I immediately liked this show from the beginning but I have to agree with others that the show started to get much smoother after Colt got settled back into Ranch life, which took until the 2nd part in my case. Didn't really realize till just now that Abby's mom is the same woman from That 70s show, but the list keeps growing.. What would be great is if Kurtwood Smith joined the show as another "pissed-off-at-everything" rancher. He could definitely pull it off.
As for the laugh track, it has never bothered me. But the show doesnt really need one. I laugh several times every episode.