The Ranch
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Genre
Created by
Directed byDavid Trainer
Starring
Opening theme"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4 (8 parts)
No. of episodes80 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Don Reo
  • Jim Patterson
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Danny Masterson
  • Jane Wiseman
  • Blair Fetter
  • Andy Weil
  • Jerry Anglin
Producers
CinematographyDonald A. Morgan
EditorMichael Karlich
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25–35 minutes
Production companyRanch Hand Productions
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseApril 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) –
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)

The Ranch is an American streaming television comedy/drama series. It stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson (who previously co-starred on That '70s Show) as brothers Colt and Rooster Bennett, respectively; who help run the Colorado cattle ranch owned by their father Beau (Sam Elliott). It also stars Debra Winger as their mother Maggie, a local bar owner, and Elisha Cuthbert as Colt's love interest Abby, a local school teacher. Other cast members from That 70s Show who have recurring roles include Wilmer Valderrama, Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp. It debuted in 2016 on Netflix and ran for four seasons in eight parts.[2]

Each season consists of 20 episodes broken up into two parts, each containing 10 episodes, the episodes are approximately 30 minutes in length. All episodes are named after American country music songs.[3]

Premise

The show takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch, near the fictitious small town of Garrison, Colorado (population 512, as displayed on a sign in the opening credits). Dialogue places the town in southwestern Colorado (near the real town of Norwood), about six hours from Denver by car. The series details the life of the Bennetts, a dysfunctional family consisting of brothers Colt and Rooster, their father Beau, and their mother Maggie who owns the local bar.[4]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Special guests

Valderrama, Rupp and Smith had all previously worked together on That 70's Show, alongside Kutcher and Masterson.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Ranch episodes

PartSeasonEpisodesOriginally released
1110April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
210October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
3210June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
410December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
5310June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
610December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
7410September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
810January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)

Release

The first ten episodes premiered on April 1, 2016,[5][6] the second batch of ten episodes premiered on October 7, 2016. In April 2016, Netflix renewed The Ranch for a second season of 20 episodes,[7][8] the first half of which premiered on June 16, 2017,[9] and the second half was released on December 15, 2017.[10]

On July 4, 2017, Netflix announced through its official The Ranch Twitter account that the show had been renewed for a third season of 20 episodes, the first ten of which aired on June 15, 2018.[11] In December 2017, it was announced that Masterson had been written out of the show following multiple sexual assault allegations made against him, and appeared in only the first 10 episodes of the third season.[12]

On October 31, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and final season with the series to conclude in 2020.[13][14] On August 21, 2019, it was announced that the first part of the final season (Part 7) was set to premiere on September 13, 2019.[15] On December 9, 2019, it was reported that the second part of the final season (part 8) was set to be released on January 24, 2020.[16]

Reception

The Ranch has earned mixed to positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an average approval rating of 63% (60% for season 1, 67% for season 2) based on 141 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A formulaic set-up and predictable plotting are elevated by The Ranch's surprising sensitivity and strong performances."[17] Metacritic gave the series a score of 56 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

Writing for Slate in a positive review, television critic Willa Paskin wrote of the show, "The Ranch is a red-state sitcom, though it takes place in the swing state of Colorado, and is good enough to be watched by people of any political affiliation" and "The goodness sneaks up on you."[19] Los Angeles Times wrote: "[Elliott and Winger's] scenes together, as restrained as they are, are the show's most emotionally resonant. You will want to check them out."[20]

Filming locations

The Ranch was filmed on a sound stage in front of a live audience at Warner Brothers Studio stage 19 in Burbank, California.[21] The opening sequence shows scenes from Norwood, and Ouray, Colorado, and the surrounding Ouray, and San Miguel Counties.

Exterior shots of Maggie's bar is the 141 Saloon (torn down) located in Naturita, Colorado, a former uranium mining town.[22][23]

References

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  3. ^ Hudak, Joseph (December 10, 2019). "'The Ranch' Soundtrack to Feature Lukas Nelson, Shooter Jennings Duet". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 6, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
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  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 29, 2016). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
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  11. ^ Olin, Bryce (July 4, 2017). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 3". Netflix Life. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  12. ^ Nellie Andreeva (December 5, 2017). "Danny Masterson Fired From Netflix's 'The Ranch' Amid Sexual Assault Claims, Vows To Clear His Name "Once And For All"". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 31, 2018). "'The Ranch' Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 4, 2019). "'The Ranch' To End On Netflix After Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 1, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
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  19. ^ Paskin, Willa (March 28, 2016). "Netflix's new multicamera sitcom is engineered to compete with network TV. And it's good". Slate. Archived from the original on March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "'The Ranch' is an old-fashioned sitcom, but Sam Elliott and Debra Winger make it worth watching". LA Times. Archived from the original on August 9, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  21. ^ Blyth, Antonia (May 9, 2016). "Breaking The Multi-Cam Mold With 'The Ranch's Sam Elliott: "It Was Very Daunting"". Deadline. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  22. ^ Villareal, Yvonne (April 1, 2016). "Ashton Kutcher bucks conventions on his Netflix sitcom 'The Ranch' and ponders reviving 'That '70s Show'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 4, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
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