The Ranch

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The Ranch
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Genre
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 originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4 (8 parts)
No. of episodes80 (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 setupMulti-camera
Running time25–35 minutes
Production company(s)Ranch 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 reunites That '70s Show co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson as brothers Colt and Rooster Bennett, respectively, helping run their father Beau (Sam Elliott)'s cattle ranch in Colorado. 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]

The Ranch was filmed on a sound stage in front of a live audience in Burbank, California. The opening sequence shows scenes from Norwood, and Ouray, Colorado and surrounding Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. The exterior shot of Maggie's bar is a bar located in Naturita, Colorado in Montrose County, [3] 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.[4]

On October 31, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and final season. The first part of the final season (Part 7) premiered on September 13, 2019. The second part of the final season (part 8) was released on January 24, 2020.

Premise[edit]

The show takes place on the fictional Iron River Ranch, near 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 estranged wife, a local bar owner.[5]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ashton Kutcher as Colt Reagan Bennett, a former high school and college football star who pursued a professional career with mixed success, never finding regular playing time or stardom, but hanging on in backup roles and on practice squads. He returns to his hometown after a fifteen-year absence so that he can take part in a tryout with a semi-pro team, and decides to stay and help his father and older brother on their family ranch. Colt is frequently the butt of their jokes, particularly when it comes to his lack of ranching skills and his short-lived pro football career. He is a heavy drinker and has a habit of not using common sense, but deep down he is a friendly young man and cares about other people. 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, Sioux City Bandits, Iowa Barnstormers, Green Bay Blizzard, Minnesota Axemen, Portland Forest Dragons and Philadelphia Soul. Dialogue and team gear also indicate that he was a member of teams in Canada, notably the Ottawa Redblacks and fictional Saskatoon Cold ("Like the Miami Heat... only cold"). He has also played on teams in Alaska and was a member of the Buffalo Bills practice squad. In the first episode of the series, Colt reveals that he was "the back up to the back up to the back up" for the Florida State team that won the college football championship in 1999. He later marries Abby, his high school sweetheart, and they become the parents of a daughter they name Peyton.
  • Danny Masterson as Jameson "Rooster" Ford Bennett (seasons 1–3), 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 having to accept the responsibility while Colt pursued his dream. Despite living in Colt's shadow he is far more competent on the ranch as well as a more rational thinker. He has, however, been just as immature as Colt, drinking too much and slacking off. In the first half of part 5, Rooster gets into a rivalry with Mary's intimidating boyfriend, and in the second episode of Part 6, it is discovered that Rooster's motorcycle went off the side of a dangerous road; he is missing and presumed dead.
  • Debra Winger as Maggie Bennett, owner of Maggie's bar, and Colt and Rooster's mother. Maggie is at first separated and later divorced from Beau and lives in a trailer behind the bar she owns. Much more patient and laid-back than Beau, her company and advice are often sought out by the boys on how to deal with problems, especially those concerning their father. Maggie is a hippie and an avid marijuana smoker.
  • Sam Elliott as Beau Roosevelt 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. He is a curmudgeon, constantly annoyed with everyone and everything. He has a strained relationship with Rooster and Colt. He hates modern amenities and is easily angered by his sons' antics. Beau appears to be a Republican with a soft-spot for Ronald Reagan but at times seems to despise all politicians regardless of affiliation.
  • Elisha Cuthbert as Abby Phillips-Bennett (seasons 2–4; recurring, season 1), a Garrison High School history teacher and Colt's high school sweetheart. As the series begins, Abby has been in a five-year relationship with Kenny Ballard and briefly becomes engaged to him. As the series progresses, she breaks off her engagement to Kenny and ultimately marries Colt, having a baby girl, Peyton, down the line.

Recurring[edit]

  • Barry Corbin as Dale Rivers, a hearing-impaired veterinarian and close friend of Beau's
  • Grady Lee Richmond as Hank McGinty, a regular Maggie's patron
  • Bret Harrison as Kenny Ballard, a Courtyard by Marriott manager and Abby's ex-fiancé
  • Megyn Price as Mary Roth, a Cracker Barrel waitress and Rooster's ex-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, Beau's girlfriend and Mary's friend/coworker at the Cracker Barrel
  • Ethan Suplee as "Beer Pong" Billy Tompkins, a Sheriff's Deputy, and high school friend of Colt and Rooster's.
  • Justin Mooney as Deputy Wilkerson, a former schoolmate of Colt and Rooster's who Colt has a antagonistic rapport with.
  • 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, an engineer who wants to build a pipeline underneath the Bennett Ranch and Rooster's love interest
  • Wendie Malick as Lisa Neumann, owner of the Neumann's Hill ranching corporation
  • Dax Shepard as Luke Matthews, the son of Beau's late brother Greg who arrives after Rooster's disappearance.
  • Stephen Saux as Mike, a motel manager, first seen at the Thomas Rhett concert
  • Van Epperson as Father McGinty, a Priest who performs the wedding ceremony for Beau and Joanne; and later Peyton's baptism
  • Travis Case as Toby, Colt's high school classmate, who runs the neighboring Henderson Ranch
  • Josh Burrow as Nick, Mary’s abusive ex boyfriend, who ran Rooster out of town at gun point. Eventually Nick was killed.

