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The Ranch is an American comedy web television series starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, Elisha Cuthbert, and Sam Elliott that debuted in 2016 on Netflix.[2] The show takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch in the fictitious small town of Garrison, Colorado; detailing the life of the Bennetts, a dysfunctional family consisting of two brothers, their rancher father, and his divorced wife and local bar owner.[3] While the opening sequence shows scenes from Norwood and Ouray, Colorado and surrounding Ouray and San Miguel Counties, The Ranch is filmed on a sound stage in front of a live audience in Burbank, California.[4] Each season consists of 20 episodes broken up into two parts, each containing 10 episodes.

The Ranch
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Genre Sitcom
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Don Reo
  • Jim Patterson
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Danny Masterson
  • Jane Wiseman
  • Blair Fetter
  • Andy Weil
  • Jerry Anglin
Producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 28–34 minutes
Production company(s) Ranch Hand Productions
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) – present (present)

All episodes are named after American country music songs, predominantly Kenny Chesney in part one, George Strait in part two, Tim McGraw in part three, and Garth Brooks in part four:[5] the first ten episodes premiered on April 1, 2016,[6][7] 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,[8][9] the first half of which premiered on June 16, 2017,[10] and the second half was released on December 15, 2017.[11]

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 to air in 2018.[12] In December 2017, a week before the release of the second-half of the second season, it was announced Masterson had been written out of the show following multiple sexual assault allegations made against him, and will appear in only the first 10 episodes of the third season.[13]

Contents

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Ashton Kutcher as Colt Bennett, a former high school and college football star who returns to his hometown after a fifteen-year absence for a tryout, but ultimately helps his father and older brother on their family ranch. Colt is frequently the butt of jokes from his father and brother, particularly when it comes to his ranching skills (or lack thereof) and his disappointing pro football career. He is a heavy drinker and has a penchant for not using common sense, but he seems to have a heart of gold and tries to do right by others. Based on his various T-shirts and dialogue throughout the first season, it's implied that Colt has played for the Barcelona Dragons, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock, Orlando Predators, Nebraska Danger, Iowa Barnstormers, Green Bay Blizzard, Minnesota Axemen and Philadelphia Soul. Dialogue also states that he was a member of teams in Canada, notably the fictional Saskatoon Cold ("Like the Miami Heat... only cold") and Alaska, as well as that he was in the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills. He also states in the first episode he was the back up of the back up of the back up for Florida State and won the championship in 1999.
  • Danny Masterson as Jameson “Rooster” Bennett, Colt's older brother. He has lived and worked on the ranch since Colt left to follow his football career, at times showing a bitter attitude for the burden of responsibility this caused him. Despite living in Colt's shadow he is far more competent on the ranch as well as a more level headed thinker. He has, however, been just as irresponsible as Colt, drinking too much and sleeping around. (seasons 1–3)
  • Debra Winger as Margaret "Maggie" Bennett, owner of Maggie's, and Colt and Rooster's mother. Maggie is divorced from Beau and lives in a trailer behind the bar she owns. Much more lighthearted and caring than Beau, her company and advice is often sought out by the boys on how to deal with problems, especially those concerning their father. Maggie is something of a hippie and is an avid marijuana smoker.
  • Elisha Cuthbert as Abigail "Abby" Phillips, a Garrison High School history teacher and Colt's high school and current girlfriend. Abby was in a five-year relationship with Kenny and was briefly engaged to him, but ultimately she broke it off and hooked back up with Colt. (recurring, season 1; main cast, season 2–present)
  • Sam Elliott as Beau Bennett, Maggie's ex-husband, and Colt and Rooster's father. A Vietnam War veteran, he has worked the ranch since returning from the war and taking it over after his father died. Beau is a conservative republican. Beau is difficult to get along with, perpetually annoyed with everyone and everything. He has an estrange relationship with Rooster and Colt. He detests many modern amenities and is easily angered by his sons' antics. Beau appears to be a Republican with a special affinity for Ronald Reagan but at times seems to despise all politicians regardless of affiliation.

RecurringEdit

  • Barry Corbin as Dale Rivers, a hearing-impaired veterinarian and close friend of Beau's
  • Grady Lee Richmond as Hank, a regular Maggie's patron
  • Bret Harrison as Kenneth "Kenny" Ballard, a Courtyard by Marriott manager and Abby's ex-fiancé
  • Megyn Price as Mary Roth, a Cracker Barrel waitress and Rooster's older girlfriend
  • Kelli Goss as Heather Roth, Mary's younger daughter and Colt's ex-girlfriend, was pregnant with their child.
  • Molly McCook as Darlene Roth, Mary's older daughter
  • Kathy Baker as Joanne, a Cracker Barrel waitress, Mary's friend, and potential new love interest for Beau
  • Ethan Suplee as "Beer Pong Billy" Tompkins, a police officer and high school friend of Colt and Rooster's
  • Aimee Teegarden as Nikki, Heather's friend and Billy's fiancée
  • Chasty Ballesteros as Tanya Showers, a sexy weather reporter and Kenny's current girlfriend
  • Laura Vallejo as Maria, a Maggie's waitress
  • Sharon Lawrence as Brenda Sanders, a widowed hairdresser who befriended Beau when he and Maggie separated
  • Maggie Lawson as Jen the engineer, who wants to build a pipeline underneath the Bennett Ranch and Rooster love interest.

