Yellowstone: Season 1 (2018)

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Yellowstone proves too melodramatic to be taken seriously, diminishing the effects of the talented cast and beautiful backdrops.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 738

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Air date: Jun 20, 2018

The series premiere. Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. It is under constant attack by those it borders.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2018

As the dust settles from the dispute, 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.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2018

The Duttons deal with a painful family anniversary. Kayce saves a young girl from danger. Jamie and Beth plan their respective political careers. Rainwater makes an ominous threat to the Dutton legacy.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2018

A secret about John comes to the surface. Beth shows Jenkins a rough night out. Quality time with Tate leads to a close call.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2018

As Kayce feels the heat from 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.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2018

A new partnership threatens John and the Yellowstone. Jamie ramps up his political campaign. Rip confronts Kayce about cleaning up his messes.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2018

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; and Monica begins a tough recovery.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2018

A sheriff's investigation turns the heat up on Rip. Jamie makes a bold decision about his future and faces the consequences. With the walls closing in, John discovers which family and allies will stand with him and fight.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2018

With the walls closing in, John discovers which family and allies will stand with him and fight. The Season 1 finale.

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Critic Reviews for Yellowstone Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

Few characters here are particularly likable or compelling.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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Through its first three episodes, Yellowstone is big and broad and a little too full of misfires.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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New networks (or rebranded networks) often need noticeable pedigree to attract attention, but they don't need a dud. This geyser never goes off.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Costner's a master at engendering sympathy for potentially unsympathetic positions - did I mention how good he looks on a horse? - and Yellowstone isn't subtle in setting up the opposition, casting Danny Huston...

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Fist-clenching may be a novel approach, also a self-negating one, and Yellowstone -- good writing, solid cast, nice views aside -- can also be a bummer at times.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Prevails as a compelling study of power, while it chews on what really makes a cowboy in 2018.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[Yellowstone] sharply observes every political intrigue and new business that alter consciences and modify ancestral traditions, and describes with precision the main family conflicts of the story. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

If these cowboys respect hard work, loyalty, and driving a doggone Ford, why are there so many overtly silly things?

Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: 4.7 | Full Review…

Aiming for iconic modern Western status, with a star that lives and breathes that stuff, Yellowstone ends up being more of a poor man's Dallas with few bubbles in the soap, if you know what I mean?

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This new drama captures its own unique environment but oftentimes stumbles over its own ambitions.

Nov 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.0/4 | Full Review…

In our modern era of global interconnectivity, the episodic premises of Yellowstone play out like a breath of fresh mountain air.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It offers more of the same when it comes to tycoons on TV, but with a welcome change of genre and locale. With shorter episodes it could turn into quite the entertainment. It is a big show with large potential.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Yellowstone: Season 1

  • Sep 09, 2020
    I'm hooked on this show already. I understand the reviews in that the episodes are overpacked with drama and it doesn't take long to find the plot lines difficult to believe, but that is TV! It's been a long time since I've seen any TV show with enough heartfelt characters and storyline that I cared enough to stick with. Not to mention, the beautiful landscape and hot cowboys isn't bad to look at either. Thank God for beards, jeans, and men with real life skills being portrayed on camera.
  • Sep 06, 2020
    Spectacularly awful - unbelievable storylines, terrible acting - even the horses look embarassed
  • Aug 30, 2020
    Unlikeable, unbelievable characters, relationships and plots. Stilted writing. Mediocre acting.
  • Aug 23, 2020
    I went to sleep in my chair the first 5 minutes of watching!
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Simply put; the best show currently on air!
  • Aug 12, 2020
    i like how a California actor is depicting the problems in Montana, too late, whole Gallatin valley now owened by outsiders like actors and celebrities. Maybe their theme is Irony
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Just lost all respect for Kevin Costner. I watched the first three episodes and I am done. Obviously, he's a misogynist. The only daughter is crazy-not fun crazy, but walk outside naked and sit in a horse troth crazy. She is also very promiscuous and has no respect for herself. All of the female characters are crazy, slutty, loose cannons who are damsels in distress. The men, conversely, are all heroes. GROSS.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Overall, a compelling show, if a little soapy. But the world is an interesting place and the characters are intriguing. I think Taylor Sheridan could use some help writing women. Kelly Reilly is a strong actress, and she does the best she can with very over-the-top dialogue that is often so cartoonishly cruel, it sounds like a villain in a comic book movie. Also, the violence against animals in this show was very hard to take; i.e. a very cute dog limping and crippled after an explosion, horses getting shot, coyotes getting hit by mack trucks.... I was very upset by it.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    This show is not for the squeamish. Will be disturbing for many. Often violent and a lot of animal slaughter. I was waiting to see a note that no animal cruelty was used but they did not post anything. I found the story line about this very dysfunctional family to be very real and absorbing. The scenery is amazing. If you like a gritty western this is it. I liked it and will be watching seasons to come.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Talented cast, catching storyline

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