Montana Returns to TV – The Minnesota Republic

“Yellowstone” returned to Paramount Network on Sunday. The fifth season premiered on November 13, 2022 and will continue to be released every Sunday until the end of the season.

Yellowstone was written and created by Taylor Sheridan, best known for Sicario and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to the aforementioned film.

Sheridan has also expanded the world of Yellowstone with 1883: A Yellowstone Origin Story, starring Tim McGraw (James Dutton) and Faith Hill (Margaret Dutton). “1923: A Yellowstone Story” is pending and scheduled for release on December 18th, 2022, on Paramount Plus. The drama series stars Harrison Ford (Jacob Dutton), best known for playing Han Solo in Star Wars, and Helen Mirren (Cara Dutton).

The cast of “Yellowstone” has illustrious actors like Kevin Costner (John Dutton), Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton) and Gil Birmingham (Chief Thomas Rainwater), all perfectly cast to represent each of their characters.

The show follows the Dutton family as they try to fight off anyone who tries to take their land and ranch. The ranch has been in the family for five generations. They face many challenges and admirers throughout the show’s seasons. Businessmen are trying to develop the land, Indians are trying to get their land back, and everything in between.

Season five now finds John Dutton, the head of the family, as the governor of Montana. A position he doesn’t want but needs to take to improve the future of the ranch. John makes it very clear to his kids in the first episode of season five, telling them, “It’s all for the ranch from now on. Every decision is for the ranch.”

The show is unlike anything I’ve seen before based on the location and setting. Montana is a state commonly used as a “playground” by wealthy people in New York and California, and John, as Montana governor, wants to prevent that from happening. Rules and laws don’t seem to apply to the Duttons. They’re either in positions of strong power like attorney general and governor, or finding a way out of trouble.

aZZZIf I had to compare the show to other popular shows, I would say that Yellowstone is a cross between The Sopranos and a western film. This is simply based on the family aspect of the show. Each of the family members is deeply involved in the story, working together in almost every way to protect their way of life. There’s also a lot of kills throughout the seasons, adding to the comparison to The Sopranos.

The huge story expansion, now from two separate shows, all adds to the wonder that is Yellowstone. The care and complexity of the series are credited to Sheridan’s expertly written story.

There is no shortage of fandom and hype surrounding this show and its premiere. Corresponding The Hollywood Reporter“‘Yellowstone’ season five premiere breaks ratings record with 12.1 million viewers.” If that’s not a call to action to watch this show, I’m not sure what is.

There’s no telling how many more seasons of Yellowstone will be created and aired, but University of Minnesota grad student Will Sherry had this to say about the show.

I think it’s the best show ever created; I worry that there will never be another show as well done in our lives. This is the culmination of my human existence.”

— Will be sherry

Watch seasons one through four of Yellowstone peacock. To continue watching Yellowstone, turn on Outstanding network Sundays at 7 a.m. Central Time.