Is Outer Range like Yellowstone?

Step into the untamed wilds of Montana with two riveting Prime Video series that are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat: Outer Range and Yellowstone. Are the two shows alike?
John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Yellowstone Ranch
John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Yellowstone Ranch /

Welcome to the Wild, Wild West! If you're a fan of gripping dramas set against the stunning backdrop of Montana's rugged landscapes, then buckle up because you're in for a ride with two powerhouse series: Outer Range and Yellowstone. But wait, before you saddle up, and head over to Prime Video to check them out for yourself, let's break down what makes these shows so captivating.

First up, we've got Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves), Kelly Reilly  (Pride and the Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, A Haunting in Venice ), Cole Hauser,  (Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting, The Family that Prays), and Luke Grimes  (American Sniper, True Blood and Fifty Shades of Grey) directed by Taylor Sheridan (Sons of Anarchy, 1888, and 1923). Picture this: the sprawling Dutton ranch,  the largest in the country, owned by the formidable John Dutton, played by none other than Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Costner. It's a world where power, family, and tradition collide in the most dramatic of ways. From land disputes to family feuds, Yellowstone isn't just a show—it's a rollercoaster ride of high-stakes drama set against the majestic backdrop of the rugged and beautiful country.

Now, let's talk about Outer Range, starring, Josh Brolin (The Goonies, Deadpool 2, and Dune), Imogen Poots, (Vivarium, Need for Speed, and Black Christmas), and Noah Reid, (Schitts Creek) and directed by Jennifer Getzinger (Requiem for a Dream, and The Devil Wears Prada). Imagine a place where the lines of reality and supernatural blur, secrets lurking in every shadow, and mystery hanging in the air. That's the world of the Sheppard family and their remote ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Led by the enigmatic Royal Sheppard, played by the incomparable Josh Brolin, the Sheppards find themselves drawn into a web of intrigue that challenges everything they thought they knew about themselves and the world around them.

In the wilderness: Breaking down Yellowstone and Outer Range

So, what sets these two shows apart? Well, for starters, Yellowstone is all about the grit and the grind of ranching life. It's a world where the land is as much a character as the people who inhabit it, and every decision comes with consequences. From dawn till dusk, the Duttons work tirelessly, their days spent doing backbreaking work, wrangling cattle, mending fences, and tending to the land. But it's not just the physical labor that defines their existence—it's the constant battle to preserve their way of life in the face of mounting threats from all sides.

Whether it's encroaching land developers, rival ranchers, or even their own inner demons, the Duttons are always on the front lines, standing firm against the tide of change that threatens to sweep them away. It's a world where every decision carries weight, where every action has consequences, and where the line between right and wrong is often blurred. The Duttons remain steadfast in their determination to protect what is theirs, to defend the land that has been passed down through generations, and to uphold the values that define their very existence. For them, ranching isn't just a job—it's a way of life, a legacy that they will stop at nothing to preserve, no matter the cost.

On the other hand, Outer Range is not your typical Western drama; it's a genre-bending masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. Royal Sheppard and his family navigate the rugged terrain of Big Sky, Montana, they find themselves plunged into a world where reality blurs with the supernatural. From inexplicable phenomena to long-buried family secrets, every twist and turn keeps viewers guessing and on the edge of their seats.

It's an intense mystery, full of suspense and unexpected revelations that plunges deep into the heart of the West. As the Sheppard family grapples with the unknown, they're forced to confront their deepest fears and darkest desires, leading to a journey of self-discovery and redemption. But beware, for danger lurks around every corner, and nothing is as it seems in this captivating tale of intrigue and adventure.

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OUTER RANGE-Episode 103. Richard Foreman/Prime Video. /

But it's not just the storytelling that sets these shows apart—it's the characters who bring them to life. In Yellowstone, Kevin Costner leads a stellar ensemble cast, including Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, and Cole Hauser, each bringing their own unique flavor to the table. Together, they create a rich tapestry of characters who are as flawed as they are compelling, each with their own demons to wrestle with and their own battles to fight.

Personally, Beth Dutton, (Kelly Reilly) is hands down my favorite character in the series. I mean who hasn't had a Beth moment in their lives? What sets Beth apart from other characters is her unapologetic embrace of her own power. In a world dominated by men, Beth refuses to be sidelined or silenced, carving out her own path with fierce determination and unwavering confidence.

Meanwhile, what sets Outer Range apart is its masterful storytelling, which blends mystery, suspense, and supernatural elements into a captivating narrative. Each twist and turn reveals new revelations and unexpected discoveries, keeping viewers hooked until the very end. Ultimately, it is more than just a television show—it's an immersive experience that transports viewers into the heart of the unknown. With its compelling characters, intricate plotlines, and breathtaking scenery, the series leaves a lasting impression, inviting audiences to explore the depths of the human psyche and the mysteries of the American West.

So, whether you're a fan of gritty drama or supernatural intrigue, there's something for everyone in the wild, wild world of Outer Range and Yellowstone. So grab your popcorn, settle in, and get ready for a wild ride through the heart of the American West. Trust us, you won't want to miss a single minute of the action!

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Yellowstone is available to stream on Paramount+. Outer Range is available to stream on Prime Video.