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Yellowstone Prequel and Spin-Off Shows Explained

Yellowstone Prequel and Spin-Off Shows Explained

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If you are a fan of Yellowstone then you are in luck, as the show has multiple prequels and spin-off shows in the makings. Each one will take a new look into the Yellowstone universe.

Yellowstone has three spin off and prequel shows. 1883 and 1923 are prequel shows set generations before Yellowstone, whereas 6666 is a spin-off show set at the same time as Yellowstone. While 1883 already has one season out, 1923 and 6666 are yet to be released.

With Yellowstone becoming one of the most popular TV shows in the world, fans are eager to learn more about the Dutton family and their origins. Each show will likely reveal more about the Dutton family dynasty and their beloved ranch.

Just like Yellowstone, 1883, 1932, and 6666 will all be created by Taylor Sheridan. A real-life cowboy, Sheridan works hard to ensure his shows are authentic as possible.

Here are the three Yellowstone spin-off and prequel shows:


1883 Yellowstone prequel TV show

1883 is a Yellowstone prequel show that premiered in December 2021 and featured 10 episodes. The show follows the origins of how the Dutton family got their land and founded Dutton Ranch.

James Dutton, his wife Margaret, and children Elsa and John, flee their life of poverty in Tennessee to get a fresh start.

The family travels to Forth Worth, Texas where they join a European immigrant caravan headed to Oregon.

The caravan is led by Pinkerton Agency agent and former Union captain Shea Brannan and his crew. Across the journey, the wagon train faces many hardships as the Great Plains are unforgiving.

After tragedy strikes the Dutton family, they decide to settle in Montana to establish what would eventually become the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. It is the beginning of the Dutton’s story at their coveted ranch.

1883: The Bass Reeves Story

1883 season one baggage train scene

Season two of 1883 will take a change of direction, focusing on the iconic lawmen Bass Reaves. The season is set to have six episodes, and it is unclear if or how the story will connect to the Duttons.

Bass Reeves was a real-life lawman and the first black deputy of the U.S. Marshals to serve West of the Mississippi River.

The multi-talented Marshal was capable of speaking multiple Native American languages, and during his career, he arrested over 3,000 outlaws.

Reeves is also said to be the inspiration for the iconic western TV series The Lone Ranger.

While there is no set premiere date for season two of 1883, the show is set to be released at the end of 2022. However, many sources predict that the show will now be released sometime in 2023.

See all the latest news in our 1883 Season 2 guide.


Harrison Ford who will be in the 1923 TV show

The next chapter in the story of the Dutton family is the Yellowstone prequel series 1923. While the series was first announced as 1932, the name was later changed to 1923.

1923 follows the next two generations of the Duttons as they navigate life through the early 20th century.

The show will deal with many struggles of that time including drought, lawlessness, cattle theft, and prohibition. All this occurs under the cloud of Montana’s great depression, which predated the nation by nearly a decade.

The show will also touch basis on the end of World War I, which happened in 1918. The series is set to be a follow-up to 1883.

1923 is set to premiere in December 2022, however, an exact date has not been revealed yet. While much still has yet to be revealed about the series it is set to star Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.

See all the latest news in our ultimate 1923 season 1 guide.


Character Jimmy Hurdstram working at 6666 ranch in the Yellowstone TV show

Also joining the universe of Yellowstone is 6666. The series is set to follow a group of ranchers at the historic Four Sixes Ranch aka 6666 Ranch in Texas, but it is unclear as to how the Duttons will play into the show.

The premise of the show follows the legendary 6666 Ranch, which still operates as it did two centuries ago. See our guide on the real-life 6666 ranch.

Where world-class cowboys are born, the ranch is home to some of the finest horses and cattle in the nation. Gritty and far from glamorous, it is where the rule of law and the laws of nature meet.

Rumors are swirling that 6666 will feature Yellowstone’svery own Jimmy Hurdstram (Jefferson White) and Walker (Ryan Bingham).

Show creator Taylor Sheridan, along with his wife and a group of investors, is the owner of the real-life ranch upon purchasing the historic property in 2021.

No date or time frame has yet to be given for the release of 6666. The show is still under development. See all the latest news on the series in our 6666 season one guide.

Taylor Sheridan Is Also Planning Two Other Yellowstone Prequel Series

Taylor Sheridan has hinted at the potential of two new Yellowstone prequel series. One series will be about the 1940’s Dutton family generation, while the other will be about the 1960’s generation. Sheridan wants a series on every Dutton generation from 1883 to modern-day Yellowstone.

While little information is revealed about the possible new shows, they would likely deal with the struggles the Duttons faced on the ranch during these times. The two limited series are sure to also intertwine with current events of the 1940s and 1960s.

In the shows, we would likely get a deeper look at the Dutton family tree. There is a good chance we would learn about John Dutton’s grandparents and parents while seeing them run the ranch.

The 1960s show would also likely give viewers a look at John’s childhood. Fans could finally learn if he had any siblings.

Also, see our Dutton family tree infographic to learn more about every Dutton generation from 1883 to Yellowstone.

Judy Rentz

Friday 4th of November 2022

I would love to enjoy Yellowstone. However, I watched 3 episodes and accepted. That I just couldn’t let this filth into my home. I’ve talked to many who say the same. A filthy mouth comes with every sentence !!!! I’m not a prude but do you see how the Young people of this world speak and act ???? How sad because families could really Enjoy Yellowstone. 1883 was not as bad and very enjoyable !!! Shame, shame on those who can’t seem to write at all without filthy talk and acts