Special guests[edit]

  • Jon Cryer as Bill Jensen, a loan officer and former high school football referee (Seasons 1–2)
  • 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. He was deported after an arrest showed he was in the country illegally. (Seasons 1–2)
  • 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 (Seasons 1–2)
  • Thomas F. Wilson as Coach Fitzgerald, the Garrison High School head football coach (Season 1)
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Janice Phillips, Abby's mother (Seasons 2–4)
  • Jim Beaver as Chuck Phillips, Abby's father, who like Janice is disdainful of Abby's relationship with Colt (Seasons 2–4)
  • 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 (Seasons 2–4)
  • Nancy Travis as Karen, Maggie's estranged sister (Season 3)

Joe Firstman, Pearl Charles, Kurt Neumann, Bukka Allen, Sam Hawksley and Thomas Rhett all make cameo appearances.

Episodes[edit]

The Ranch is an American sitcom, created as original programming for Netflix by Don Reo and Jim Patterson. The show is centered around the Bennett family and their cattle ranch in Colorado.

The show ran for four seasons, with each season consisting of 20 episodes broken into two 10 episodes parts. All episodes in each part were released as simultaneous batches, with the first part airing on April 1, 2016. All episodes are named after American country music songs.[6]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
12010April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
10October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
22010June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
10December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
32010June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
10December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
42010September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
10January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
part
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 1
11"Back Where I Come From"David TrainerDon Reo & Jim PattersonApril 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Beau comes home to a surprise visit from Colt, who is in transit to a tryout with a semi-pro football team in Denver. Beau scolds Colt for not helping out on the ranch, a promise he made six years ago. Beau, Colt and Rooster meet Maggie at her bar, but Colt invites Heather, one of the patrons, to have sex. Beau asks Colt to help with giving birth to a stillborn calf, which is eventually saved when Colt gives it CPR. Colt learns that Beau is having a hard time managing the ranch because of an extensive drought and having only Rooster to help. Colt makes the Denver team, but tells his father he didn't, and offers to stay and help with the ranch. The drought breaks, and the Bennetts reunite at home.
22"Some People Change"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt gets into a heated argument with Beau and Rooster as they make him do the dirtiest work on the ranch. Colt seeks consolation with his mom at Maggie's and bumps into Abby, his high school sweetheart, and her boyfriend Kenny, who attended high school with Colt and Abby and played in the band. Abby comes to the Bennett house that night to meet Colt and confess her love for Kenny, who she expects to marry. Feeling depressed, Colt sleeps in and comes to work late. An angry Beau tells Cole to go back to the house to make him coffee and Colt refuses, so Beau says if Colt can't follow directions, he can leave. Beau and Rooster argue about Beau's treatment of Colt, with Beau claiming he pushes Colt hard in order "to prepare him for the rest of his life". Colt converses with Maggie, who points out his tendencies toward stubbornness and running away from problems – traits he shares with Beau. After reflecting on Maggie's observation, Colt returns to the ranch the next morning, makes breakfast for Rooster and Beau, and prepares for a hard day of work.
33"The Boys of Fall"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jamie Rhonheimer
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Colt, Rooster, and Beau toss a football and Beau injures his back. Maggie disproves Beau's claims that he's uninjured by challenging him to pick a beer up from the floor of the bar. Kenny asks Colt to give a speech at the Garrison High School football team's annual dinner. Colt meets Garrison's new quarterback and coach, but his egotistical storytelling earns him their him disrespect. Beau visits the doctor, who disproves his claim of feeling no pain by leaving a prescription on the floor for him to pick up. The doctor diagnoses Beau with high blood pressure and advises him to cut back on alcohol and red meat. Abby drops off Colt's high school letter man jacket for him to wear at the dinner, but he makes the conversation awkward by trying to kiss her, to which she is unreceptive. As a result, he humiliates himself at the speech. Afterwards, Colt is pulled over for driving a tractor while impaired, and the arresting officer is his high school friend Billy. At breakfast the next morning, Beau suggests Colt is exercising poor judgment because he has not yet decided who he wants to be.
44"Got a Little Crazy"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Nikki Schiefelbein
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Rooster tries to convince Colt to go to Maggie's with him, but Colt doesn’t want to go because he’s afraid of running into Abby. Colt reluctantly accompanies Rooster, meets Abby and apologizes to her, and agrees to respect her relationship with Kenny. Heather and Nikki plan a party with Colt, Rooster, Kenny, and Billy. A drunk Abby says she thinks Colt deserves a better girlfriend than the much younger Heather and tries to kiss him, but Colt turns her down. Rooster's advance on Nikki fails because she falls for Billy. Maggie invites Beau to spend the night at the Telluride Marriott, the prize she won in the raffle at the football team's dinner. Maggie hopes for a romantic evening, while Beau intends to have quiet time alone with her. An argument ensues, with Maggie blaming Beau for always insisting on having his way and Beau apologizing for not being more understanding.
55"American Kids"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Beau tries to bond with Colt by picking him as his hunting partner for opening day, disappointing Rooster, who is used to being chosen. Rooster vents to Maggie, and ends up as her hunting partner. Rooster's favorite hunting hat comes up missing, and Colt admits to losing it the night before. Colt's constant complaining results in Beau kicking him out of the hunting shack, so Rooster and Colt switch places. Rooster complains that Colt abandoned the family, leaving Rooster no choice but to stay at the ranch. Colt tells Rooster that Rooster chose to stay instead of doing anything else. Beau and Maggie decide to head back to the house together, leaving the bickering Rooster and Colt to walk home in the rain. The next day, Colt attempts to retrieve Rooster's hunting hat, but mistakenly assaults a neighbor and steals the neighbor's hat. As the neighbor heads up the Bennett driveway intend on revenge, Rooster tosses the hat back to Colt and lock himself in the house, leaving Colt to deal with the angry neighbor.
66"Better as a Memory"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
At Maggie's, Abby apologizes to Colt for being drunk at his house party, and Colt teases her for trying to kiss him. Heather and Colt go to Maggie's trailer to have sex and accidentally burn the trailer by causing the drapes to catch fire. Colt invites Maggie to stay at the Bennett house, but doesn't ask permission, and Beau distances himself from Maggie. The following night, Maggie and Beau warm up to each other and spend the night together. The next day, Beau asks Maggie to move back in, but she declines. Colt considers whether to buy a birthday gift for Heather, and Rooster explains all the ways he has avoided giving gifts to his previous girlfriends. Abby buys replacement drapes as a gift for Maggie and meets Colt, who is still wondering whether to get a birthday gift for Heather. Abby realizes that despite the age difference, Colt and Heather's relationship is more than just casual, so she advises him that he should. Colt gives Heather lingerie for her birthday gift, and as a result she believes that their relationship is more serious than Colt does.
77"I Can't Go There"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Beau is still upset because Maggie declined his invitation to move back in to the Bennett house. Abby continues to give Colt advice about his relationship with Heather and they conclude that Colt should end it. The breakup text he sends backfires and he has to go see Heather, who says she is fine with ending the relationship but still willing to see Colt casually. One of the calves is ill and Beau initially disregards Rooster's advice to give it antibiotics. Maggie visits Beau, who gives his full attention to the sick calf, causing Maggie to storm out in anger. Heather and Colt arrive at the house, where Heather bonds with Beau over the sick calf, during which she reveals her 4-H and rodeo background. Maggie returns to reconcile with Beau, but says she doesn't want to move back home, so he asks her for a divorce. Beau relents and gives the sick calf an antibiotic shot, but the calf dies. Beau breaks down in tears over the death of the calf and the coming end of his marriage to Maggie.
