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Brokaw: No horsin’ around in dramatic ‘Ride’ on Hallmark, Peacock

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | May 24, 2023

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The Hallmark drama “Ride” is a combination of “Dallas” and “Dynasty” with a hint of “Yellowstone,” “Longmire” and even a bit of “The Ranch.” What this means is it is a show about a family trying to keep their ranch and it’s also a show about the world of bull riders. Family relationships weave through this drama — also streaming on Peacock — as the McMurray family struggles with life, loss, money and love.

Nancy Travis is Isabel McMurray, the matriarch of the family. Her husband, Dusty, died before this story begins. Her three sons, Cash (Beau Mirchoff), Tuff (Jake Foy) and Austin (Marcus Rosner), are all about keeping the ranch from bankruptcy, as well as keeping the McMurray legacy alive in the bull riding world. Austin’s wife Missy (Tiera Skovbye) is a tough woman whose trick-riding skills have won her accolades. Valeria (Sara Garcia) is a wayward woman the family took in years earlier and has become one of the clan. But her secrets could tear the family apart.

As the season progresses the family has many ups and downs. At one point, they turn to Gus Booker (Tyler Jacob Moore), the son of a wealthy oil tycoon, who is looking to buy a ranch and in turn help out the owners.

The feelings between Valeria and Cash, Missy and Cash, Missy and Gus, Tuff and his friend Julian (Vasilios Filippakis), and even Isabel and Cody (James Tupper), all weave through the story as they all pull together to do what they can to save the ranch. With plenty of bull riding scenes — on real bulls and fake ones — the action is second to the personal dramas. That’s what keeps the show interesting and why viewers want to see the next episodes.

Travis is no stranger to television viewers. She has a number of solid shows in her resume, not least of which are “Almost Perfect” (1995-1997), “Becker” (2002-2004), “The Bill Engvall Show” (2007-2009), “The Kominsky Method” (2018-2019) and “Last Man Standing” (2022-2021). She has also been in many films for both TV and movies: “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005), “The Jane Austen Book Club” (2007) and several more.

The cast of “Ride” is filled with familiar faces from TV and films. While it is set in rural Colorado, the series is actually filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The scenery is magnificent with the wide-open fields, the animals (horses, bulls, goats), the laid-back feeling and the big blue sky that create a relaxing atmosphere, which is set against the ups, downs, fun, stress and strains of the McMurrays.

Saddle up your horse, grab your cowboy hat and enjoy the world of the McMurrays. As of this writing, there is no word on a second season.


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