Love it or leave it, reality television appears to be sticking around. Any night of the week you’ll find shows about bachelors looking for a mate, singers looking for a shot at fame and spoiled housewives talking about things that we can’t relate to. So it is refreshing to see a reality show based on real people and real faith. No, I’m not talking about the Duck Dynasty phenomenon; I’m talking about a lesser known, better reality series, Bulloch Family Ranch.
Making its second season debut, the Bulloch’s show comes across as a lot more “real” and less staged than many of the other shows available today. The Bulloch’s are not perfect people who live in perfect homes with perfect children. They are just the opposite really, like the rest of us, caught on camera. In the end though, it is their faith that holds them together.
Rusty and Julie Bulloch are a working-class family who work multiple jobs to make ends meet and serve in their community in others ways as well including Rusty’s job as a high school football coach. The Bulloch’s have two biological children of their own (now grown and on their own) and over 30 “ranch kids” who have called the Bulloch’s house their home over years in Lakeland, Fl. The Bulloch’s have opened their home to troubled teens in hopes of making a difference in their lives by providing a stable environment (no pun intended!) Some of the “kids” move out to do great things, others struggles and some keep coming back.
You don’t have to have seen the show before to jump in this new season of seven episodes. The show does a good job of explaining who everyone is. Highlights of this season include meeting…
- 21-year old single mother and former drug dealer, Ciara. Her possible stay at the ranch proves to be difficult for everyone as she is also pregnant.
- High school football player, Jordan, struggles to earn a scholarship to college.
- Wilson, a former “ranch kid” has moved back in short-term and considers himself an “older, wiser voice” amongst the others.
- Claude, another former “ranch kid” trying to return to professional football.
As mention above, this people are not perfect. They argue, make snap decisions without consulting each other, struggle with jealousy, paying the bills, talking back to their parents, not discouraging their children, etc. They are a real family that you can relate to and will want to.
Bullock Family Ranch airs Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on the UP network