Yellowstone’s comeback is rapidly approaching. Fans of the Paramount Network neo-Western are clamoring for more episodes, as evidenced by the number of people who clicked on this list of shows like Yellowstone. The Kevin Costner-led series, which explores the dramatic events at the Montana ranch of the Dutton family, is even getting its own TV universe. With Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on board, Paramount+ is developing the 1883 sequel series. It’s possible you’re looking for something else to watch until Yellowstone Season 4 premieres on November 7 because that series is still a ways off.
We’ve compiled a list of shows and films that remind us of Yellowstone to help you get through the rest of the break. The series, created by Taylor Sheridan and streaming on Peacock, has a lot in common with other works by the auteur co-creator. If you’re in the mood for a dysfunctional family drama, a contemporary Western, an exciting crime thriller, a macho soap, or a mix of all of the above, Yellowstone has you covered.
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1. Wind River
Sheridan had already made his mark in the movie industry writing screenplays like Sicario, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Hell or High Water. He was nominated for a slew of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in the process. Sheridan wrote and directed Wind River in 2017, a drama about a U.S. Fish and Game tracker (Jeremy Renner) and an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who work together to solve a case of sexual assault and murder on a Native American reservation in Wyoming during the dead of winter. Sheridan wrote and directed the film. Sheridan’s trademarks are all there, including the intense action, a connection to the land, and the complex dynamics of the characters. You can see it on Netflix.
2. The Son
Without departing too far from Yellowstone’s family drama, check out the 2017 drama The Son for a taste of what to expect from the upcoming prequel 1883. With Pierce Brosnan as the ranch’s head, the show ran on AMC for two seasons and gained a large following in the process. With The Son, we follow Brosnan’s character Eli McCulloch as a young boy when he was abducted by Comanches and as a father who struggles to connect with his son in the show’s present timeline. The Son takes place in two different time periods: the 1840s and the early 1900s. The premise, on the other hand, is eerily similar to that of Yellowstone: [Watch for free on Hulu or Pluto TV]
3. Let Him Go
This is a call to all of you who are huge fans of Kevin Costner. Yellowstone fans who loved seeing Kevin Costner in the American West will love this film, in which he portrays George, a widowed former sheriff turned horse farmer who is mourning the loss of his son. As soon as George and his wife, played by Diane Lane, leave their ranch in Montana to track down their young grandson and their daughter-in-law, who recently remarried an abusive man, the movie goes beyond the standard “grizzled older man learns about his feelings” trope. It’s more of a high-stakes thriller than a quiet family drama, and Costner is fantastic in it. -Allison Picurro, author [HBO Max] Watch this.
Dallas is your best bet if you want to see the prologue to the Yellowstone. When it comes to being Dallas in the 21st century, Yellowstone makes no apologies. Both shows feature a rich, feuding family in cowboy hats, and both have similarly heightened melodramatic overtones. Season 3 even ended with a cliffhanger similar to “Who shot J.R.?” A key distinction between this and other shows from the 1980s is that Yellowstone is made to look and feel like a high-end cable production complete with gratuitous bloodshed, profanity, and naughtiness. It’s the Dallas, and there’s no way else it would be. IMDb TV is ad-supported but free to use.
5. 68 Whiskey
68 Whiskey is the contemporary version of M*A*S*H in the same way that Yellowstone is the contemporary version of Dallas. A dramedy about Army medics in Afghanistan, Yellowstone’s Paramount Network sibling is about doing the right thing, but doing it in the wrong way. Sam Keeley leads a charismatic ensemble cast that includes rising stars like Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, and Jeremy Tardy. The show adds premium cable violence, profanity, and ambiguous morality to the classic M*A*S*H formula for maximum appeal. [Purchase Paramount+ to see this]
Succession is set in the East Coast and Yellowstone is set in the Mountain West. Awful father and his ruinous adult children defend their empire from all sides while fighting over who gets to be daddy’s favorite (or at least his least-disliked). Yellowstone has a fleet of posh pick-up trucks, while Succession has a mega-yacht, but they’re both about the corrosive effects of wealth on the soul. Yellowstone has fancy pick-up trucks. [HBO Max subscribers: check this out]
If the Western setting of Yellowstone was one of your favorite aspects, then this crime drama will be right up your alley. Walt Longmire, played by Robert Taylor, is the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, and he fights his personal demons while investigating western-themed crimes. Similarly to Yellowstone, there is a strong emphasis on tensions and negotiations between the white and Native American residents of the region, with a particular focus on Chief Mathias’ (Zahn McClarnon) relationship with the Cheyenne reservation’s tribal police force, which wields considerable authority of its own. You can see it on Netflix.
8. Sons of Anarchy
Numerous parallels can be drawn between Yellowstone and Sons of Anarchy. Both SAMCRO and the Yellowstone ranchers’ families are difficult to join and even more difficult to leave. Both shows are obsessed with toxic and non-toxic masculinity codes, as well as an outlaw spirit of ruggedness that pits us against the rest of the world. Both Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Beth (Kelly Reilly) are tougher than any of the men in their families.
The chemistry between Charlie Hunnam and Luke Grimes is palpable. Yellowstone’s co-creator, writer, executive producer, and director, Taylor Sheridan, appeared as Deputy Police Chief David Hale on Sons of Anarchy, and Yellowstone’s co-creator, John Linson, produced both shows. Yellowstone would not be what it is today if it weren’t for Sons of Anarchy. Mayans M.C., a spin-off of SoA, is another macho soap opera in the same vein. You can see it on Hulu.
If you enjoyed Yellowstone’s portrayal of a crime family, you’ll enjoy Ozark. Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple from Chicago who move to the Lake of the Ozarks region of Missouri after Marty’s job laundering drug cartel money goes wrong, star in this hit thriller as played by Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. They quickly become involved with the criminal element in their new red state residence. While it’s trashy, it’s done well here thanks to the actors and director. You can see it on Netflix.
10. Breaking Bad
Here’s what I’m saying: A contemporary Western setting, a family drama centered on a difficult and demanding father figure and his conflicted son (Luke Grimes’ Kayce has some very Pinkmanian qualities), occasional forays into hair-raising brutality, neo-Nazis, Jeremiah Bitsui, a constant feeling of “this is all going to turn out very badly,” and a star who speaks with a growly voice are all present. The director, Jeremiah Breaking Bad’s relentlessness is missing from Yellowstone, but the two have a lot in common. You can see it on Netflix.
According to Paramount Network’s strategy of producing high-quality series that don’t alienate conservative audiences, the first show in that strategy was a limited series that dramatized the 1993 standoff in Texas between Branch Davidian religious sect and FBI and ATF, which ended with federal troops storming the complex and killing 76 people.. Taylor Kitsch’s performance as Branch Davidian leader David Koresh in Waco illuminates the nuances of both sides’ failures. Fans of Yellowstone will recognize the even-handed approach and lack of a partisan political agenda in this film. Check it out on Amazon (to buy it):
12. Those Who Wish Me Dead
Those who want Angelina Jolie dead, those who support her career
Angie Jolie plays a skydiving firefighter (I know) who meets a young man fleeing the killers who murdered his father and helps him find a way to safety. The two assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) after them, as well as the raging fires that surround them, complicate her journey to get him to safety. This is a film, not a television show, but since co-creator Taylor Sheridan directed it,Yellowstonefans should find it interesting. Those Who Wish Me Dead is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of his work in general.