There’s a world of Taylor Sheridan TV shows out there and many viewers are happy to be living in it. Having created, or co-created, shows like Yellowstone, 1883 and a raft of others on their way soon, writer/producer Sheridan is building something that may soon rival Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland TV empire in terms of sheer volume. His slate of work could even be billed the “Sheridan-verse“ or TSU (Taylor Sheridan Universe).
Some of the defining characteristics of the Sheridan-verse are its hard-nosed characters, rough and tough settings (almost exclusively in America’s middle than the coasts) and varying twists on many classic western tropes. They also can all be found as part of Paramount’s TV lineup.
Here is a rundown of Taylor Sheridan’s TV shows, both on-air and in the works.
Sheridan-verse shows on-air
Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, the owners of one of the largest cattle ranchers in Montana. But as varying threats attempt to encroach on their land, John Dutton and his children will go to all lengths to protect their family legacy.
Taylor Sheridan’s original TV hit started from humble beginnings but has grown into one of the most popular cable shows out there — Yellowstone season 4 had two episodes rank in the top 100 most watched TV programs of 2021 (best of any cable network).
Starring: Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill and Gil Birmingham.
How many seasons: Yellowstone is going into its fifth season.
Where to watch:
- In the US, new episodes of Yellowstone air on Paramount Network. You can catch up with Yellowstone seasons 1-4 on Peacock.
- In the UK, all seasons are available on Paramount Plus.
The driving motivation for the Duttons in Yellowstone is to protect the land that their family has called home for more than 100 years. How the Duttons came to that land is the story at the heart of the prequel series, 1883.
1883 follows James Dutton and his family — wife Margaret, 18-year-old daughter Elsa and 5-year-old son John — as they head west in search of land they can call their own in the last part of uncolonized America. They work alongside a wagon train led by a former Army captain that consists of immigrants looking for a new life.
Starring: Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Marc Rissman, Audie Rick and James Landry Hébert.
How many seasons: 1883 has one season, though the series is going to have a spinoff (see below)
Where to watch: Streaming exclusively on Paramount Plus.
Mayor of Kingstown
Mayor of Kingstown sees Sheridan branching away from the Dutton clan — instead, focusing on the McLusky family. The McLuskys are power brokers in Kingstown, Mich. — where the incarceration business is booming. The family serves both sides of the prison complex. Sheridan was a co-creator on this series with former Yellowstone cast member Hugh Dillon.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Hugh Dillon, Tobi Bamtefa, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird and Aiden Gillen.
How many seasons: After its first season debuted in 2021, Mayor of Kingstown has been picked up for season 2.
Where to watch: Streaming exclusively on Paramount Plus.
Sheridan-verse shows coming soon(ish)
It's back to the Dutton clan for Sheridan's new show 1923. But this time it's another generation of Duttons at the center of the drama. As you can guess from clues in the title, this new show follows the Duttons during the Great Depression, Prohibition and a time of western expansion.
Things are still in the early development stage. While there’s been no word on casting, it’s probably fair to guess that the Duttons in 1923 will be the grandparents and parents of the Duttons of Yellowstone.
Starring: Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford
When will it debut: December 2022
Another series that has direct links to Yellowstone is 6666. The Texas-based ranch, featured in Yellowstone season 4, will get its own stand-alone series. Here is the description of the series from Deadline (opens in new tab):
"The series takes place when Comanches still ruled West Texas and no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing. The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavor to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made."
Sheridan is serving as an executive producer on 6666.
When will it debut: TBD
Sylvester Stallone is finally making the move to TV/streaming — Sheridan managed to land the Rocky star to lead his new gangster series, Tulsa King. The story focuses on an Italian mobster who is forced to reestablish his Italian mafia family in Kansas City, Mo. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Yellowstone season 5 storylines will tease Tulsa King.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Max Casella
When will it debut: November 13, 2022
1883: The Bass Reeves Story
Sheridan is teaming up with David Oyelowo (Selma, The Girl Before). Sheridan will produce 1883: The Bass Reeves Story (an 1883 spinoff series) about the Black Wild West lawman, Bass Reeves, who was the inspiration for The Lone Ranger. Oyelowo is starring as Reeves, who is considered a legend of the American frontier.
Sheridan's involvement on 1883: The Bass Reeves Story is as an executive producer and the director for the first two episodes.
Starring: David Oyelowo
When will it debut: TBD
Based on a real-life CIA program, Lioness follows a Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organization down from within. Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek) is attached to star as the head of the Lioness program. She's tasked with training, managing and leading the female undercover operatives working to assassinate the world’s most dangerous terrorists.
Saldana is also producing the series alongside Sheridan and Nicole Kidman. Sheridan has also taken over as showrunner for the series (opens in new tab).
Starring: Zoe Saldana
When will it debut: TBD, but production is scheduled to begin in June 2022
Another new Taylor Sheridan show is Land Man, which is based on Boomtown (opens in new tab), an 11-part podcast. The series is set in the boomtowns of West Texas. It follows a crisis manager for an oil company amid the modern-day pursuit for riches in the world of oil rigs.
Land Man is described as an upstairs/downstairs story of roughnecks and wildcat billionaires that fuel a boom so big it reshapes our climate, our economy and our geopolitics. Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton (Slingblade, Fargo, Bad Santa) has been tapped to star in the series.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton
When will it debut: TBD, but production is not expected to start until 2023
Other Taylor Sheridan Projects
Taylor Sheridan may be working primarily in TV right now, but he is also an Oscar-nominated writer with an impressive list of movies as credits and the film format is one that he still dips his toe into.
Sheridan’s movie credits include writing the Emily Blunt/Benecio Del Toro thriller Sicario and its sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, writing the Chris Pine/Ben Foster/Jeff Bridges heist movie Hell or High Water (his Oscar-nominated screenplay), writing and directing the thriller Wind River (starring Marvel stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen), writing the Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse and writing and directing the Angelina Jolie movie Those Who Wish Me Dead.
He also is writing a new movie called Fast, which follows a former U.S. special forces officer who is recruited by the DEA to take down drug dealers who are protected by the CIA.
Get a glimpse of all that's coming up in the Sheridan-verse with this teaser trailer from Paramount Plus.
Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.
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