For as long as streaming services have been vying with traditional TV networks for viewers’ attention, there have been calls for previously canceled shows to be made available on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. It’s one of those rare shows that was given a second chance after failing to find an audience in its first season. Robert Taylor plays Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire in the series, which is based on Craig Johnson’s “Walt Longmire Mysteries” novels. Victoria “Vic” Moretti, a sheriff’s deputy, is played by Katee Sackhoff. Talented co-stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley round out the cast of 10.
In 2012, A&E launched “Longmire,” which ran for three seasons. It was abruptly cancelled in 2014, despite high ratings. As a result of the show’s fervent fan base, Netflix decided to renew it for an additional three seasons. However, in 2017, “Longmire” came to an end. Do you miss the atmosphere of “Longmire”? If you’re missing the show’s neo-Western, crime-centric, procedural excellence, here are 15 others to watch.
In the same way that “Longmire” captures the mood without sharing the Western setting, “Bosch” on Amazon Prime does the same. With Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch, sci-fi fans will recognize him from “Lost,” where he played the Man In Black. Michael Connelly’s novels, like “Longmire,” inspired the show’s plots, including “The Concrete Blonde,” “City of Bones,” and “Echo Park.”
There are “cases of the week” in this procedural drama that Bosch must solve. Meanwhile, it has season-long (and even series-long) story arcs that weave in bigger themes. Connelly’s other “Bosch” novels, which number in the dozens, are mined for story ideas as the years pass. With the introduction of new characters like Michael “Mickey” Haller, Bosch’s half-brother, new storytelling possibilities open up. Though it was the series’ final season in 2021, fans didn’t have long to mourn as a spinoff was quickly announced. Bosch will appeal to fans of “Longmire” because of the way it seamlessly weaves together individual episodes, as well as larger-scale story arcs.
2. Hell on Wheels
After watching “Longmire,” watch “Hell on Wheels” if you’re craving a real Western. From 2011 to 2016, AMC aired five seasons of this historical drama. Anson Mount plays Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who joins the Union Pacific Railroad after the American Civil War. Elam Ferguson (Common) is a recently freed enslaved person who becomes Cullen’s assistant and bodyguard after he meets Thomas “Doc” Durant (Colm Meaney) and invests in the first transcontinental railroad.
A railroad being built takes place across the country as the series and its characters move with it. While Cullen is trying to find the Union soldiers responsible for the murder of his wife and son, this opens up numerous procedural scenarios. Everybody in the encampment calls themselves “Hell on wheels,” including the sex workers and the surveyors, which gives the show its name. It’s well worth your time to get to know them.
3. Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy, an FX action drama, could certainly fill the void left by “Longmire.” The show centers on a group of outlaw bikers from California’s Central Valley. Hunnam plays Jackson “Jax” Teller, the SAMCRO’s Vice President (and President in the long run) in the Redwood Original film adaptation of the popular television series Sons of Anarchy. After reading his deceased father’s journals, he begins to doubt his place in the club. He begins to question his role in the club.
SAMCRO has a long history of illegal activities, as evidenced throughout the series. Despite the fact that this show resembles “Longmire” in many ways, the long arm of the law is seen as the antagonist, constantly trying to shut down SAMCRO and put its members in jail.. In addition to racism and vigilantism, the show explores the world of outlaw motorcycle clubs and government corruption. Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Drea de Matteo, and Jimmy Smits all star in “Sons of Anarchy.” Kurt Sutter based SAMCRO on the real-life Hell’s Angels biker gang, and some of the gang’s most famous members have appeared on the show at various points during its tenure.
When John Rayburn’s voiceover announces the start of “Bloodline,” you know something bad is about to happen. “It’s palpable. It’s like a cloud is hovering over us. You’ll feel it in your stomach. Even at night, you’re not able to get any shut-eye. Nothing can be done to stop the voice in your head from telling you that something is going to go horribly wrong. When my brother returned home, I felt the same way.” Bloodline, as you might have guessed from the start, is a thriller filled with intrigue, crime, and tense reunions.
John (Kyle Chandler), a local detective, runs a marina with his brother Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz), and his sister Meg (Linda Cardellini) is an attorney. There’s also Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), the family black sheep who has returned from who knows where. The stress he creates is enough to bring the family patriarch to his death. While “Longmire” takes place in the American West, “Bloodline” takes place in a tropical paradise. Come on in, the turquoise water is perfectly safe to swim in.—
“Deadwood” on HBO lasted for three seasons in the ’00s before being adapted into a film in 2019. The show takes place in 1870s Deadwood, South Dakota and is a historical Western. Seth Bullock, a former sheriff who now owns a hardware store, is played by Timothy Olyphant. Al Swearengen, the saloon owner, is played by Ian McShane. History buffs will be interested to learn that both of these men were real people. This is true, with characters like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok making appearances in “Deadwood.” The state of South Dakota is getting ready to become more official and law abiding as the town of Deadwood develops from a rundown location into a flourishing one. In other words, it means clearing out the scum. The result is a high-concept drama that weaves together episodic arcs and longer storylines about government corruption, loyalty, and early American criminal activity to create a complex drama.
