How to catch up on 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 seasons, with Yellowstone season 5 now airing. 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 1-4

The easiest option to watch the first four seasons of Yellowstone 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 four seasons of Yellowstone on Peacock.

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 of all the episodes in the buildup to new seasons and is doing so again ahead of the November 13 premiere.

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 season 4 of the show now has a Blu-ray/DVD box set (opens in new tab) available. Featuring four discs for Blu-ray and five discs for DVD, in addition to the show the box set offers four hours of additional content.

How to watch Yellowstone season 5

If you're already caught up with the first four seasons of Yellowstone and are now looking to watch Yellowstone season 5's new episodes, there are a few ways that you can do so.

Yellowstone season 5 airs new episodes live on Sundays at 8 pm ET/PT on Paramount Network. Simply tune in if you have the channel through your cable or live TV streaming service to keep up with it as they air. But if you can't watch live for one reason or another, here's what you need to know.

While past seasons of Yellowstone are streaming on Peacock in the US, the latest season is not yet on the streaming service (as of November 14). So your options are to DVR the episodes when they air live to watch them at your convenience if your TV system has that capability or you can purchase individual episodes or the ability to watch all of Yellowstone season 5 through the Google Play store (opens in new tab); individual episodes cost $2, while its $15 for the full season.

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 had been even harder in the UK, as some fans have lamented on social media:

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That has finally changed, however.

Paramount Plus launched in the UK on June 22 and with it are all four seasons of Yellowstone

This finally brings the series to UK audiences in an easy to watch way. However, if you don't want to sign up for Paramount Plus in the UK. The streaming service is also going to be the home for Yellowstone season 5, releasing on Mondays.

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 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. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).