‘Yellowstone’ TV: Five Shows Similar to the Hit Western to Hold You Over Until Season Four

by Suzanne Halliburton

Yellowstone doesn’t yet have a broadcast date for season four. Long, sad, exasperated sigh. Darn, those Dutton family cliffhangers.

But if you need to feed that Yellowstone addiction, there are some shows and movies that can get you through it. Call them a bridge to Yellowstone season four.

Here are Yellowstone worthy shows to check out:

‘Westworld,’ It’s Kind of Like Yellowstone

Truly, “Westworld” shares a western theme with Yellowstone, although it’s not quite the same thing. That’s mostly because it’s a sci-fi series set at a western-themed amusement park. The show is based on the 1973 film Westworld. The late Michael Crichton wrote the movie. And you probably already love the work of Crichton, since he’s responsible for movies like Jurassic Park. He also created ER, the ground-breaking, award-winning medical drama from the 1990s.

On the show, the super-rich come to “Westworld” to live out their Wild West fantasies. But the non-human androids, who play host to the visitors, go haywire and start killing folks.

The show, like Yellowstone, also is waiting for a restart. HBO picked it up for a fourth season last spring. Stars of the show include Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood.

You can binge the show on HBO Max.

‘Big Sky’ Is Thrilling Us Now

Big Sky” premiered on ABC last fall. It shares a vibe with Yellowstone in that it’s set close by. Yellowstone is in Montana. So is “Big Sky.”

The story is creepy. A long-haul trucker kidnaps three women. Other women are victims, too. And a state trooper is guilty of being part of a child-trafficking ring. Major characters are murdered. There are constant plot twists. David E Kelley, who is responsible for shows like “Big Little Lies,” “Boston Public,” “The Practice,” “Picket Fences” and “Chicago Hope,” created the show.

The show is on hiatus until April. But you can binge all the previous episodes on Hulu.

‘Longmire’ Is Based in Nearby Wyoming

“Longmire,” like Yellowstone, is set in the modern-day. But consider it a current kind of western. The series centers on sheriff Walt Longmire, a widower trying to restart his life and career. He solves crimes with deputy Victoria Moretti and his best friend Henry Standing Bear. They all live in the fictional town of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

The show ran for six seasons. A&E created the show in 2012. It ran on the network for three years. When A&E canceled the series, passionate Longmire fans saved it. Netflix revived it from the dead. And the show ran on the streaming platform for three more seasons. And you can find all the episodes on Netflix.

Badland Is Set Post Civil War

Unlike Yellowstone, Badland is a two-hour movie, not a TV show. It sports a unique concept. The story starts a decade after the end of the Civil War. A U.S. Senator, who is Black, hires a Pinkerton detective to track down Confederate war criminals. The first victim is a Confederate general.

Netflix released the movie in 2019. That’s where you can find it now.

Wynonna Earp Is a Paranormal Kind Of Western

Wynonna Earp, the show’s main character, is the great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. And here’s a fun fact, Kevin Costner, who plays John Dutton in Yellowstone, portrayed Wyatt Earp in the 1994 movie.

Here’s what makes this show unique. Wynonna Earp tracks down Revenants. Those are the outlaws Wyatt Earp killed decades ago. However, because of the Earp curse, the long-dead criminals live in a small town called Purgatory. Wynonna Earp also gets to fight off demons. She uses her great granddad’s gun called the “Peacemaker.”

The show is in its fourth season. The series restarts next Friday on SyFy. The previous three seasons are on Netflix.