You should know the drill by now, right? “Yellowstone” attracted millions of viewers when it first aired on Paramount Network in 2018, making it an instant ratings bonanza. Each subsequent season broke more and more records, leading to the juggernaut Paramount holds today. Part of that success comes from a certain quality that can’t be replicated—brand awareness—and that competitive advantage comes from audiences knowing exactly where to look for their “Yellowstone” fix. From this perspective, it’s no surprise that fans are subscribing to the Paramount+ streaming service to watch “Lawmen: Bass Reeves,” where the first two episodes have been available since Sunday, November 5, 2023.
The new series, based on the real-life historical figure who was the first African-American lawman as high-ranking as a Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, aims to tell the “untold story” behind Reeves’ efforts to balance his campaign. With his duty towards his family and against criminals. The new series was created by Chad Feehan (along with Taylor Sheridan), who also serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer. The season, consisting of 10 episodes in total, will be broadcast in weekly episodes every Sunday night.
Revealing the untold story of the Old West’s most legendary lawman, LAWMEN: BASS REEVES follows the journey of Reeves (Oyelowo) and his rise from slavery to law enforcement as one of the first Black U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi. Despite the arrests of more than 3,000 outlaws during his career, the weight of the badge was heavy and he grappled with the moral and spiritual cost to his beloved family.