Ratched: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)


Season 1
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Ratched is undeniably stylish, but salacious plot holes and cartoonish characterizations undermine its gorgeous production and committed performances.

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Critic Ratings: 93

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User Ratings: 633

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Mildred Ratched takes up a new position working as a nurse at Lucia State Hospital. Meanwhile, the hospital prepares for the arrival of its newest patient Edmund Tolleson, an infamous murderer.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Hanover illustrates an unorthodox new treatment as Ratched and Gwendolyn tour Monterey. Later, Ratched meets with a survivor of Edmund's killing spree.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Ratched makes a connection with the violent Edmund and later offers her assistance to Wainwright. Meanwhile, an unsatisfied Gwendolyn turns her back on her marriage.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Now in the role of head nurse, Ratched decides to put on a dance for the patients and asks Gwendolyn to accompany her to the event. Later, Ratched considers Lenore's proposal.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

Ratched listens to Hanover's confession after a former associate condemns the doctor. Meanwhile, a patient suffers a cruel treatment at the hands of Nurse Bucket.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

After one month has transpired, Ratched strives to rescue Edmund from his death sentence. Meanwhile, she aspires to start a new life with Gwendolyn.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

New secrets come to light as Hanover's calculated risk creates a positive situation for Ratched. Meanwhile, two rivals put their schemes into motion.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2020

The lovers escape to an abandoned farmhouse. Later, Ratched experiences difficult memories from her childhood while watching a marionette show.

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Cast & Crew

Sarah Paulson
Nurse Mildred Ratched
Sharon Stone
Lenore Osgood
Cynthia Nixon
Gwendolyn Briggs
Finn Wittrock
Edmund Tolleson
Jon Jon Briones
Dr. Richard Hanover
Charlie Carver
Huck Finnigan
Judy Davis
Nurse Betsy Bucket
Hunter Parrish
Father Andrews
Corey Stoll
Charles Wainwright
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Michael Douglas
Executive Producer
Aleen Keshishian
Executive Producer
Margaret Riley
Executive Producer
Jacob Epstein
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Ratched Season 1

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27)

Ratched is beautiful, but it's really bad.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

No longer a chilling avatar of implacable, self-satisfied state violence who needs no reason to exist other than that the system will always find people like her to keep running, Nurse Ratched is now just another poor, misunderstood antihero.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The name Ratched calls to mind words like "ratchet" and "wretched," but in this slick, inconsistent series she's more a jumble of qualities whose truths are coyly withheld from us.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Ratched lacks sustained faith in the power of its human drama.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Paulson's conniving, manipulative, but occasionally tender-hearted character is fun to watch, especially playing against an absolutely wonderful Cynthia Nixon.

Sep 14, 2020 | Full Review…

While much of the series struggles with too many plotlines and Ratched's motivations often feel inconsistent, there are moments of genuine examination of how radical self-acceptance can help to heal trauma.

Nov 13, 2020 | Full Review…

While the performances, particularly by Sarah Paulson, Cynthia Nixon and Finn Wittrock, can be gripping at times, they simply don't have the material a story like this really needed.

Sep 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The key to enjoying Ratched, at least for a while, is to accept in your heart, soul and mind that the new Netflix series has almost nothing to do with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Feb 21, 2021 | Full Review…

A quiet and manipulative killer is gripping. A brilliant temptress killer is even more interesting, and her name is Nurse Ratched.

Feb 19, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Shocking and excellent. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 4, 2020 | Full Review…

If you are not a fan of Ryan Murphy's oeuvre, this series is not going to change your mind. But, if you like seeing talented actors populating a pulpy world of retro psychological noir, you will get a kick out of this series.

Oct 26, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Ryan Murphy doesn't even try to approach the original movie style. (...) Its title could perfectly be Asylum 2 instead of Ratched. [Full review in Spanish]

Oct 16, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ratched: Season 1

  • Jun 10, 2021
    Amazingly stylish, very much in the style of 50s thrillers. The score is sublime. I'm quite sure it's partly from some hitchkock movies. Some chharakters, like that of Charlotte Web are over the top. But all in all it's a very enjoyable ride that keeps you engaged
  • May 21, 2021
    The acting, the production and the visuals are the most remarkable elements. Sarah Paulson's acting is outstanding, although the characters becomes blander towards the end. The plot isn't extraordinary, but still manages the violent and calm moments very well and keeps you entertained throughout the eight episodes.
  • Apr 12, 2021
    I started this series as I enjoy Sarah paulsons acting skills. This was a very good series but I feel the ending let it down. I'm hoping that if it returns it explains the whole series a little better. All in all a good watch, quiet interesting.
  • Mar 27, 2021
    In the words of Vulture, "The longer you make the slog through its endless-feeling eight episodes the more it becomes apparent what a profound waste of time this exercise is." I'm so glad I quit watching after the 2nd episode. But so disappointed as well. Episode 1 was promising, but it became clear in the 2nd episode that this was not working out. The shiny veneer was interesting, but had nothing of substance under it.
  • Mar 11, 2021
    best series i've ever watched. the acting? flawless. the costumes? beautiful. the set design? so much attention to detail you wouldn't believe. all performances by the actors were breath-taking and not a single moment was unbelievable or seemed fake. a special mention to sarah paulson's perfect execution of a complex character who is vilified by the general public mainly due to kesey's misogynistic portrayal of her. watch it, and i guarantee you will not regret it
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Ratchet is quite a story, especially if you haven't seen Ryan Murphy creations before e.g.(American Horror Story) But it works as a compelling period drama designed to illustrate mental health issues, sexual hangups stemming from abuse, and medical torture. The cast is excellent, especially golden globe nominated Sarah Paulson . But the "tv oscar" goes to Finn Wittrock, who is astounding and terrifying and very likeable at the same time as Edmund. His scenes with Ratchet really make Season 1 worth watching.
  • Feb 13, 2021
    I hate watched this - style and acting great, everything else bad. Amateurish writing, plot holes and divergent story lines aplenty. Ugh.
  • Feb 07, 2021
    Absolute garbage. The writing is terrible, the characters are so unlikeable. I didn't believe for one minute that this was the original Nurse Ratched's backstory. Louise Fletcher must be pissed.
  • Feb 06, 2021
    A very great start, but not that breath taking towards the end. Still a really good show to binge watch.
  • Feb 06, 2021
    Some of those looking for - or expecting - a more "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" version of Nurse Ratched may be disappointed, but I was definitely not one of them. The cast gives top shelf performances. The series is also beautifully shot and stylized in a way that lends a degree of quirkiness to its both darkly-comic and darkly tender appeal. I've watched the full season and am keeping fingers crossed for a second.

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