Longmire is the story of Walt Longmire, the sheriff of fictional Absoroka County in Wyoming. As the series starts, Longmire is looking into the death of his wife which may or may not have been caused by foul play. Assisting him are Longmire’s attorney daughter, Cady (played by Cassidy Freeman) and Longmire’s best friend, Henry Standing Bear (played by Lou Diamond Phillips.)
Longmire also has to cope with re-election as one one of his deputies, Branch Connally (played by Bailey Chase) is running against him for Sheriff. Connally is the son of a local wealthy landowner, so he has money to back his bid for Sheriff.
Australian Robert Taylor is perfectly cast as Longmire, who is unflappable and charismatic, yet is still reeling from the recent death of his wife. Taylor delivers his lines in a perfect, flat Midwestern drawl; it’s hard to believe he is really from Australia.
Rounding out the cast are Katee Sackhoff as “Vic” Moretti, Adam Bartley as “The Ferg (Longmire’s deputies), and A. Martinez as Jacob Nighthorse (Longmire’s nemesis.)
Much of the series deals with issues of Native Americans living on a nearby reservation. Relations with the tribal police are strained due to Longmire’s arrest of the former police for corruption. There is palpable distrust between the whites and the Natives.
Each season is only 10 episodes, so the writing is lean, spare and only focuses only on plot development. There is no fluff to distract from the narrative. Longmire is played as a good man, but with flaws. Another nice touch is that Longmire’s love interests are played by age-appropriate actresses (Longmire is in his early 50s.)
Longmire is based on the best-selling series of mysteries by Craig Johnson.
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Worth a look if you like compelling police dramas with well-drawn characters.