One of two TV shows, the first being The Way Home, Hallmark debuts as part of their network revamp, Ride is another family saga. This time it’s the rodeo world. ride season one episode one
Ride, Season One (Episode 1) Hallmark TV Review
With history that runs deeps as a rodeo dynasty, the McMurray family keeps the legacy going and a family ranch through eldest son. When tragedy strikes and Missy (Tiera Skovbyev) loses her husband and Isabel McMurray (Nancy Travis) her son, everything changes. A year later and everyone is trying to move on, but memories stir again when military veteran son, Cash (Beau Mirchoff) decides to return to riding in the rodeo.
This new rodeo season stirs up old feelings, brings back old friends and resurfaces secrets some never expect.
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Leaning heavily into the life of cowboys and rodeo queens, this series is, like much of the network’s trends, emphasizing family. The difference between this and most of the movies airing on Hallmark is, this family is fractured and wounded. The family dynamics set up to have potential to be more than a little, shall we say, complicated. Nonetheless, I don’t think the show opens overly strong.
It does have a good introduction teasing us with secrets likely to unravel throughout its first run. But this doesn’t forgive the way we meet everyone. We kind of have to figure out the connections by ourselves. Even by the end, while we grasp most everyone, we’re still wondering who a couple of people are. This in no way discounts the characters though.
I think some have potential to be really intriguing and others the chance to annoy more than charm. What I love best is the opportunity to see Nancy Travis in another show post her run as Vanessa Baxter in Last Man Standing. I also did like Beau Mirchoff in his Hallmark debut (Hidden Gems), so seeing him play a cowboy seems fun.
If you’re a viewer bothered by the network’s trajectory or by some of the changes they’re making with storytelling, this is a skip show. Suggestions imply the plot that falls into this category will only grow into more as the show develops. For me, I do think the pilot is interesting enough I may return. Right now, I’m not sure it’s something I’ll religiously watch (from week to week), but it may be a fun trip from time to time. Plus I do appreciate the secret set up.
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You can shop Ride season one digitally on Amazon Video; the show will air new episodes on Sunday nights.
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Content: the show does have a homosexual character that introduces some minor same sex “flirting”/pick up in the first episode. There is the implication of someone dying a violent death, we don’t see anything graphic. The show is TV-PG.
Photos: Crown Media / Hallmark Channel