The jury’s in and “Yellowstone” ranked number one as the most-streamed show of 2021. There are a plethora of reasons why the western drama series is so addicting. Taylor Sheridan is a masterful storyteller with a keen sense of creativity. And Cole Hauser agrees. He recently discussed the show, his character, and why the series is so successful.
In an interview with TV Insider, Hauser dished on everything “Yellowstone’ and Rip Wheeler. As the most lethal cowboy around, Hauser brings humanity to Rip and gives him depth. But the actor credits Sheridan for writing his characters so well.
In speaking with the interviewer, Hauser details why the series has been such a hit with its dedicated fanbase.
“Taylor Sheridan leaves the audience thinking. Whether you end with romance, death or destruction, he’s wonderful at keeping you on the edge of your seat. That’s why the show has been so successful,” Hauser says.
The entire show is written like a novel, according to Sheridan. And it definitely plays out that way, drawing the audience further and further into its grasp.
And if the first three seasons were a hit, the fourth has shown that there are several more years of “Yellowstone” in store. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any grittier, the season kicks it into high gear. There’s more drama, death, fighting and blood. But there’s also vulnerability and love. Sheridan’s ability to weave together a beautiful, yet believable, tale of love and loss is truly unmatched.
Taylor Sheridan’s Take on ‘Yellowstone’ Success
One of the reasons the writer and director believes “Yellowstone” is so successful is because of its authenticity and story. Sheridan doesn’t care that the drama hasn’t received any major awards because he didn’t write it for anyone but the fans. And with “Yellowstone,” he’s carved out a modern space for the western drama.
Of critical acclaim or not, Sheridan had this to say: “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 also adds: “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 most recent episodes of “Yellowstone” are available for streaming on Paramount+. If you haven’t watched, you’re seriously missing out!