88"Til It's Gone"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Matt Ross
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
With money short, Beau, Rooster and Colt apply for a loan to keep the ranch operating. The banker is a part time high school football referee, and Colt accuses him of making a bad call that cost Colt's team a championship. The bank declines the loan, so Beau has the electricity turned off and looks for other ways to reduce expenses. Colt tells Maggie about the problem, and she offers to put her bar up as collateral for a loan, but Beau declines. Beau complains to Colt for telling Maggie about the difficulty at the ranch and accuses him of spending too much and not doing enough to help with the ranch work. Colt responds that Beau is too stubborn to change or ask for help, but expects that Colt and Rooster should. Beau talks with Maggie again and confesses that he does not want her to put the bar up for collateral because if the ranch fails, he would also ruin her financially. Maggie says she believes in Beau and is sure he will succeed, and he agrees to let her help with obtaining the loan.
99"There Goes My Life"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Max Searle & Nathan Chetty
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Heather offers Rooster to go for a blind date with her sister, Darlene, whose boyfriend left after she gives birth. The date goes unsuccessfully as Darlene storms out after seeing her ex's photos. After taking Darlene home, Rooster has sex with their mom, Mary, much to the astonishment of Colt. Colt storms out to Mary the next day and Heather asks him to respect their relationship. Maggie comes home and asks Beau to go to counseling together, which also went awry as Beau storms out. Beau consults with Dale the next day and tells him to put up things that annoy him for something he loves. That night, he apologizes to Maggie. Meanwhile, Kenny proposes to Abby at Cracker Barrel as Colt witnesses.
1010"Down the Road"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
April 1, 2016 (2016-04-01)
Beau continues holding out on selling the cattle out of fear of making a loss, while the ranch remains without electricity. Maggie tells Beau during his visit that she would like to come back to the ranch. Colt admits his astonishment, but not his heartbroken feelings, of Abby's proposal while she visits. As he tells all his concerns to Heather, she leaves him in anger. Rooster goes overboard over dating with Mary and asks him to date her more maturely. A nearby river spilled poisonous sewage affecting the local ranches; to the Bennetts' luck, their ranch is spared and eventually they can sell their cattle at a profit. At the ranch party, Heather successfully reconciles with Colt and promises to be honest with each other. Beau admits his love for the boys and gives Colt his championship ring. He then visits Maggie's to help her moving but sees her trailer is gone. Abby has doubts about marrying Kenny and tells Colt.
Part 2
111"Gone as a Girl Can Get"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Abby implicitly tells Colt she wants to get back with him. Beau is deeply hurt because Maggie leaves, burns Maggie's stuff and is hostile with Colt and Rooster. Heather visits Colt but breaks up after he inadvertently says that he favors Abby over her. Colt visits Abby, only to be told she is staying with Kenny, yet ends up with them kissing each other. Beau admits he still loves Maggie as he attempts to blanket her plants from frost.
122"Living and Living Well"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Abby confesses her rekindled feelings for Colt and asks him not to tell anyone. He ends up telling Rooster. Beau gives them money for their hard work during the hard times. Ed, a longtime friend, visits Beau and convinces him to sell the ranch to Neumann's Hill, a corporation which buys cattle from ranchers for a fixed price and had acquired one of the ranches in the state. Later Ed talks to Rooster and Colt at the bar about the benefits of selling the ranch and they go home and attempt to convince Beau to sell, much to his fury because he's afraid of losing his family's legacy. Billy sells his rudimentary truck to Colt and Rooster in order to buy a ring for Nikki; he accidentally mentions needing the money for a ring while next to her when showing the boys the truck, she says yes.
133"Sittin' on the Fence"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Steve Tompkins
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Mary invites Beau and Rooster to have dinner at Cracker Barrel where she works. She intends to set Beau up with Joanne, one of the waitresses. Colt dropped bags of flour, instead of flowers, at Abby's home and she laughs about it at Maggie's. While on her date with Kenny, Colt tries to flirt with her. Frightened, she leaves with Kenny. Mary invites Joanne to dinner at the ranch but Beau scorns the latter for their stark differences. The next evening however, they see each other again to chat over dessert. Maggie comes back and sees the two together.
144"Let's Fall to Pieces Together"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Steve Leff
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Beau still holds a grudge for Maggie leaving him; the boys beg him to see her. At the bar, Heather walks by and reconciles with Colt, while Beau meets Maggie. Maggie says that she ran away because she is afraid of reconciling with him by staying in and asks him to live nomadic with her. Joanne comes back and helps Beau decide between Maggie and the ranch. Beau decides to stay and with a heavy heart calls for a divorce. Rooster sets up Abby to talk with Colt at the ranch. Abby ultimately breaks up with Kenny. Heather sees the two and the girls, heartbroken, leave Colt. Colt unsuccessfully reconciles with Abby.
155"I Know She Still Loves Me"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Jeff Lowell & Max Searle
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
The next morning, Colt tries again to reconcile with Abby and successfully asks her for a date. At the bar, Kenny sits with Colt and Rooster when the latter plans a guys' night party at the bar with themselves to erase Kenny's heartbroken feelings. After that, they break into Abby's classroom. A bride and groom figurine Kenny gave to Abby entices him to get back to her. Colt admits his hookup with her, making Kenny furious. Abby has doubts about her relationship but Colt convinces her. Jerry, the family's lawyer, attempts to settle in the divorce of Beau and Maggie but her terms on giving her share of the ranch to the boys turns him off. Despite the divorce eventually going on, she comes back to the ranch to justify this as a way for them to bear more responsibility. That night, Beau delegates the upcoming herd insemination to them.
166"Easy Come, Easy Go"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt and Rooster try to satisfy Beau by doing the insemination themselves; he tells them they are doing it wrong while still letting them off. From Dale's inspection, they only successfully made one cow pregnant, much to Beau's dissatisfaction. Maggie tells Beau to give them a chance. The next day however, Beau takes the duty back from them. Abby's mom has an accident and Colt visits her. At the hospital, Colt sees Kenny hugging Abby; Colt fights with her over this at her home. Colt demands her to depend only on him as she says Kenny was coming as a friend, but not before lying about him not being there. Kenny, still mad at Colt, still considers Abby his fiancée.
177"I've Come to Expect It from You"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt invites Abby on their first date since getting back together at a laundromat where stood Rick's Arcade, where they went on their first date. They have sex later and read together at her house. Colt tries to read a book to satisfy Abby but the next night buys her a TV. Colt is concerned about his differences with Abby but she tells him they complete each other. Rooster, still upset, vents to Maggie; she tells him to just let it go. Maggie storms back to the ranch to hand him the divorce papers and scold Beau for agreeing with her about teaching the boys yet doesn't adopt it. Upon Dale's inspection that Beau does the insemination job well, the boys leave him. Joanne stops by and illustrates her distant relationship with her daughter to tell him that maintaining a relationship is more important than just being right. Ed invites Rooster to work for him at another ranch.
188"The Cowboy Rides Away"David TrainerStory by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Steve Leff
