Ratched Preview – Sit Back and Relax: This Will Only Hurt a Little

Visiting hours for Ratched executive producers Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy's upcoming backstory of sadistic Nurse Mildred Ratched from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel (and award-winning film adaptation) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are set for next month, and now Netflix is beginning to give us a better sense of just how amazingly twisted and disturbing the world we'll be entering is on September 18. Here's a look at two key art posters and two teasers, and we'll string together just the taglines from each to give you a better understanding of why the hairs on our forearms stood up a little after seeing this: "Right this way. You need to relax. Is the temperature to your liking? This will only hurt a little." Let's just say that the bloody stockings and gloves don't exactly give us the "warm fuzzies"- as you're about to see:

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A look at Ratched (Image: Netflix)

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A look at Ratched (Image: Netflix)

Similar in approach to the second season of Castle Rock and Bates Motel, Ratched is an origin story that begins in the mid-'40s and follows our lead's (Paulson) devolution from a nurse to a full-fledged monster as she makes her way up through the mental health care system. Murphy has mapped out a four-season origin arc for the series (the series has already been renewed for two seasons/18 episodes), where Paulson's nurse would face off against a different male adversary each season. The fourth and final season would blend Cuckoo's Nest into the narrative.

A look at Ratched (Image: Netflix)
A look at Ratched (Image: Netflix)

Joining Paulson on the series are Jon Jon Briones (Sons of Anarchy), Charlie Carver (The Leftovers), Judy Davis (Feud), Harriet Harris  (Nurse Betty), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction), Corey Stoll (The Strain), Sharon Stone (Casino) Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), Sophie Okonedo (Flack), and Vincent D'Onofrio (Marvel's Daredevil).  Murphy is set to direct the opening episode from a script by newcomer writer Evan Romansky. Joining Paulson and Murphy as executive producers are Michael Douglas, Ian Brennan, Alexis Martin Woodall, Aleen Keshishian, Jacob Epstein, Jennifer Salt, Margaret Riley, Robert Mitas, and Tim Minear.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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