‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Doesn’t Care ‘If Critics Hate’ the Show

by Courtney Blackann

While “Yellowstone” is reviving the western genre and giving it a modern spin, not everyone is a fan. Now, here at Outsider, we obviously can’t get enough of the Taylor Sheridan creation (I personally try to let my inner Beth Dutton soar when applicable). However, Sheridan isn’t bothered by the fact that the show doesn’t have any major awards yet. In fact, he doesn’t care at all.

In a recent interview, the writer said he created the show to be something unique. And he simply doesn’t care if critics aren’t pleased with that, Pop Culture reports. And while the Paramount+ hit is a major success with its fanbase, it still hasn’t received the hardware it deserves.

“I don’t care if critics hate it and I don’t care if they like it,” he says. “I’m not resentful. I just simply do not care. I’m not making it for them; I’m making it for people who live that life. The audience has expanded beyond that because, you know, a lot of people love westerns.”

“Yellowstone” Creator is Pleased with His Storytelling

And Sheridan isn’t wrong. The “Yellowstone” season 4 premiere had record viewership. People love the fresh take on a world of seedy cowboys and their dealings. Not to mention, the acting is dynamite and the characters are complex. But they’re also relatable. Add in the gorgeous backdrop of a Montana skyline. The cinematography alone is something to be admired. No one can deny that “Yellowstone” sparked an uber-fan club of ride-or-die Yellowstone Ranch devotees.

However, Sheridan is incredibly pleased with the series and its success. At the end of the day, he’s just happy he’s created something that feels visceral.

“I think one of the reasons the critics haven’t responded to Yellowstone is that I’m breaking a lot of story rules,” Sheridan says. “I’ll jump the plot ahead for no reason whatsoever except that I wanted to, and it’s entertaining. The people who get it eat it up, and the people that try to look at it with a critical eye see a mess.”

He goes on to say:

“But that’s what I love about Yellowstone, the way that it flows from being campy to melodramatic to intensely dramatic to violent. It’s every old western and new western and soap opera thrown together in a blender. And yes, I think it infuriates and confounds some people who study storytelling. They don’t understand why this thing’s such a hit.”

The latest season is just as emotional and raw as its previous three chapters. The Dutton family drama is better than ever. And really, for those critics who don’t adore the whirlwind that is “Yellowstone,” well, they can always take a ride to the train station (we’re just saying!)

You can catch up on all the latest by streaming the series on Paramount+.