Yellowstone, the Paramount Network’s neo-Western soap opera about the Dutton family, owners of America’s largest ranch, returns for Season 3 on Sunday, June 21. In celebration, we’ve rounded up some other shows that remind us of Yellowstone, in case Yellowstone isn’t quite enough.
The Kevin Costner-led series from auteur co-creator Taylor Sheridan shares a lot of DNA with other shows. Whether you’re looking for a dysfunctional family drama, a contemporary Western, an engrossing crime thriller, a macho soap, or some combination of all of the above, these shows are Yellowstoney.
Watch it on: IMDb TV
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If you want to watch the proto-Yellowstone, Dallas is your best bet. Yellowstone isn’t subtle about being Dallas for the 21st Century, with oil swapped for cattle. They’re both cowboy-hatted soaps about a rich, fighting family, with similarly heightened melodramatic tones. The difference is that Yellowstone is made to also feel like a premium cable show with bloody violence, swearing, and nudity that they couldn’t get away with on ’80s broadcast TV. It’s the Dallas Dallas couldn’t be.
Watch it on: CBS All Access
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The same way that Yellowstone is contemporary Dallas, 68 Whiskey is contemporary M*A*S*H. Yellowstone‘s Paramount Network sibling is a dramedy about Army medics in Afghanistan who always try to do the right thing, but usually go about it the wrong way. It has a charismatic ensemble cast led by rising stars Sam Keeley, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, and Jeremy Tardy, and updates the M*A*S*H formula with premium cable-style violence, profanity, and moral ambiguity.
Watch it on: HBO
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Yellowstone is about the Mountain West elite, and Succession is its East Coast counterpart. The shows have pretty much the same premise: An awful father and his ruined adult children fend off attacks on their empire from all sides, while fighting amongst themselves over who gets to be daddy’s favorite (or at least his least-disliked). The trappings of wealth manifest a little bit differently — Yellowstone has a fleet of fancy pick-up trucks, while Succession has a mega-yacht — but they’re both about the corrosive effects of that wealth on the soul.
Watch it on: Netflix
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If your favorite part of Yellowstone is its Western setting, this crime drama will be a satisfying next step. Robert Taylor stars as Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, who investigates Western-tinged crimes while battling his personal demons. Like on Yellowstone, conflict and negotiation between the region’s white and Native American residents is a major theme, with a particular focus on Longmire’s relationship with the Cheyenne reservation’s tribal police force, led by Chief Mathias (Zahn McClarnon), which has its own authority and sometimes works with him and sometimes doesn’t.
Watch it on: Hulu
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The similarities between Yellowstone and Sons of Anarchy are numerous: SAMCRO and the Yellowstone ranch hands are both gangs/families that are hard to join and harder to leave; an obsession with codes of masculinity, toxic and otherwise; an outlaw spirit of us-against-the-world ruggedness; women in the family that are tougher than any of the men (Katey Sagal‘s Gemma on Sons and Kelly Reilly‘s Beth on Yellowstone); Charlie Hunnam and Luke Grimes‘ whole vibe. There’s even some significant personnel overlap: Yellowstone‘s co-creator, writer, executive producer, and director Taylor Sheridan acted on Sons of Anarchy as Deputy Police Chief David Hale, and his co-creator John Linson also executive-produced Sons of Anarchy. In a very real way, Yellowstone would not exist without Sons of Anarchy. SoA spin-off Mayans M.C. is another macho soap in a similar vein to these other shows.
Watch it on: Netflix
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If you love the crime family part of Yellowstone, Ozark will hit the same sweet spot. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in this hit thriller as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who move their family from Chicago to the Lake of the Ozarks region of Missouri after Marty’s job laundering drug cartel money goes wrong, and they quickly get involved with the criminal element in their new red state home. Like Yellowstone, it’s trashy in a good way and elevated by the performances and direction.
Watch it on: Netflix
Hear me out: Contemporary Western setting, family drama revolving around 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,” a star who talks in a very growly voice. Yellowstone lacks Breaking Bad‘s relentlessness, but it has a lot of other things in common.
Yellowstone Season 3 premieres Sunday, June 21 at 9/8c on Paramount Network.
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