Elmore Leonard, best known for his crime novels, turned to the infamous location of Harlan County, Ky., for inspiration to create a new character, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. He appears in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and the short story “Fire in the Hole.” The latter inspired Canadian writer-producer Graham Yost (Boomtown) to create Justified for FX.
Over the course of six seasons, Timothy Olyphant (A Perfect Getaway, The Crazies) made the character his own, imbuing the lawman with a sharp, dry wit, an ironic self-consciousness and a low-burning but ever-present anger hidden just beneath a polite veneer. The series, which featured an amazing menagerie of oddball characters played by Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter and Natalie Zea, ended this spring.
It will no doubt go down in TV history as one of the best-loved dramas of the new millennium. Sony released Justified: The Final Season in a three-disc set which contains all 13 final episodes.
(www.sonypictures.com; $55.99 DVD; $65.99 Blu-ray; not rated)