From Harlan County criminals like Ava to Lexington marshals like Rachel (Erica Tazel), the women on Justified are just as messy, complicated, and ultimately tough as the gun-slinging male leads. And we wouldn't want them any other way.
He's sung at the White House for the Obamas and has even been caricatured by Sardi's. So what hasn't he done? Something really weird! He's the only impressively credentialed Manhattan actor who's never appeared on Law and Order.
"Justified" makes the case that even people who make bad choices are worth spending time with -- if they have a code, if they have some kind of loyalty to the place they're from, if they have decent manners, damn it.
Justified is a rare treat, a show with subtle humor, humanity and flawed heroes and antiheroes that feel like real people. Coming off a phenomenal second season, it would have been easy for the show to drop the ball.
Do you really want to be a writer? You really want to spend 10 hours a day locked to a laptop, worrying about how you're going to pay rent, and if it's OK to eat that loaf if you cut off the green bits?