Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Longmire?

Wooooo howdy! The Sorta Wild West comes to A & E this weekend with the new series Longmire, and we already did a quick draw with it thanks to an advanced press screener. But is it the sort of show that's right for you? We'll help you figure that out.


When can I watch it?

Longmire debuts Sunday, June 3 at 10pm on A & E.


Who stars in it?

Wearing the big hat as title character Walt Longmire is Aussie Robert Taylor, best known as Agent Jones from The Matrix. From the other side of the galaxy, Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff plays one of Longmire's deputies. Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase (Ugly Betty), and Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) round out the cast. Also, Wyoming (actually Santa Fe, where the show is filmed) and beer cans are featured prominently.


Gimme some backstory... who created the series?

John Coveny (The Closer) and Hunt Baldwin (also The Closer) co-wrote and co-created the series, but the show's roots go back long before those two ever tapped out the script on a keyboard. Longmire is based on the award-winning novels written by Craig Johnson known as "The Walt Longmire Mysteries."


What's the show about?

Walt Longmire is country strong, yo! As the sheriff of a Wyoming county, he's got all sorts of crimes to solve and rascals to wrassle. As a man whose wife recently died, he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life... and pounding cases of Rainier beer like a college sophomore. He's got a new female deputy from Philly, a fellow lawman running against him for sheriff, and a Native American barman buddy who helps him out.


What types of peeps will dig this?

Fans of CBS's Jesse Stone saga should dig this. But really, it's a procedural with a Wyoming makeup job. If you're tired of cops running around city streets but still long to see no-gooders get their comeuppance thanks to good old-fashioned police work, saddle up with some Longmire.


Tell me about the good parts!

As a character, Walt Longmire doesn't bring anything new to the table, but he's a good take on an old classic and Robert Taylor plays the gruff guy minimally with effectiveness. You'll also see some great cinematography featuring the beauty of Wyoming/Santa Fe AND some cool cues that really propel the narrative and tell Longmire's story. And if you like some good twangy tunes, there are some great songs in the pilot.


Tell me about the bad parts!

Take away the dusty landscape and cowboy hats and it's pretty much just a regular procedural. While watching the pilot, I became less and less interested in the case as it progressed.


How about a final verdict? Should I watch or not?

I wouldn't fault you either way for liking or disliking this. There are enough redeeming qualities to recommend it, but it's also nothing new. If you're a fan of procedurals and modern-day Westerns, you'll dig it.


I can't wait 'til Sunday to decide, do you have a trailer or clip or something I can look at?

Why yes I do!


What would go well with watching Longmire?

Cheap beer. A buffalo burger. And a cup full of country dirt to wash it all down with.


Longmire debuts this Sunday, June 3 at 10pm on A & E.

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I loved loved this show. First of all I have always loved westerns , since I was a young girl my dad and I used to watch all westerns on Saturdays together. My father passed away about 14 yeas ago and I still loved to watch this type of show. especially the two main characters. WOW!
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A&E shouldn't have cancelled Breakout Kings... So I'm not watching their new shows.
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Unfortunately, I don't get A&E, so I'll have to wait until it streams on Hulu or Netflix, or comes out on DVD. Sounds good, though. I LIKE procedurals, at least ones that don't make you suspend belief too much.
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I saw the referral to Jesse Stone, I love those shows, so I will give this one a try, even though Tom Selleck is not in these, Katee is.
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I'll give it a shot, because come tomorrow they'll be more or less nothing left on TV worth watching until late this month and/or July.
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Well.... erm, like his voice... Will give it a try, 4 eps.
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I like the idea of a 3 episode test mentioned by a couple of readers. I think I will adopt that system as well. You can't always judge a series by the pilot.
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I love the Q&A style of these reviews and the hesitation to recommend procedurals. I was leaning towards giving this a shot based on the uniqueness of the setting, the mention of the Hound oh the Baskervilles I saw in a trailer and the presence of Katie Sackhoff. I had no idea Cassidy Freeman was in it. I really enjoyed her on Smallville. Longmire is now a must watch for me.
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Sounds pretty interesting, yet will NOT watch any of it until season 2 begins, because networks cancel shows more quickly than Celeb marriages end!
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Hmmm so you don't watch the first season because you are afraid they may not have a season two? As I understand networks mostly base their decission on numbers of viewers, if a lot of people thought like you no show would ever make it through the first season
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And of course that's the dilemma, because if you don't watch S1 you're unlikely to get a S2 and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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If Longmire is as brilliant as Person of Interest/Awake (Though, both are also a bit serialized)..I'm in.
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I will be passing on this one
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Cassidy Freeman and Katee Sackhoff and the most forgotten actor to get his break on "Buffy" Bailey Chase? I have to check this out for Sackhoff and also Freeman. She only appeared one time on "Playboy Club" played one of the most interesting characters the show had and then the show was gone. Hopefully this show has better luck for her.
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Sounds like a snooze fest to me. No thanks.
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Instead of comparing it to other shows, why not let it rest (or fall) on its' own merits? Having read the books, I can tell you that, if this series is going to work, the plot has to be as much about the characters (including Wyoming itself) as about the cases themselves. Police procedural, you'll get. Interpersonal drama - check. Distinctive characters - roger. if the previews are any indication, the books have been translated well to the screen. So, whether you love Westerns or not (why WOULDN'T you?), Katie Sackoff, or not (again- why WOULDN'T you?), watch it with an open mind. If you've read the books, you should pretty much automatically like the show. If you haven't read the books, then by all means - go out and get them once the season's started. You'll be glad you did, buckaroo.



Just read 'em nice and easy, like.
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It looks like a new take on Walker, Texas Ranger :D
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Has it potential to be the new Justified? Even if it`s only half as good, I`ll watch it! Love western and just watched part 1 of Hatfields & Mccoys. Can be recommended!

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I love Cassidy Freeman, so yeah, I'll be watching it. Katee Sackoff is hot too.



Oh yeah, and I like cop procedurals.
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Should I watch it? I say yes because the only other choice is the summer reality crapfest.
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I'll give it a shot, I need something to watch for the summertime lol
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I'm passing. I like the creative team behind it, and the concept sounds interesting for a few stories, but I have a hard time believing that a state with a quarter as many people as the city of San Diego is going to have a weekly significant crime problem. There are less than 600,000 people in the whole state, but one town there is crime central? No thanks.
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Kind of reminds me of In the Heat of the Night. How many crimes happened in tiny little Sparta Mississippi?
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True enough. Justified sorta is like that too, a buddy says that Kentucky is really bad in those areas but in towns 10x the size of Harlan. TV is such a liar!
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Ok, I'm gonna try this!
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"As the sheriff of a Wyoming county, he's got all sorts of crimes to solve and rascals to wrassle." .......really?? The mean streets of WYOMING need tending to? Of course, I also wouldn't have pegged a small town in Maine as the breeding ground for murderers and other nefarious ne'er-do-wells, but Jessica Fletcher proved me wrong.



Still, don't know if I'm sold on this series.......
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We are a cold blooded and black hearted bunch in Maine! Nothing to do in the winter but plan different ways to murder your neighbors.
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Stephen King lives there, right? He must feel right at home then.
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