‘The Ranch’ is a comedy web television series by Netflix that takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch in the fictitious town of Garrison, Colorado. It revolves around the dysfunctional family of the Bennetts, consisting of two brothers, their rancher father, and his divorced wife, a local bar owner.
Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, ‘The Ranch’ first made its way to viewers’ screens in 2016, and has seen three seasons air since then. Each 20-episode season of the show is released in two equal parts of 10 episodes each. Season 1 Part 1 premiered on April 1, 2016, and was followed by Part 2 on October 7, 2016. The two parts of Season 2 premiered on June 16, 2017, and December 15, 2017 respectively, and Season 3 followed the pattern, with its two parts airing on June 15, 2018, and December 7, 2018. Soon after the end of part 6, Netflix renewed the show for part 7, which premiered in September, 2019. Here’s everything we know about The Ranch season 4 i.e. part 8.
The Ranch Cast: Who is in it?
As far as its cast is concerned, ‘The Ranch’ has quite a few veterans on board.
In the show, Ashton Kutcher plays the role of Colt Bennett, a former high-school and college football star who never made it big in professional life. Danny Masterson play’s Colt’s elder brother, Jameson “Rooster” Bennett, who has spent his time at the family ranch since Colt left to pursue football.
Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, of ‘A Star is Born’ fame, plays Colt and Jameson’s rancher father, Beau Bennett, while Debra Winger plays the role of their mother, Maggie Bennett, who also runs a bar in the town of Garrison. Elisha Cuthbert, meanwhile, plays Colt’s high-school sweetheart and current wife, Abby Phillips-Bennett, Megyn Prince plays Jameson’s ex-girlfriend Mary Roth, and Kathy Baker plays Joanne, Beau’s girlfriend. Another character, Hank, who makes recurring appearances, is played by Gary Lee Richmond.
However, it should be noted here that Netflix fired Danny Masterson in December 2017, after allegations surfaced that he had raped multiple women back in the early 2000s. Consequently, Masterson’s character, Jameson, too, was written out of the show with a twist in its plot. In Jameson’s stead, Netflix introduced a new character in Part 2 of Season 3. Played by Dax Shepard, the new character, Luke Matthews, quickly found his way into the Bennett family dynamic as the season progressed.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 8.
The Ranch Plot: What is it about?
In essence, ‘The Ranch’ is a sitcom, albeit an unusual one at that. Replete with conservative viewpoints, the show uses both canned laughter and dramatic silence to equal effect. Set in modern day Colorado, the story picks up when Colt returns Garrison to take part in a tryout with a semi-pro football team, after failing to make it big in professional football. His return to Garrison after 15 years sees him reunite with his family after over a decade. In the show, Colt and Jameson are portrayed as irresponsible men with a penchant for drinking, while Beau, a Vietnam War veteran, is portrayed as a perpetually annoyed and bitter rancher. Maggie, on the other hand, is more level headed, and lighthearted, and runs the local bar. Owing to her own approachable nature, Colt and Jameson are often seeing asking Maggie for advice, especially on problems pertaining to Beau.
As Colt stays in Garrison, he learns that his father, Beau, is having trouble managing the family ranch with only Jameson to help him. Consequently, Colt decides to lend a hand in the family business and help his family through tough times. However, Colt’s involvement in the family ranch precipitates a series of dramatic, and mostly comic events, around which the show primarily revolves.
Season 8 is expected to continue in a similar fashion, and will further dramatize the happenings in Garrison.
In terms of reception, ‘The Ranch’ failed to make an impression on television critics, with Seasons 1 and 2 having mediocre scores of 67% and 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Among audiences, however, the show fared better, and it enjoys an overall rating of 7.6/10 on IMDb, based on over 26,000 votes.
The Ranch Season 8 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The Ranch season 7 premiered on September 13, 2019. The good news for the fans is that Netflix has already renewed the show for its 8th season. Though, show’s leading star Ashton Kutcher revealed in June, 2019, that the season 8 will be show’s last.
The Ranch season 8 will most likely come out six months after season 7, which means, sometime around February, 2020. We will update this section as we learn more.
The Ranch Trailer:
While we wait for part 8, here’s The Ranch part 7 trailer to refresh your memories.
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