Exclusive first look: The real-life friends are back on TV with a new family comedy
It’s the second coming of That ’70s Show! Well, two-sixths of it.
Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson have joined forces to rustle up laughs on Netflix’s The Ranch, a multi-camera comedy debuting this spring from Two and a Half Men’s Don Reo and Jim Patterson about a confident-but-failed semipro football player named Colt (Kutcher) who returns to Colorado to help run the family ranching business. Masterson plays his second-fiddle brother, Rooster, and Sam Elliott is their stiff-necked father, Beau. Their strong-willed mother, Maggie (Debra Winger), owns a bar and temporarily lives in a trailer behind it while she figures out her marriage to Beau.
“A lot of the show plays outdoors, which is unconventional for a sitcom,” Kutcher tells EW. “We’re breaking a bunch of rules, but at the same time, it’s a sitcom about fathers and sons, and what it’s like to live in that town you just want to get out of.”
As for the brothers’ dynamic, “Our relationship is contentious, but the history of Danny and my friendship bleeds into the characters,” says Kutcher. “They’re best friends, but they f—ing hate each other.”
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A version of this story appeared in Entertainment Weekly issue #1397/98, on newsstands now or available for purchase here.