Pablos Schreiber as Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 and Charlie Murphy as Makee in Halo.

Yellowstone Surprisingly Unsaddled by a Disappointing Sci-Fi Adaptation as the #1 Show on Paramount+ in 2022

There might be more fans of aliens than cowboys.

Yellowstone is one of the most popular TV shows in America, and yet, a TV series adaptation of a famed video game has earned more views: Halo was the number-one show on Paramount+ in 2022. The news comes by way of the Wall Street Journal, which you can see tweeted by The Game Awards below.

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This wasn’t a fair fight between aliens and cowboys, as Halo has a huge fan base who wanted to see how their favorite video game was adapted as a fictional narrative show, with its own mysteries and secrets. Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill revealed the TV series story was separated from the video game franchise so that both canons could change and evolve individually. Unfortunately, fans that saw the series called it a disappointing adaptation. 

Halo tells the story of an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. The show was created by Steven Kane (The Last Ship) and Kyle Killen (Awake) and starts Pablo Schreiber (Den of Thieves), Shabana Azmi (24), Natasha Culzac (Maldita), Olive Gray (Half Moon Investigations), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), and Natascha McElhone (Californication). 

Surprisingly, this TV show is one of those exceptions that scored better ratings with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, a 70%, than with audiences, who only gave it a 52% rating. Those audience ratings might reveal the opinion most Halo video game fans had of this adaptation.

Season 2 of Halo is already in production and will bring more adventures of Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, Riz-028, Vannak-134, and the rest of the Silver Team Spartans.

You can watch Halo on Paramount+.

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I'm a writer who loves Wes Anderson movies, shows like The Wire, How I Met Your Mother, or Friday Night Lights, and has published a couple of books.