1883 – the prequel to hit western drama Yellowstone – is streaming now on Paramount Plus. Billed as the "Yellowstone origin story", 1883 centres on the Dutton family's migration across the West in search of a better life. Plot twist: episode 6 will not air this week; Paramount has rescheduled it for next Sunday, 30th January. It's not clear why but you can use the time to catch up episodes 1-5. Ready for some hardcore ranching? Read on for how to watch every episode of 1883 online wherever you are.
1883 follows James Dutton (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill), grandparents of Yellowstone's John Dutton, in their search for a better life as they look to escape poverty in Texas.
The official trailer shows the family's dramatic journey out west, complete with violent gun battles, shadowy saloons and native american traders. All of this accompanied by an ominous voiceover: "We are in the land of no mercy now."
Isabel May (from Netflix's Alexa & Katie) plays Elsa Dutton, the eldest daughter, while Sam Elliot (Tombstone) takes on the role of Shea Brennan, the mustachioed cowboy tasked with getting the caravan safely across the Great Plains. Two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks guest stars in episode two.
How to watch an 1883 live stream for free
1883 is exclusive to US-only streaming service Paramount Plus in the States. The first episode aired on Sunday 19th December, at 9pm ET/PT, which means all episodes are now available to online.
Subscription to Paramount Plus costs from $4.99 a month (ad-supported). For a limited time only but new users get a 30-day free trial.
Outside of the US? Simply use a VPN to access Paramount Plus from wherever you are in the world. Full details coming up next...
Paramount Plus 7-day free trial
Fancy streaming 1883, as well as 30,000 TV shows and 2,500 movies, for nada? Paramount is offering new users a 7-day free trial. It's $4.99 a month after but there's no contract, so you can cancel anytime.
How to watch 1883 on Paramount+ from abroad with a VPN
Stuck outside the US? You can access 1883 on Paramount Plus from anywhere in the world with a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We typically recommend ExpressVPN since it offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
With a good VPN, you can sign into your Paramount Plus account (or even create a new one) and watch 1883 as if you were back home in the States. Good to know, right?
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How to use a VPN
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For Paramount Plus, you should choose 'USA' (or a US city such as New York).
3. Head over to Paramount+ on your browser or device and stream the new season of 1883.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Watch an 1883 live stream in Canada
As in the States, 1883 is exclusive to Paramount Plus. A subscription costs CA$5.99 per month but new users get a 7-day free trial. Not bad... although users in the States can get a 7-day free trial.
Remember: you can use a VPN to access the US version of Paramount Plus from anywhere in the world.
Watch an 1883 live stream in Australia
There's no word on when 1883 will land in Australia, but it's expected to show up on the Aussie version of Paramount Plus shortly after it premieres in the US.
A subscription to Paramount Plus costs AU$8.99 a month but new users can get a 7-day free trial.
Want to connect to Australia's Paramount Plus from outside Oz? You'll need to use a VPN. Full details above.
Watch an 1883 live stream in the UK
Just like Yellowstone, 1883 isn't on telly in the UK – nor does it have a streaming home in Blighty. Which is a shame, because they are both terrific dramas in our opinion.
However, Paramount Plus is due to follow in the footsteps of Peacock TV and arrive on Sky platforms in 2022. So you'd hope that 1883 and Yellowstone will be available then... but nothing's confirmed.
Remember: you can use a VPN to watch US streaming service Paramount Plus from anywhere in the world if you're a US subscriber in the UK.
Will there be an 1883 season 2?
Yes. Word has it 1883 has already been renewed for a second season.
Amanda Jaros, who plays Alina in the series, told Express:
"I’m confident that this show will be such a success that it will be hard for Paramount+ to say no to another season of 1883.
"Yellowstone fans are so loyal and I’m sure the next season will be just as much of a roller coaster ride as this season.
"Knowing his work ethic, Taylor is probably writing season two right now."
1883 cast: who does Tom Hanks play?
Two-time Oscar winner (and noted history buff) Tom Hanks has a cameo role as General George Mead in 1883. He guest stars in episode two – Behind Us, a Cliff.
T.Hanks isn't the only guest star to look out for. Billy Bob Thornton plays a Fort Worth sheriff in episode one, titled 1883.
What is 6666?
Yellowstone and 1883 creator Taylor Sheridan has already inked a deal to create another spin-off, which goes by the name of 6666, the name of Sheridan's own ranch in Texas. Here's the synopsis for 6666:
"Founded when Comanches still ruled West Texas, no ranch in America is more steeped in the history of the West than the 6666. Still operating as it did two centuries before, and encompassing an entire county, the 6666 is where the rule of law and the laws of nature merge in a place where the most dangerous thing one does is the next thing. The 6666 is synonymous with the merciless endeavour to raise the finest horses and livestock in the world, and ultimately where world class cowboys are born and made."
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