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Beau apologizes to the boys for not trusting them enough. Rooster dismisses Ed's offer as Maggie suggests otherwise. He visits Ed's farm and meets Umberto, his farm's former caretaker. The two reunite with Colt and Abby at the bar. Rooster tells about the offer to the disbelief of Colt and then gets passive-aggressive with Beau. When Colt storms into Maggie, she defends her decision in order to make Rooster happy and that he paid for Colt's plane ticket for a Barcelona Dragons tryout as a way of supporting him. Colt eventually lets Rooster take the job. He tells this to Beau as he thanked him for his help so far. Beau leaves out of his sight in disbelief.
199"Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long Time)"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Steve Tompkins
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Despite Rooster's new job starting in two weeks, Beau kicks him out and he moves to Mary's. Maggie reveals to him that she set up Rooster's job offer with Ed as a way to make him more mature and earn more money. After hearing Umberto's revelation about giving money to his family while staying poor, Colt requests Beau to communicate with Rooster. At another date, Abby allows Colt to come to her house at any time. Beau tries to settle in the paper with Maggie but their lawyer gives up due to the disagreement with Maggie's call of selling her share of the ranch to her kids, in which Beau demands Rooster be left out. Rooster offers Colt to work on the new ranch but he declines.
2010"Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
October 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
Colt and Abby think ahead of their future as a soon-to-be family. Colt tells to Beau he is staying but Beau wants to sell the ranch due to his disagreement with the divorce terms. Mary asks Rooster not to invite Umberto anymore as he fails to babysit her daughters' babies. Maggie agrees that Rooster's name be left out after he agrees. Beau and Maggie finally sign the newly drafted divorce paper containing the terms. At a Christmas party in the bar, Colt gives Abby's family the Broncos' playoff tickets as they witness Kenny date local weather presenter Tanya Showers. Mary catch Umberto and Darlene having sex at the bar and gives them her blessing. Joanne visits Beau and give each other hats of each other's car brand that they hate. Joanne is finally granted to see her daughter and granddaughter. Beau finally comes to the bar as the party is over. The kids give Maggie animal tap handlers symbolizing their nicknames and an old family picture. Colt gives Beau Ugg boots and he gives back a hug. Beau gives Rooster Grandpa's knife but he still cannot warm up to Beau, telling him he does not appreciate him enough. When Colt is about to head out to propose to Abby, Heather is waiting outside to announce her pregnancy with his child.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
part
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 3
211"My Next Thirty Years"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Colt reacts to Heather's pregnancy with disbelief. As Beau is drunk and Maggie drives him home to the ranch. Colt says nothing about Heather's pregnancy. Beau invites Maggie to stay the night since it's late, but she declines as she tells them they are already divorced. She wants Beau to remain hopeful that Rooster will come back. At Mary's, Darlene is upset because her ex-boyfriend (and baby-daddy) Jason reneges on his commitment to get their son a bicycle for Christmas. Since all the stores are closed by this time, Rooster steals a bike for him. Colt is summoned to Abby's to meet her parents and go to church together. Colt interacts awkwardly with them. On Christmas Day, Beau gives Colt a book of newspaper clippings about his football career. Colt breaks Heather's pregnancy to Beau and Beau advises him to do whatever it takes for his future child regardless of his readiness. Beau breaks the news to Maggie with a bottle of champagne they promised to open when they have their first grandchild. Colt speaks with Heather, telling her he really wants to do right by her and the baby. He says he wants to propose her, but she tells him to stop and tells him she's not ready to have a child, and that she wants to have an abortion.
222"Things Change"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Heather confesses she doesn't love Colt. His parents blame him for having unprotected sex with her in the first place, and tells him that Abby will find out about Heather's pregnancy one way or another and that he should tell her himself. Mary shoots Colt's truck windows out for revenge for impregnating her daughter. Mary then kicks Rooster out of her house for not telling her about the pregnancy. Maggie offers to let him stay in the hunting cabin she got from Beau in the divorce (which is located near the ranch). Though the cabin needs much work and cleaning to be habitable, Rooster needs a place to stay, so her reluctantly accepts the offer. Abby drops by the ranch and wants to have sex with Colt, but he declines. Colt finally tells Abby about Heather's pregnancy, and she storms out in disbelief. Beau goes to the local hair salon and gets a haircut from Brenda, whom he had (wrongly) been accused of sleeping with some years ago (after Maggie left him and started living behind her bar). He agrees to take her out to dinner to repay her for the haircut.
233"Take Me Away from Here"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Max Searle & Steve Leff
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Abby leaves in anger and then Beau tells Colt they are starting work. Rooster tosses a rat accidentally hitting Colt when he comes over. They talk and have a beer. Beau comes in with a gun and tells Rooster to get out. They argue and agree to stay off each other's property. Dale visits Rooster at the My Little Pony ranch. Rooster finds out that he can't hire him unless he pays for it himself. Maggie comes over to see Colt and talks to him about Heather and Abby. Colt goes to Heather's. He tells her he's not judging her, and that he's being supportive. Heather has an appointment at the abortion clinic the next day. Colt goes to visit Rooster. He tells Rooster he's driving Heather to the clinic. They talk some more. Back at the bar, Maggie and Hank stroll in to a huge leak, water everywhere. Colt and Heather go to the clinic. He hands her his St. Christopher medal for protection. Rooster and Maggie finish fixing the bar pipe break just as Beau walks in with a heater to prevent the pipes from freezing again. Hank tells them that the food freezer is shorted out from the flooding water. Beau and Rooster argue so much that Maggie tells them this is a sign maybe she should sell the bar. At the clinic, Heather changes her mind and decides she wants to keep the baby. She and Colt leave together (stopping at Dairy Queen for a blizzard treat).
244"She'll Have You Back"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Nikki Schiefelbein
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
255"My Best Friend"David TrainerStory by : Ashton Kutcher & Carla Filisha
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jamie Rhonheimer
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
266"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Max Williger
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
277"One of Those Nights"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jason Zumwalt
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
288"I Didn't Ask and She Didn't Say"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
299"Last Dollar (Fly Away)"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
3010"Can't Really Be Gone"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Nathan Chetty
June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16)
Part 4
311"Learning to Live Again"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
322"Wrapped Up in You"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Steve Tompkins & Jeff Lowell
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
333"Rodeo and Juliet"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Carla Filisha & Steve Leff
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
344"Much Too Young (To Feel this Old)"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Matt Ross
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
355"More Than a Memory"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
366"When You Come Back to Me Again"David TrainerStory by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
377"Do What You Gotta Do"David TrainerJamie Rhonheimer & Nathan ChettyDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
388"Big Money"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jeff Lowell & Nikki Schiefelbein
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
399"Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"David TrainerStory by : Steve Tompkins & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
4010"If Tomorrow Never Comes"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

