It looks as though The Ranch is about to close its doors over at Netflix.
In a new post on Twitter today, series star Ashton Kutcher officially revealed that the fourth season of the comedy, which is once again going to be split into two parts, will be the final one. The first half is going to premiere a little bit later this year, where is the second half will start streaming in 2020.
We can’t exactly say that The Ranch season 4 serving as the final season is altogether a surprise. After all, Netflix has a tendency to have most of it shows wrap following a fairly short run on the air. Fuller House, for example, is ending with its upcoming fifth season, and a lot of their scripted dramas only tend to run a handful of years. Orange is the New Black is one of the longest-running shows that they have, and even it is airing its final season this year. (The Ranch is actually going to conclude with more total episodes than Fuller House.)
We know that The Ranch has certainly been popular throughout its run, but it is also dealt with a lot of headlines away from the show. Take, for example, the eventual exit of cast member Danny Masterson following a number of accusations for improper behavior and assault away from the show. Masterson was eventually replaced on the show by Dax Shepard, who will continue to be a part of the series, despite him having another program on the air in ABC’s Bless This Mess. We wouldn’t be shocked if his time on The Ranch wraps up before he goes back over and continues his work over there.
So what is the final legacy of The Ranch as a TV show? If you’re thinking just in terms of what’s presented on the screen, we think that this show did prove that you can do a traditional sitcom, in a lot of ways, while also presenting the content to an older, more adult audience. The language within this show is certainly not the sort of stuff that you tend to hear in your average network TV comedy, and it did certainly help it stand out. (More than likely, it shocked many parents on first viewing.) It was also a reminder that for Ashton Kutcher, it really does feel like he is most comfortable performing live in front of a studio audience. This is precisely what he did for many years on That 70’s Show, and he eventually parlayed this over into his role as Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half Men.
We imagine that we will have more news on the future of The Ranch very soon, so be sure to stay tuned and come back for some further updates. For more news on renewals/cancellations, be sure to check out our guide here.
What do you think about The Ranch ending with season four? Do you wish it was running for a little bit longer? Be sure to stay or in the comments, and check back soon for more news. (Photo: Netflix.)