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How to watch 1883 online: where to stream Yellowstone prequel

1883 is the prequel to the massively successful Paramount Network show Yellowstone, which stars Kevin Costner as embattled rancher John Dutton and Kelly Reilly as his unruly daughter Beth.

While Yellowstone is set in the present, 1883 takes place in the past and tells the story of how the Duttons came to own the land that would later become the Yellowstone Ranch. The limited series is a gripping tale for both fans who want to know more about the history of Yellowstone or casual viewers who like a good old-fashioned Western yarn. Here’s how to watch 1883 online from start to finish.

How to watch 1883 online

Sam elliott in a scene from the series 1883.
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The best way to watch 1883 online is by signing up for Paramount+. The streaming service is one of the newer additions to everyone’s streaming arsenal but it offers the likes of 1883 as well as all things Star Trek, and the bulk of the CBS catalog. 1883 is available to stream on Paramount+ in HD as well as 4K, providing you own a 4K TV and 4K streaming device.

There are two different Paramount+ plans to choose from. Users can sign up for the Essential plan for $5 per month and gain access to 1883 with limited ads. Alternatively, they can sign up for Premium for $10 per month and enjoy an ad-free experience and the ability to download the show to watch offline.

How to watch 1883 from abroad

If you have a Paramount+ account and you normally live in the U.S., you can still watch 1883 even while traveling abroad. While you may be visiting a country that doesn’t ordinarily have access to Paramount+, there is a way to watch your favorite content while on the move.

All you need to do is use a VPN to log into Paramount+ as if you were still located in the U.S. The way it works is that you choose a U.S.-based server while you’re traveling elsewhere before logging into Paramount+. That way, the streaming service thinks you’re still back home, allowing you into your usual bunch of programming options.

The best VPN for doing this is ExpressVPN. It’s fast, reliable, and offers plenty of servers so you can easily find one that allows you to act as if you’re back home while you’re traveling for work or pleasure.

Should you watch 1883?

Tim McGraw holds a gun over his shoulder in a scene from 1883.
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If you enjoy Yellowstone, then 1883 is a must-watch. Created by Taylor Sheridan, 1883 explores the Dutton family’s journey from Tennessee to Montana, where they will eventually establish the Yellowstone ranch. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star as James and Margaret Dutton, the great-great-grandparents of John Dutton III (Kevin Costner’s character in Yellowstone). Sam Elliott, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Audie Rick, Marc Rissmann, James Landry Hébert, Eric Nelsen, and Noah Le Gros round out the ensemble.

On Rotten Tomatoes, 1883 sits 89% on the Tomatometer with an audience score of 81%. On Metacritic, the series has a Metascore of 69 and a user score of 8.5.

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