Justified: Season 3 (2012)

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Justified continues to dispense its brand of spare dialogue and sudden violence, culminating in a very satisfying finale.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 266

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Air date: Jan 17, 2012

Still recovering from his gunshot, Raylan takes himself off of desk duty when one of Wynn Duffy's associates is involved in a murder. Meanwhile, Ava takes over Boyd's business while he is back in jail.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2012

While the marshals try to figure out who killed a witness security officer and why, Boyd finds a way to get a message to Dickie Bennett in prison.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2012

While tracking down a familiar enemy, Raylan crosses paths with a pawn shop owner with connections with the Dixie Mafia, while Boyd and his new crew begin setting up shop in Harlan.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2012

A prison guard springs Dickie and Dewey from prison in an attempt to get his hands on Mags' secret fortune, while Robert Quarles offers Devil a shot at becoming a boss if he betrays Boyd.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2012

After the plan to steal Mags' money fails, Dewey finds him himself in a life or death situation in a last-ditch attempt to make money. Meanwhile, after Devil's attempted betrayal, Boyd decides to retaliate on his enemies.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2012

Raylan tries to find Winona after she leaves him, Boyd tries to find out who hit his crew's oxy clinic, and Quarles takes an interest in Raylan after he finds out that he has been asking questions about him.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2012

As Quarles prepares to corner the oxy market in Harlan, he gets a visit from the boss' son. Meanwhile, Raylan's interest in the enterprise gets him in trouble with the FBI.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2012

Quarles and Duffy kill Gary Hawkins and try to frame Raylan for his death, while also getting the FBI on his tail. Meanwhile, Quarles raises the stakes in his war with Boyd Crowder, and Ellstin Limehouse tries to decide whose side he's on.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2012

Raylan tracks down Tanner Dodd, the Quarles associate who helped frame Boyd for planting a bomb in sheriff Napier's car. Meanwhile, Ava helps a prostitute who needs protection from Delroy after a robbery goes bad.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2012

Raylan tries to make sure that Dickie Bennett isn't released from prison, while Boyd works to fix the election and get rid of sheriff Napier and Robert Quarles for good.

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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 3

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

It's possible that the writers of Justified understand Elmore Leonard's best character better than Elmore Leonard does.

Jan 17, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lean, laconic, precise and as carefully word-crafted as any series on TV, there's pretty much nothing here to suggest that the third season won't be as good as the second -- or better.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Whether you've followed the show to this point or not, you can tune in and savor smart TV drama at its best.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I'm still enjoying the hell out of Justified, and the upside of my quibbles here is that there's so much good to work with: there's nothing wrong with Justified that can't be fixed by the many, many things that are right with Justified.

Aug 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Always a robust show, Justified is looking rock solid.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

I never expected Justified to turn into something like a cornpone crime-thriller version of a social problem novel, but it did.

Jan 17, 2012 | Full Review…

One of the many reasons why Justified is so good is the fact that no matter how convoluted the relations among the series' characters appear in retrospect, they never feel as such (at least to excess) while watching.

Aug 26, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The great thing about Justified is the way it fills itself with characters who live and die by a code that strives to keep even the most dastardly of characters from crossing some sort of ethical or moral line they have put down for themselves.

Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Even with all the changes, Justified remains the same potent mix of understated humor and fascinating point-counterpoint intrigue.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

We're always kept on the edge of our seats, while bits of humor are used occasionally to cut the tension.

Jun 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Robert Quarles should go down as one of the most interesting and entertaining villains in TV history, and Neal McDonough should receive any and all accolades that are up for grabs this year.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Like only the best dramas, the writers and producers of Justified find ways to make their creation deeper and more refined every year.

