Yellowstone versus Longmire

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by MikeekiM, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area


    I just finished Yellowstone... Whew! What a great series...

    I am trying to find a "fix" for my Yellowstone withdrawals! LOL...

    I heard that Longmire was similar, so I started watching it... I am only two episodes in, so I am not sure if I can really judge the show yet...

    So far, my limited observation is that Longmire is much more "episodic"... Each episode seems to start with the introduction of a crime...and by the end of the episode, the crime is somehow investigated and resolved (either positively or negatively)... It feels a little like a western CSI or Law & Order where you can watch just about any episode out of order and get some value out of it... There's a loose "long story", but the show seems more driven by the episodic storyline.

    On the other hand, I feel like Yellowstone is primarily about the "long story", with each episode adding richness to the longer story... Yes, there is some episodic content, but I don't feel like each episode can stand on its own as a self contained body of work...

    For those of you who have watched I getting an accurate picture of these shows?

    Is there a technical term for the "type" of show Yellowstone is, versus Longmire? I use "long story" and "episodic" as terms because I don't know how else to explain it... I prefer the focus on the "long story" like Yellowstone, versus the more self-contained episodic series...
  2. dwatt

    dwatt Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2007
  3. Rainy Dave

    Rainy Dave Regulated User

    Nov 11, 2001
    I have watched both series and I think they are both great shows.
    Longmire does have season long story arcs. If you skip a show you miss some of the plot points that will come up later.
  4. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    Yeah... I kind of think of it like how Veronica Mars is modeled...

    Each season has one long story arc... But each episode is fairly self contained... Kind of the best of both worlds, if you will?
  5. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA


    I watched both and enjoyed both. I think Longmire started the longer story arcs in the later seasons. The final season was Netflix sponsored if I remember correctly.
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Thanks 4 the Update

    Feb 23, 2002
    Wylie, Texas
    I like both shows, but other than dudes wearing Cowboy hats, they're not very similar (IMO).

    Yellowstone is mostly a Soap Opera.

    Longmire is a Cop Show.
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  7. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    Yeah... I heard that A&E ran it for the first three seasons and was going to make season 3 the last one...and then ended up selling the rights to Netflix who produced an additional three seasons...

    Have you seen Yellowstone? If you haven' owe it to yourself to watch it... Rich characters, great writing and acting...
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  8. Hcour

    Hcour Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2007
    Any fan of Yellowstone should definitely check out Taylor Sheridan's movies - Sicario, Hell or High Water, Wind River. All great flicks.
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  9. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    Yes I have watched them both. Yellowstone reminds me of Dallas in a way:

    John Dutton <-> Jock Ewing
    Kayce Dutton <-> Bobby Ewing
    Beth Dutton <-> JR Ewing
    Jamie Dutton <-> Gary Ewing
    Rip Wheeler <-> Ray Krebbs
    Kelsey Wheeler <-> Pam Ewing

    Instead of Oil and Texas, its ranching, land and Montana
  10. Allanon

    Allanon Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    If you liked Yellowstone then I suggest watching The Son, it's about a Texas rancher and his family. It's serialized like Yellowstone.
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  11. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    Cool... I'll have to check that out! I'll see if it is available on one of the streaming platforms that I subscribe to... :)
  12. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Both shows have similarities in that there's a lot going on with local politics. Longmire has to deal with something from his past about the death of his wife that could eventually catch up to him so that's an ongoing situation that keeps cropping up and mixed in with the local crime issues. Both shows involve local Indian tribes and the politics of their reservations and casinos and such. Yellowstone is more about the affluence of a rich family that owns a ton of land trying to fight off developers and keep their ranch whereas Longmire is just a local sheriff that likes to drink Rainier beer and help the locals.
  13. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    OK... My wife and I are bought into Longmire now...

    Not sure when the switch was flipped for us...probably sometime mid-way in season 2...

    Just finished the Season 3 finale... Will likely start Season 4 tonight!

    I wonder if the switch from A&E to Netflix will have any influence on the show... Will be interesting to watch!
  14. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Cynical old guy

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    A good switch
  15. wingnix

    wingnix New Member

    May 4, 2021
    I just finished Longmire I really liked the show. Too bad there is no 7th season.

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