She Was That

Sarah Paulson brings the notorious cinematic Nurse Ratched to life on Netflix’s upcoming (limited?) series, Ratched

Before One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, there was Ratched. Mildred Ratched.

What, did you think Nurse was her name?

From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, Netflix’s upcoming Ratched is a suspenseful drama that doubles as the origin story of the notorious asylum nurse known as Nurse Ratched, a character first embodied at the movies in Miloš Forman’s aforementioned 1975 film, by Louise Fletcher in an Academy Award-winning performance.

This story is set in 1947, when Mildred Ratched (played by Emmy winner Sarah Paulson) arrives in Northern California looking to get hired at a leading psychiatric hospital (as she would, NBD – ay, don’t make it weird), where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind.


On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but you just know her wheels are always turning. As she begins to infiltrate the mental-health care system and those within it, the young nurse’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are, indeed, made, not born.

While this one vibes like a limited series to me right now (anticipated it as such – I mean, we are getting only eight episodes), there has been talk of possibly going three seasons before the powers that be decide to tackle the Cuckoo for inspiration (look it up). In the meantime, know that this Ratched is gonna be anything but, OK; she is bringing Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon, Golden Globe winner Judy Davis, Oscar nominees Sharon Stone and Sophie Okonedo, and Vincent D’Onofrio with her when she goes on streamin’ on Sept. 18.

Best thing we can do between now and then? Go on with our daily routine. (But like, pretending we have Nurse Ratched on our asses, reminding us that with our fucking masks on, already.)

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