News

What's With These Dusty New TV and Streaming Offerings?

If dustups and actual dust are your thing, have a look at what Damnation, Godless, Mudbound, and 1922 have in common.

by | November 6, 2017 | Comments

Making a home on the range sounds nice in theory, but where the deer and the antelope play has one major downside: It gets pretty rough and tumbleweedy out there on the American frontier. Thankfully, it also makes for a dramatic and a dynamic on-screen environment, which is probably why four new projects hitting screens this season take place on farms and ranches in that very same dusty American landscape.

The series Godless and Damnation and movies 1922 and Mudbound all feature actors playing in the dirt. (It must be fun to get paid for things your parents used to scold you for.) Each show or movie has something unique to say about America’s past, but there are a few common threads between them — in addition to all that dust. Read on for a guide featuring all the commonalities and differences between the four projects, all set in different time periods.


1922 (2017) 91% | Netflix

When It Takes Place: It’s right there in the title.

Where It’s Set: Nebraska

Who’s In It: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid

What Sets It Apart: This film is based on a Stephen King story. Wilfred James (Jane) kills his wife (Parker) to stop her from selling the farm, but, believe it or not, murder does not solve all of his problems. Turns out, things get worse for farmers before 1930. All the shows on this list have harrowing violence, usually gunplay or hanging, but 1922 has visions of decomposing corpses and gross rats crawling out of the woodwork, too.

The Similarities: The good old family farm — the plight of farmers and other manual laborers is a theme all four projects share. Since the main character is a killer, that gives Wilfred something in common with the lead characters Damnation and Godless.

Where To Watch: Now streaming on Netflix

On a Scale of 1-10, How Dusty Is It? Around an 8 — the James farm is pretty barren once the first harvest of the series is done. Jane is so sunburnt it makes every scene he’s in feel parched. And he’s in every scene.


Damnation: Season 1 (2017) 64% | USA

When It Takes Place: 1930s

Where It’s Set: Iowa

Who’s In It: Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Melinda Page Hamilton

What Sets It Apart: Seth Davenport (Scott) has a secret: He’s not really a priest. He’s just posing as one as he attempts to start an uprising in the American heartland while going up against professional strikebreaker Creeley Turner (Marshall-Green).

The Similarities: There’s gunplay in 1922, but more in Damnation and even more in Godless. Connie Nunn (Hamilton) is a detective basically assassinating union champions. Badass women also play a role in Godless.

Where to Watch: USA, premiering Nov. 7.

How Dusty Is It? This one is a 6 or 7 in terms of literal dustiness. There’s some grass, and the dust is mainly kicked up on the roads in and out of town.


Mudbound (2017) 97% | Netflix

When It Takes Place: 1940s

Where It’s Set: Mississippi

Who’s In It: Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan

What Sets It Apart: Mudbound focuses on the racism of America’s past through the eyes of two farm-owning families in post-World War II South. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, has the most recent setting, with World War II a major component of the story.

The Similarities: This film focuses on farming, too, but probably takes the most in-depth look at the hardships of running a farm. Henry (Clarke) toils the fields. Laura (Mulligan) is a strong woman, if not the hardcore gunslinging kind.

Where to watch: Netflix, premiering Nov. 17.

How Dusty Is It? About a 5, right in the middle. It’s called Mudbound for a reason. It rains a lot and that turns the dust into mud.


Godless: Miniseries (2017) 84% | Netflix

When It Takes Place: 1880s

Where It’s Set: New Mexico

Who’s In It: Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Sam Waterston, Merrit Wever

What Sets It Apart: After the men of La Belle, New Mexico, die in a mining accident, women run the town. When outlaws Frank Griffin (Daniels) and Roy Goode (O’Connell) come gunning for each other, the women take up arm,s too. Godless boasts the highest quantity of badass women of all four projects. And since it’s on Netflix, Godless is a lot more graphic than Damnation. As for preachers, La Belle is waiting for a new one to show up. For now they’re — dun dun dun — godless! Episodes run 70-75 minutes long, making it the most epic of all the dusty projects, too.

The Similarities: Don’t tell the miners in Godless that they’ll still be facing the same old deadbeat bosses 50 years later in Damnation. The communities of Godless harbor fugitives like Damnation and outlaws face off, which really just makes these shows good, old-fashioned Westerns.

Where To Watch: Netflix, premiering Nov. 22.

How Dusty Is It? Very dusty: around a 9. La Belle is a desolate dust bucket, and if you mosey on over to the horse corral, it gets even dustier. The horses and carriages on the roads in and out of La Belle stir up a mighty dust storm too. Godless is the dustiest dust show of them all.

