RESERVATION DOGS is a brutally honest, sad depiction of Native Americans on the reservation. It deals with loneliness, loss and provides a voice to an underrepresented group. On the surface, the plot is about nothing, but the emotional storm these characters are going through is about so much more. 

With all that praise, I will rank the episode from the season from best to good. I’d say worse, but there are no bad episodes of DOGS.

Here we go:

  1. E8 SATVRDAY – After the season finale, I wanted to throw a pickaxe into a tornado and challenge Hollywood to make more diverse stories like RESERVATION DOGS. 
  2. E7 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN – “There’s before they died, and after, and ripples in between.” This is TV worldbuilding at its finest.
  3. E3 UNCLE BROWNIE – This episode earns “brownie” points as the hilarious Gary Farmer makes his first appearance as Uncle Brownie.
  4. E5 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Oh, “deer!” It’s time to “be good and fight evil” to the beat of REDBONE’s classic song.
  5. SEASON PREMIERE E1 & E2 – Both episodes go down easier than a bag of Flaming Flamers.
  6. E4 WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAD – Racism, feminism, and some Lynyrd Skynyrd pop up, all with the point that Native American women can do more than just โ€œdealing with the reality that men go and play and the women have to make it work.โ€
  7. E6 HUNTING – The lovable, Willie Jack gets lost in the woods with a near A24-plotless episode, where the mystery and style are more important than providing answers.


Sometimes a TV series comes out of the blue and becomes the surprise everyone should be talking about. RESERVATION DOGS is that series.

It’s one of the best in 2021 and available on Hulu FX.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. Heโ€™s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud stepparent and dad joke enthusiast.

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