Yellowstone (2018– )


Yellowstone (TV Series 2018– )

Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders - land developers, an Indian reservation, and America's first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny - where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world's largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.
IMDb   8.6 /10
Metacritic   54 %
TheMovieDb    7.9 /10
RottenTomatoes  80 %
FilmAffinity   7.1 /10
Creator Taylor Sheridan
Creator John Linson
Release Date2018-06-20
Runtime1h 0min
GenreDrama, Western
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop Rated TV #237 | 3 wins & 4 nominations.
CompanyParamount Network, 101 Studios, Linson Entertainment
John Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Kayce Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Beth Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Jamie Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Rip Wheeler 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Monica Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Tate Dutton 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Jimmy Hurdstrom 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Thomas Rainwater 29 episodes, 2018-2020
Ryan 28 episodes, 2018-2021
Lloyd / ... 27 episodes, 2018-2020
Colby 27 episodes, 2018-2020
Rainwater's Driver / ... 22 episodes, 2018-2020
Dan Jenkins 19 episodes, 2018-2019
Jake Ream
Jake Ream
Jake 18 episodes, 2018-2020
Governor Perry 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Walker 13 episodes, 2018-2020

Yellowstone (American TV series)

Yellowstone is an American drama television series created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on June 20, 2018, on the Paramount Network. It stars Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, and Gil Birmingham. The series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, a Native reservation, and land developers. In June 2019, Paramount Network renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on June 21, 2020. In February 2020 and ahead of the premiere of its third season, Paramount Network renewed the series for a fourth season, which is scheduled to premiere on November 7, 2021.


The series follows the Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in the United States. The plot revolves around family drama and the bordering Native reservations and national parks.

Cast and characters


  • Kevin Costner as John Dutton, a sixth-generation patriarch of the Dutton family who operates the Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch, the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. As the series progresses, he is continually challenged by those seeking to take control of the ranch's land. Josh Lucas portrays a young John Dutton in a recurring role
  • Josh Lucas portrays a young John Dutton in a recurring role
  • Luke Grimes as Kayce Dutton, a former US Navy SEAL and John and Evelyn's youngest son. In the first season, he lived on the local Native American reservation with his Native American wife and son. In the second season, he and his family moved to live at the Dutton Ranch Rhys Alterman portrays a young Kayce in a recurring role
  • Rhys Alterman portrays a young Kayce in a recurring role
  • Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, a financier and John and Evelyn's daughter. Although well educated, highly intelligent, and a master manipulator, Beth is bitter, emotionally unstable, and suffers from a substance abuse problem. She is loyal to her father and in love with Rip Wheeler Kylie Rogers portrays a young Beth in a recurring role
  • Kylie Rogers portrays a young Beth in a recurring role
  • Wes Bentley as Jamie Dutton, an attorney, aspiring politician, and one of John and Evelyn's sons. Although completely loyal to his father and family, he is constantly frustrated by their apparent intolerance of him. Jamie has an intense love/hate relationship with his sister Beth. In Season 3, it's revealed he was actually adopted by John and Evelyn after his biological father murdered his mother and went to prison Dalton Baker portrays a young Jamie in a recurring role
  • Dalton Baker portrays a young Jamie in a recurring role
  • Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler, the ranch foreman at the Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch, and John's right-hand man and enforcer. Rip has worked on the ranch for many years and is fiercely loyal to John after being taken in by Dutton as a young runaway. Rip is very close to the Dutton family, possessing a father-son relationship with John, a rivalry with Kayce, and an on-again, off-again relationship with Beth Kyle Red Silverstein portrays a young Rip Wheeler in guest appearances in the episodes "The Unraveling: Pt. 1" and "Touching Your Enemy"
  • Kyle Red Silverstein portrays a young Rip Wheeler in guest appearances in the episodes "The Unraveling: Pt. 1" and "Touching Your Enemy"
  • Kelsey Asbille as Monica Long Dutton, Kayce's Native American wife and John's daughter-in-law. In the first season, she is a teacher at the reservation school. In the second season, she becomes a professor at Montana State University in Bozeman
  • Brecken Merrill as Tate Dutton, Kayce and Monica's son, and John's only grandchild
  • Jefferson White as Jimmy Hurdstrom, a ranch hand at Yellowstone and an amateur bronc rider
  • Danny Huston as Dan Jenkins, a billionaire land developer from California whose main goal is to take the Yellowstone ranch from John and his family (season 1–2)
  • Gil Birmingham as Chief Thomas Rainwater, the nearby Native American tribal chief. He seeks to reclaim the Yellowstone ranch from John and his family, land that he considers stolen from the Native Americans who originally inhabited it
  • Ian Bohen as Ryan, a ranch hand at Yellowstone and a livestock agent
  • Denim Richards as Colby, a ranch hand at Yellowstone
  • Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd Pierce, a senior ranch hand at Yellowstone. He has worked with John on the Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch for many years Smith's son, Forrest Smith, portrays a young Lloyd in a guest appearance in the episode "Touching Your Enemy"
  • Smith's son, Forrest Smith, portrays a young Lloyd in a guest appearance in the episode "Touching Your Enemy"


