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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User Ratings: 492

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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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Critic Reviews for Ratched Season 1

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (21)

Ratched is beautiful, but it's really bad.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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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…
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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…
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Paulson nailed it in the characterisation. Shame about the plot.

Oct 1, 2020 | Full Review…
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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…

Every frame of "Ratched" communicates the off-kilter nightmare realm.

Oct 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Always watchable, Paulson is embedded like a sharp-cheeked jewel in the fetishistic, saturated art design...

Oct 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Sinister and sadistic, it's riddled with explicit depictions of bizarre sexual behavior, punishing hydrotherapy and grisly lobotomies.

Oct 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

There is always something going down that doesn't make this a dull doodie but it can become one melting pot of information overload.

Oct 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is interesting enough, and Paulson's portrayal is excellent, but it consistently misses opportunities to be great.

Oct 2, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ratched: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    This show looks very nice, and it has a wonderful use of color and mid-century style, but it's campy and melodramatic in the wrong way. The behavior of the main character, and the things she gets away with, are extremely unrealistic, and there is little effort put into building the character to make her seem like a convincing facsimile of a person.
  • 4d ago
    It is sophisticated, malevolent and mysterious! Ratched is an insight into the very real truth of those sent to mental facilities in the 1900's specifically 1940's. In which it displays hydrotherapy, trepanation and then lobotomy. All very real procedures that poor souls endured and suffered from. Patients were treated for harmless acts such as: lesbianism and daydreaming as well as very serious mental disorders: schizophrenia, paranoia and depression. Mildred Ratched frequently wears bright and colourful attire much contrast to her sinister personality. It certainly is a pleasant surprise as a long time American Horror Story fan to see Sarah Paulson alongside Finn Wittrock once more. The name Ratched - itself comes from a characters in the famous book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In this series there is always and air of uncertainty within the characters. Never truly knowing what direction one could take. The unpredictability is intoxicating and draws us into the mystery. Each character played by many a familiar face is well portrayed combined with the minimalistic (and unique viewpoint) cinematography adds such a punching effect when it comes to making a statement and telling the story.
  • 5d ago
    Fantastic! So well done, great acting and story telling
  • 5d ago
    Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy's "Ratched" it has a wonderful production and aesthetic. Sarah Paulson is SPECTACULAR, she shows us all the time what a great actress she is satisfactorily, her commitment to making Mildred Ratched an excellent performance can be felt and she does it beautifully. But from a negative aspect, I can't pass up the fact that it is too colorful for such a dark story and setting. And sometimes I can't understand Mildred's intentions because at times she is kind and understanding, but later she is a murderer and manipulator. Anyway, I liked it very much because despite some flaws, its cast and production make up for it brilliantly.
  • 6d ago
    A very messy series albeit visually engaging. Something to keep in the background, but otherwise infuriating, hypocritical, and problematic if you wish to think deeply about it.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    Great show Loved every second of it and can't wait for season 2.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    Ratched is Murphy's ode to the classic psychological thrillers such as "Who's Afraid of Baby Jane?" and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte". He mostly succeeds with bizarre characters and an anti-hero that only works because of Sarah Paulson's performance. Like the films he's trying to emulate, there really is no character to root for. The production is gorgeous, and even during those moments of shock that might have you rolling your eyes, at least they're seeing something pretty while that's happening. Don't take this seriously. Grab some popcorn. Grab a friend and just enjoy a campy, fun show.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    A lot of plot points fell flat, I get a lot of people like the writer but I just don't think he's very good at telling a complete story
  • Oct 12, 2020
    The cinematography was excellent. So were the performances. Everyone did an excellent job and especially Sarah Paulson was amazing as always. The first few episodes start of very strong but sadly after a while the show kinda looses its main focus and it feels like it's side plot after side plot without an actual main storyline. The first episodes portray the horror of the procedures done to the patients greatly but then all of the sudden it completely stops focusing on what the patients have to suffer through. But the amazing performances still make you wanna watch the rest of the episodes because one grows to these characters. So it's not bad but it looses its focus after a while and drags on for a little too long.
  • Oct 11, 2020
    This series fails to adequately use the material from Kesey's book or the 1970s film. The Ratched character here lacks depth and is too campy and absurd to be scary.

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