Saddle Ranch

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Workplace reality show highlights alcohol, catfighting.

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Positive Messages

While some employees are hard and committed workers, some employees' behavior sends negative messages about professionalism and common decency. Catty behavior between women is highlighted and portrayed as normal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Management is strict, but some of the cast members are openly hostile toward their colleagues and attempt to sabotage them in order to get attention, work shifts, and tips.


Catty arguing is frequent. Some of the servers slightly push, purposely bump into, and throw alcohol at each other as they fight for clients and attention.


Tight-fitting T-shirts and fishnet stockings are worn by various female servers. Looking and acting sexy is a big part of the women's job. The restaurant is known for its mechanical bull ride, which often leads to some suggestive movements.


Words like "bitch" and "douche ball" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" (which are bleeped) are used frequently.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Saddle Ranch Chop House as well as its showbiz wannabes. Saddle Ranch owner Larry Pollack drives a Rolls Royce.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Saddle Ranch is known for its fun bar scene, and bartenders are expected to play this up. Drinking (beer, cocktails, mixed drinks, shots) is frequently and prominently featured, though customers (not employees) are the heavy drinkers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series about bartenders and servers at an iconic Hollywood bar/restaurant includes frequent and plentiful alcohol served to customers (beer, cocktails, hard liquor, shots). There's also lots of cat-fighting and competitive behavior, salty language ("piss," "hell," "douche"; stronger curses are bleeped). Tight-fitting outfits and sexy mechanical bull rides are also visible.

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What's the story?

SADDLE RANCH follows a group of bartenders and servers at the iconic Saddle Ranch Chop House in West Hollywood, Calif. The Sunset Strip eatery, which is known for employing young showbiz hopefuls looking for their big break, is shaken up when the top earners from the Chop House’s Universal City location -- bartender and Survivor alum Robb Zbacnik, bartender Kameron Safford, and shot server Cassie McWilliams -- are sent to the Tinseltown location to help improve its overall service. The trio soon finds that working with the Sunset crew isn’t easy, especially when staff members like bartender Rachel Lay go out of their way to make them feel unwelcome. Balancing big dreams, big personalities, and big parties with the demands of the restaurant’s tough general manager Candy Potts and demanding owner Larry Pollack isn’t always easy, but some hope that it's just a step toward something bigger.

Is it any good?

The series takes a look behind the scenes at some of what makes Saddle Ranch the popular eatery that it is, including its strict management rules, rock-n-roll edginess, and history of bartenders making it big (like American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson). But the show’s real highlight is the conflict created by some of the staff’s big personalities, which leads to catfights and other unprofessional behavior.

In between the arguing and serving drinks and steak dinners, the series does offer some storylines about folks’ efforts to break into show business. But these narratives are secondary to the voyeuristic drama that takes place in this hip restaurant world. No doubt that reality fans who like this sort of thing will find it entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the employees on this show.  Do you think working in this restaurant can improve the servers’ chances of getting their big break? What about appearing on this reality show?

  • Hostile and competitive behavior is normalized on this show. What's appealing about seeing people argue and fight? What messages about friendship and professionalism does this show send? What kinds of stereotypes does it challenge or reinforce?

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