Special GuestsEdit

  • Jon Cryer as Bill Jensen, a loan officer and former high school football referee
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Umberto, a former Iron River ranch hand, former employee of Neumann's Hill at the My Little Pony Ranch. He is Rooster and Colt's friend. Currently deported.
  • Martin Mull as Jerry, Maggie's sometimes acid-tripping attorney
  • John Amos as Ed Bishop, a longtime family friend of the Bennetts and a Neumann's Hill employee
  • Thomas F. Wilson as Coach Fitzgerald, the Garrison High School head football coach
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Janice Phillips, Abby's mother (Season 2)
  • Jim Beaver as Chuck Phillips, Abby's father, who like Janice is disdainful of Abby's relationship with Colt (Season 2)
  • Conchata Ferrell as Shirley (Season 2)
  • Lou Diamond Phillips as Clint, a traveling musician attracted to Maggie (Season 2)
  • Kurtwood Smith as Sam Peterson, neighbor of the Iron River Ranch (Season 2)

CameosEdit

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally released
1 20 10 April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
10 October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
2 20 10 June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
10 December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)

Season 1 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
Part 1
1 1 "Back Where I Come From" David Trainer Don Reo & Jim Patterson April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
When Colt Bennett returns home from Canada to try out for a semipro Denver team, he learns that his family's ranch has fallen on hard times.
2 2 "Some People Change" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt runs into an ex at Maggie's bar and reminisces with Rooster over a bottle of whiskey. Getting back in Beau's good graces is a losing battle.
3 3 "The Boys of Fall" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jamie Rhonheimer
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
When his inflated ego lands him in hot water, Colt realizes he's not the big man on campus anymore. Beau's doctor makes him trade in steak for salad.
4 4 "Got a Little Crazy" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Nikki Schiefelbein
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt smooths things over with Abby. When Maggie drags Beau to the Marriott for a romantic evening, the guys have some fun back at the house.
5 5 "American Kids" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Rooster and Colt's long-simmering rivalry comes to a head on the first day of hunting season. But their bickering has an upside for Beau and Maggie.
6 6 "Better as a Memory" David Trainer Story by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Abby gets a taste of her own medicine after a hazy night of drinking. Beau warms to the idea of mending fences with Maggie.
7 7 "I Can't Go There" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt figures out what he wants from Heather. A sick calf gives Beau an excuse to avoid dealing with his feelings -- and creates some unexpected bonds.
8 8 "Til It's Gone" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Matt Ross
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
The ranch's dwindling finances drive a wedge between Beau and the boys, and Colt goes behind his father's back to ask Maggie for help.
9 9 "There Goes My Life" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Max Searle & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Heather sets up Rooster with her sister, but Colt's afraid he'll ruin a good thing. Maggie and Beau air their dirty laundry at marriage counseling.
10 10 "Down the Road" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt and Rooster worry when Beau has a change of heart about the calves. But that's just the beginning of the surprises that await the Bennett clan.
Part 2
11 1 "Gone as a Girl Can Get" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
An angry Beau clears Maggie's things out of the house. Colt tries to sort out his feelings for Abby and Heather.
12 2 "Living and Living Well" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt struggles to keep his relationship with Abby under wraps. The boys make a big purchase and try to sell Beau on a business opportunity.
13 3 "Sittin' on the Fence" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Steve Tompkins
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Beau's depressed over Maggie, so Mary tries to fix him up with a friend. Colt wonders when Abby's going to follow through on her promise.
14 4 "Let's Fall to Pieces Together" David Trainer Story by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Steve Leff
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
While Rooster tries to broker peace between Beau and Maggie, Colt apologizes to Heather -- but his timing couldn't be worse.
15 5 "I Know She Still Loves Me" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Jeff Lowell & Max Searle
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Beau and Maggie come to a decision about their relationship, but they don't see eye to eye on the ranch. The boys take Kenny out drinking.
16 6 "Easy Come, Easy Go" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Rooster and Colt try to prove themselves to Beau, but he doesn't have much faith in them. Colt gets jealous when he sees Abby and Kenny together.
17 7 "I've Come to Expect It from You" David Trainer Story by : Jim Patterson & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt plans a special date with Abby. Rooster vents his frustrations to Maggie, while Joanne gives Beau some sage advice.
18 8 "The Cowboy Rides Away" David Trainer Story by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Steve Leff
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Beau tries to make amends with the boys, but it may be too little, too late. A job offer drives a wedge between Rooster and Colt.
19 9 "Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time)" David Trainer Story by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Steve Tompkins
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Maggie stands up for Rooster when Beau kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile, Colt is torn between his brother and his father.
20 10 "Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt realizes what he wants for his future, Beau and Maggie find some closure, and the gang celebrates Christmas at the bar.

