Justified (2010–2015)
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The Moonshine War 

Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.


Adam Arkin


Graham Yost (developed for television by), Graham Yost (teleplay) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Raylan Givens
Nick Searcy ... Art Mullen
Joelle Carter ... Ava Crowder
Jacob Pitts ... Tim Gutterson
Erica Tazel ... Rachel Brooks
Natalie Zea ... Winona Hawkins
Walton Goggins ... Boyd Crowder
Margo Martindale ... Mags Bennett
Jeremy Davies ... Dickie Bennett
Alexandra Barreto ... Pilar
Jordi Caballero ... Gio Reyes
Matt Craven ... Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant
Kaitlyn Dever ... Loretta McCready
Brad William Henke ... Coover Bennett
Chris Mulkey ... Walt McCready


Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Green Valley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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Did You Know?


The title is a reference to a novel by Elmore Leonard, whose story, "Fire in the Hole" inspired this series and who serves as an executive producer. Like this series, the novel is also a crime story set in Kentucky. See more »


Early in the episode, Raylen returns to his motel room, the site of last season's finale shooting, to find two (2) taped outlines of gunman he had shot and killed. In reality, tape or chalk line outlines are only used when the suspect is still alive and needs to be transported to a hospital for life saving efforts. Dead suspects would be photographed as part of an extensive forensics investigation which would most likely preclude the room being returned to the shooter or any other guest for several days. See more »


Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Well you know what happens now, don't you? We get legions of AUSAs all up in our ass.
[Motions towards his door before turning towards his safe]
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Tim! We're going to do the gun thing.
Tim Gutterson: Relinquishing a firearm can be a very emotional moment, and there always must be another deputy in attendance. Add in some premium alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?
Raylan Givens: [Sliding his gun into the envelope offered by Art] Thank you.
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Uh huh.
Tim Gutterson: [They toast and knock back their bourbon] What you gonna get next?
Raylan Givens: Probably the...
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References Holiday (1938) See more »


Long Hard Times To Come
(Title Theme) (uncredited)
Written by Rench and T.O.N.E-z
Performed by Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E-z
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Season 2 charges right out of the gates
25 November 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

A self-assured opener, to be sure, 'The Moonshine War' fulfills the cliffhanger ending of the last season while throwing the doors wide open. This is the point at which "Justified" finds its footing as a deeper crime drama, leaving Boyd in the wind and presenting the Bennett clan. These are the kinds of people who hide their vile gangster ways behind folksy backwater ways; for example, the use of a bear trap as a method of punishment.

The casting is here is perfect. Mags Bennett is a woman of impressive startling guile, and Margo Martindale brings just the matronly warmth to make it work. To wit: after lining his drinking glass with poison, she actually soothes him as his body shuts down. When people praise this show, it's due in no small part to her. There are other worthy Big Bads, but she is something.

The casting is also a big reason why I love (non-Bennett) Loretta, wise beyond her years and saddled with a screw-up father. She can hold her own in the dialogue department. Speaking of which, one of my very favorite scenes is right here. Raylan, having just doused a fugitive in petrol, has to explain why it's a bad idea to draw down on him ("You didn't finish school, did you, Mr. Dean? It's not the liquid that burns, it's the fumes."). This very scene also shows off Raylan's softer side as he rescues Loretta from the trunk of a car. That's another reason why I like her: she elicits his protective instinct.


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