The best watch order for Yellowstone, 1883, and 1923

By Melany Moncada


Jul 5, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

At a time when more and more TV shows are being produced, Yellowstone has managed to catch the attention of the viewers. The show, created by Taylor Sheridan, has five seasons and two spin-offs all following the Dutton family. In what order should you watch Yellowstone, 1883, and 1923? We have the answer for you.

The three shows in the Yellowstone universe follow three different generations of Duttons as they deal with the challenges of the time. 1883 tells the story of the Dutton family as they flee poverty-ridden Tennessee and join a wagon train. The family settles in Montana, where they establish the Yellowstone ranch.

1923 follows the Dutton family as they deal with the Great Depression, Prohibition, and Western expansion. Yellowstone takes place in the modern day. The Dutton family has expanded the ranch and must deal with the ongoing conflicts that come with sharing a border with an Indian Reservation.

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In what order should you watch Yellowstone, 1883, and 1923?

Any time a TV show or movie releases a sequel, the questions become, where to start?

There are two ways to watch the Yellowstone universe, each alternative has its own pros.

Chronological order

In this order, you would start with 1883, followed by 1923, and finally, Yellowstone. While this is a viable option, it might not be the best.

Release order

This is the “correct” watching order, or at least the one that would make the most sense. Start with Yellowstone (2018), followed by 1883 (2021), and finish off with 1923 (2022).

This order will allow viewers to better appreciate the nuances of the story. Some details are better appreciated when viewers have watched Yellowstone first.

Taylor Sheridan, the creator of the show, shared that it was his intention to add two more prequels. These prequels would take place in the 40s and the 60s. Paramount Network is yet to confirm any more Yellowstone prequels.


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