You don’t need to see ‘Yellowstone’ to enjoy its prequel series ‘1883’ — but you’ll need 2 different streaming services to watch both

Sam Elliot in “1883.”

Paramount Network’s hit series “Yellowstone” is only streaming on Peacock.
I subscribe to Paramount+, so I watched the prequel series “1883” instead.
One doesn’t need to have seen “Yellowstone” in order to enjoy “1883.”

I took quite a few notes while watching “1883,” Paramount+’s prequel series to Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” — the biggest show on cable TV.

The most enthusiastic note I jotted down was, “Tom Hanks?!?” The two-time Oscar winner shows up briefly at the beginning of the show’s second episode in a flashback sequence as George Meade, a real-life Union general during the Civil War. 

Hanks grumbles maybe two words and pats Tim McGraw’s character James Dutton on the shoulder before taking him prisoner in the aftermath of the war. Then the opening-credits sequence begins to roll.

It’s a testament to “Yellowstone” and “1883” creator Taylor Sheridan’s influence that he’s able to enlist such big stars for small roles (Billy Bob Thornton appears later in the episode as a Marshal in a recurring role). Sheridan recently renewed a mega deal with Paramount’s parent company ViacomCBS and is developing more shows for the Paramount+ streaming service, including another “Yellowstone” spinoff. Sheridan’s deal is worth nine figures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s no surprise that ViacomCBS would want to court Sheridan. “Yellowstone” — which stars another superstar in Kevin Costner as powerful rancher John Dutton — has grown immensely in popularity. Its season-four finale was watched by 9.3 million viewers on January 4, making it the biggest cable telecast since 2017.

Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone.”

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The success of “Yellowstone” piqued my curiosity.

The problem was that the first three seasons of the show were only available to stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock, which nabbed the streaming rights in 2020, before the March 2021 launch of Paramount+. I don’t pay for Peacock …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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