As we all spend more time on the couch watching Netflix series, here's one that's no longer in production but is still available to be viewed. "The Ranch" is Netflix comedy series based on a Colorado ranch, starring Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott, and Danny Masterson as the familial focus. You can watch the stars battle love triangles while running businesses.
The Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama series was created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, and debuted on Netflix in 2016, running for four seasons. Fun fact, all the episodes are named after American country music songs. On October 31, 2018, Netflix had renewed the series for a fourth and final season. The second part of the final season was released on January 24th, 2020. Since it ended, however, here's what the actors have been up to.
Ashton Kutcher needs no introduction to most. He was the star/host of "Punk'd" in the 2000s, "Two and a Half Men," the most lovable dummy of all dummies on "That 70's Show," and in many rom-coms including "Valentine's Day" and "No Strings Attached." In 2016, Ashton Kutcher starred in the Netflix original show, "The Ranch" as Colt Bennett. Colt returns home with a failed semi-pro football career after playing for multiple teams but ends up back at home, helping his family run their ranch in Colorado. Throughout the sitcom, viewers watch Kutcher torn between two lovers, his current girlfriend and his hometown high school sweetheart.
Kutcher started dating co-star from "That 70's Show," Mila Kunis, in 2012, after his divorce from the legendary Demi Moore. Three years later, they got married and have since started a family. Believe it or not, this actor is a venture capitalist. He is the co-founder of A-Grade Investments and has invested in over sixty companies. Some of the most prominent include Skype, Airbnb, Path, Fab.com, and Foursquare. He has also invested in startups since 2017 including Lemonade, Kopari Beauty, ReaserachGate, and Neighborly. So yes, safe to say that this entrepreneur, model, producer, and actor is doing pretty well.
Another Hollywood and heavy television hitter is Sam Elliot. Known for playing Gar next to Cher in "Mask," "The Big Lebowski," and for that killer 'stache in films like "Tombstone," "Butch Cassidy," and the "Sundance Kid." You may have even seen him on the "Gunsmoke" tv show. He's had a successful acting career since the late 60s. Sam Elliot plays Beau Bennett on "The Ranch." Beau is Colt and Rooster Bennett's father; he inherited the ranch from his father, which is evident as he tends to begrudgingly often condemning modern technology.
Beau is married to Joanne, played by Kathy Baker; she appears in multiple episodes. Sam Elliott was nominated for his first Oscar in 2019 for Best Supporting Actor in the film "A Star is Born." He is married to his wife, whom he met on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and they live in Malibu, California. He also recently came into possession of his childhood home.
Beau's ex-wife, Maggie, is played by Debra Winger. Maggie Bennet is the mother of Colt and Rooster Bennett. She owns a bar, aptly named Maggie's Bar, where she lives in a trailer on the property. She is assisted by Grady Lee Richmond, called Hank. Free-spirited and down to earth, Rooster and his bother often go to her for advice.
Before The Ranch, Debra Winger was in "Urban Cowboy" with John Travolta, "Dangerous Woman," which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. "An Officer and a Gentleman" also earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2018 she landed a role in the film "Tiger City." In 1986 she married director and actor Arliss Howard and had a son, Gideon Babe Ruth Howard in 1997. She is also a stepmother to Sam Howard, who is Arliss' son from his previous marriage.
Abby is Colt's high school sweetheart, who he still has feelings for despite having a girlfriend at the top of the show. Abby is a history teacher at Garrison High School. She goes from being engaged to another man but later breaks it off, expressing some feelings for her returned ex-beau. Before "The Ranch," she starred in "House of Wax," "The Girl Next Door," and TV series "24." From 2011 to 2013 she starred as Alex Kerkovich for three seasons on ABC's comedy "Happy Endings."
She was named 2013's "TV's Most Beautiful Woman," according to Maxim magazine. In 2013 she went on to marry Dion Phaneuf, then-captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The couple welcomed their first child in 2017.
Co-star to Ashton Kutcher on "That 70's Show" Danny Masterson, joined him again when "The Ranch" started. In this Netflix show, they played brothers, Masterson as "Rooster" Bennett, Colt's other brother who never left. His bitterness is apparent when his brother returns. In one of the final episodes, "The Ranch Part 5," things get dicey for the star and, therefore, his character. On-screen, Rooster steals a generator and sleeps with his ex-girlfriend, Mary (Megyn Price), who is in another relationship with an angry dude named Nick.
This situation leads to Rooster fleeing and leaving viewers with cliffhangers that confused and upset the fans. This was due to Masterson being under fire in real life. Directors decided to cut his character out of the show after news came out the actor allegedly raped two women during the time that he was on"That 70's Show."
Flash forward to June 2021, it was announced that Masterson was now accused of raping three women at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. He was ordered to stand trial on May 21st by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who stated that she "found all three witnesses to be credible and the evidence sufficient to support the charges." Masterson has repeatedly denied the allegations and remains free to this day on a $3.3 million bail.
Dax Shepard, husband to Kristen Bell, replaced Danny Materson after he was removed from "The Ranch" for its final seasons. He enters as Luke Matthews, a former soldier returning to Garrison, Colorado. Luke befriends Colt and Beau, but he isn't a squeaky clean character, which viewers later find out. The actor's first tv series role was "Parenthood," which ended in 2015; he underwent a project with his wife, "Bless this Mess," which was unsuccessful right after he wrote and directed "CHIPS," and Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer."
Since 2018 he has hosted his own podcast, "Armchair Expert" that interviews journalists, academics, and celebrities about their lives. The show is also hosted by Monica Padman, premiering on February 14, 2018. Their first guests being none other than Bell herself. In 2018 the podcast made an appearance on Vulture's list of best comedy podcasts.
After several years of substance abuse, the actor achieved sobriety in September 2005. Unfortunately, during a special episode of the podcast, on September 25, 2020, the actor revealed that he had a relapse while he was recovering from an accident by buying painkillers to augment a prescription. Luckily he also announced that he was sober again with seven days of sobriety as of September 21st, 2020.