From Westerns to stylish crime dramas to a supernatural show, there’s something for everyone.
Justified’s Timothy Olyphant
This one-of-a-kind show on FX was adored by its audience but largely overlooked by the awards community. Awards shows are a waste of time. As U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, Timothy Olyphant played a badass on TV with a bullet and a one-liner for anyone who got in his way. The crime drama was also hilarious. Sadly, the show only lasted six seasons instead of a million, and it was cancelled on its own terms in 2015.
Olyphant may reprise his role as Raylan in a new Elmore Leonard series from theJustified team, but it’s time to move on to something new instead of doing another rewatch ofJustified. In addition to other recent TV Westerns and stylish crime dramas, we’ve compiled a list of shows with a supernatural bent to watch after you finish Justified (just trust us). If you enjoyed Justified, try one of these other series.
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1. Mr. Inbetween
The world of Harlan County, despite having Raylan as its undisputed star and center of attention, is built on the backs of the unfortunate criminals who call it home. Justified has a unique combination of danger and humor in the form of these idiots, and Mr. Inbetween, an FX dramedy, has a similar dynamic. Following a hitman with anger issues, Ray Shoesmith (created by Scott Ryan), the Australian series follows the more menial but no less challenging tasks of being a divorced father to a young girl and being a stable partner for his new girlfriend. When Ray finds himself in situations where he has to deal with people who could just as easily be cuffed by Raylan, the resulting comic violence is counterbalanced by the drama of a man caught in the middle of two universes. In addition, Damon Herriman, who you may recognize from his role as Harlan’s king of idiots, Dewey Crowe, plays Ray’s boss.
Even if you haven’t seen HBO’s incredible Western Deadwood if you like Justified, it’s a no-brainer for your next binge. It’s a critically acclaimed series that ran for three seasons before being adapted into a film. Timothy Olyphant plays yet another complex lawman in the film adaptation. The town of Deadwood, which starts out as a lawless camp but eventually grows into a thriving community, is played by him as Seth Bullock, the town’s reluctant sheriff. The dynamic between Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), one of television’s greatest antagonists (we’re reluctant to call him a villain), and Bullock (Matthew Lillard) will appeal to Justified fans who enjoyed Raylan and Boyd’s dynamic. Like Raylan, Bullock simmers with barely concealed rage and isn’t above getting his hands a little dirty. Some of the series’ best dialogue could be found on Justified, and you may recognize some of the actors from both shows. They appeared on both Justified and The Americans, including Jim Beaver and Garret Dillahunt. There’s also the 2019 film Deadwood, if you need more credit.
3. Get Shorty
Get Shorty (which was also adapted into a film in the 1990s) is another adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s work, albeit a loose one, as was Justified. It only uses the basic structure of a gangster making an attempt to make a film. Chris O’Dowd plays Miles Daly, a hired muscle for a Nevada crime ring who tries to find a new career path and launder money through a Hollywood film in the darkly comedic show, which has so far aired three seasons. It shares many of the same characteristics as Justified, such as violent outbursts punctuated by one-liners and bungled crimes, eccentric characters who come to life, and a sense of impending doom and gloom. In addition, Ray Romano’s wild hair can be found on this one. For the most part, Epix’s show has slipped under people’s radar, but that needs to change.
An ex-con assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, the town’s new sheriff, after the real one dies in a bar fight the night before he is sworn in, in the great Cinemax action drama Banshee, starring Antony Starr (The Boys). Johnathan Tropper and David Schickler created the pulpy drama, which is known for featuring some of the best action and fight scenes on television as Hood walks the line between criminal and cop, dispensing his own brand of justice. There is a lot of tension in the story because of Hood’s rivalry with the local crime boss, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), who grew up in an Amish community and frequently clashes with the Native American residents. In addition to being an exciting crime drama, Banshee also has plenty of emotional weight to throw around thanks to excellent supporting performances from Ivana Milicevic, Hoon Lee, Frankie Faison, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Matt Servitto.
