ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
With his good looks and designer wardrobe, he’s the pin-up of the classical music world.
Was it the relatively light way with which it approached the twisty crime shenanigans that held it back? Aside from one “Friday Nights Lights”-style off-season, it’s been remarkably consistent from first to last, with a through-line of tone and character that few can match.
It’s provided a showcase for its regular cast (with Goggins the particular and obvious standout), but has also become a home for America’s finest character actors, whether for a single episode or a recurring role and has created a world in as dense, detailed and packed with colorful characters as Game of Thrones‘ Westeros.
Like the best crime and Western narratives (“Justified” is both), it uses genre to talk about larger subject matter, be it family, justice, or the increasingly troubled American heartland.
After a final season that could eventually become to be seen as the show’s finest, “Justified” wraps up its run tonight, and to mark the occasion, we’ve picked out ten of the best hours of television it’s produced since debuting in 2010.