The Wild Rise of Yellowstone: How Taylor Sheridan's Show Bucked the Odds

Written By

Dara Singh

 Yellowstone was created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson for Paramount Network. 

The neo-Western stars big names like Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, and Kelly Reilly.

The show has become a huge hit, with 5 successful seasons aired so far.

Initially, Sheridan pitched Yellowstone to HBO executives.

HBO passed on the show, with executives claiming the premise should just be "a park." 

Undeterred, Sheridan brought the show to Paramount Network.

Yellowstone premiered in 2018 and was an instant ratings smash for Paramount.

The show's season 4 finale drew over 9 million live viewers.

Its success helped establish Sheridan as an A-list showrunner.

Despite the early doubts, Yellowstone has become a prime example of an underdog show finding its audience.