The Ranch (TV series)

The Ranch
Genre Sitcom
Created by
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 20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Don Reo
  • Jim Patterson
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Jane Wiseman
  • Blair Fetter
  • Andy Weil
  • Jerry Anglin
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 28–34 minutes
Production company(s) Ranch Hand Productions
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Original release April 1, 2016 – present

The Ranch is an American comedy web television series starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott that debuted in 2016 on Netflix.[2] The show takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch in Garrison, Colorado, detailing the life of the Bennetts, a dysfunctional family consisting of two brothers, their rancher father, and his separated wife and local bar owner.[3] The opening sequence shows scenes from Ouray, Colorado and surrounding Ouray Country. The first season is split into two batches of ten episodes:[4] 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]




Special Guests



Season 1

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Back Where I Come From"David TrainerDon Reo & Jim PattersonApril 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"Some People Change"David TrainerStory 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"The Boys of Fall"David TrainerStory 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"Got a Little Crazy"David TrainerStory 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"American Kids"David TrainerStory 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"Better as a Memory"David TrainerStory 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"I Can't Go There"David TrainerStory 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"Til It's Gone"David TrainerStory 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"There Goes My Life"David TrainerStory 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"Down the Road"David TrainerStory 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.
11"Gone as a Girl Can Get"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
An angry Beau clears Maggie's things out of the house. Colt tries to sort out his feelings for Abby and Heather.
12"Living and Living Well"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
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"Sittin' on the Fence"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
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"Let's Fall to Pieces Together"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
While Rooster tries to broker peace between Beau and Maggie, Colt apologizes to Heather -- but his timing couldn't be worse.
15"I Know She Still Loves Me"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
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"Easy Come, Easy Go"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
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"I've Come to Expect It from You"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
Colt plans a special date with Abby. Rooster vents his frustrations to Maggie, while Joanne gives Beau some sage advice.
18"The Cowboy Rides Away"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
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"Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time)"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
Maggie stands up for Rooster when Beau kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile, Colt is torn between his brother and his father.
20"Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)"David TrainerTBAOctober 7, 2016
Colt realizes what he wants for his future, Beau and Maggie find some closure, and the gang celebrates Christmas at the bar.


The Ranch has been met with mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an approval rating of 56%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A formulaic set-up and predictable plotting are elevated by The Ranch's surprising sensitivity and strong performances."[9] Metacritic gave the series a score of 56 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Netflix users have rated The Ranch 4.5/5 stars and IMDB users have rated it 7.5/10 stars.

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."[11] 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."[12]


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