• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: May 1, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 30
    A plodding series that really just proves life was unrelentingly hard and pretty monotonous in the not-so-wild West.
  2. "Ranch House" is engaging, droll commentary on the American dream and how we became the nation we are today.
  3. Over four nights, the episodes do gradually blossom into the kind of internal dramas that power Mark Burnett-style reality shows. Just be prepared for long early stretches with minimal action and not entirely riveting characters.
  4. 50
    I kept wishing for a rose ceremony to perk things up. [8 May 2006, p.39]
  5. Every reality show needs a mix of those you cheer for and those you jeer against, but "Texas Ranch House" has too many of the latter.
  6. "Ranch House" is the most ambitious of the "House" projects.
  7. So it turns out that being cowboys isn't so romantic after all. It's also mighty slow-moving from an entertainment standpoint.
  8. This being a made-for-television environment, no one perishes, but there are no happy endings here, either.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. JonP
    Oct 21, 2006
    I know PBS purposefully chooses personalities that will clash and add an extra dimension of drama to these shows, but I would have enjoyed Texas Ranch House a thousand times more if they would have replaced the entire Cooke family. What an imbecilic, self-absorbed, and thoroughly worthless family!! Could have been another excellent show, but not with the Cookes on it! Full Review »
  2. TimM
    Oct 17, 2006
    Just saw this on DVD not when it originally aired, but for the most part was interesting. I agree with the others that the women on the show were not "playing" by the rules of 1867. Mrs. Cooke with her superior attitude was too much to take. You can tell she never raised sons because she had no idea what and how much men eat. She would have been better cast in a Manor House where she could be the Queen. I feel bad for Mr. Cooke beause men that are in these all female households tend to become one of the girls. Full Review »
  3. kenth
    Aug 26, 2006
    I agree with most others, and the historiacl assessment by the experts. Mrs. Cooke was the worst problem followed by Mr. Cooke. Other than not respecting the women (chivalry), the ranch hands were goodl. Full Review »