Baby boomers were brought up on Westerns. Do you remember Gun Smoke, Wagon Train, Bonanza, and Rawhide? Longmire is a crime drama but also a Neo-Western. Similarities but modernized in plots. Longmire is the local sherif who works to solve major crimes in his county. There are Native Americans but now they are Casio owners, pretty girls and one is a Deputy in the police department. There is a bar but not a saloon . There are guns, criminals, and no horses but pick-up trucks. The setting is in the West. . . . Wyoming, land of the big dramatic sky. There are stories about drugs on the” res,” gangs, organized crime. Life was so less complicated on those far away westerns we watched as kids.
The stories are quite good in part because the series is based on Craig Johns books “Walt Longmire Mysteries.” It started on A&E and was picked-up by Netflix in 2015 to to the present. No film in the theater was appealing this weekend so we have been catching up on Longmire.
Contrary to Westerns in the past, no one wears a white hat, which in the past was the signal of the “good guy”. The show has shades of gray rather than black and white much as it seems in society these days !
There are 5 seasons available. I would suggest that you start with season 1 to see if you like it. if you don’t want to do that, though, just jump in . There are characters who go in and out of the series and a continuing story line, but you will be able to follow it with little problem.