Parents' Guide to

1923

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Worthy successor to "Yellowstone" is gripping and violent.

TV Paramount+ Drama 2022
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 18+

A trashy, filthy series that could have been a western classic

What a great series this could have been. Great story... Beautiful country... All the elements of a modern western classic. My question is: Why did the makers of this film have to junk it up with the filthy, foul language and sexual immorality. The first episode wasn't so bad, but the filth gets progressively worse with subsequent episodes to the point where we turned it off and we will not watch it again. I was so disgusted that I cancelled our Paramount+ subscription.
age 18+

Ep. 7: sudden graphic nudity. 👎

My family and I were crazy about this show! Until episode 7…. No, thank you. We have watched Yellowstone and 1883, and now we finally made it to episode 7 of 1923. I was so shocked and saddened to my core to see the very graphic sex scene (the scene featuring two women), including nearly full nudity. The show could have made the same point without such a display of nudity, which unnecessarily alienates viewers from a lot of cultural backgrounds. I personally wouldn’t watch anything like this with my family, nor with friends. I have recommended the show to all my friends, but now, I’ll tell them to not waste their time. I don’t need this crap, and can’t recommend it to others either. Hell, this show is over for me. I will miss the Duttons, but must pass on this show to honor the principles that are important in my life, personally. I know lots of people agree with me, and for those who may feel different, you do you… But for me, dropping this show and staying true to my own principles, values and beliefs is a matter of honor and self-respect 🫡 🙏

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Muscular and absorbing, this Yellowstone spin-off is a worthy successor to its origin story, and an enjoyable extension of the Taylorverse. Showrunner Taylor Sheridan chose wisely with the setting of 1923: The Montana of the era was facing challenges from numerous quarters, including a looming drought, a literal plague of locusts, and a steadily worsening financial picture that the rest of the world would begin calling the Great Depression in just a few years. Caught between all these circumstances, patriarch Jacob Dutton is wary but already worn out, and the younger Duttons certainly don't seem prepared to weather the coming circumstances.

Meanwhile, the drama is deepened immeasurably by the inclusion of a storyline about a disgraceful chapter of America's history: the "Indian schools" of the Westward Expansion era. These boarding schools aimed to forcibly erase Native culture and language, and in some of 1923's most unbearable scenes, we see a young woman, Teonna Rainwater (Aminah Nieves), cruelly punished by Catholic priests and nuns intent on beating her identity out of her. It's hard to watch, because it's easy to imagine the real-life schools that doled out similar treatment, but viewers will root for Rainwater. They'll root for the Duttons too, despite their privilege, as 1923 shows how all its characters struggle in a difficult time. Viewers definitely won't want to live in 1923 Montana, but it's gripping to visit.

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