, witty, tense, romantic and stylish. It ticks as many boxes as you'd ever hope a TV show to tick.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

The second season truly reckoned with the consequences of the characters' actions.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Raylan Givens continues to exemplify the perfect modern day cowboy; the mental state of Boyd Crowder is as beautifully ambiguous as ever before and every character swimming between their dueling existences make everything perfectly fall into place.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Justified nails the tone and prickly characterizations you expect from a crime drama set in the sun-baked American countryside.

Aug 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins play their cat and mouse game with practiced skill, it's the two new women of Justified's second season that really shine.

Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…

One of the best shows on TV is back and looks likely that it could get even better.

Feb 9, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The new season looks like it'll be more of the same, and I'm certainly not complaining, because the new villains are pretty dope (pun intended).

Feb 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Justified: Season 2

  • Sep 20, 2017
    Marshall Raylan Givens gets drawn into his family's blood feud in Season 2 of Justified. While looking for a fugitive sex offender Marshall Raylan Given crosses paths with the Bennett clan, with whom his family has a longstanding feud that threatens to become an open war when Givens guns down one of the Bennetts to rescue a young girl who's been abducted; meanwhile Boyd takes up work at a mine and becomes a hired gun when the company tries to buy up property for a new mining operation. Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies join the cast as recurring characters and deliver strong performances. Also, the writers do a good job at developing new storylines whiles also building on and tying off plot threats from the last season. One of the best character dramas on television, Justified delivers an impressive second season.
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  • Aug 28, 2020
    Coming back with more of the same is perfectly fine because Season 2 of 'Justified' ups the ante and manages to step up with even better performances from its leads and supporting cast. FX impressed with Season 1 and locked in fans for good with this season.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Just when you think the sequel can't live up to the first season, and boom, it knocks it out of the park!! LOVED it! The way they introduce new characters (bad guys) is truly exceptional. Mags was the best....and her talent is incredible...
  • Sep 16, 2018
    Season Two of Justified improves upon the first in nearly every way. Stakes are higher, relationships are stronger, and a real sense of danger broods throughout the show. Olyphant as Givens cements himself as one of the coolest characters of any show in recent memory. (4.5/5)
  • Nov 23, 2017
    As is said in Bojack Horseman cartoon "highly acclaimed Character Actress Margo Martindale, is a wonder to behold". The second season of Justified is better than the first. You are past most of the basic background storytelling and now it gets into specifics. This time Raylan is dealing with a family feud that has lasted over 70 years with the Bennetts, and the best villain in awhile is in charge of that family as Mags Bennett (played by Margo Martindale), the matriarch of the Bennett family who control the town of Bennett. She is my favorite character of the season (followed closely by Raylan and Boyd). Watching how she deals with her sons, while Raylan deals with his being to close too the edge is definitely interesting. The only real frustration I had was people's reaction to Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) trying to go straight. Funny enough I have seen similar things like that in real life, but I was so frustrated that he couldn't get a break. Overall though, the season is good, I don't want to go into too much, but you will also care for a 14 year old girl. That is all I will say though. Pros: Still great acting and writing, and of course the highly acclaimed character actress Margo Martindale is the best part. Cons: Frustrated with some plot things and how people got treated, but we can't have everything we want. Season 3 is in the queue.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    Just fantastic from start to finish
  • Feb 14, 2016
    Season 2 of Justified is an improvement over the already solid debut season. Olyphant sticks to what he does as triggerman Raylan Givens and Margo Martindale joins Goggins to form an extremely engrossing group of morally grey antagonists. Rarely has such a solid protagonist been outshined in some of his schemes as Olyphant has been here.
  • Jul 15, 2015
    7.0/10 — "Pretty Good/Engaging" -(Seen in JUN '20)
  • Jul 10, 2015
    This show keeps getting better and better. I'll hold the finale review till the season finale (Season 6) I'll get there soon :p
  • Nov 11, 2014
    A bigger ensemble cast full of rich, complex characters performed impeccably by a uniformly outstanding cast make this less linear cop drama and more Kentucky Fried Shakespeare, with all the engrossing family feuds and betrayal that one would expect from such a unique tagline.

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