has finally landed on CBS, and here's what time and date viewers can expect episodes to drop. The Kevin Costner-fronted Western drama is one of the most unexpected TV success stories of recent years, with the series spawning a host of , including and the forthcoming . The show was given a boost by the star power of Costner, but the franchise's wide-reaching success has outgrown the actor to such an extent that his impending exit following season 5 doesn't seem to concern Paramount at all.
After only previously being available on streaming platforms, is set to gain a new host of fans following its network TV debut on CBS. Of course, the bad language and bloody violence featured on the show will be toned down somewhat to meet broadcast standards. Even in this slightly sanitized version, it will undoubtedly become a major hit for CBS, with the first episode "Daybreak" netting an impressive 6.6 million viewers (via ). Those numbers bode very well for its future on the network, as viewers who've only heard about the series will get to experience it for the first time.
first episode aired on Sunday, September 17th between 8:30-10:30 pm on CBS. Following this debut, episodes will now shift to an 8 pm. ET time slot on the network. Two episodes are set to air back to back every week from this point on, and with the premiere out of the way, there are eight episodes left to go in season 1.
A peek at reveals the time and release dates for the next four episodes of . Unfortunately, the schedule only allows users to see two weeks ahead, so it's unknown when the season 1 finale is going to air.
Here are the titles and confirmed release dates for all episodes of season 1 coming to CBS:
season 1, episode 1 "Daybreak" released Sunday, September 17th, 2023
season 1, episode 2 "Kill the Messenger" releases Sunday, September 23rd, 2023
season 1, episode 3 "No Good Horses" releases Sunday, September 23rd, 2023
season 1, episode 4 "The Long Black Train" releases Sunday, October 1st, 2023
season 1, episode 5 "Coming Home" releases Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Part of the reason is arriving on CBS five years after its original debut is the ongoing Writers Guild of America and the SAG-AFTRA strikez. In order to fill out their fall schedule, the network has imported some Paramount shows like but is by far the most prominent arrival. Those who tune into the series on CBS don't have to worry that it will only air the first season either, as every series of is set to land on the network in due course.
If that eventually includes the planned final six episodes of , which have yet to be shot following behind-the-scenes issues involving Costner's schedule, the actor's planned exit, and the writer and actor strikes, time will tell. In light of Costner's Dutton departing, an untitled sequel series - which may or may not be led by Matthew McConaughey - is currently in development. Whatever happens, itself is sure to have an even bigger fanbase by the time its CBS run comes to an end.
While the more audience-friendly version of on CBS will benefit the franchise in the long run, the original, uncut version of the way creator Taylor Sheridan intended it to be seen. Muting swear words for Cole Hauser's Rip or taking the sting out of the more violent moments might prove distracting to some, but there are plenty of other ways to experience the show online.
The first four and a half seasons of are currently streaming on Peacock, which is the best way to view every series thus far. People might logically assume it's also available on Paramount+, alongside its various offshoots such as the Harrison Ford/Helen Mirren fronted . Alas, itself isn't available on the platform due to streaming rights issues. However, according to , two seasons can be found on Paramount Network.
For those who wish to buy individual seasons of , every series can currently be found on platforms such as Google Play, Amazon, Redbox, Microsoft Store, Apple TV and Vudu. Spinoffs and are also easy to find, and in addition to being available on Paramount+, they can be purchased from Vudu, Apple, Amazon and the Microsoft Store.
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