Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 19, 2021
    This just might be the greatest Western on TV since “Lonesome Dove” some 30 years ago.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Dec 19, 2021
    1883’s unflinching depiction of its setting and characters gives the series a sense of gravitas, which it balances with tenderness. This series displays the worst of humanity, but the series offers more than just a glimmer of hope. A blend of perseverance and optimism through backbreaking times gives 1883 the potential to be the prestige western fans of the genre have been waiting for.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Dec 17, 2021
    Make some popcorn and plan to watch the two-episode origin story in one sitting. It might be the most satisfying addition to the Western genre since Godless.
  4. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Dec 19, 2021
    Sheridan ain’t reinventing the wheel with “1883,” but it is a bold-faced “Yellowstone” prequel, so it’s not like they were trying to hide the lineage.
  5. Reviewed by: Adam Graham
    Dec 19, 2021
    "Yellowstone" has always been the kind of show that it seems like Sam Elliott should be in — in the series, Forrie J. Smith plays a senior ranch hand who looks like he could be Elliott's stunt double — so it's fitting that Sheridan has found a way to weave him into "Yellowstone's" DNA. "1883" is expansive enough to stand on its own, but its ties to the original series give it grounding. We know where it's eventually headed, but that doesn't take away from the journey of getting there.
  6. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Dec 19, 2021
    We’re concerned about the pacing of 1883 and how it depicts Indigenous people, but the story is compelling, and Sam Elliott’s multi-layered lead performance is more than enough to keep us interested.
  7. Reviewed by: Tracy Moore
    Dec 19, 2021
    Strap down your Stetson, ’cause it’s a grim, bumpy ride—one so dark at times it threatens to overshadow even the most golden sweeping sunsets on those untamed Great Plains.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Dec 19, 2021
    '1883' never feels like a perfunctory franchise expansion. ... But the writing isn’t without its snags. ... Still, '1883' has the characters, the scope, and the vision to become an exciting new chapter of the 'Yellowstone' franchise.
  9. Reviewed by: Liam Mathews
    Dec 19, 2021
    Overall, 1883 is a grand, well-made Western adventure that fans of the genre and the less soapy parts of Yellowstone will enjoy, should they choose to embark on the perilous journey from cable into the streaming frontier.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 19, 2021
    Westerns were plentiful in TV's early days and are now fairly rare, so it's always somewhat refreshing to see an ambitious show within that genre. But to paraphrase the advice Dutton receives, when you have the opportunity to mount a series of this scale in the rough-and-tumble frontier of streaming, you better know how to do it a little better than this.
  11. Reviewed by: Tambay Obenson
    Dec 20, 2021
    “1883” is anything but nuanced. It’s an R-rated “Little House on the Prairie,” even though that heavy-handed 1970s–’80s series, as problematic as it was, handled storylines about settler prejudices and gender inequality more adroitly than it’s given credit for. ... “1883” just feels like a series out of time.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Dec 19, 2021
    The first couple of episodes are a bad attempt to do Deadwood-style revisionism and the third is a bland attempt to do a straightforward Western, stripping some of the — forgive me — dead wood from the ensemble and adding just a little romance and very limited comedy to the bleak nihilism. Sheridan’s target audience will probably already be invested long before then and those with initially casual interest will have previously checked out.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Dec 25, 2021
    I do love me a good western, haven't' seen many good one's on TV lately, a little bored of Yellowstone after it got REAL soapy after the firstI do love me a good western, haven't' seen many good one's on TV lately, a little bored of Yellowstone after it got REAL soapy after the first season, but figured I'd give this a try and the first two episodes were good. Faith Hill is a good actor, Tim McGraw is not bless his heart he's trying so hard, the superstar cameos are fun, and the supporting cast are fine, you will always get me to tune in for Sam the man Elliot. This is now in my rotation. Full Review »
  2. Mar 6, 2022
    Great cinematography and production values throughout. Excellent acting, too, with a perfect cast--especially the incomparable Sam Elliot. InGreat cinematography and production values throughout. Excellent acting, too, with a perfect cast--especially the incomparable Sam Elliot. In the tradition of Lonesome Dove but decades later, and much grimmer. Clearly influenced by the Coens' excellent Ballad of Buster Scroggs in its relentless grimness, but much straighter, less imaginative and absurdist in its very straight vision, more suited for a TV audience than the Coens' art houses. Can't rise to the emotional power of Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in Lonesome Dove, but well done. Seems to me very much an End of the American Empire retrospective, elegiac look at just how grim American experience has been, the opposite of the old Ronald Reagan bull about the wondrousness of the West and Westerners. Sure, it looks gorgeous, as America out there does. But what a hell hole it has been for so many, and no wonder arguably the best history of these Westerners, summarizing their relentless self-centeredness in struggling to survive is called It's Your Problem and None of My Own. Well worth watching. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2022
    Best western on TV since Deadwood. Original. Views natives, and southerners, as individuals. Sam Elliott deserves an Emmy.