Yellowstone Seasons 1-3 (2018-)

Starring:  Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, and Gil Birmingham.

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Synopsis: Oscar and Emmy winner Kevin Costner is the marquee attraction of the ensemble cast in this drama series, starring as the patriarch of a powerful, complicated family of ranchers. A sixth-generation homesteader and devoted father, John Dutton controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. He operates in a corrupt world where politicians are compromised by influential oil and lumber corporations and land grabs make developers billions. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect, Dutton’s property is in constant conflict with those it borders — an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park

Review: Yellowstone is an American TV series that has been up and running from 2018 to present. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to get stuck in because the new season is on its way. Yellowstone is a must watch. 

Kevin Costner is the immediate selling point. If Costner’s name is attached, then we’re onboard. Taylor Sheridan is a name that holds clout, too. If his name is on a project, you know that you’re in for one heck of a ride! This is no different.

The first season of Yellowstone is quite slow but you know it’s building up to something amazing. We do get some exhilarating moments and fist fights but most of season one is setting up characters and their storylines for the first arc. The second season ups the ante and completely lets loose — you can tell Sheridan was building up to this from the moment you watch the pilot. The third season is one of the best and has a cliffhanger that’s on par with the ‘Who Shot Jr” storyline in Dallas. Some highlight episodes throughout the seasons are ” A Monster Among Us”, “Only Devils Left”, ” Sins Of The Father”, and “The World Is Purple”.

Kevin Costner is perfectly cast as John Dutton, the patriarch who is tough as nails. You can tell he is fully committed to the role. Costner was born to play these sorts of characters; he never disappoints.

Cole Hauser is in his best role to date as Rip Wheeler. He’s a tough and loyal ranch-hand to John Dutton. Kelly Reilly plays Beth Dutton, the strong-headed daughter of John, and she delivers an outstanding performance. I’m surprised Kelly, along with Costner and Hauser, haven’t won any awards for their performances in Yellowstone. 

Yellowstone seasons 1-3 are up there with the best episodes in a TV series yet. If you’re not usually one for slow-burners, I would suggest you forgive season one. Its character-building is worth it so that you can get fully immersed in this unmissable series.
And for all the Yellowstone fans out there who have already religiously followed along, the fourth season is soon to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray!