How to watch Yellowstone

Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser in Yellowstone
Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser in Yellowstone (Image credit: Paramount Network)

The Paramount Network drama Yellowstone is one of the most watched shows on cable and has grown in popularity over its first four and a half seasons. If you've heard of Yellowstone but haven't had the time to sit down and get into it, here's how to catch up with Yellowstone from the very beginning.

Created by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water, 1883), Yellowstone takes place in modern-day Montana and is centered on the Dutton family, who own one the largest cattle ranches in the country. Of course, this fact makes them a target for a number of different groups and individuals trying to encroach on the Dutton’s land. 

The series stars Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merill, Jefferson White, Gil Birmingham and Ian Bohen.

How to watch Yellowstone seasons 1-5

Yellowstone is available to more people than ever before as the cable series has made its broadcast debut on CBS. Anyone with a traditional pay-TV subscription or a live TV streaming service that carries CBS (like Fubo, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV) can watch the episodes live at no extra cost. The catch is that CBS is starting from the very beginning, with Yellowstone season 1 episode 1, and is airing at most two episodes a week on Sundays (time and number of episodes depend on the NFL on CBS schedule).

If you want more control over how you watch Yellowstone, the easiest option to watch the western at your own pace is to stream it. While Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network, the Paramount Plus streaming service does not have Yellowstone seasons available, at least in the US. Instead, US viewers can stream all episodes of Yellowstone on Peacock, including the first half of Yellowstone season 5 that premiered in late 2022/early 2023.

Consumers need to have a Peacock Premium subscription (either the ad-supported $4.99 per month plan or ad-free $9.99 per month plan) to watch Yellowstone on the streaming service.

Another option is to watch episodes of Yellowstone as they play on Paramount Network. As the cable network's biggest show, it gets a good bit of play. The network has done Yellowstone marathons on many holiday weekends.

Paramount Network is a cable channel, so if you are a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV provider, be sure to check to see if it is part of your plan. The network is also included as part of the channel lineup for the FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV live TV streaming services.

Or, you can own your own piece of Yellowstone, as all seasons of the show now have a Blu-ray/DVD box set available.

How to watch Yellowstone in the UK

While it's been a bit confusing on how to stream and catchup with Yellowstone in the US, it's a bit simpler in the UK.

Paramount Plus has all episodes of Yellowstone available for its UK subscribers. 

The only other current service offering Yellowstone in the UK is Prime Video. The first two seasons are available to rent for £12.99 per season or £1.89 per episode.

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Michael Balderston

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 Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.