No.
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No. in
part
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 5
411"Starting Over Again"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
422"It's All Wrong, But It's All Right"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Brian Keith Etheridge & Carla Filisha
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
433"A Gamble Either Way"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Brian Keith Etheridge & Carla Filisha
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
444"Baby I'm Burning"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Steve Leff & Jessica Kravitz
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
455"Travelin' Prayer"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
466"Tie Our Love (In a Double Knot)"David TrainerStory by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Lisa K. Nelson
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
477"Telling Me Lies"David TrainerStory by : Steve Leff & Brian Keith Etheridge
Teleplay by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Carla Filisha
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
488"Fresh Out of Forgiveness"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
499"It Ain't Fair that It Ain't Right"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Matt Ross
Teleplay by : Nathan Chetty & Jessica Kravitz
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
5010"Change"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
Part 6
511"When It All Goes South"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Chris Iredale
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
522"Reckless"David TrainerStory by : Nathan Chetty & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
533"If I Could Just See You Now"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
544"Changes Comin' on"David TrainerStory by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Lisa K. Nelson
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Steve Leff
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
555"Born Country"David TrainerStory by : Brian Keith Etheridge & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jeff Lowell & Jamie Rhonheimer
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
566"Pass It on Down"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
577"Give Me One More Shot"David TrainerStory by : Nathan Chetty & Brian Keith Etheridge
Teleplay by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
588"Keep on Dreamin'"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Carla Filisha
Teleplay by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Steve Leff
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
599"Down This Road"David TrainerStory by : Jessica Kravitz & Carla Filisha
Teleplay by : Brian Keith Etheridge & Jamie Rhonheimer
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
6010"We Can't Love Like This Anymore"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)

