Ratched is an American television series created by Evan Romansky and developed by Ryan Murphy, airing from the September 18, 2020on the Netflix service anywhere in the world, including French-speaking countries.
This is a series based on the novel Flight Over a Cuckoo's Nest by American writer Ken Kesey, and more specifically on the character of nurse Mildred Ratched, whose life before the events of the novel.
In 1947, nurse Mildred Ratched arrived in Lucia, Northern California. Former nurse of war, Mildred wants to join the team of the psychiatric hospital of Dr. Richard Hanover. At first glance, she seems to be cold but quite familiar. In reality, she hides secrets, a very dark face as well as a link with Edmund Tolleson, a man arrested for having violently murdered a group of priests.
Arrived at the hospital, she will witness practices close to torture such as lobotomy. His meeting with Gwendolyn Briggs, the campaign manager for the governor of California, will also change his life.
The series then explores what will lead her to the events of Flight over a Cuckoo's Nest and which will make her one of the most famous monsters in literature and cinema.
In September 2017, Netflix announced the order of two seasons of nine episodes each for a series set in the universe of the novel Flight Over a Cuckoo's Nest by American writer Ken Kesey, centred on nurse Mildred Ratched. This dual order allows them to win the Series which was also of interest to the Hulu service, which benefited from its affiliation with 20th Century Fox Television, whose subsidiary Fox 21 Television Studios produces the series. The service Apple TV + was also in the race.
Ryan Murphy joined the project as a producer when it was announced and signed to direct the first episode. American actor Michael Douglas, producer of the film Flight Over a Cuckoo's Nest, operates here as Executive Producer.
When the project was announced, Sarah Paulson signed for the role of nurse Mildred Ratched. In December 2018, Jon Jon Briones and Finn Wittrock joined the cast. They are followed the following month by Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Sansom Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer, Corey Stoll and Sharon Stone complete the main cast of Series.
In February 2019, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosanna Arquette, Don Cheadle, Stan Van Winkle, Dale Harman, Alice Englert, Annie Starke and Ben Crowley joined the Series in potentially recurring roles.
Filming for the Series started in April 2019 in Los Angeles.
Composed of 8 episodes, it was uploaded on September 18, 2020.
There is no information about season 2 at this time.
When it aired, the series' first season divided critics in the United States. On Rotten Tomatoes, it gets 59% positive reviews, with an average rating of 6.33 / 10 based on 37 positives and 26 negative reviews. The critical consensus established by the site sums up that the series is "undeniably elegant but that the salacious filler plots and cartoonish characters undermine its magnificent production and committed performances."
Indeed, the excess of intrigue and the writing of individual characters are pointed out by the American critics. Still, the performances of the actors, in particular, Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon, as well as the direction, the decorations and the costumes are praised.