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Taylor Sheridan has made great efforts toward making everything in 1883 as authentic as possible. Still, the occasional slip-up happens from time to time. There might be some small historical inaccuracies or things that don’t belong in the 19th century that crop up. Fans paying close attention may have noticed this error from episode 4.

Tim McGraw as James, LaMonica Garrett as Thomas ,and Sam Elliott as Shea. 1883 fans noticed a goof in this episode.
Tim McGraw as James, LaMonica Garrett as Thomas ,and Sam Elliott as Shea of the Paramount+ original series ‘1883’ | Emerson Miller/Paramount+

This ‘1883’ actor called Taylor Sheridan a ‘stickler for authenticity’

Tim McGraw plays James Dutton in 1883. James is the patriarch of the Dutton family and great-great-grandfather of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton. The cast of 1883 had their work cut out for them when it came to portraying their characters satisfactorily in the eyes of Taylor Sheridan.

“Taylor is a stickler for authenticity,” McGraw said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Even to the way you ride — he would come up and say, ‘You know, a cowboy wouldn’t have his feet in that position or wouldn’t have his hands in that position.'”

“He says, ‘I’m just trying to make you look good. Everybody rides a little differently, and it’s fine to ride a little differently, but there are a few things you need to be authentic to and true to.’ And he’s always good about that, down to the set design and the costumes,” McGraw continued.

‘1883’ fans noticed a glaring error in episode 4

Although Sheridan went to great lengths to make 1883 authentic, mistakes are bound to happen. One sharp-eyed fan pointed out on Reddit that a plastic water bottle made its way into a scene in 1883 Episode 4. “Yup, that is a very rare kind native to Texas in the 1800s,” another fan joked.

One Reddit user that portrayed an extra on the set of 1883 commented, “They were SO on everyone about that, too! We had to give them really well or throw them away before each take!” Many fans on the Reddit thread compared this mistake to the infamous coffee cup that showed up in Game of Thrones.

These small inaccuracies also appeared in ‘1883’

1883 is best enjoyed as a source of entertainment, rather than education. Even Sheridan purposely let slide one inaccuracy. Fans have noticed that Ennis actor Eric Nelsen has teeth that are much straighter and whiter than would have been attainable in the 1800s.


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According to Taste of Country, Sheridan declined an idea to dirty up Nelsen’s teeth. “Day one makeup threw some junk on there and I walked out and smiled at Taylor [creator Taylor Sheridan] and he goes, ‘Take that off, right now,’” Nelsen told the outlet.

Fans also can’t help but notice Elsa’s out-of-place bleach blonde hair. One fan even pointed out on Twitter that her extensions can be seen in 1883 episode 7. Still, these errors are bound to happen, and they don’t stop many fans from enjoying the show.

New episodes of 1883 release Sundays on Paramount+.