#17: JUSTIFIED
Network: FX
Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Joelle Carter, Natalie Zea, Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy, Erica Tazel, Jacob Pitts
Complex co-sign: Novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma) writes the kind of witty and principled tough guy characters that men want to be like. Justified's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant), who's taken from Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and the short story "Fire in the Hole," is no different. A hard drinking, quick drawing, Stetson-wearing lady killer assigned to his shady Kentucky hometown after shooting a Miami gun runner dead, Givens took all of one episode to become the coolest, most conflicted son of a gun on TV. Like anyone facing the good Marshal in a duel, trust us, it's foolish to pull out on this one.