The mix of classic Western-style ideals in a modern lawman may seem familiar to fans of "Justified," but the format is showing that it has legs. A&E has found similar success with "Longmire" (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on A&E). The series has proven solid enough in the ratings to earn a second season.
"Longmire" premiered with 4.15 million viewers, enough to make it the network's highest-rated original series premiere ever. A lot of that has to do with the earnest portrayal of lead Walt Longmire by Robert Taylor. He embodies the gruff but passionate demeanor of an Old West lawman, harkening back to a simpler -- if more dangerous time -- when the division between right and wrong was much clearer.
Of course, that's no longer the case, as seen in this week's episode when Walt tried to subdue a suspect who, it turns out, wasn't guilty at all. He was, however, guilty of assaulting an officer of the law, after he charged Walt. Clearly the lawman wasn't intimidating at all. And while viewers didn't get to see the altercation, they did get to see the aftermath. Walt may have held his own, but he didn't win that one.
"Longmire" continues its inaugural run Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.
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