  • Moses Brings Plenty as Mo, Rainwater's driver, and bodyguard
  • Wendy Moniz as Governor Lynelle Perry, the Governor of Montana, and John's love interest
  • Atticus Todd as Ben Waters
  • Timothy Carhart as A.G. Michael Stewart, Attorney General of Montana
  • Rudy Ramos as Felix Long, Monica's grandfather, and Tate's great-grandfather
  • Tokala Black Elk as Sam Stands Alone
  • Michaela Conlin as Sarah Nguyen, an investigative reporter drawn to John Dutton and his family
  • Ryan Bingham as Walker, a former prisoner recruited as a ranch hand at Yellowstone by Rip Wheeler
  • Luke Peckinpah as Fred Meyers
  • Walter C. Taylor III as Emmett Walsh
  • Fredric Lehne as Carl Reynolds
  • Savonna Spracklin as Alice Wahl
  • Robert Mirabal as Principle Littlefield
  • Heather Hemmens as Melody Prescott
  • Katherine Cunningham as Christina, an assistant to Jamie Dutton during his political campaign for attorney general, and his love interest
  • John Aylward as Father Bob
  • Morningstar Angeline as Samantha Long, Roberts' wife, and Monica's sister-in-law
  • Bill Tangradi as Alan Keene
  • Michael Nouri as Bob Schwartz, the CEO at the financial firm Schwartz & Meyer where Beth Dutton is a partner, and Beth's friend and mentor
  • Gretchen Mol as Evelyn Dutton, the late wife of John Dutton, and mother to Lee, Jamie, Beth, and Kayce
  • Barret Swatek as Victoria Jenkins, the wife of Dan Jenkins
  • Hugh Dillon as Sheriff Donnie Haskell
  • David Cleveland Brown as Jason, Beth Dutton's assistant
  • Taylor Sheridan as Travis Wheatly, a horse trader and an acquaintance of John Dutton
  • Tanaya Beatty as Avery, a former stripper recruited by Rip as a ranch hand at Yellowstone
  • Neal McDonough as Malcolm Beck, a rival businessman and nemesis to John Dutton (season 2)
  • Terry Serpico as Teal Beck, Malcolm's brother and business partner (season 2)
  • James Jordan as Steve Hendon, a livestock agent
  • Kelly Rohrbach as Cassidy Reid, a prosecutor, and former rodeo queen
  • Martin Sensmeier as Martin, Monica's physical therapist (season 2)
  • Josh Holloway as Roarke Morris (season 3)
  • John Emmet Tracy as Ellis Steele (season 3)
  • Q'orianka Kilcher as Angela Blue Thunder, a tribal lawyer (season 3)
  • Boots Southerland as Wade Morrow (season 3)
  • Jennifer Landon as Teeter, a tough-talking ranch hand (season 3)
  • Karen Pittman as Willa Hayes (season 3)
  • Eden Brolin as Mia, a barrel racer and Jimmy's girlfriend (season 3)
  • Hassie Harrison as Laramie (season 3), a barrel racer, Mia's friend and Walker's girlfriend
  • Maria Julian as receptionist/AG assistant (season 3)
  • Jake Ream as Jake, a wrangler at Yellowstone (seasons 2–3)
  • Will Patton as Garrett Randall (season 3)


