Netflix Binge: The Ranch

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Photo: Gary Gayne // Netflix

So I finally joined the 21st century and got myself a Netflix account!

I know what you’re thinking, “WHAT has she been doing with her life?” Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love binge watching shows, but usually I spend all my cash on boxsets. I seriously pride myself on my DVD collection, but I’ve found a problem with splurging out on a boxset… I might not like it. This has happened to me twice recently, once with The Wire (I gave it 5 episodes but just couldn’t get into it, no matter how much I loved Idris Elba) and secondly with Girls (sorry, I know that’ll offend a lot of people).


Netflix has such a huge range of shows, and films, that are on my watch list so it seemed to make sense to open an account. PLUS I’ve been desperate to watch quite a few Netflix Original Series’ that my friends have been banging on about!

I recently binged That 70’s Show (with my month free trial) and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Danny Masterson, or Ashton Kutcher, so thanks to my ‘trending’ list, I watched my first Netflix Original, The Ranch!

The show, created by Two and a Half Men writers Jim Patterson and Don Reo, is a comedy following Colt Bennett (Kutcher), who gives up his semi-pro football career to return to his Colorado home and help run the family farm with his dad Beau, played by the brilliant Sam Elliot, and older brother Jameson (Masterson), also known as ‘Rooster’, while their mother Maggie, played by Debra Winger, runs a local bar. The series premiered on Netflix back in April, and didn’t exactly receive a huge amount of hype but personally, I loved it!

After years of working together on That 70’s Show, Kutcher and Masterson have such an easy chemistry, which makes for a fun dynamic between the two characters. Elliot’s Beau fits into the show perfectly with his deadpan delivery and stubbornness towards his sons, whilst Winger’s Maggie is a strong female character who tries her best to keep her family in check.

There’s a real warmth to the show and although it’s a comedy, delivers some serious and sensitive moments at times. I’d certainly recommend giving it a watch, and I for one can’t wait for it’s return next month!

The Ranch S2 streams on Netflix 7th October 2016.

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