The Ranch: Parts 1 & 2 (2016)


Parts 1 & 2
The Ranch

Critics Consensus

A formulaic set-up and predictable plotting are elevated by The Ranch's surprising sensitivity and strong performances.



Critic Ratings: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 573
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Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
Air date: Apr 1, 2016
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Critic Reviews for The Ranch Parts 1 & 2

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17)

The Bennetts feel real, and so, surprisingly, does their ranch, even if it's just a stage set. (Lighting, and sometimes the lack of lighting, appears to be key.)

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

There are so many elements of "The Ranch" that were potentially appealing, and yet when I first watched the pilot, from the very beginning I found it offputting and facile.

Apr 4, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

The Ranch establishes itself as an easily imbibed, down-home diversion replete with rough edges and mini-lessons to live by... Still, this is by and large a pleasant surprise that advances the ball just a bit further for Kutcher.

Apr 4, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The sitcom takes on vestiges of stage drama - almost like Louis C.K.'s "Horace and Pete" except ineffectively.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

The Bennetts feel real, and so, surprisingly, does their ranch, even if it's just a stage set.

Mar 31, 2016 | Full Review…

The Ranch isn't hateable as much as just bone-weary. It's a by-the-dots, or the numbers - whichever are easiest to connect - sitcom that proceeds according to formula.

Mar 31, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

At its heart, it's still a sitcom -- funny, just not pandering and silly as most.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

What makes [The Ranch] addictively watchable is the invisible professionalism of almost everyone involved.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The comedy is passable at best, with far too many uninspired jokes padding things out.

Jul 13, 2016 | Full Review…

There is a strange warmth and an ease to the series that makes it just fine for casual watching.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ranch: Parts 1 & 2

  • Mar 18, 2019
    Shouldn't have booted Rooster off the show.
  • Jan 10, 2019
    Criminally not funny and predictable. i didnt like this show at all. I could barely sit through 4 episodes. the lowest COMMON DENOMINATOR of "entertainment" if you can call it that,
  • Dec 25, 2018
    Not in any way original, but somehow new. Funny in its essence, yet beautiful in the complexity of its characters relationships. Maybe its because of the freedom netflix gives, but seems like a show that, even though it has a clear formula, it is not stranded by it. Unafraid to explore wherever the story leads without losing its essence.
  • Dec 19, 2018
    If you liked "That 70s Show" (and I did) you will probably like the Ranch, as it is basically the same show. The show's title is a bit unfortunate, and we almost passed it up, but gave it a shot because of the cast. Sam Elliot add a bit of gravitas, but he is basically Red. Kutcher plays, well himself - he only seems to have one character in everything he is in - the bumbling idiot - but that is not to say he does a bad job. The jokes ranch from insipid and dumb to fall down laughing, so while yes, some of it is juvenile and dumb, it can be quite funny at times. There is a bit of daytime soap drama too, which helps if the jokes are hurting your ears. I also get the impression that the producers think ranchers are all stumbing drunks, and if you took away the beer bottles in this show, there would be no prop budget at all.
  • Sep 11, 2018
    I could only make it through the first 10 minutes of the first episode. the canned laughter was SO overblown and SO loud, especially for lines that were only mildly amusing, I couldn't take it anymore. Too bad, as it has a great cast.
  • Jul 13, 2018
    I really enjoy watching this show!
  • Jul 08, 2018
    What is up with that laugh track? Stupid. So beneath these actors
  • Feb 16, 2018
    Looking at the cast, I expected to love it. I was highly disappointed. The pace is stilted by laugh pauses. The fake southern accents make me cringe. The dialog is predictable and pointless. The jokes are the same old jabs over and over. I am amazed it lasted this long and am equally amazed people like it. Must be the same crowd that likes Big Bang Theory. I tried several episodes and couldn't make it more than 10 minutes due to the cringe factor.
  • Feb 16, 2018
    Hate the laugh track. Let the dialog stand on its own. Laugh track is distracting. I know what's funny.
  • Jan 13, 2018
    Sam Elliot MAKES this show. There's a lot of language, but it's a hilarious show with real life issues.

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