  • Dave Annable as Lee Dutton ("Daybreak"), John Dutton's oldest son, head of security at Yellowstone, and a sworn agent of the Montana Livestock Commission
  • Jill Hennessy as Senator Huntington ("Daybreak"), an ally of Chief Rainwater
  • Jeremiah Bitsui as Robert Long ("Daybreak"), a US Army veteran, brother to Monica, and uncle to Tate
  • Geno Segers as Danny Trudeau ("No Good Horses")
  • Tinsel Korey as Emily Sessions ("A Monster Is Among Us")
  • Mike Faiola as Dr. Fielding ("A Monster Is Among Us")
  • Brian Unger as Dr. Stafford ("A Monster Is Among Us")
  • James Pickens Jr. as Old Cowboy ("The Unravelling, Pt. 2")
  • Dabney Coleman as John Dutton Sr., ("Sins of the Father"), John's father


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19June 20, 2018August 22, 2018
210June 19, 2019August 28, 2019
310June 21, 2020August 23, 2020
410November 7, 2021TBA

Season 1 (2018)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Daybreak"Taylor SheridanStory by : Taylor Sheridan & John Linson
Teleplay by : Taylor Sheridan
June 20, 20182.83
John Dutton, patriarch of a Mountain ranching family and owner of the largest ranch in the US, fights to defend his land and his family from the modern-day forces that threaten his way of life: land developers, an Indian reservation and America's first National Park.
22"Kill the Messenger"Taylor SheridanStory by : Taylor Sheridan & John Linson
Teleplay by : Taylor Sheridan
June 27, 20182.07
As the dust settles from the shootout, the Duttons deal with the potential repercussions. John calls in a favor and collects on some old debts. Jamie meets with the governor to do damage control.
33"No Good Horses"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanJuly 11, 20182.17
The Duttons deal with a painful family anniversary. Kayce saves a young girl from a danger. Jamie and Beth plan their respective political careers. Rainwater makes an ominous threat to the Dutton legacy.
44"The Long Black Train"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanJuly 18, 20181.89
A secret about John comes to the surface. Beth shows Jenkins a rough night out. Quality time with Tate leads to a close call.
55"Coming Home"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanJuly 25, 20181.95
As Kayce feels the heat from the tribal police, Jamie works some legal magic. Rip recruits a new cowboy for the ranch, and a beaten-down Jimmy begins to find some respect. John makes a play to keep Kayce and Monica close to home.
66"The Remembering"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanAugust 1, 20182.10
A new partnership threatens John and the Yellowstone. Jamie ramps up his politcal campaign. Rip confronts Kayce about cleaning up his messes.
77"A Monster Is Among Us"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanAugust 8, 20182.08
Rip stumbles upon a dangerous and dire situation. A plan is set in motion designed to squeeze John Dutton and threaten his way of life. Monica begins a tough recovery.
88"The Unravelling, Pt. 1"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanAugust 15, 20182.13
Rip faces a sheriff's investigation after his accident with the tourists. Jamie's political future comes into question, and Beth goes after Dan's finances.
99"The Unravelling, Pt. 2"Taylor SheridanTaylor SheridanAugust 22, 20182.37
John discovers his true alliances. Rip searches for answers, Jamie's political career is threatened, Beth takes on a new role, and Kayce returns home.

