- Network: Paramount+
- Series Premiere Date: Dec 19, 2021
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“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.
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.
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 21 out of 25
Mixed: 0 out of 25
Negative: 4 out of 25
Dec 25, 2021I 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 »
Mar 6, 2022Great 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 »
Feb 27, 2022Best western on TV since Deadwood. Original. Views natives, and southerners, as individuals. Sam Elliott deserves an Emmy.