10 Worst Episodes of Yellowstone

Yellowstone, a show available on the Paramount Network, first aired in 2018 and has since been renewed for 7 seasons. The show follows the violent and dramatic world of the Dutton family, who control and fight for the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. It has become one of the most popular shows on TV, but not all episodes are created equal. Here we will rank the worst episodes of Yellowstone according to fan ratings and opinions.

From the intense family drama to the breathtaking landscapes, Yellowstone has captivated viewers since the first episode. However, despite the show's immense popularity, there are some episodes that didn't quite deliver the same level of quality as the others. Whether it be due to a lack of action, too much drama, or a weak story, some episodes of Yellowstone are generally considered to be the worst.

So which episodes should you avoid when watching Yellowstone? Here, we will rank the worst episodes of Yellowstone according to fan ratings and opinions. We will look at each episode and explain why it was not as well-received as the others. We will also provide an overall rating and a brief summary of each episode, so that you can decide for yourself which ones to skip.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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Yellowstone - S1E2

#1 - Kill the Messenger (Season 1 - Episode 2)

As the dust settles from the shootout, the Duttons deal with the potential repercussions. John calls in a favor and collects on some old debts. Jamie meets with the governor to do damage control.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 2631 votes.

Yellowstone - S1E4

#2 - The Long Black Train (Season 1 - Episode 4)


A secret about John comes to the surface. Beth shows Jenkins a rough night out. Quality time with Tate leads to a close call.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 2584 votes.

Yellowstone - S1E3

#3 - No Good Horses (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The Duttons deal with a painful family anniversary. Kayce saves a young girl from danger. Jamie and Beth plan their respective political careers. Rainwater makes an ominous threat to the Dutton legacy.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 2559 votes.

Yellowstone - S3E2

#4 - Freight Trains and Monsters (Season 3 - Episode 2)


Jamie starts a new job. Beth comes to a realization about Market Equities and visits Roarke. Rip searches for another ranch hand. A livestock agent goes too far.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 1787 votes.

Yellowstone - S3E1

#5 - You're the Indian Now (Season 3 - Episode 1)

In the wake of the Beck Brothers, John reshuffles the political decks. Beth finds a trespasser on the ranch and learns that he may have big ambitions for the surrounding land. John helps Tate deal with his nightmares.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 1856 votes.

Yellowstone - S3E6

#6 - All for Nothing (Season 3 - Episode 6)


Beth reveals a secret to her father. John confronts two cowboys about old feuds. A search gets underway on the reservation.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1785 votes.

Yellowstone - S1E8

#7 - The Unravelling (1) (Season 1 - Episode 8)

A Sheriff’s investigation turns the heat up on Rip. Jamie makes a bold decision about his future and faces the consequences. With the walls closing in, John discovers which family and allies will stand with him and fight.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 2392 votes.

Yellowstone - S1E7

#8 - A Monster Is Among Us (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Rip stumbles upon a dangerous and dire situation. A plan is set in motion designed to squeeze John Dutton and threaten his way of life. Monica begins a tough recovery.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 2399 votes.

Yellowstone - S1E6

#9 - The Remembering (Season 1 - Episode 6)

John reveals a family secret to Monica, Jamie ramps up his political career, Beth pushes John too far, Kayce and Rip butt heads, and a new partnership threatens Yellowstone.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 2440 votes.

Yellowstone - S2E3

#10 - The Reek of Desperation (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Rainwater teams up with Jenkins for a big business deal, but powerful new enemies look to block their plans. John and Beth groom a new political candidate.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 2117 votes.

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