Season 2 (2019)

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Title Directed byWritten byOriginal air date U.S. viewers
101"A Thundering"Ed BianchiTaylor Sheridan & John CovenyJune 19, 20192.41
Kayce settles into his new role at the ranch. A damaging article threatens to expose John. Rainwater pitches his new plan to the tribal council.
112"New Beginnings"Ed BianchiTaylor SheridanJune 26, 20192.21
Kayce and Rip come to blows. Beth starts buying up land to protect the ranch. Monica begins a new chapter at the university.
123"The Reek of Desperation"Stephen KayTaylor SheridanJuly 10, 20192.28
Rainwater teams up with Jenkins for a big business deal, but powerful new enemies look to block their plans. John and Beth groom a new political candidate.
134"Only Devils Left"Stephen KayBrett Conrad and Taylor SheridanJuly 17, 20192.08
John's enemies strike a direct hit on the Yellowstone. John forms an unlikely alliance. Kayce has his first day as a livestock officer.
145"Touching Your Enemy"John DahlJohn Coveny & Ian McCulloch and Taylor SheridanJuly 24, 20192.18
Jamie tries desperately to walk back a previous mistake. Kayce tracks down evidence. Monica and Martin attend a traditional Indian horse relay.
156"Blood the Boy"John DahlBrett Conrad and Taylor SheridanJuly 31, 20192.27
John prepares to partner with a former pair of foes. Jamie makes a drastic move to protect the ranch. Jimmy takes a shot at a bull riding competition.
167"Resurrection Day"Ben RichardsonJohn Coveny & Ian McCulloch and Taylor SheridanAugust 7, 20192.31
Tensions escalate as the Beck brothers become frustrated by the Duttons' unwillingness to play ball. Jamie looks for a fresh start. Tate gets his first horse.
178"Behind Us Only Grey"Ben RichardsonBrett Conrad and Taylor SheridanAugust 14, 20192.54
John and Rip seek revenge. Monica ponders the consequences of her living situation. Jimmy clears old debts.
189"Enemies by Monday"Guy FerlandTaylor Sheridan and Eric BeckAugust 21, 20192.46
The Duttons gear up for a final fight with the Becks. Beth helps Monica out of an uncomfortable situation.
1910"Sins of the Father"Stephen KayTaylor Sheridan & Eric BeckAugust 28, 20192.81
The feud with the Becks comes to a head as the Duttons scramble to save one of their own.

Season 3 (2020)

