‘The Ranch’ is one of those sitcoms you believe was written by Chuck Lorre, but it’s a Netflix original!
The show revolves around the Bennett family, the inhabitants of Colorado’s Iron River Ranch. Members include patriarch Beau Roosevelt Bennett (Sam Elliot), his sons Colt (Ashton Kutcher), and Jameson aka Rooster (Danny Masterson). Beau’s younger son Colt returns to the family business after a professional football career which brought him mixed success.
- Why is ‘The Ranch’ so good?
- These stars from ‘That ‘70s Show’ reunited on ‘The Ranch’
- Will Chuck Lorre produce ‘The Ranch’ Season 9?
Debuting on Netflix in 2016, the series aired for nearly four years, spanning 80 episodes and eight parts. ‘The Ranch’ enjoyed its popularity on the streaming service, but like every sitcom, has arrived at a natural end. The producers and Ashton Kutcher himself broke the news to fans after they relentlessly pursued answers to the cancellation announcement.
Unlike other sitcoms, ‘The Ranch’ adopted a unique approach which deserves praise. It’s an easy to binge-watch series and, for a sitcom, is surprisingly realistic. It addresses genuine issues with honesty and documents various challenges faced by small farmers.
Why is ‘The Ranch’ so good?
So why is a sitcom with a laugh track and cheesy dialogues so good? ‘The Ranch’ disguises itself as a Netflix comedy-drama but it’s actually having conversations about real-life, day-to-day issues. There’s barely any drama surrounding relationships because they’re busy depicting life in the rural USA. It’s unexpectedly sensitive and will surprise pretty much anyone who gives it a chance.
These stars from ‘That ‘70s Show’ reunited on ‘The Ranch’
Fans have often joked about how ‘The Ranch’ is actually just a ‘That ‘70s Show‘ reunion. Ashton Kutcher who played Michael Kelso on the series is a central character in this Netflix original sitcom too! He plays Colt Bennett who returns home after fifteen years and navigates his strange new family dynamic. But he’s not the only one on the series from ‘That ’70s Show’.
Danny Masterson aka the fan-favourite Steven Hyde from the series is also a part of ‘The Ranch’ cast! He portrays the character of Colt’s older brother, Jameson “Rooster” Ford Bennett. He has lived with his family on the ranch since Colt left home to pursue his football career. Rooster is sometimes bitter towards Colt because he had to accept the family responsibility while his brother followed his dream.
Although he is far more competent on the ranch, he is just as immature as his brother and drinks and slacks off all the time. During Part 6, Rooster is said to be missing and presumed dead after his motorcycle went down a dangerous road. Masterson’s character was written off from ‘The Ranch’ after sexual assault allegations against the actor surfaced.
The writer’s decision to give Rooster an open-ending has received backlash and has been deemed inappropriate. Fans enjoyed the character’s chemistry on the series, but after the allegations, Masterson hasn’t been associated with the show.
Will Chuck Lorre produce ‘The Ranch’ Season 9?
Fans really want the ‘King of Sitcoms’ to save ‘The Ranch’ by producing its ninth season. Even if Chuck Lorre was interested in reviving the show, the fact is: the series has arrived at a conclusion. ‘The Ranch’ Season 9 is impossible especially because the writers know it, and so does Ashton Kutcher.
“The story was told”, he said, as per a report posted by “TVLine”.
“I love everything that we did. Everybody there was still highly in love with each other … We got to the point where we were able to let everybody know this was the last season, and that we were going to wrap it up, so everybody had time to find their next gig.”
Explaining the decision to call it quits, Kutcher referred to his last sitcom, CBS’ ‘Two and a Half Men’. The actor revisited how the series ended much later than it should have which resulted in an illogical plotline.
“I’ve been on shows where you keep going, and you keep going … and then you’ve got a brother who’s a gorilla.”
Even if Chuck Lorre is interested, it’s pretty clear that the time is up for ‘The Ranch’.
Do you agree with the producer’s decision to end the series and not go forward with ‘The Ranch’ Season 9? Let us know in the comments section!