Jan 17, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Justified: Season 3

  • Jan 25, 2020
    Justified continues into an exciting and thrilling fourth season as new crime lords move into Harlan. When a Detroit mobster named Robert Quarles comes to Kentucky and attempts to set up an oxy clinic scam, he ends up getting into a war with Boyd Crowder; meanwhile Raylan finds out that he's going to be a father and catches on to the shady dealings of Ellstin Limehouse, who's playing Quarles and Crowder against each other. Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson join the cast as recurring characters and deliver strong performances. And there are a couple of interesting featured guest stars, including Desmond Harrington, Carla Gugino, and Michael Ironside. Additionally, the writers do a good job at bringing back characters from previous seasons and at carrying on their storylines. They also do an impressive job at building tension and suspense. Season 3 of Justified is another solid season of the series that's full of action and drama.
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  • Jul 21, 2020
    The journey of Harlan Kentucky continues, bringing in more storylines and characters, but that is just to enhance the two main stars of the show, Groggins & Olymphant. Just wow
  • Sep 16, 2018
    Justified Season 3 somehow manages to top Season 2, which topped Season 1 in every way. Neal McDonough as Quarles is one of the best villains of recent memory with a killer performance. The dynamics between the characters are all so perfectly crafted. You have the troublesome Dicky Bennett, the feisty Limehouse, Quarles' accomplice Wynn Duffy, and the sharp Boyd Crowder. The list goes on, as the show is full of talented actors playing interesting roles. From the opening scenes of Episode 1 to the epic finale of the last episode, there is never a dull moment. This is going to be hard to top. (5/5)
  • Dec 21, 2017
    I am sad that Margo Martindale is no longer in the series after the end of Season 2, that being said Season 3 hit a better stride. Following up on the events of Season 2, we know see a mad dash by various groups to fill in the vacuum left by the Bennett demise. On top of this we have a second interrelated plot involving Mags Bennett's lost millions. Boyd Crowder, my favorite co-star/sometimes villain is rebuilding his own power base as well, aligning with none other than Raylan Givens dad, Arlo. This results in kidney theft, prison escape, Detroit becoming involved and the appearance of a bad guy as good as Mags if not even better. Neal P. McDonough, also known for his work as Damien Darhk in the CW DC universe. He steals the show and makes you wince every time he stares at someone with those Husky blue eyes (referring to them in the animal sense, not in a weight way). Oh, and a favorite from first season, Wynne Duffy is back as well. The one thing I did dislike was the attempted framing Givens. I absolutely hate false charges and the whole "will our hero be taken down by lies". It is such a common trope that just seeing it done annoys me. Other than that though, it was a great series and I am already on season 4 now. Pros: The acting, filming and directing are still great and with Mr. McDonough the villain is awesome. Cons: I hate the "frame the hero" storylines. Already watching Season 4!
  • Dec 16, 2017
    An excellent season which doesn't really outdo season 2, but continues the saga of Raylan Givens with the same level of wit and fervor that made the first 2 seasons so great. The incredible cast of characters are each explored to varying degrees, with clever dialogue and interesting development.
  • Jan 23, 2017
    We watched this after the fact on Netflix & we loved it!
  • Mar 08, 2016
    season 3 of justified is awsome
  • Feb 19, 2016
    Justified season 3 doesn't reach the heights of S2, and that's purely based on the villains. Neal McDonough does a fine acting job, but his Quarles goes not quite measure up to Mags Bennett from the previous season. Olyphant and Goggins, and company are as always, a joy to watch. Justified may carry a somewhat tiring tone, but the mixture of violence and witty banter makes it worth coming back to.
  • Jul 19, 2015
    justify this mutherfuckers, ya i said it now fucking watch it or else
  • Jul 15, 2015
    The addition of Neal McDonough this season was great!!!! he did an amazing job to make Duffy look like a noob :) the whole thing with Limehouse was :/ why we didn't see him in the previous season if he was all that :/ but again good addition after the Bennetts last season.... It is a great season, it got its ups and downs but in general great season! and the finale scene is the most epic and :( out of the whole three seasons, when he said:" he didn't know he was a state trooper he just saw a man with a hat..." great season I'll give it a 9/10.

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