Justified: Season 3 (2012)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 249
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Air date: Jan 17, 2012
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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
Erica Tazel
as Rachel Brooks
Jacob Pitts
as Tim Gutterson
Joelle Carter
as Ava Crowder
Walton Goggins
as Boyd Crowder
Natalie Zea
as Winona Hawkins
Mykelti Williamson
as Ellstin Limehouse
Jere Burns
as Wynn Duffy
Neal McDonough
as Robert Quarles
Jeremy Davies
as Dickie Bennett
David Meunier
as Johnny Crowder
David Andrews
as Tillman Napier
Todd Stashwick
as Ash Murphy
Damon Herriman
as Dewey Crowe
Abbey Miller
as Ellen May
Peter Murnik
as Tom Bergen
Kaitlyn Dever
as Loretta McCready
Adam Arkin
as Theo Tonin
Jenn Lyon
as Lindsey Salazar
Max Perlich
as Sammy Tonin
Rick Gomez
as Asst. U.S. Attorney David Vasquez
William Ragsdale
as Gary Hawkins
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Jeremy Barkley
Stephen Root
as Judge Reardon
Mickey Jones
as Rodney Dunham
Carla Gugino
as A.D. Karen Goodall
Michael Harding
as Bill Nichols
Steven Flynn
as Emmitt Arnett
Eric Ladin
as Wally Becket
Ed Corbin
as Coombs
James Le Gros
as Wade Messer
Jim Haynie
as Lemuel Briggs
Bonnie Root
as Mary Archer
Cathy Cahlin Ryan
as Sally Jenson
Gill Gayle
as Paul Trowers
Richard Lineback
as Delmer Coates
Lenny Citrano
as Little Joe Delahunt
Linda Gehringer
as Helen Givens
David Carpenter
as Capt. Gene Reynolds
Stoney Westmoreland
as Det. Garrity
Willow Greer
as J.J. Corliss
Tim De Zarn
as Det. Dempsey
Tyler Neitzel
as Pete Jenson
Brendan McCarthy
as Tanner Dodd
Clay Wilcox
as Longbaugh
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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Justified: Season 3

  • 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.
  • Nov 30, 2014
    The villains of the show continue to be the focus while Raylan's quips and gunplay mostly take a backseat, and we are once again treated to some fascinatingly multi layered and memorable villains and a truly gripping narrative that never fails to keep you hooked even when it becomes slightly over the top in it's hectic final episodes.
  • Oct 30, 2014
    Justified continues to be one of the most consistent and satisfying dramas on TV, with a third season that may rank as it's best yet. Those looking for a formula change will be disappointed, but the show really gets pulp thrills, and finds some of it's most hard-boiled moments within it's new set of psychotic villains (Neal McDonough may be the most Leonard-esque villain the show's seen yet). Great dialogue, and a clever use of crime politics make Justified third-outing a must-see for crime fiction fans.

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