“Deadwood” is renowned for its razor-sharp writing and top-notch acting. Another thing people have noticed about it is how much swearing there is. During the show’s three seasons, there were 2,980 f-bombs dropped, with one dropping every 1.56 seconds. It has the same kind of Western procedural ambiance that “Longmire” fans are used to, but with far more profanity.
Kevin Costner is the prince of the Westerns, if Clint Eastwood is the king. Throughout his career, Costner has remained a mainstay in westerns like “Dances with Wolves”, “Wyatt Earp,” and “Silverado.” “Yellowstone,” his most recent adventure, airs on the Paramount Network and is set in the present day. The show focuses on the Duttons, who own the country’s largest working ranch for the sixth time in their family’s history. John Dutton, played by Costner, is the film’s patriarch. Conflicts with a neighboring Native reservation and a slew of family secrets drive the plot forward in this period drama.
In addition to Kayce (Luke Grimes), Jamie (Wes Bentley) and Beth, the Duttons have three grown children (Kelly Reilly). Their stories make up a large part of the series’ plot, and include drug use, shady relationships, and unfulfilled ambitions. Overall, “Yellowstone” is a Western drama that’s full of emotion, suspense, and intrigue, perfect for fans of “Longmire.”
Timothy Olyphant went 130 years into the future after “Deadwood” to star in FX’s contemporary drama “Justified.” Raylan Givens, a deputy U.S. marshal, is the character he portrays. Givens is transferred to Kentucky after shooting a Miami mobster. Givens was born and raised in Kentucky. It’s not going to be a good homecoming for him. Often, the plot twists and turns into a tangle of violence, secrets, and lies.
“Justified” aired for a total of six seasons and received largely positive reviews during that time. There was particular praise for Walton Goggins’ portrayal of Boyd Crowder, a white supremacist preacher at the center of the criminal underworld. Mary Steenburgen and Michael Rapaport round out the cast. Margo Martindale and Kaitlyn Dever also appear.
‘Justified,’ like ‘Longmore,’ is based on the works of Elmore Leonard, particularly ‘Fire in the Hole.’ Leonard was inspired to write “Raylan” after the success of “Justified.” Published in 2012, the book was released just months before Leonard’s untimely death in 2013.
8. Tin Star
This is the part of the list where things start to get interesting because of the variety of countries represented. ‘Tin Star,’ a British crime drama, is about a London detective who is assigned to become the police chief of a small Canadian town in the Rocky Mountains. Not a common combination, but one that turns out to be fascinating: “Old West” meets “Old World.” James “Jim” Worth, played by Tim Roth, is a detective who flees his troubled past by relocating his family to Canada. On this show, Jim transforms into his violent alter-ego Jack Devlin when he drinks. Set in the Canadian West with British characters, it’s a bit of a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde story. Intense, surprising, and a little off-putting are all words to describe how I felt while playing.
Elizabeth Bradshaw, an executive at North Stream Oil, the company that rules the town, is played by Christina Hendricks. As the town’s only female police officer, she tries to maintain order amidst the town’s numerous biker gangs, criminals, and oil workers. Three seasons of “Tin Star” were broadcast on Sky Atlantic and Amazon, respectively. Season 3 (or Series 3, as the British refer to it), on the other hand, is set in Liverpool, England. This takes away from the show’s Western vibe, but don’t worry: It still has a crime-thriller vibe to it.
9. Hap and Leonard
There are a lot of dark and dramatic shows on this list, but one that embraces its humor is “Hap and Leonard”. inmates, and Michael Kenneth Williams as a Black, gay Vietnam veteran named Leonard Pine. James Purefoy plays the blue-collar Hap Collins and Michael Kenneth Williams plays the gay Vietnam veteran named Leonard Pine. The story takes place in east Texas in the 1980s, where Hap and Leonard come up with a scheme to make a lot of money quickly. They quickly enlist the help of ex-wives, locals, other criminals, and law enforcement officers.
Joe R. Lansdale, the author of the “Hap and Leonard” novels, created the show. Unlike any other show on this list, it features elements of humor, grit, and lawlessness, as well as some outright absurdity. A great show to watch if you want that “Longmire” attitude but also want to smile now and then is “Hap and Leonard.”
10. The Son
Pierce Brosnan, the British actor who stars in “The Son” on AMC, travels to the American West. From that simple beginning, things become complicated due to “The Son’s” penchant for messing with the flow of time. Eli McCullough, the fabled “First Son of Texas,” is featured prominently in 1917, with Brosnan portraying him. By murdering, threatening, and misleading his way to power, he ensures his place in history as a wealthy oil tycoon.