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201"You're the Indian Now"Stephen KayTaylor SheridanJune 21, 20204.23
John meets with the Governor and says he will resign as livestock commissioner and decides to name Jamie as his successor. Kayce decides to build a camp for the summer so they can keep an eye on the herd. Monica chastises her students for their lack of interest in the world in which they live. Beth and Chief Rainwater both find out about a new threat in the valley.
212"Freight Trains and Monsters"Stephen KayTaylor SheridanJune 28, 20203.57
Life continues at the summer camp while Jamie begins his new job as Livestock Commissioner. Beth pays a visit to the enigmatic Roarke Morris and learns of his ultimate plans for the valley. Teeter joins the ranch as the new female ranch hand. John reminisces about lives past. Jamie is faced with a problem which could rock the very foundations of his career and future.
223"An Acceptable Surrender"John DahlTaylor SheridanJuly 5, 20203.73
Jamie seeks to fix the problem of Agent Hendon's murderous actions by concocting a story which will save everyone involved while earning Jamie the respect of the ranchers he represents. Ellis Steele approaches Governor Perry and unveils his plans for placing an airport in the middle of the Yellowstone Ranch, pressuring her to invoke eminent domain for the billions of tax revenue the new resort will earn for Montana. Jimmy decides to pursue his dreams of rodeo, while John and Governor Perry discuss saving the ranch by moving Jamie into the position of Interim Attorney General and for Kayce to step in as Livestock Commissioner.
234"Going Back to Cali"John DahlTaylor SheridanJuly 12, 20203.55
Jimmy recuperates from his rodeo accident with a little help from Mia. Beth leaks information to the press about Market Equities' unsecured leasing plans to develop the valley, thus causing their stock prices to plummet. Thomas Rainwater enlists the help of an old adversary to battle Ellis Steele and his horde of developers. Governor Perry pays a visit to the summer camp to convince Kayce to become Livestock Commissioner. Beth reveals to Rip that she cannot bear children. California bikers are taught a lesson they won't soon forget about trespassing on the Dutton Ranch.
245"Cowboys and Dreamers"
"Death Follows You"
Christina VorosTaylor SheridanJuly 19, 20203.69
A flashback reveals the origin of Beth's hatred toward Jamie. Thomas Rainwater and John meet to discuss their common enemy and how best to combat them. Kayce, as new Livestock Commissioner, takes a risk to help a local family. Beth continues to come after Roarke by shorting his company's stock while both throw down the gauntlet. Rip and the boys get into an altercation with an old adversary of John Dutton.
256"All for Nothing"Christina VorosTaylor SheridanJuly 26, 20203.68
Wade Morrow and John Dutton confront one another over an old feud. A missing girl on the reservation sparks a massive search, which results in finding the young girl dead and fosters a newfound commitment from Monica for her people. Mia and Laramie shake up the bunkhouse with a little late night buffalo riding. Willa Hays, CEO of Market Equities, makes Jamie a ridiculous offer for 50,000 acres of the Dutton Ranch. Beth confesses to her father what Jamie did at the abortion clinic when they were teenagers, thus creating more schism in the family.
267"The Beating"Guy FerlandTaylor SheridanAugust 2, 20203.63
Cattle thieves send Kayce and his crew on a statewide hunt for the missing livestock. Rip has a very bad day with Jimmy and Mia. Beth and Angela Blue Thunder align their common causes against Market Equities. John gives Wade Morrow's son a beating in a local diner. Beth juxtaposes roles and asks Rip to marry her. Jamie discovers a secret which has been kept from him since childhood.
278"I Killed a Man Today"Guy FerlandTaylor SheridanAugust 9, 20203.83
John and Tate enjoy a little horsemanship. Jamie convinces Kayce that Market Equities' offer might be in the family's best interest. Willa Hays and Beth play tug-of-war with each other's companies' stock. Monica departs on a dangerous mission to bring justice to Native women. Beth unsuccessfully attempts to convince John to sell off part of the ranch. Wade Morrow sends a message to John by exacting revenge upon Colby and Teeter.
289"Meaner Than Evil"Stephen KayTaylor SheridanAugust 16, 20203.99
Walker returns to the fold. Beth is ousted from her position at Schwartz & Meyer by Willa Hays, but vows revenge. Jamie confronts his past in the flesh. Wade Morrow meets his Maker, but not before returning something to John Dutton. Walker is forced to prove his loyalty to the brand.
2910"The World is Purple"Stephen KayTaylor SheridanAugust 23, 20205.16
In speaking with his biological father, Jamie realizes certain truths about his life that will set him on a different path. Willa tasks Roarke with playing dirty. Mia confronts Jimmy about his brand and challenges him to return to rodeo. All the players sit down at the negotiating table with John's back clearly against the wall. Angela Blue Thunder admonishes Rainwater for being a slave to the white man's rules and tells him that the land must be retaken by force if necessary. All out war is unleashed on the Dutton family as they are targeted one-by-one for assassination.

Season 4

No. in
Title Directed byWritten by Original air date U.S. viewers
301TBATBATaylor SheridanNovember 7, 2021TBD
312TBATBATaylor SheridanNovember 7, 2021TBD



In 2013, Taylor Sheridan began work on the series, having recently grown tired of acting and begun writing screenplays. Having lived in the rural parts of states such as Texas and Wyoming, Sheridan purposely set the series in Montana and went about writing the first scripts in Livingston.