Although Carla Gugino’s role as the US marshal from Elmore Leonard’s novel Out of Sight is no longer available to stream anywhere (please fix this as soon as possible, streaming gods! ), we recommend checking out Cinemax’s Jett, a stylish and seductive crime drama that also stars Gugino. Jett feels like it was inspired by Leonard’s works because it dabbles in similar themes. Sebastián Gutierrez wrote and directed the series, which follows retired master thief Gugino’s Jett, who wants to live a normal life with her daughter but is dragged back into the game by eccentric criminals who want to exploit her talents for their own gain, resulting in some truly thrilling heists. Aside from the fact that it’s loaded with sex and violence, the show also looks fantastic.
Scott Frank, who wrote the screenplays for Get Shorty and Out of Sight as well as an episode of Karen Sisco, is behind Netflix’s limited-run series Godless. As it turns out, Frank has a thing for Elmore Leonard. It’s not about the orphan (Jack O’Connell) on the run from his outlaw father figure (Jeff Daniels), who betrayed him after the latter crossed a moral line, but the women of La Belle’s frontier town who make this seven-episode Western worth watching. This film features a strong female cast, with Merritt Wever (what else is new?) as the town’s fearless mayor and Michelle Dockery playing a tough ranch owner with an eye for a good shot taking center stage. The women in Godless don’t exist to serve the needs of men, so the Western genre feels both fresh and thrilling at the same time. The show has all the hallmarks of classic Westerns — from expansive landscapes to dramatic gunfights — bent through the show’s unique lens.
7. The Shield
Justified and many other great shows on FX got their start because of Shawn Ryan’s The Shield, which starred Walton Goggins. Seasons 1 through 7 focused on Michael Chiklis’ Detective Vic Mackey and the corrupt members of the LAPD Strike Team as they ignored the law to further their own agendas or crack a few skulls to clear the streets of criminals. With one of the best series finales in television history, the show repeatedly asked us what we were willing to accept from those tasked with keeping us safe.
8. Hap and Leonard
The crime drama Hap and Leonard, which aired on Sundance TV and followed James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams’ eponymous characters, is based on characters created by author Joe R. Landsdale. When Hap’s ex-wife (Christina Hendricks) returns and asks for help finding loot from a bank heist that was lost years ago, the two best friends, recently out of work, get caught up in the swampy noir. Things quickly get out of hand, and Hap and Leonard must figure out how to escape unharmed. In spite of this, the story is rich and has a strong sense of place, despite the film’s occasionally slow pace.
9. Perpetual Grace, LTD
The morally gray misfits of Harlan County were crucial to Justified’s continued success, and Epix’s offbeat Perpetual Grace, LTD takes memorable supporting characters and cranks up their eccentricities to a whole new level, even with the help of Dewey Crowe (Damon Herriman) himself (Damon Herriman, pictured). Jimmi Simpson plays a former firefighter who becomes embroiled in a scam involving a corrupt pastor (Ben Kingsley) and his wife (Jacki Weaver) to atone for his past transgressions in Steven Conrad’s neo-noir (Patriot). Everything goes as planned… until it doesn’t… and you’ll be reaching for the next episode just as quickly.
10. Wynonna Earp
This may not seem like a show for fans of Justified, but Syfy’s Wynonna Earp, about the heir to Wyatt Earp’s gunrunning legacy, may be just the thing for them. The show follows Scrofano’s Wynonna as she uses a revolver named Peacemaker to send revenants — the men and women Wyatt killed and who became demons after his death — back to hell, adapted for television by Emily Andras from IDW’s comics of the same name. Wynonna Earp is a wild ride with an unconventional heroine at the wheel, set in the town of Purgatory and starring an immortal Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon).
Longmireis one of the many good Westerns that have come out in the last few decades. Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), sheriff of a fictional Wyoming county, feels like a throwback to more classical Western depictions as he is guided by a strong sense of justice, and the show followed him for six seasons (three on A&E and three on Netflix). In addition to Katee Sackhoff’s excellent performance as Walt’s deputy, the show also features Lou Diamond Phillips as Walt’s best friend and a member of the Cheyenne tribe, which elevates it above the competition in a crowded field.