Tag Cloud

FX on Hulu docuseries LGBTQ mutant free movies Baby Yoda The Academy Election spain Watching Series trailers DirecTV Sci-Fi Disney Channel japanese hispanic Super Bowl directors dark joker game of thrones crime thriller stop motion YouTube San Diego Comic-Con GoT Vudu series sequel Christmas SundanceTV theme song adventure children's TV 21st Century Fox Calendar President cancelled TV shows sitcom Ghostbusters ratings Best and Worst TCM CBS cops king kong Lionsgate 007 Tarantino Comics on TV zombies Nickelodeon ITV dc thriller renewed TV shows Apple TV+ Hulu boxoffice robots biography Hallmark Christmas movies obituary Hear Us Out GIFs Awards Tour Brie Larson Tomatazos YA IFC Films Emmy Nominations VH1 streaming Paramount Network toronto Nominations Paramount Plus Funimation Countdown E3 Mary poppins adaptation Shudder golden globes festivals boxing comic books Fox News The Walking Dead rotten Reality Competition BET NYCC Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ID History Tumblr video TIFF based on movie superhero aapi saw supernatural transformers Lifetime Amazon BBC America batman screen actors guild women singing competition new zealand 2018 Toys 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Infographic Sneak Peek rotten movies we love christmas movies reboot Awards comiccon Black History Month breaking bad Music canceled Fox Searchlight Chernobyl Kids & Family book adaptation nature anime high school PaleyFest scene in color HBO Go Song of Ice and Fire scorecard quibi Elton John Grammys critics Turner foreign Year in Review Biopics parents Walt Disney Pictures latino crime richard e. Grant CW Seed New York Comic Con asian-american animated Disney+ Disney Plus Premiere Dates indiana jones Mudbound what to watch Opinion Lifetime Christmas movies cancelled television Sundance Now CNN TruTV Mindy Kaling period drama Marvel Television news concert doctor who TNT Film spanish Interview crossover Epix emmy awards documentary popular dceu ViacomCBS Pop lord of the rings HBO Set visit kids cats miniseries Holidays Western Family blockbuster universal monsters Photos The Witch The Purge james bond Netflix Christmas movies GLAAD Pixar Creative Arts Emmys American Society of Cinematographers halloween tv Food Network telelvision Box Office See It Skip It die hard 2021 comedies true crime spanish language football OneApp Endgame Anna Paquin nbcuniversal films Bravo 2016 fast and furious award winner best all-time screenings hist aliens 99% comics HBO Max Peacock international facebook Netflix 20th Century Fox Comedy Avengers venice 93rd Oscars Mary Poppins Returns serial killer canceled TV shows Drama Classic Film TCA Awards Apple TV Plus comic tv talk YouTube Premium Video Games Academy Awards Paramount Comic Book Nat Geo festival SDCC italian dogs technology Star Trek DC Universe franchise medical drama worst Image Comics live action Disney Plus archives discovery Television Academy MTV Marvel cancelled Warner Bros. Television Critics Association sequels mission: impossible Thanksgiving golden globe awards Country child's play Rom-Com AMC binge Cartoon Network Musicals science fiction Character Guide Pacific Islander laika Alien TCA Reality BBC natural history sports First Reviews spider-man Amazon Prime Video Spring TV hidden camera A24 Logo Pet Sematary Esquire jamie lee curtis Spike Disney Film Festival Acorn TV marvel cinematic universe Legendary USA YouTube Red PBS E! hollywood ABC Family social media Tubi criterion Turner Classic Movies Superheroe spinoff cars Exclusive Video USA Network 2020 Stephen King Sundance Pride Month versus composers twilight nfl Arrowverse MCU elevated horror Crackle indie Winter TV Marathons ESPN cancelled TV series cartoon Schedule Emmys rt archives rom-coms teaser satire 4/20 Amazon Prime Fantasy PlayStation 71st Emmy Awards Lucasfilm Horror Mary Tyler Moore BBC One Marvel Studios political drama documentaries Spectrum Originals dragons Polls and Games superman classics OWN spy thriller DC streaming service Trophy Talk worst movies politics reviews Action IFC NBC diversity Red Carpet The Arrangement Rock Valentine's Day romantic comedy WGN cults Women's History Month CMT scary movies historical drama TBS 2019 finale National Geographic stand-up comedy Writers Guild of America Ellie Kemper Pop TV Animation MSNBC BAFTA television space Travel Channel El Rey monster movies Podcast Oscars The CW 24 frames Crunchyroll Heroines game show prank RT21 war ghosts CBS All Access 72 Emmy Awards Shondaland crime drama razzies ABC TV One Mystery FX Captain marvel kaiju The Walt Disney Company Broadway ABC Signature target deadpool Ovation toy story Disney streaming service godzilla DC Comics Binge Guide Amazon Studios talk show black Holiday revenge Certified Fresh dramedy witnail Winners fresh strong female leads travel south america Extras french Fall TV FXX BET Awards new star wars movies Martial Arts mockumentary Discovery Channel Britbox Trivia Universal Sony Pictures know your critic 45 movie LGBT TCA Winter 2020 Sundance TV stoner justice league docudrama Star Wars new york heist movie streaming movies vampires video on demand independent werewolf jurassic park Summer sag awards Comedy Central TLC TV Land blockbusters zero dark thirty cooking TV Rocketman FOX slashers WarnerMedia Teen police drama harry potter name the review First Look Columbia Pictures TCA 2017 a nightmare on elm street movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina psychological thriller Superheroes VICE Dark Horse Comics kong 2017 casting pirates of the caribbean psycho disaster Rocky Musical green book australia anthology romance Apple Masterpiece TV renewals remakes X-Men Quiz Adult Swim Cannes Trailer Hallmark APB book 2015 TV movies Syfy chucky zombie VOD Cosplay Showtime blaxploitation Pirates Freeform cinemax unscripted A&E SXSW Starz Black Mirror halloween RT History DGA