How to Watch Yellowstone

Ready to jump into TV’s hottest cowboy drama? We’ll tell you how to watch Yellowstone on Peacock and Paramount Network.

What is Yellowstone?

Yellowstone is a TV drama that premiered on Paramount Network in June 2018 and quickly became cable’s second-most-watched series, just behind The Walking Dead. It’s a modern-day Western with familial melodrama and power struggles—think Sons of Anarchy, but with trucks instead of motorcycles.

The story follows John Dutton (Kevin Costner), the sixth-generation owner of the massive Yellowstone/Dutton Ranch, and his constant struggle to fend off land usurpers and keep his dysfunctional family together. They include daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly), and sons Kayce (Luke Grimes) and Jamie (Wes Bentley), all of whom have their own issues, daddy and otherwise.

Yellowstone co-creator and writer Taylor Sheridan (who, coincidentally, played a minor role in Sons of Anarchy) strikes a tight balance between macho, Libertarian posturing and quieter, tender moments—hence, Montana-sized popularity with viewers.

It’s not quite the “Shakespeare on the Ranch” epic it thinks it is, but Yellowstone is a pulpy, popcorn action-drama set against gorgeous scenery (it also earns its TVMA rating—Yellowstone isn’t for the kiddies). Yellowstone blew up its own ratings records with its highly anticipated fourth season, and the super-sized season 5 is expected to do the same. Prepare to be trampled by Y-branded cattle, The Walking Dead.

How to watch Yellowstone

If you’re new to Yellowstone, you have four seasons, or 40 episodes, to catch up on. You can see some latest-season episodes through the on-demand library of your TV provider (if it carries Paramount Network), but the only way to get all of them is through Peacock.

Yellowstone seasons 1–4 (2018–2021)

Peacocknot Paramount+, oddly enough—currently has all four current seasons of Yellowstone available to stream on-demand.

The first season can be streamed for no charge on the Peacock Free tier, but subsequent seasons are available only through the paid Peacock Premium tiers (with ads or no ads). If you get hooked beyond season 1—which you probably will—it’ll cost you.

Peacock plans and pricing

Plan Price Video Streams Details
Peacock (with ads) Free 1080p, 4K 3 View plan

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Peacock Premium (with ads) $4.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 3 View plan

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Peacock Premium (no ads)
Our pick
$9.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 3 View plan

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Yellowstone season 5 (2022)

To watch the upcoming fifth season of Yellowstone, you’ll need a live TV provider that carries Paramount Network—which isn’t difficult, fortunately. Paramount Network can be found on most cable, satellite, and live TV streaming providers (if you’ve ever scrolled past a weekend-long Bar Rescue marathon, you already have Paramount Network).

The 14-episode fifth season of Yellowstone is set to premiere on Nov. 13, 2022, with seven episodes, followed by an additional seven in 2023. Yes, you’ll get more episodes than usual, but you’ll have to wait for ’em.

Pro tip: If Xfinity is available in your neighborhood, you can get Peacock and Paramount Network included with your TV package.

Best cable providers for Paramount Network and Yellowstone

Provider Price Channels
(including Paramount Network)
Details
Xfinity
Our pick: Peacock included
$49.99–$89.99/mo. 140–220+ View plans

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Spectrum $49.99/mo. 125+ View plans

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Cox $25.00–$69.99/mo. 75–140+ View plans

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Optimum $30.00–$115.00/mo. 50–420+ View Optimum plans

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Sparklight $15.00–$84.00/mo. 27–100+ View plans

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Best satellite providers for Paramount Network and Yellowstone

Provider Price Channels
(including Paramount Network)
Details
DIRECTV $74.99–$149.99/mo. 160–330+ View plans

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DISH
Our pick
$64.99–$94.99/mo. 190–290+ View plans

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Best live TV streaming providers for Paramount Network and Yellowstone

Provider Price Channels
(including Paramount Network)
Details
YouTube TV
Our pick
$64.99/mo. 100+ View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $69.99–$75.99/mo. 70+ View plans

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Sling TV $35.00–$50.00/mo. 30–50+ View plans

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fuboTV $69.99–$79.99/mo. 111–166+ View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$149.00/mo. 65–140+ View plans

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Yellowstone prequels 1883 and 1932

Yellowstone is so popular that Paramount+ is producing a series of prequels about the Dutton family from creator/writer Taylor Sheridan. The first, 1883, is a dusty Western that chronicles the Duttons’ trek across the Great Plains in—you guessed it—1883 to establish the original Dutton Ranch in Montana.

It premiered in December 2021, and all 10 episodes of 1883 are available on Paramount+. Despite its ratings success—the first episode was the most-watched debut in Paramount+’s short history—there won’t be a second season of 1883. Instead, showrunner Sheridan will follow it up with another chapter in Dutton history, 1932, which will premiere on Paramount+ in 2023.

Yellowstone spinoff 6666

In Season 4 of Yellowstone, Jimmy (Jefferson White) relocated to West Texas to work at the Four Sixes Ranch, a sprawling spread also known as 6666. Taylor Sheridan’s 6666 spinoff will continue Jimmy’s story on Paramount Network in early 2023.

Final take: Yellowstone delivers the cowboy goods

If you like heady family drama, lush big-sky scenery, pretty people, and prettier horses, Yellowstone just might be for you. The Dutton clan stirs up the Western glitz of old-school Dallas with the modern grit of Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy over a raging campfire, only hinting at a line between the good guys and the bad guys.

Others might find Yellowstone’s near-HBO-level violence and coarse language a bit much, however. Yellowstone pushes the limits of the TVMA parental advisory hard, casually dropping F-bombs like no other basic cable series before it—a “family-friendly” cowboy show, this ain’t.

Either way, you can kill two birds with one stone by watching all four current seasons of Yellowstone with an Xfinity plan (if it’s available in your town).

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How to watch Yellowstone FAQ

How do I watch Yellowstone for free?

You can watch the first season of Yellowstone for no charge on the free tier of the Peacock app. To watch later seasons, you’d have to pay for one of the two Peacock Premium tiers. To see the upcoming season 5, you’d need access to a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming provider that carries Paramount Network.

You can also watch random episodes of Yellowstone on the Paramount+ Picks channel of the free Pluto TV app, but they stream on a loop and aren’t necessarily shown in order.

Where can I watch all seasons of Yellowstone?

You can stream all four seasons of Yellowstone on-demand through the Peacock app.

Which streaming service is Yellowstone on?

Seasons 1–4 of Yellowstone are available to stream on Peacock. Despite sharing a name and ownership with Paramount Network, Yellowstone is not available on Paramount+.

Is Yellowstone free on Amazon Prime Video?

The first four seasons of Yellowstone are available to purchase, either by full season or individual episode, through Amazon Prime Video—they’re not included free with Prime Video. Episodes go for $1.99 each or $14.99 for complete 10-episode seasons.

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