1883 (2021): S01E02 – Behind Us, a Cliff


1883 is an American drama limited series created by Taylor Sheridan that premiered on 19 December 2021, on Paramount+.

Follows the Dutton family on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of uncolonised America.

The series stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott, Isabel May, LaMonica Garrett, Marc Rissmann, Audie Rick, Eric Nelsen and James Landry Hébert. The series is a prequel to Sheridan’s series Yellowstone and follows the story of how the Duttons came to own the land that would become the Yellowstone Ranch.


In a flashback to 1862, James is comforted by General George Meade following the Confederate loss at the Battle of Antietam. In the present, Shea, James, and Thomas prepare for the journey west. Shea hires two cowboys, Wade and Ennis, and purchases cattle. As the wagon train departs, tensions rise between the Americans and the immigrants, as interpreter Josef struggles to keep his group in line with Shea’s perceived harsh decisions. A group of riders approach the wagon train, resulting in a confrontation caused by Claire throwing a rock at the leader. A shootout ensues, leaving Mary Abel and some immigrants dead. Shea, Thomas, James, and Josef team up with Jim Courtright to track down the killers. Claire commits suicide and the group continues west.

1883 Series

You can find a full index and overview of 1883 here.

Production & Filming Detail

  • Release Date: 19 December 2021.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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