Season 4 (2019-20)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
part
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 7
611"Dying to See Her"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Peterson's cancer is in remission and he returns to find Colt rebuilding after the fire. Luke and Mary get married and go on a drinking and drugs binge. Abby asks Colt for space while staying with her parents, but he finds excuses to visit. Heather trains as a veterinary technician and shadows Dale as he examines Colt's cows. Dale reports that Colt's bull is incapable of impregnating them, leaving Colt short of cash with no way to increase his herd. Colt declines Heather's request for help finding her mother and Luke. Lisa Neumann argues with Beau about management of his ranch, which is now part of Neumann's Hill. Colt attempts to purchase a bull from Lisa, but she refuses to sell. Beau tells Dale Neumann's Hill requires him to use a different veterinarian, but Dale tells Beau their friendship will continue. Abby informs Colt she rented an apartment closer to her work. Colt denies Lisa’s accusation that he stole a bull. Colt finds an open gate between his father’s ranch and his, which allowed a bull onto Colt's. Beau unconvincingly denies that he left the gate open, but expresses happiness that Colt has finally had something good happen.
622"I Wish You'd Stay"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Brian Keith Etheridge
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Abby begins the move into her new apartment. Luke calls to say he is in jail and Mary has overdosed and is hospitalized. Beau, Joanne and Heather travel to Las Vegas to pick them up, but Colt refuses to go. Beau posts Luke's bail but refuses to listen to his explanation. Mary disregards the doctor's advice and leaves the hospital. Luke returns to Colt's ranch, but Colt refuses to take him back as a partner. Colt plans to sell some cows to generate enough cash to keep his ranch operating through the winter. Luke repays Beau, and says he will attend Veterans Administration-sponsored counseling, but Beau scoffs. Colt refuses Abby's request to attend a school book fair with her. Mary returns home and she and Luke discuss ending their quickie marriage but agree to remain friends. Luke spends most of his remaining cash buying Colt's cows at auction, restoring their ranching partnership. Luke makes amends with Beau, then visits Mary and discovers she is still using drugs. Colt relents and attends Abby's book fair, and they discuss the status of their marriage.
633"Waitin' on a Woman"David TrainerStory by : Steve Leff & Carla Filisha
Teleplay by : Jessica Kravitz & Nikki Schiefelbein
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
To Colt's frustration, Luke makes a mistake while helping with artificial insemination. Mary asks Luke for help making overdue mortgage payments. Beau offers to help on Colt's ranch. Abby and Colt argue over visitation. Dale tells Beau that the owner of the feed store died, causing Beau to consider his own mortality. Beau argues with Colt over whether a cow is having an allergic reaction. Luke gives Heather $1,000 so she can pay the mortgage. Dale says Colt's sick cow is recovering after receiving epinephrine, revealing that Beau saved it by disregarding Colt's assessment of its condition. Abby works late, irritating Colt by denying him time with Peyton. Joanne counsels Colt that rather than be upset with Beau, he should be willing to listen to the advice of an experienced rancher. Heather tells Luke that Mary withdrew the money and fled, leaving nothing for the mortgage. Colt apologizes to Beau and says he should have been grateful for Beau’s wisdom. Beau apologizes for acting on his own, but reminds Colt that he became successful only after making numerous mistakes, which he wants Colt to avoid. Abby brings Peyton for her first overnight with Colt. Beau proposes to Joanne.
644"Remind Me"David TrainerStory by : Bryce VanKooten & William Vallery
Teleplay by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Joanne refuses Beau's proposal. To Colt's irritation, Luke says he arrived late for work because he was searching for Mary. Luke says Colt's tractor has a cracked engine block, meaning expensive repairs. Despite his misgivings, Colt gives Luke suggestions for finding Mary. Joanne confesses to Beau that she turned down his proposal because she has early stage Alzheimer's disease and announces she is moving to Arizona to live with her daughter. Colt hits on the idea of crowdsourcing the sale of his cows, increasing profits by dealing directly with customers. Mary's family is evicted. Mary is still missing, and took Heather's car, so Heather reports it stolen as a way to find her. Abby creates Colt's profile for the crowdsourcing website. Mary is arrested and Luke and Heather decline to post bail, hoping time in jail will restore her sobriety. Beau visits Joanne in Arizona and promises to stay with her no matter where she lives. Abby and Colt check the website and see several pre-orders for beef, indicating that crowdsourcing is viable. Happy at their success, they spend the night together. Mary's ex-husband Nick posts her bail.
655"Love and War"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
Teleplay by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Jeff Lowell
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Colt and Abby wake up together. Before she leaves for work they find more pre-orders on the crowdsourcing site. Luke and Heather discover Mary has been released from jail. Abby drops off Peyton and declines Colt’s dinner invitation but promises to stay the following night to watch football. Luke reports that the stream which provides water to Colt's ranch has gone dry. Mary and Nick break into her foreclosed house to recover her pill stash. Luke, Colt, and Beau find the stream is blocked by a Neumann's Hill dam. Dale tells Joanne that when Charlene was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, it motivated them to travel and do other activities they had long deferred. Lisa declines to remove the dam, saying her ranches need the water for alfalfa and other crops. Heather and Luke meet Mary at the bar to return the personal items they saved for her during the eviction, but Mary refuses to consider entering rehabilitation for her drug abuse. Based on Dale's advice, Joanne proposes and Beau accepts. Abby finds that Colt arranged for them to be alone while watching football and tells Colt she is not ready to move back in, resulting in another argument.
666"The Devil Is Alive and Well"David TrainerStory by : Nathan Chetty & Nikki Schiefelbein