On May 3, 2017, it was announced that the Paramount Network had greenlit its first scripted series, Yellowstone. Paramount issued a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was set to be written, directed, and executive-produced by Sheridan. Other executive producers were to include John Linson, Art Linson, Harvey Weinstein, and David Glasser. Production companies involved with the series were set to consist of Linson Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.

On October 12, 2017, it was announced that following reports of sexual abuse allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, his name would be removed from the series' credits as would The Weinstein Company. On January 15, 2018, Kevin Kay, president of Paramount Network, clarified during the annual Television Critics Association's winter press tour that Yellowstone will not have The Weinstein Company's credits or logo on them, even though that company was involved in production. Furthermore, he stated that their intent is to replace Weinstein Television with the company's new name in the show's credits when available. That same day, it was also announced that the series would premiere on June 20, 2018.

On July 24, 2018, it was announced that Paramount Network had renewed the series for a second season that was expected to premiere in 2019. On March 21, 2019, it was announced that the second season will premiere on June 19, 2019. On June 19, 2019, the series was renewed by Paramount for a third season, which premiered on June 21, 2020. On February 21, 2020, Paramount Network renewed the series for a fourth season, ahead of the premiere of its third season. The fourth season is set to premiere on November 7, 2021.


On May 15, 2017, it was announced that Kevin Costner had been cast in the series lead role of John Dutton. In June 2017, it was reported that Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Wes Bentley, and Kelly Reilly had joined the cast as series regulars. On July 13, 2017, it was announced that Kelsey Asbille had been cast in a main role. In August 2017, it was reported that Dave Annable, Gil Birmingham, and Jefferson White had been added to the main cast while Wendy Moniz, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessy, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, and Golden Brooks were joining the cast in a recurring capacity. In November 2017, it was announced that Michaela Conlin and Josh Lucas had been added to the cast in recurring roles. On December 19, 2017, it was reported that Heather Hemmens was joining the cast in a recurring capacity. On June 13, 2018, it was announced that Barret Swatek had been cast in a recurring role. On September 14, 2018, it was announced that Neal McDonough was joining the cast of season two in a recurring capacity. On July 1, 2021, it was announced that Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo, Kathryn Kelly and Finn Little were joining the cast in the fourth season.


Principal photography for the series began in August 2017 at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana, which stands in as the home of John Dutton. Filming also took place that month near Park City, Utah. The production used all three soundstages at the Utah Film Studios in Park City, which is a total of 45,000 square feet. The building also houses offices, editing, a huge wardrobe department and construction shops. By November 2017, the series had filmed in more than twenty locations in Utah, including the Salt Flats, Promontory Club, and Spanish Fork. Additionally, filming also took place at various locations in Montana. Production was reportedly set to last until December 2017.

In August 2020, the series announced that filming was completely moved to Montana. An undisclosed production location was rented in Missoula, Montana. Film locations included the Community Medical Center, Ryman Street near the County Courthouse, and a diner on Brooks Street in Missoula, as well as places in nearby Hamilton, Montana.


The series' score was composed by Brian Tyler who worked with musicians from the London Philharmonia Orchestra and viola, cello, and violin soloists. On August 17, 2018, the soundtrack for the first season was released by Sony Music.


On February 28, 2018, a teaser trailer for the series was released, with a full trailer being released on April 26. On June 25, 2018, the series held a screening at Seriesfest, an annual international television festival, at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado. The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 4, 2018. In July 2020, the first two seasons of the series began to be carried on NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock. The third season was released on November 22, 2020.



A prequel series, titled 1883, is in development following a five-year deal signed by Sheridan with ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Group, and is scheduled to premiere on December 19, 2021, on Paramount+, once completed. Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were set to stars in the series.


