Yellowstone, a popular television program that highlighted a gap in culture

Depending on where you live, you might not be aware that Yellowstone, a brutal drama about familial history and the tides of change in the mountains of Montana, is the most watched show on cable in the US.

The fourth season finale of the Paramount Network drama, starring Kevin Costner as the stony, cunning owner of the biggest contiguous ranch in the US, drew over 11 million viewers earlier this month,

breaking ratings records set during the height of 2010s mainstays like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, which were both hugely popular and critically acclaimed

(The sixth season of the HBO fantasy epic averaged 10.61 million first-week viewers, including streaming;

Yellowstone doesn't attract the same level of critical acclaim or media scrutiny as its ratings predecessors, despite competing with Thrones and The Walking Dead without a clear streaming outlet (full seasons were licensed to NBC's Peacock, 

while new episodes land on CBS's nascent streaming network Paramount+). While co-creator Taylor Sheridan has received praise for grim neo-westerns like Sicario,

 Hell or High Water, and Wind River, his 2018 film Yellowstone has been overlooked by award shows. 

Sheridan also acts as head writer and occasionally as director. On Wednesday, it garnered its first significant nomination—for best ensemble in a drama from the 2022 Screen Actors Guild. 


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