Mayor of Kingstown: Trailer, cast and everything else we know about the Paramount Plus original

Mayor of Kingstown Jeremy Renner and Kyle Chandler
Mayor of Kingstown Jeremy Renner and Kyle Chandler (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

Yellowstone has proven to be a massive hit for the Paramount Network for its first three seasons, so much so that Paramount has been working to create its own universe set in the world of Yellowstone (hey, if Marvel can have one). The first show to be added to this expanded "TV universe" is Mayor of Kingstown, an original series streaming on Paramount Plus.

Taylor Sheridan, the writer/director/producer of Yellowstone and films that include Sicario, Hell and High Water, Wind River, created Mayor of Kingstown alongside Hugh Dillon. Sheridan also serves as an executive producer on the show along with Jeremy Renner and Antoine Fuqua.

Mayor of Kingstown joins the growing list of Paramount Plus original series, which includes the likes of 1883, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, iCarly and more. And Mayor of Kingstown is obviously proving a hit with viewers as Paramount Plus has announced that it has been renewed for a second season.

Here is everything we know about Mayor of Kingstown season 1.

What is the plot of Mayor of Kingstown?

Like Yellowstone, which focuses on the powerful Dutton family, Mayor of Kingstown looks at the McClusky’s impact on their Michigan town and specifically the business of incarceration that fuels it. The series follows their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

The show delves into themes that include systemic racism, corruption and inequality.

Who is in the Mayor of Kingstown cast?

Mayor of Kingstown has arguably one of the most star-studded casts for a Paramount Plus original series, with the likes of Jeremy Renner (Avengers, Wind River, Hawkeye) Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Diane Wiest (I Am Sam, The Birdcage) among the top-billed actors.

Renner plays Mike McClusky, Chandler plays his older brother Mitch McClusky. Wiest is the family matriarch, Mariam.

Other notable cast members include Hugh Dillon, Pha’rez Lass, Tobi Bamtefa, Emma Laird, Derek Webster and Taylor Handley.

We chatted to the cast about their characters and how they prepared for the TV show:

When is the Mayor of Kingstown release date?

Mayor of Kingstown debuted in the US in November 2021. It will be available as a boxset in the UK, on Paramount Plus, from June 22.

While we know there will be a Mayor of Kingstown season 2, no timeline for its release date has been announced.

Is there a Mayor of Kingstown trailer?

Yes, following a teaser trailer that gave viewers their first taste of Mayor of Kingstown and the creative team behind it, a full trailer was released. We get to see Renner and Chandler’s characters working on both sides of the prison walls to get what they want. It seems to be sure to lead to enemies. Watch the full trailer below. 

Paramount Plus released a second trailer, which includes the best look at the whole cast of characters in the show. Watch below.

How to watch Mayor of Kingstown

Mayor of Kingstown is exclusively available on Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus Key Info

  • What is it? Paramount's streaming service features bags of movies, TV dramas and plenty of original content. 
  • Is there a free trial? Yes, there's a one-week Paramount Plus free trial, so you can try before you buy. 
  • How much does it cost in the US? $4.99 (with ads) or $9.99 (ads-free). 
  • How much does it cost in the UK? £6.99 (there's just one plan).
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.