1883 (TV Series)

1883 is drama limited series created by Taylor Sheridan that premiered on December 19, 2021, on Paramount+. The series stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Marc Rissmann, Audie Rick, Eric Nelsen and James Landry Hébert.

The series is a prequel to Sheridan’s series Yellowstone and follows the story of how the Duttons came to own the land that would become the Yellowstone Ranch.



Series info

  • Genres: Western, Drama
  • Network: Paramount+
  • Cast: Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, James Landry Hébert, Billy Bob Thornton, Faith Hill, Neal Kodinsky, Pamela Mitchell, Jordan Walker Ross, Ernest Marsh, Rob Mello, Chris Warner, Patti Brindley, Kenda Henthorn, Sammy DeSilva, Savannah Solsbery, Braden Balazik, Tony Spurgin, Ben Hicks, Daniel Whittle, Gurie Sheffield, Charles Baker, Matt Williams
  • Premiere Date: Dec 19, 2021
  • Executive producers: Taylor Sheridan, John Linson, Art Linson, David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari

Critic reviews for 1883 (TV Series)

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 86% based on 21 reviews with an average score of 7.5/10. Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 69 out of 100 based on 12 critic reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

It is a beautifully produced ode — complete with superstar cameos — to grim nation building and the initial episodes are uncompromising and compelling. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Craig Mathieson – The Age (Australia)

A brilliant Yellowstone prequel that portrays an era of open spaces, constant dangers… Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times

An opportunity to disrupt present-day comprehension of a transformative period in U.S. history is wasted on yet another narrative from the point of view of white settlers. Full Review | Original Score: D+

Tambay Obenson – indieWire

“1883” hits all the right notes as an absorbing piece of fiction. Full Review

Michael Starr – New York Post

For fans of westerns, 1883 certainly looks like the real deal, coming from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan and featuring Sam Elliott as a gnarled cowboy. The execution, however, feels stale. Full Review

Brian Lowry – CNN.com

Even for viewers who have yet to delve into “Yellowstone,” the tension and intensity is compelling. Full Review

Kimberly Potts – TheWrap

1883 has the characters, the scope, and the vision to become an exciting new chapter of the Yellowstone franchise, as well as a rare example of a spin-off that never feels beholden to its source material. Full Review

Joshua Alston – Variety

Taylor Sheridan’s prequel series offers an unflinching look at the beginnings of Yellowstone’s Dutton family. Full Review | Original Score: A-

Terry TerronesAV Club

I can’t emphasize enough how much unearned credibility the series gets from Elliott’s performance. Full Review

Dan Fienberg – Hollywood Reporter

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