Another planned spin-off, titled 6666, is set in the present day on the Four Sixes Ranch in Texas.


Critical response

The series was met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the first season a score of 54 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews." On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 53% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.82/10 based on 49 reviews. The website's critical consensus of the first season reads, "'Yellowstone' proves too melodramatic to be taken seriously, diminishing the effects of the talented cast and beautiful backdrops." Season 2 has an approval rating of 88%, based on 8 reviews. Season 3 has an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 6 critics.


The two-hour series premiere of Yellowstone averaged 2.8 million viewers in live + same day and became the most-watched original scripted series telecast ever on Paramount Network (or its predecessor Spike). The premiere audience grows to nearly 4 million when the two encore airings of the premiere are factored in. The premiere audience more than doubled that of Paramount Network's first scripted drama series, Waco and more than tripled the debut viewership of Paramount Network's new comedy series, American Woman. It was later reported that the premiere's Live+3 Nielsen ratings revealed that 4.8 million viewers ultimately watched the premiere after delayed viewing was factored in. By the series' third episode, it was reported that the show had become the second-most-watched television series on ad-supported cable to air in 2018, only behind AMC's The Walking Dead.

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of Yellowstone
No.TitleAir dateRating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1"Daybreak"June 20, 20180.42.830.52.480.95.31
2"Kill the Messenger"June 27, 20180.
3"No Good Horses"July 11, 20180.
4"The Long Black Train"July 18, 20180.31.890.52.750.84.64
5"Coming Home"July 25, 20180.31.950.
6"The Remembering"August 1, 20180.
7"A Monster Is Among Us"August 8, 20180.
8"The Unravelling, Pt. 1"August 15, 20180.
9"The Unravelling, Pt. 2"August 22, 20180.42.370.52.440.94.81

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of Yellowstone
No.TitleAir dateRating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1"A Thundering"June 19, 20190.52.410.63.341.15.75
2"New Beginnings"June 26, 20190.
3"The Reek of Desperation"July 10, 20190.
4"Only Devils Left"July 17, 20190.
5"Touching Your Enemy"July 24, 20190.
6"Blood the Boy"July 31, 20190.
7"Resurrection Day"August 7, 20190.52.310.93.781.46.09
8"Behind Us Only Grey"August 14, 20190.52.540.83.441.35.99
9"Enemies by Monday"August 21, 20190.52.460.72.831.25.29
10"Sins of the Father"August 28, 20190.62.810.62.931.25.74

Season 3

Viewership and ratings per episode of Yellowstone
No.TitleAir dateRating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1"You're the Indian Now"June 21, 20200.
2"Freight Trains and Monsters"June 28, 20200.73.570.62.821.36.39
3"An Acceptable Surrender"July 5, 20200.73.730.52.651.26.38
4"Going Back to Cali"July 12, 20200.73.550.42.481.16.03
5"Cowboys and Dreamers"July 19, 20200.73.690.52.741.26.43
6"All for Nothing"July 26, 20200.73.680.52.621.26.30
7"The Beating"August 2, 20200.73.630.52.801.26.43
8"I Killed a Man Today"August 9, 20200.73.83TBDTBDTBDTBD
9"Meaner Than Evil"August 16, 20200.73.99TBDTBDTBDTBD
10"The World is Purple"August 23, 20200.95.16TBDTBDTBDTBD

Awards and nominations

2019American Society of Cinematographers AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography
in Regular Series for Commercial Television
Ben Richardson (for "Daybreak")Nominated
Hollywood Post Alliance AwardsOutstanding Sound – TelevisionAlan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc and Dean A. Zupancic (for "Daybreak")Nominated
Alan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc and Dean A. Zupancic (for "Kill the Messenger")Nominated
2021Primetime Creative Arts Emmy AwardsOutstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)Cary White, Yvonne Boudreaux and Carla Curry (for "Going Back to Cali")Nominated