In case you missed it, Yellowstone made ratings history as the most-watched cable television show since 2017, drawing an impressive 11 million viewers for the season four finale. And it's not hard to see why. The Western drama boasts a phenomenal cast, stunning scenery, timely themes and enough twists to keep you guessing until the very end. It comes as no surprise that countless fans are eagerly waiting for new episodes, and they’re starting to crave similar content to fill the void.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of binge-worthy shows like Yellowstone. If you’re especially drawn to the Western setting, then you’ll enjoy titles like The Son and Longmire. And if you’re craving soap opera drama with complicated family dynamics, then Succession and The Sopranos are right up your alley. Keep reading for the 17 best shows like Yellowstone to keep you occupied as you wait for season five.
Cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli
The iconic HBO series revolves around mob boss Tony Soprano, who leads a double life as an ordinary family man and the head of an organized crime family. No, he doesn’t sport any cowboy gear, but we’re willing to bet that the legendary patriarch influenced John Dutton’s character, thanks to his intimidating personality.
2. The Son
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Sydney Lucas
Speaking of intimidating patriarchs, The Son also follows a powerful, ruthless cattle baron named Eli McCullough. Set in Texas during the 1800s, Eli ventures into the oil industry and seeks to build an empire that he can pass down to his children. The gritty series expertly tackles father-son relationships and loyalty.
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin
Ladies and gents, allow us to introduce Yellowstone’s twin from the east coast, minus the cowboy hats and massive cattle ranch. In the series, Logan Roy—a harsh, no-nonsense patriarch and billionaire owner of a media conglomerate—must deal with his declining health as his adult children compete to take over the family empire. Expect plenty of drama and clever humor.
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek
Like the Duttons, the Rayburns carry a whole lot of baggage and dark secrets. Set in Florida, the series follows a well-off family who are forced to confront their complicated past when an estranged relative (AKA the black sheep of the family) returns home. From the mystery elements to the complicated family dynamic, this one is going to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Cast: Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill
Of course, we must include the famed prequel to the series. In 1883, fans get to know how Yellowstone Ranch was born, focusing on John’s great grandfather, James, who leaves Texas and eventually settles in Montana to build his family’s legacy. It’s no wonder John goes to such great lengths to protect their land.
6. Outer Range
Cast: Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor, Noah Reid
The Prime Video series is essentially a copy of Yellowstone, but with sci-fi elements. Royal Abbott, a Wyoming rancher, goes out of his way to protect his land and his family, but he’s stunned to find a mysterious, magical hole in the pasture. Since a rival family, the Tillersons, is relentlessly trying to take over the Abbotts’s property, Royal must figure out how to deal with the massive black void on his property.
7. Joe Pickett
Cast: Michael Dorman, Julianna Guill, Sharon Lawrence
Michael Dorman is Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who gets reeled into a murder investigation when he finds a dead man on his doorstep. Those who are familiar with C.J. Box's books, which inspired the series, should know that the writers stayed true to the original storylines. And as a bonus, the Spectrum original is returning to Paramount+ for a second season, so Joe’s story isn’t over just yet.
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Set in the 1870s (and inspired by real events), the show revolves around the residents of Deadwood in South Dakota—a town that turns deeply corrupt following the Custer massacre. Among those residents is newbie Sheriff Seth Bullock, who’s looking to get a fresh start, but he gets more than he bargained for. Watching the complex characters try to navigate a lawless society is always intriguing.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Hugh Dillon, Tobi Bamtefa
Taylor Sheridan, the mastermind behind Yellowstone, also co-created this epic crime thriller, which tackles racism and America's flawed prison system. In the series, the McLusky family aren’t living on a ranch—instead, they’re in Kingstown, Michigan, where the only thriving business is the prison industry.
Cast: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips
Based on Craig Johnson's book series, Walt Longmire Mysteries, this Western drama revolves around Walt, a recently widowed sheriff who tries to heal from his loss as he works on solving crimes in Absaroka County, Wyoming. The series is packed with well-rounded, memorable characters, but viewers also appreciate Walt’s old-school methods and dry wit.
11. Breaking Bad
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
On the surface, it doesn’t have much in common with Yellowstone, but there’s a bit of John Dutton in Walter White, thanks to his fierce determination to provide and protect his family. The Emmy-winning series revolves around a high school chemistry teacher who gets diagnosed with lung cancer. To secure his family’s future, he resorts to launching an underground drug lab and dealing crystal meth. And of course, that process isn’t exactly smooth sailing.
12. Sons of Anarchy
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates
A stellar cast, strong female characters and themes of betrayal and loyalty are just a few common threads between Yellowstone and this riveting series. Sons of Anarchy follows Jax Teller, the vice president of a motorcycle club in Charming, California. When he discovers a manifesto written by his late father and former club president, he starts to struggle with self-doubt and questions whether the club is due for some changes.
13. Big Sky
Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty
Similar to Yellowstone, Big Sky is set in Montana and features quite a few twists to keep you engaged. It follows a private detective who teams up with a former cop to investigate the kidnapping of two sisters. The pair come to realize that there’s a killer on the loose who’s targeting young women, but can they crack the case before he harms his next victim?
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, Jack O'Connell
If you’re drawn to John’s no-nonsense daughter, Beth Dutton, then it’s time to visit a little town called La Belle. Set in 1884, Godless follows an outlaw who’s on the run from his former partner. When he stumbles upon a town in New Mexico that’s populated by mostly women, he decides to take refuge there—but his former partner isn’t letting him get away that easily.
Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
The Byrdes may not own 776,000 acres of land, but like the Dutton family, their drama follows them wherever they go. The series focuses on Marty Byrde, a Chicago-based financial adviser who leads a double life as a top money-launderer for a Mexican drug cartel. When one job goes horribly wrong, he’s forced to move his entire family to the Missouri Ozarks and pay off a massive debt to keep his family safe.
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Nick Searcy
In this criminally underrated crime drama, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens gets reassigned from Miami to Kentucky after his Wild West methods of executing the law get him in trouble with his bosses. And the craziest part? He is sent to the district of his childhood home. There are quite a few similarities between John Dutton and Givens, as they both carry an air of confidence and play by their own rules.
17. Hell on Wheels
Cast: Anson Mount, Dominque McElligott, Common
This series depicts the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, and it mainly focuses on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, who tries to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who murdered his family during the Civil War. Something tells us he’d get along well with John Dutton.