FX, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET/PT |
A rollicking blend of crime procedural and backwoods western, Justified leaves a viewer smiling in satisfaction-you may even want to put up your feet and push a wide-brimmed hat, real or imaginary, toward the back of your head. In season 4, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is calmly trying to untangle the latest passel of low-lying snakes that routinely trouble his corner of Kentucky, Harlan County. His papa (Raymond J. Barry), who’s already in prison, is somehow linked to a decades-old cold case that turns on a dead man attached to a parachute. Meanwhile Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), who prides himself on his tenure as the area’s drug lord, is defending his turf against a surge of salvation stirred up by a shady young preacher (former Jurassic Park kid Joe Mazzello). What gives the show its kick is the gleefully childish lack of repentance shown by most of these rascals—countered by Olyphant’s coolly amused control. He’s the parent to the wildest family outside Hatfields & McCoys.
Do No Harm
NBC, Jan. 31, 10 p.m. ET/PT |
“Mr. Hyde” isn’t a condition listed in the psychiatric diagnostic manual, but it’s such an overdone story that maybe it should be. At the end of a hard day at the hospital, neurosurgeon Jason Cole unwillingly hands over his mind and body to an alternate identity, a depraved sociopath who calls himself Ian Price. The two selves are locked in a war for control, but Ian (being devious and all) has the edge at maneuvering. The show might work if Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) had a script that allowed for bolder contrasts: At his worst, Ian looks fiercely displeased-it’s the same expression most of us get when we can’t download software.
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