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: 507

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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 (89) | 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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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…

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

  • 11h ago
    This is my honest opinion: this is the best Netflix series to come out this month and maybe this whole year, we have truly been blessed with content coming from these queens and kings. Excuse me folks do you live under a rock or something because this is something really outstanding. I would definitely recommend everyone reading this to go and watch this. It was the most binged watched serious on Netflix for a reason.
  • 3d ago
    I had to turn it off in the middle of episode 3. Couldn't take any more.
  • 3d ago
    The colour panel and a lot of the nature shots were great to look at, but they did not compensate for the story holes, the bland repetitions in character arcs and unnecessary deaths. I enjoyed Cynthia Nixions performance. Sahra Palson's, however, felt quite monotone.
  • 4d ago
    With riveting twists of coincidence and wit, "Ratched" starts out and stays strong till about half-way through its journey when it gradually takes a completely different turn. Two halves written by seemingly completely different people. One where life is what we make it, and if your clever enough - the world is yours. And the other where the world is random regardless of the decisions we make, either good or bad. Where conversations really do go in circles, people really do change their minds and where insane people are hurt people but still actually insane. Both are enjoyable independently, but together, they feel senseless. Not sure what happened here but the ball was most certainly dropped.
  • 5d ago
    I loved this first season. The cast is legendary (currently in love with Sarah Paulson)! I love how they used cliche/old-timey horror music throughout the episodes. It somehow added to the experience and made it much creepier. CAN'T WAIT FOR SEASON 2!!!
  • Oct 18, 2020
    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.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    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.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    Fantastic! So well done, great acting and story telling
  • Oct 15, 2020
    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.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    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.

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