Longmire is a compelling, modern day western that eschews the technical trappings found in so many police dramas, choosing instead a gritty, realism focused around the actions of the lead character Sheriff Walt Longmire. Ably portrayed by Robert Taylor, the laconic lawman relies on instinct and experience, not to mention his two good fists, to solve crimes and protect the people of Absoraka County, Wyoming.
The story of Longmire begins a year after the death of the Sheriff's wife. Slowly acclimating himself back into his job, Longmire reacquaints himself with his old friend, Henry Standing Bear. Lou Diamond Phillips adroitly fills this role as the liaison between Longmire and the Native Americans of the Cheyenne tribe living on a reservation in Absoraka County. Clever use is made of the inherent social problems found on a reservation intertwined with human interest stories involving the white population.
Assisting Longmire are his deputies, Vic, played by Katee Sackhoff, a young, attractive woman from a big city in the east who is loyal to the Sheriff even while being somewhat vexed by his different ways. His refusal to carry a cell phone not least among these. Branch, played by Bailey Chase, a handsome, capable deputy with an eye on the Sheriff's job, in addition to an as yet secret relationship with Longmire's daughter. Finally, rounding out the deputies, is The Ferg, acted by Adam Bartley. The Ferg adds a bit of whimsy to the cast as a chubby guy who is not sure he is cut out for police work.
Filmed in New Mexico, the natural beauty and openness of the American West serve as a backdrop to the unconventional storytelling of this drama. This is a rare show on television that allows its characters to just be quiet in front of the camera. Unnecessary dialogue and annoying exposition are out and brilliant scenes with the captivating Robert Taylor where not a word is said are in. Longmire is a refreshing, reinvention of the old western infused with modern ideas.