Justified: Season 2 (2011)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 26


Audience Score

User Ratings: 245
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Air date: Feb 9, 2011
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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.


Timothy Olyphant
as Raylan Givens
Nick Searcy
as Art Mullen
Jacob Pitts
as Tim Gutterson
Erica Tazel
as Rachel Brooks
Joelle Carter
as Ava Crowder
Natalie Zea
as Winona Hawkins
Walton Goggins
as Boyd Crowder
Margo Martindale
as Mags Bennett
Jeremy Davies
as Dickie Bennett
Joseph Lyle Taylor
as Doyle Bennett
Kaitlyn Dever
as Loretta McCready
Brad William Henke
as Coover Bennett
Peter Murnik
as Tom Bergen
William Ragsdale
as Gary Hawkins
David Meunier
as Johnny Crowder
Michael Mosley
as Kyle Rourke
Mark Colson
as Hobart Curtis
Rebecca Creskoff
as Carol Johnson
Matt Craven
as Dan Grant
Abbey Miller
as Elllen May
Chris Mulkey
as Walt McCready
Chris Coy
as Bobby Green
Connie Ray
as Jenny Reasoner
Jere Burns
as Wynn Duffy
James Le Gros
as Wade Messer
Scott Wilson
as Frank Reasoner
Jordi Caballero
as Gio Reyes
Sarah Jones
as Jamie Berglund
Steven Flynn
as Emmitt Arnett
Tara Buck
as Sally Peener
Randolph Adams
as Doc Stern
Kai Lennox
as Glenn Cosgrove
Billy Miller
as James Earl Dean
Juanita Jennings
as Diana Brooks
Mark Atteberry
as Lexington Police Officer
Sean Donnellan
as Glen Percy
Joel McCrary
as Olander
Christie Lynn Smith
as Gayle Cosgrove
David Sullivan
as Jess Timmons
Tonja Kahlens
as Foster Mom
Savannah McReynolds
as Eldest Foster Child
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Critic Reviews for Justified Season 2

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2014
    Justified turned on season 2 as one of the best and most interesting tv shows around, thanks to incredible acting, amazing dialogue, hilarious one liners, interesting villains, Harlan county is one incredible place as everyone in it seems to have a gun, making some very unpredictable situations and so on. Not to be missed, but you really should try to endure S01 to get here. It's not the best but necessary to get to know the main characters and villains a lil' bit. Makes the ride much better.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • 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 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.
  • Oct 21, 2014
    The second season of Justified is about as strong as the first one.
  • Apr 29, 2014
    Justified hits its peak. "Bloody Harlan" is one of the best season finale i have seen

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