Teleplay by : Carla Filisha & Brian Keith Etheridge
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Beau and Joanne tell Colt and Luke they have decided to marry as soon as possible and allow Luke to plan a ceremony at the Bennett House. Abby arrives to pick up Peyton, Colt is curt with her, and she again refuses to move back in, so Colt tells her they have nothing more to discuss. Jerry tells Colt that he and the other affected ranchers have a good case against the dam and he will ask a judge to issue an injunction against Neumann's Hill that prevents them from using it while the court case is pending. Joanne is frustrated when she believes her Alzheimer's symptoms may be affecting her memory. Abby suggests marriage counseling, but Colt refuses. Colt pleads with Lisa to remove the dam, but she refuses and promises to drag the court case out for so long that the affected ranchers will go out of business. Mary shows up for the wedding uninvited and embarrasses herself before angrily storming off. Beau and Joanne get married in front of friends and family. Jerry tells Colt the judge denied the injunction. Colt says that if Abby will not move back in, he wants a divorce.
677"Last Time for Everything"David TrainerStory by : Don Reo & Jessica Kravitz
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Steve Leff
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Colt and Abby continue arguing, but Colt remains firm in requesting a divorce. Billy tells Colt and Luke that someone blew up the dam the night before. Colt claims he was at the wedding and then alone with Abby. Colt admits his guilt to Beau, touching off a heated argument. Joanne gets defensive about forgetting to pick up Colt's Muscle Milk at the grocery store. Colt asks Abby to provide his alibi but she says she will not lie for him. Mary tells Luke she used heroin. Luke agrees to take her to a rehabilitation facility. Joanne requests that if she can no longer care for herself, Beau help end her life. Janice advises Colt to fight to save his marriage. Luke and Mary stop for fuel and Mary steals Luke's truck. Beau and Joanne play memory-related games to slow the onset of her symptoms. Beau agrees that if necessary he will help Joanne die with dignity. Abby tells the police Colt was with her after the wedding. Lisa reveals to Colt that a game camera filmed him destroying the dam. She says she will give the evidence to the police unless he sells his ranch to her.
688"Without a Fight"David TrainerStory by : Jeff Lowell & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Max Searle & Matt Ross
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Colt tells Beau and Abby Lisa has evidence Colt destroyed the dam. They again counsel Colt to sell her his ranch. Abby and Colt inch closer to divorce. Bar patrons buy drinks for Colt and he realizes they consider him a hero for fighting Neumann's Hill. Colt tells Luke about Peterson's old El Camino and suggests Luke get it running to replace the truck Mary stole. Joanne and Beau consider traveling, but Beau does not like any of the proposed destinations. Luke is frustrated while working on the El Camino and erupts at Beau. Lisa refuses Colt's offer to sell if she agrees not to reconstruct the dam. Beau and Abby again counsel Colt to sell to Lisa so he can avoid criminal charges, disappointing Colt who says everyone supports him but the people whose approval he most needs. Luke apologizes to Beau for yelling at him. Beau gives Luke Pedro's tools, replacing the ones Luke lost when Mary stole his truck. Beau and Luke get the El Camino running. Colt is arrested. Beau sells Lisa the Iron River Ranch in exchange for Lisa not pressing charges against Colt.
699"Welcome to the Future"David TrainerStory by : Steve Leff & Jessica Kravitz
Teleplay by : Carla Filisha & Nathan Chetty
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Colt is released from jail. Colt and Beau argue over Beau's decision to sell Iron River to Lisa. Rich tells Colt Lisa fired him and he now works as a buyer for Outback Steakhouse. He offers to buy 400 head of cattle, more than Colt has, and agrees to let Colt see if he can arrange a sale by combining with other independent ranchers. Beau tells Colt to be careful in brokering the deal with Outback, which Colt misinterprets as criticism. Joanne advises Beau to be more supportive of Colt. Lisa makes outsized offers for the ranches of Colt's allies, jeopardizing his Outback deal. Mary wants to stay in the hunting cabin with Luke because she is not safe in her current situation, but Luke refuses. Colt signs the divorce papers and gives them to Abby. Beau reminds Colt that his main character trait has always been his refusal to quit, even in impossible situations. Colt makes another pitch to the other ranchers, who agree to stick with him. Colt rescues Beau's Iron River branding iron from the trash and asks to carry on the name at his ranch, and Beau approves.
7010"Perfect Storm"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Brian Keith Etheridge
Teleplay by : Don Reo & William Vallery
September 13, 2019 (2019-09-13)
Colt tells Beau and Luke he signed the divorce papers. Abby and Colt agree to work out a relationship that prioritizes Peyton. Joanne and Beau consider traveling to Spain, but Beau disapproves, as he does Joanne's other suggested destinations. Abby and Colt debate who will have Peyton for Thanksgiving, their first major post-separation holiday. Colt, Luke, and Beau travel to an Indian casino in New Mexico. The El Camino runs out of gas because of a defective gauge, leaving them to drink beer on the side of the road while awaiting help. Abby sees Mary attempt to fill a phony prescription and realizes Nick has returned to Garrison. Colt tells Beau marrying Joanne is the best thing that has happened to him and he ought to travel anywhere she likes. Beau agrees and says they will visit Spain or anywhere else she wants to go. After Beau, Luke and Colt return home Abby reports that Nick has returned and that she knows where he and Mary are staying. An armed Beau heads for Nick's trailer, followed by Luke. Abby pleads for Colt to stay, but he follows Luke. Nick arrives home and enters, followed by a gunshot.
Part 8
711"It Ain't My Fault"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Jeff Lowell
Teleplay by : Justin Mooney & Jesse Jensen
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
