Just finished season 1 of Longmire.
For those that don’t know it, it’s about a small town sheriff and the many murders that occur within his jurisdiction. It is also about his relationships with family, friends and the people of the community. See IMDB for a better description.
So far I find it a pleasant change from most of the shows out there at the moment, it’s all about the story. There are always at least 3 going each episode, there’s the story of the episode (usually a murder), the story of his grief over the loss of hie wife (how it happened and how he is coping) and the 3rd story is about his relationship with his daughter (not going too well at the end of the first season, mainly due to her sanctimonious attitude and total disregard for her fathers career. Even though she professes to love him deeply, her sex life takes precedence over him, except she finally starts getting an idea of the effects in the last 2 or 3 episodes , i.e. she is screwing the person that is trying to take his job and ruin his life). The show does not try to hide the lack of plot/story behind “artistic” camera work and editing, see my previous posts for what I mean. Instead they do something rather unique in the current TV entertainment environment – they have well written scripts, good directors and an excellent cast, especially Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor.
Also unique to this type of show is the lack of gratuitous sex and violence (must admit that I do like the occasional bit of each but it has to be relevant to the story. Unlike Jessica Jones which has sex scenes just to waste time due to the lack of story) , it gets most of its drama and suspense from (got to say it at least once more) good writing, directing and acting.
Just going to start season 2, hopefully will have an update in a few days/weeks.