Paramount+ has opted to release the first episode of the Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren-led “Yellowstone” prequel series “1923” to stream in its entirety for free.
The western drama’s premiere took place on Sunday, December 18th on Paramount+, along with several cable broadcasts. The studio has now opted to make it available outside of the streaming service via the show’s YouTube channel.
The series introduces a new generation of the Dutton family and explores the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west and the Duttons who call it home.
The show has proven a strong performer with critics, pulling in a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. In the U.S. it pulled in approximately 7.4 million viewers across linear telecasts and streaming on its premiere night – the biggest debut ever for Paramount+ and the #1 new cable premiere of the year on linear.
Darren Mann, Michelle Randolph, James Badge Dale, Marley Shelton, Brian Geraghty, Aminah Nieves, and Jerome Flynn co-star in the series, which will consist of two eight-episode seasons.
The release of the premiere comes ahead of the second episode that was originally set to screen on Christmas Day but was recently pushed back to New Year’s Day. Head over to the Paramount+ YouTube Channel to check out the episode.
Be advised the episode is being geo-locked to North America and thus will only be available there – not in other regions.