Two hours before the gunshot, Beau, Luke, and Colt arrive at Nick’s trailer. They discover Mary has injuries after fighting with Nick. Luke brings Mary to Beau’s house while Beau and Colt wait for Nick. Beau talks Colt out of killing Nick. Beau and Colt leave the trailer separately. Colt receives a phone call and turns around. Deputy Wilkerson arrives at the trailer. Colt exits and tells him Nick is dead inside. Wilkerson arrests Colt and brings him to the sheriff's office. Colt tells Billy he didn’t kill Nick. The police realize Colt has an alibi and release him.
722"Like It's the Last Time"David TrainerStory by : Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Brian Keith Etheridge
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
Beau says that the sale of Beau’s ranch means the Bennetts must leave the family home. Abby tells Colt she and Peyton will spend Thanksgiving with her family. Luke brings Mary to a Denver drug rehabilitation facility and helps her check in. Joanne flies to Buffalo to spend Thanksgiving with her sister. Colt, Beau, and Luke decide to conduct one last turkey hunt on the Iron River ranch before turning it over to Neumann’s Hill. Beau and Luke are questioned about Nick’s death. Beau, Luke, and Colt unsuccessfully attempt to recover an old pickup truck Beau abandoned in the woods. Beau and Luke reminisce about life in the Bennett house. Luke, Beau, and Colt celebrate Thanksgiving with TV dinners. Abby brings Peyton to Beau’s house so Colt can spend time with her on the holiday.
733"Out of Sight"David TrainerStory by : Carla Filisha & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jessica Kravitz & Bryce VanKooten
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
Colt works to make sure his herd is ready to withstand a severe cold snap. Abby invites Colt to dinner for his birthday. Colt’s deal with Outback is threatened when one of the other ranch owners says he plans to feed his herd grain instead of hay. Beau and Joanne argue about whether Joanne should drive to Arizona alone to visit her daughter and granddaughter. Colt’s Outback partners agree to share hay and windbreaks during the bad weather. As Colt’s partner, Luke wants to be included in decisions affecting their ranch, which Colt rejects. Dale advises Beau on helping Joanne cope with her Alzheimer’s disease without taking away her independence. Because Luke refuses to help, Colt attempts to install windbreaks alone. His truck pins him against one, and he is unable to move. Abby & Luke search together and Beau & Joanne search together to try and find Colt, who is nearing death from the cold.
744"Fadeaway"David TrainerStory by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
Teleplay by : William Vallery & Matt Ross
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
755"Born to Love You"David TrainerStory by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Jamie Rhonheimer
Teleplay by : Steve Leff & Nathan Chetty
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
766"Not Everything's About You"David TrainerStory by : Brian Keith Etheridge & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Carla Filisha & Jeff Lowell
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
777"What Was I Thinking"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Nathan Chetty
Teleplay by : Nikki Schiefelbein & Steve Leff
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
788"Helluva Life"David TrainerStory by : Bryce VanKooten & Carla Filisha & William Vallery
Teleplay by : Don Reo & Jamie Rhonheimer & Nathan Chetty
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
799"Dumb Effin' Luck"David TrainerStory by : Jessica Kravitz & Steve Leff
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Jeff Lowell & Brian Keith Etheridge
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)
8010"Take Me Home, Country Roads"David TrainerStory by : Matt Ross & Max Searle
Teleplay by : Jim Patterson & Don Reo
January 24, 2020 (2020-01-24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Netflix's 'The Ranch' offers up a country-heavy soundtrack". The Rowdy. April 9, 2016. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson Team For Netflix Comedy 'The Ranch'". Variety. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Villareal, Yvonne (April 1, 2016). "Ashton Kutcher bucks conventions on his Netflix sitcom 'The Ranch' and ponders reviving 'That '70s Show'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Hudak, Joseph; Hudak, Joseph (December 10, 2019). "'The Ranch' Soundtrack to Feature Lukas Nelson, Shooter Jennings Duet". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ashton Kutcher & Danny Masterson To Star In Netflix Series From '2.5 Men' Duo". Deadline Hollywood. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  6. ^ Hudak, Joseph; Hudak, Joseph (December 10, 2019). "'The Ranch' Soundtrack to Feature Lukas Nelson, Shooter Jennings Duet". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 3, 2020.

Release[edit]

The first ten episodes premiered on April 1, 2016,[1][2] 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,[3][4] the first half of which premiered on June 16, 2017,[5] and the second half was released on December 15, 2017.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

On October 31, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and final season with the series to conclude in 2020.[9][10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Reception[edit]

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."[13] Metacritic gave the series a score of 56 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

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."[15] 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."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lisa de Moraes (January 17, 2016). "Netflix Unveils Premiere Dates For 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'The Get Down,' 'Flaked' And Others". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – ranch, the on netflix". The Futon Critic. April 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 29, 2016). "Ashton Kutcher Sitcom 'The Ranch' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Stanhope, Kate (April 29, 2016). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 2". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Schmidt, Patrick. "The Ranch season 2 release date announcement". netflixlife.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "'The Ranch' Part 4 Release Date Revealed". Streaming. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Olin, Bryce (July 4, 2017). "Netflix Renews 'The Ranch' for Season 3". Netflix Life. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  8. ^ 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. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 31, 2018). "'The Ranch' Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
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