If you are a fan of Taylor Sheridan’s TV shows, you may have wondered if his latest creation, Tulsa King, is related to his hit drama, Yellowstone. Both shows air on Paramount Plus and feature stories of crime, power and family in different parts of America. But are they connected in any way besides having the same creator? Here’s what we know so far.
Tulsa King: A New Mafia Story
Tulsa King stars Sylvester Stallone as Dwight “The General” Manfredi, a loyal mafia member who has just served 25 years in prison to protect his boss. Expecting to be rewarded for his sacrifice, Dwight is shocked to be sent to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has to start from scratch and build his own criminal empire with a crew of misfits. Along the way, he faces enemies from his past and present, as well as challenges from his own family.
The show is based on an original idea by Sheridan, who also serves as an executive producer and writer. Sheridan is known for his gritty and realistic portrayals of American life, especially in rural and frontier settings. He has also written and directed movies such as Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River.
Yellowstone: A Modern Western Saga
Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, who own the largest ranch in Montana and have to defend it from various threats, such as developers, politicians, rival ranchers and Native Americans. The patriarch, John Dutton (Kevin Costner), is a powerful and ruthless leader who will stop at nothing to protect his legacy. His children, Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly), Jamie (Wes Bentley) and Lee (Dave Annable), have their own struggles and ambitions, often clashing with each other and their father.
The show is also created by Sheridan, who writes and directs most of the episodes. It is one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on cable TV, attracting millions of viewers and winning several awards. It has also spawned two prequel series, 1883 and 1923, which explore the origins of the Dutton family and their ranch.
Are They Connected?
So far, there is no evidence that Tulsa King and Yellowstone are connected in any way within their fictional worlds. There is no mention or reference to the Duttons, Montana or anything else related to Yellowstone in the first season of Tulsa King. Likewise, there is no indication that Dwight Manfredi or his associates have any ties to the characters or events of Yellowstone.
However, that does not mean that a crossover is impossible in the future. Stallone himself has expressed interest in appearing on Yellowstone, saying that it would be fun to face off with Costner’s character. He also said that his character will encounter similar types of people on Tulsa King, implying that there may be some overlap between the two shows’ settings and themes.
Sheridan has not commented on the possibility of a crossover yet, but he does have control over both shows and their spinoffs. He could potentially find a way to link them together in a future season or episode, if he wanted to. After all, he has already created a shared universe with 1883 and 1923, which are directly connected to Yellowstone.
The Bottom Line
As of now, Tulsa King and Yellowstone are separate shows with separate stories. They are both created by Taylor Sheridan and share some similarities in tone and style, but they do not exist in the same universe. However, that could change in the future, depending on Sheridan’s plans and preferences. Until then, fans can enjoy both shows on their own merits and look forward to more seasons of each.