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  • Writer's pictureDana Piccoli

On the fence about "Ratched"? Here are 10 reasons why you might want to check it out

Ratched isn't always an easy series to watch, but is it worth it? I say yes. It has its fair share of gore and torture (it is a Ryan Murphy production after all) but if you can get past that, you'll find that Ratched is a glorious mess. And who doesn't love a good mess? Here are 10 reasons why you should check out Ratched on Netflix. This will also contain some spoilers, but I'll try to keep it vague as possible.

There are multiple lesbians (and no burying of gays). Ah yes, one would think that in a series where calamities and death are par for the course, that we'd see some serious bury your gays situations. But we don't. I'm not saying things are going to be easy for our Sapphic characters, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon as Mildred Ratched and Gwendolyn Briggs (Ratched Imdb)

The titular character is queer. Yes, nurse Mildred Ratched prefers the company of other ladies. It takes her a while to accept this about herself but when she does, it's quite lovely. She also has a great love interest in the form of Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs.

Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon are also openly queer. Queer actresses playing queer leads? *chef's kiss*

Sharon Stone and Brandon Flynn as Lenore and Henry Osgood (Ratched Imdb)

The scenery must be delicious because the cast takes delight in chewing it. This might not seem like a compliment, but when you have a story so sensational, you need a little something extra to go along with it. Vincent D'Onophrio, Sharon Stone, Sophie Okonedo, Amanda Plumber, Brandon Flynn, they all take turns nom nom nomming. It's quite a bit of fun.

Mildred Ratched is an anti-hero who remains both a mystery and someone to sympathize with. Folks, it's complicated. Mildred does some terrible things. She also has her own justifications for her actions. Some make sense, others, not so much. It's up to you to decide.

Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched in one of many jaunty hats (Ratched Imdb)

It's absolutely decadent. The costumes designed by Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi are some of the best you'll ever see and they have the Emmy locked in for 2021. Everything from the wigs, to the cars, to the set decoration, to Sharon Stone's monkey, is absolute perfection.

You'll never look at oysters the same way. There's an important scene where Gwendolyn takes Mildred out for oysters and things go from awkward to sexual tension town, all over an oyster.

Judy Davis as Nurse Buckett (Ratched Imdb)

Holy shit, Judy Davis. Davis is arguably one of the finest living actresses and what she does with Nurse Betsy Bucket is a revelation. It's a master class in characterization.

Cynthia Nixon and Michael Benjamin Washington ad Gwendolyn and Trevor (Ratched Imdb)

It's a fascinating (and sometimes heartbreaking) look at queer life in the 40s-50s. In a time where love dared not speak its name, there were people like Gwendolyn and her gay husband Trevor (the lovely Michael Benjamin Washington) who have found a way to supplant the system their own way. Others, like some of the patients at the St. Lucia Hospital, are not so lucky and must deal with the very real "consequences" of trying to live their lives honestly. Some are difficult to watch, but I promise that there is hope.

All the pretty colors. Seriously, what Ratched does with color design and lighting is nothing short of genius. Look especially for the color green and what significance it has to Mildred Ratched.

Ratched Season 1 is available now on Netflix.

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