Yellowstone Explained | The biggest show in America has come to the UK
The series launched in 2018 when it introduced viewers to the Dutton family. And now, with a fifth season currently in production (as well as a slew of spinoffs), there’s no stopping this franchise.
As the all-new season of Yellowstone gallops on Paramount+, where all four seasons plus its Emmy-nominated 1883 prequel air exclusively, we’ve broken down the Dutton universe for viewers new to the Montana-based drama.
From captivating characters and mesmerizing countryside landscapes to thrilling spin-offs currently in the works, here’s why Yellowstone is set to become your new TV obsession.
It’s Succession meets Dallas
The wildly popular show certainly doesn’t disappoint on the drama front, especially with the Duttons continually battling various foes in an effort to preserve their land.
Often described as Succession meets Dallas, Yellowstone takes brutal, backstabbing sibling rivalries and places them in the American West – but with a gun-toting patriarch who won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if his authority is challenged.
With the Broken Rock Indian Reservation on the border of the Yellowstone Ranch, John Dutton (played by Oscar winner and Dances with Wolves star Kevin Costner) often comes face to face with his chef Thomas Rainwater (the excellent Gil Birmingham), who is determined to reclaim his ancestral land.
Over the course of four seasons, the Duttons take on capitalism in real estate developers and other outside threats who want a slice of the Yellowstone pie, and with tensions constantly high, you’ll grab the popcorn while eating this Paramount+ title. .
All four seasons are currently available to stream in the UK on Paramount+, with the fourth just arriving on Paramount+ United Kingdom.
The Dutton family drama
The show follows the Dutton family, owners of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in Montana, the largest ranch in the United States. Led by patriarch John Dutton, the Duttons are a respected and feared family.
Set in the present day, Yellowstone explores the bitter relationships and rivalries between the Dutton siblings – former Navy SEAL Kayce (Luke Grimes), manipulative financier Beth (Kelly Reilly), aspiring politician Jamie (Wes Bentley) and the Lee Ranch (Dave Annable) – as well as the family’s efforts to fight those who encroach on their land.
At the start of the series, a tragic event strikes John Dutton and his family, causing the siblings to begin to flip as the role of John’s successor is up for grabs.
Jamie Dutton, played by Wes Bentley of American Beauty, is a Harvard-educated lawyer uncomfortable with his unethical practice, who returns home to help with legal matters and begins to consider a political career, while her feisty sister Beth, played by True Detective’s Kelly Reilly, often walks fearlessly into the conference room with a combative attitude, making up for blaming herself for her mother’s death.
As for the remaining siblings, former Navy SEAL Kayce (US Sniper’s Luke Grimes) begins working at the ranch though the situation is complicated by his marriage to Monica (Kelsey Asbille) – Felix’s granddaughter. Long (Rudy Ramos), an Indian elder on the rival Broken Rock Indian Reservation.
Meanwhile, Ranch Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser of Olympus fell) was adopted by the Duttons as a young boy, developing romantic feelings for Beth over the years.
A mix of contrasting personalities, each member of the Dutton family brings something to the Yellowstone Ranch and yet each of the siblings is desperate to get their hands on it, making this country drama one gripping watch – especially with Costner’s performance. as the ruthless John Dutton. to the best.
Add to that the electric chemistry between Kelly Reilly (Beth) and Cole Hauser (Rip), as well as the rivalry between the Duttons and chef Thomas Rainwater, and you have top-notch drama you’ll be hard pressed to take your eyes off of.
The beautiful landscapes of Montana
Besides Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley and other cast members, one of Yellowstone’s biggest stars is its Montana setting – home of Dutton Ranch.
That’s no surprise considering the land is at the heart of the show, with the Duttons, the neighboring Broken Rock Indian Reservation, greedy developers and the government battling for ownership of the country’s vast land.
With picturesque photos of glorious mountains, historic cabins and blue Montana skies, Yellowstone is a thrilling drama that has captivated its viewers over all four seasons, especially those in the UK, who don’t have the opportunity to witness unique landscapes. of the Great Plains.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit the American West, then watching Yellowstone is the next best thing, with its incredible drone shots of mountain views, horses, and charming authentic ranch cabins. Filmed on location in Montana, the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby acts as the home of widower John Dutton and his Stetson-wearing family on the show.
What other shows are in the Yellowstone universe?
The universe of Yellowstone continued to expand last year with 1883 – a prequel following the ancestors of John Dutton as they navigate post-Civil War America before settling at the Yellowstone Ranch.
Starring a real-life couple and Grammy-winning country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the series focuses on the family of James Dutton, John’s great-grandfather. It follows their journey as they leave Tennessee for the Texas town of Fort Worth before joining a wagon train of European immigrants, led by former Union Army Captain Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott) .
With Taylor Sheridan leading this spin-off, 1883 delves into the Dutton family tree, introducing John Dutton’s matriarch and great-grandmother Margaret (Hill) and her 17-year-old daughter Elsa (Isabel May) – who has his eye on young cowboy Ennis (Eric Nelsen).
Featuring guest stars like Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and creator Taylor Sheridan, the Emmy-nominated spinoff is a 10-episode limited series available to stream on Paramount+.
As for the next step in the Duttons’ timeline, that will be covered in 1923 – starring Dame Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in as yet undisclosed roles.
The upcoming story will follow another series of Duttons at a time when “pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression plague the mountain west.”
Returning to the American post-Civil War setting, Taylor Sheridan will also explore the story of a real Old West lawman in a spin-off 1883: The Bass Reeves Story.
Starring David Oyelowo, the limited series, coming to Paramount+ next year, will follow Reeves — the first black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River — as he takes on the role of a peace officer federal in Indian Territory.
The Yellowstone universe doesn’t end there, with another spin-off 6666 traveling to Texas, focusing on the Four Sixes Ranch – an actual ranch – these days, where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing to do is next thing.
So if you haven’t hopped on the Yellowstone train yet, what are you waiting for? With the show winning legions of new fans in the UK and with a host of exciting new series and storylines on the way, now is the perfect time to catch up on all four seasons of Yellowstone on Paramount+.
Yellowstone Seasons 1-4 and 1883 are all available to stream exclusively on Paramount+, so start your free trial now.
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