When Eli (Jacob Lofland) is young, he learns the ways of the Comanche and grows up to be a respected warrior. Eli’s granddaughter Jeannie (Lois Smith) delves into the family’s past in 1988 when the show flashes forward to that year. Despite the fact that AMC only aired two seasons of the show, it’s still well worth checking out. On the show you can see Henry Garrett and Paola Nez, Zahn McClarnon, and Kathryn Prescott. There are also David Wilson Barnes and David Wilson Barnes as well as Sydney Lucas, James Parks, and Elizabeth Frances.
For this next entry, we’re once again crossing the pond. Despite the fact that “Broadchurch” on ITV does not have the same Western flair as “Longmire,” its compelling depiction of a small town in turmoil will undoubtedly entice you to watch. The show is set in Broadchurch, a fictitious English village where detectives Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Coleman) are forced to work together despite their vast differences in temperament. Season 1 follows their investigation into the mysterious death of a young local boy as they try to solve the case.
Because Broadchurch is a small town, residents from the surrounding area are quickly drawn into the action. Seasons 2 and 3 add layers of complexity, tying up the entire series in a tangled web of mystery. Just as chilling are the crimes that take place in this show’s world: the snow-capped peaks, gray skies, and rough seas are all characters in and of themselves. “Broadchurch” will be just as engrossing as “Longmire” was because of the mystery element.
For the time being, we’ll be posting from England, but can you really blame us? That’s how good he is as the leading man. Idris Elba plays Serious Crime Unit detective John Luther in the BBC One crime drama “Luther” (which sounds silly, but is official). It’s not uncommon for Luther to become entangled in the cases he works on, especially those involving serial killer Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson). This dark crime thriller is infused with electric tension by the two main characters, who spend the majority of the series as both nemeses and companions.
A combination of Sherlock Holmes and Columbo served as inspiration for Luther’s creator Neil Cross, who combined the “inverted detective story” style of the latter with Holmes’ deductive precision. Due to the limited number of episodes per season, Luther is perfect for binge-watching over the course of a single weekend. A remake in the United States was planned, but it was shelved in 2017. However, rumors of a “Luther” movie are still circulating, so jump on it while you can!
13. Wynonna Earp
In addition to your classic western, how about some sci-fi/horror? If that’s the case, then this film adaptation of a comic book might be for you. Scrofano plays the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp in SyFy’s “Wynonna Earp,” starring Melanie. There are some downsides to leaving a legacy. In the form of undead revenants, the outlaws her ancestor killed haunt her. When she turns 27 and discovers that her magic gun, “Peacemaker,” works, she knows she’s inherited the power to send the demons back to Hell.
Officer Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) and Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon) — yes, that Doc Holliday — all help Wynonna along the way, as does her sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). SyFy aired four seasons of “Wynonna Earp” before canceling it in 2021. But don’t give up hope just yet — “Wynonna Earp’s” devoted fans are working nonstop to keep the show alive.
Netflix’s “Godless” is a great option if you’re short on time and want to binge watch a single season of a miniseries. “Godless,” which takes place in 1884, begins with young outlaw Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) fleeing his abusive mentor. He soon finds himself in La Belle, New Mexico, a town run and populated almost entirely by women, where he finds himself. “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery plays a widow named Alice Fletcher, who runs a ranch with her mother-in-law and son with the help of her maid-of-honor. Mary Agnes McNue, the late mayor’s widow, is played by Merritt Wever.
As it turned out, a mining accident killed the majority of the men in La Belle, leaving the women in charge. In addition to Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston plays Marshal John Cook, the lawman on the hunt for Frank Griffin, the venomous outlaw Goode flees. The miniseries was a success, garnering several Emmy nominations for the cast and crew and appearing on numerous year-end best-of lists.
Banshee has a neo-Western feel to it, similar to “Longmire,” but it’s set in a very different part of the world. Antony Starr plays an ex-con who pretends to be Lucas Hood, the town’s new sheriff, in order to avoid being discovered by a ruthless crime boss named Rabbit. The film is set in Pennsylvania Amish Country. During a bar fight, the ex-con who will remain nameless assumes the identity of the sheriff and appears as the new lawman in Banshee, PA. In reality, he wants to reunite with Ana, Rabbit’s daughter, whom he had a strained relationship with after she betrayed her father.
“Banshee” has received a mixed reception from critics.
People either love or hate it depending on their personal taste in violence and explicit sexual content. And even though the setting is quite different from “Longmire,” the procedural style is carried over in a fresh way. The series aired on Cinemax for four seasons and lived up to the network’s ghastly reputation. There are Eastern European gangs, New York toughs, and Amish crime bosses in “Banshee,” so it’s all over the place. But if you like crazy, you’ll enjoy it.