Season 2 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
Part 3
21 1 "My Next Thirty Years" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
After Heather drops a bombshell, a visit from Abby's parents is the last thing Colt needs -- and they all end up at church together on Christmas Eve.
22 2 "Things Change" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Heather makes a decision about the pregnancy. Mary reads Rooster the riot act for keeping it a secret, and Colt struggles with how to tell Abby.
23 3 "Take Me Away from Here" David Trainer Story by : Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Max Searle & Steve Leff
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
After a heart-to-heart with Maggie, Colt steps up and supports Heather. Meanwhile, the tension between Rooster and Beau takes a toll on Maggie.
24 4 "She'll Have You Back" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Nikki Schiefelbein
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Abby agrees to give Colt a chance, but her father isn't as forgiving. Beau and Rooster go to a cattle auction. Maggie thinks about selling the bar.
25 5 "My Best Friend" David Trainer Story by : Ashton Kutcher & Carla Filisha
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jamie Rhonheimer
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
The guys wind up in hot water after an ice fishing trip. Beau takes Brenda out to dinner, but Maggie's not far from his mind.
26 6 "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Max Williger
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Emotions run high when Abby and Heather fight, leaving Colt caught in the middle. Rooster faces the consequences of blowing off work.
27 7 "One of Those Nights" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jason Zumwalt
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
During a snowstorm, Colt and Abby head out of town, Beau and Joanne get cozy at the ranch, and Maggie meets a charming stranger.
28 8 "I Didn't Ask and She Didn't Say" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Colt gets possessive when Heather starts dating a teacher. Abby gives Beau relationship advice. Maggie has a business proposition for Rooster.
29 9 "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" David Trainer Story by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
As Heather's medical bills roll in, Colt realizes how expensive it is having a baby. A surprise visitor at the bar sweeps Maggie off her feet.
30 10 "Can't Really Be Gone" David Trainer Story by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Colt's new responsibilities keep him away from Abby. After a memorable night, Maggie ponders what she wants for her future.
Part 4
31 1 "Learning to Live Again" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Colt wants to buy Sam Peterson's ranch -- with or without his family's blessing. Colt and Heather have a heart-to-heart about their loss.
32 2 "Wrapped Up in You" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Wondering if he's ready to marry Abby, Colt seeks romantic advice from an unlikely source: Beau. Rooster hires a flaky new waitress.
33 3 "Rodeo and Juliet" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Carla Filisha & Steve Leff
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Beau ponders a lucrative business offer. Rooster runs afoul of the liquor board. Colt tries to make peace with Abby's Dad.
34 4 "Much Too Young (To Feel this Old)" David Trainer Story by : Jim Patterson & Matt Ross
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Colt and Abby start planning their wedding, but they don't see eye to eye. Joanne confesses she still has feelings for Beau.
35 5 "More Than a Memory" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Abby moves in with Colt and Beau when she learns she's losing her job. Rooster and Jen the engineer bond over getting dumped.
36 6 "When You Come Back to Me Again" David Trainer Story by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Back in town, Maggie frets about how Rooster's been running the bar. Abby considers a career change.
37 7 "Do What You Gotta Do" David Trainer Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
A job opportunity in Denver threatens to drive a wedge between Colt and Abby. Maggie pushes back about the pipeline.
38 8 "Big Money" David Trainer Story by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jeff Lowell & Nikki Schiefelbein
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Maggie takes a stand that lands her in hot water. Colt and Rooster come up with a plan to buy the Peterson ranch, but they need Beau's buy-in.
39 9 "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" David Trainer Story by : Steve Tompkins & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Beau shrugs off the doctor's orders and resists the family's efforts to help him. Meanwhile, Colt lashes out at Maggie.
40 10 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" David Trainer Story by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Beau leaves the boys hanging about the Peterson ranch. Rooster takes Jen on a date. Colt and Abby fight about their future.

ReceptionEdit

The Ranch has been met with mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an approval rating of 80% based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/5. The site's critical consensus reads, "A formulaic set-up and predictable plotting are elevated by The Ranch's surprising sensitivity and strong performances."[14] Metacritic gave the series a score of 56 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

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."[16] 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."[17]

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 29, 2016). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
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  11. ^ "'The Ranch' Part 4 Release Date Revealed". Streaming. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  12. ^ Olin, Bryce (July 4, 2017). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 3". Netflix Life. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (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.com. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 18, 2017. 
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  16. ^ Paskin, Willa (March 28, 2016). "Netflix's new multicamera sitcom is engineered to compete with network TV. And it's good". Slate (magazine). Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ "'The Ranch' is an old-fashioned sitcom, but Sam Elliott and Debra Winger make it worth watching". LA Times. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 

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