Something worth fighting for: The definitive ranking of Yellowstone mustaches

Pictured: Sam Elliott as Shea of the Paramount+ original series 1883. Photo Cr: Emerson
Pictured: Sam Elliott as Shea of the Paramount+ original series 1883. Photo Cr: Emerson / 8
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4. Thomas — 1883

Pictured: LaMonica Garrett as Thomas of the Paramount+ original series 1883. Photo Cr: Emerson /

Played by: Lamonica Garrett 

Mustache Style: A little pepper to go with that salt

The mustache that Lamonica Garrett’s Thomas sports in 1883 is, technically, of the same style as James Badge Dale’s John Dutton Sr — a mustache dark enough to distinguish itself from a silver beard. But a closer examination of the nuance and details reveal them to be worlds apart. 

As Thomas, Garrett is stunning in his stoicism, his broken-hearted quest for space, for peace that is met at every turn by the responsibility he didn’t ask for but can’t turn his back on. The rough, unkempt, uneven state of his facial hair tells and sells his backstory, it gives us the broad strokes of the ugly things he’s seen in his life, without making us carry the specifics the way he so obviously has to. It is a remarkable performance, by both man and mouthbrow.

3. Young John Dutton Jr. — Yellowstone

Josh Lucas in Yellowstone season 5 /

Played by: Josh Lucas

Mustache Style: Chevron/Walrus

Josh Lucas appears intermittently throughout Yellowstone, appearing in flashbacks as a young John Dutton Jr. (Kevin Costner). He does a credible job of emulating Costner’s steely belligerence, suppressing his own rakish charm thanks to the help of a splendid Chevron/Walrus hybrid. 

Because he appears in so many disconnected scenes, the mustache takes a lot of different forms — sometimes accompanied by a scruffy beard, sometimes lighter and thinner than others. But it’s a reliable constant and one of the more remarkable props and visual cues in the entire YCU. Even though Costner doesn’t sport a mustache playing the same character in the present, the mustache on Lucas helps him disappear into the role and makes him infinitely more believable as not just a young Costner but a younger version of this particular Costner character.

The show doesn’t work without these flashbacks and Josh Lucas doesn’t work in these flashbacks without the mustache. End of story.