Longmire returns in a new place — on Netflix, after three seasons on A&E — with 10 new episodes that stream starting Thursday, i.e., right now. Based on the three episodes made available for review, I can say the fourth season is off to a fine start, with the producers using the commercial-free, more expansive time-length per episode to maximum effect. WARNING: SOME SPOILERS FOR THE NEW SEASON OF LONGMIRE. Indeed, there’s not much I can say about Longmire’s new season without spoiling a few significant events that occur early on.
When Longmire returns from cancellation purgatory on Sept. 10 on Netflix, it’ll be both the same series that its devoted fanbase knows and loves from its three-season run on A&E and a departure from the status quo. “We’re not changing the show at all,” promises star Robert Taylor, who plays the titular Wyoming lawman, Sherriff Walter Longmire. “But one of the benefits of being on Netflix is that there are no commercial breaks.
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Exactly one year ago today, on Aug. 28, 2014, A&E’s modern-day Western Longmire was summarily dismissed from the network’s lineup after completing its third season. Three months later, Netflix confirmed Longmire’s resurrection, which begins two weeks from now on Sept. 10, exclusively on a streaming service that’s previously revived network castoffs like Arrested Development, The Killing, and The Clone Wars.