The Ranch (TV series)

Last updated on 18 August 2017

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, 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] While the opening sequence shows scenes from Ouray, Colorado and surrounding Ouray County, 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.

All episodes are named after American country music songs, predominantly Kenny Chesney in part one, George Strait in part two, and Tim McGraw in part three:[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]

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  • 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). He is a heavy drinker and has a penchant for not using common sense, but he has a heart of gold and tries to do right by others.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 difficult to get along with, perpetually annoyed with everyone and everything. 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.


  • 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, 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
  • Aimeé Teegarden as Nikki, Heather's friend and Billy's fianceé
  • 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

Special Guests

  • Jon Cryer as Bill Jensen, a loan officer and former high school football referee
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Umberto, a former Iron River ranch hand, now working for Neumann's Hill at the My Little Pony Ranch. He is Rooster and Colt's friend.
  • 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



Series overview

Season Episodes Originally released
First aired Last aired
1 20 April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01) October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
2 20 June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16) TBA (TBA)

Season 1 (2016)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
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.
11 11 "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 12 "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 13 "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 14 "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 15 "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 16 "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 17 "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 18 "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 19 "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 20 "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)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original release date
21 1 "My Next Thirty Years" David Trainer TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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)" TBA TBA 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" TBA TBA 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.


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 32 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."[11] Metacritic gave the series a score of 56 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

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."[13] 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."[14]


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