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“I’d say Justified is off to a very good start.” -Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

And we’re off! Thanks to everyone who tuned in: last night’s season premiere was the most-watched episode since the series premiere! We hope you enjoyed the episode as much as we enjoyed making it. Here are some reactions from the Justifiers across the webscape-verse-osphere:

“The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance… Justified has defied the tradition in TV that when one network has a great show that everyone is talking about, other networks tend to come up with imitations. That hasn’t happened with Justified, perhaps because its quality is inimitable.” -David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle

“The Justified writers’ facility with laconically precise language and the show’s love of danger mixed with absurdity means that there’s plenty of fodder for dry comedy and concise pathos in every episode.” -Maureen Ryan, The Huffington Post

“Watching the first episode of FX’s Justified, season four, this feeling washes over you: God, this is such a well-written show. After the second episode, it’s this feeling: Man, it’s easy to forget exactly how great this series is… There’s an effortlessness to the show that allows some of us — apologies to creator Graham Yost – to maybe take it a tiny bit for granted.” -Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

“To say that the pleasures of Justified are the pleasures of a classic sitcom isn’t a slam at all… Few things in life are more pleasurable than reliably excellent entertainment that doesn’t constantly call attention to how good it is and that knows its characters so well that it can have them surprise you without betraying their essential nature… For all its gore, gunfire, and criminal nastiness, it’s a joyous show; even when the characters are scowling, the show seems to be grinning at you. It’s that Elmore Leonard DNA that cinches it, I think.” -Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture

“I’m going to go on the record now: I love Constable Bob… The courts may disagree, but I’ve always said that if you provide cocaine to an already-jittery gun-toting prostitute and then come at her dressed as a bear, that’s tantamount to suicide-by-trollop.” -Noel Murray, The AV Club

“Even for a zinger-heavy show like Justified, this was an embarrassment of riches. Whether it was Raylan’s asshole explanation, Ava questioning her failings or Boyd lamenting the downside of criminal enterprise while invoking his voting district, the night was full of top-notch wordplay.” -Jack McKinney, Paste Magazine

“By forcing Raylan to retrace his father’s decades-old steps, Yost is reinventing his show yet again, but he’s also going deeper into the heart and mind of the man with the big hat and gun.” -Alan Sepinwall, HitFix

“Patton Oswalt slides perfectly into the show as a very Elmore Leonard kind of comic relief.” -Alan Sepinwall, HitFix

Justified has somehow made the hangout drama great art; there are some interesting themes and ideas peeking around the corner of the show, but the most fun you’ll have watching it is in figuring out what these people — so much more clever and cool than you are — are going to say and do next.” -Todd VanDerWerff, Grantland

Stay tuned for photos from our premiere party, exclusives with the cast and crew, and director commentaries all season long!

-Jeff and Nick

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