Just kidding, it totally is. But that doesn’t mean the series — which dropped its first 10 episodes on the streaming service early Friday morning — doesn’t have a few surprises up its sleeve, particularly in the more dramatic exchanges between Kutcher and his on-screen father Sam Elliott. Truth be told, it often feels like the series walks the line between an uninspired sitcom and an intelligent stage play. (Yeah, I said “intelligent.” Want to fight about it?)
If you’ve yet to check it out, here’s a quick rundown of the plot: The Ranch stars Kutcher as Colt Bennett, a former high school football star who pays a “quick” visit to his estranged family’s Colorado ranch while he attempts to jump start his career. Soon enough, Colt finds himself slipping back into the ol’ ranch routine, with his father on his back and his hand up a cow’s… well, let’s just say the miracle of life is a beautiful thing and leave it at that.
Along for the ride is Debra Winger, who isn’t afraid to drop a few F-bombs as the Bennett family matriarch, and Danny Masterson, who essentially plays an older, scruffier version of his That ’70s Show character. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Happy Endings alumna Elisha Cuthbert later joins the fray as Colt’s ex-girlfriend — the more age-appropriate of the two blondes in his life.
Aside from the dramatic moments I mentioned earlier, the cast of
Two and a Half Cowboys The Ranch rarely steps out of its comfort zone, playing to the studio audience — yes, there’s a laugh track — with the same naughty humor you’d expect from a rerun of Kutcher’s CBS sitcom. (Only, you know, with a lot more swearing.)
If that’s your thing, giddy on up! If not, mooooove right along.
Tell us: Are you checking in for an extended stay at The Ranch, or are you breezing past the Bennett compound and never looking back? Grade Netflix’s newest sitcom below, then drop a comment with your full review.