Is Netflix’s Ratched a True Story?

In this article, we are going to talk about Netflix produced web television series, Ratched, and whether it’s based on true events or not. The series is a Thai fantasy psychological thriller TV series that premiered on Netflix on 18th September 2020. The TV series is based on the 1962 novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and has been developed by Ryan Murphy and produced by the executive producers namely, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley, Jacob Epstein, Michael Douglas, Sarah Paulsen, and many more.

Ratched is based on the 1962 novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is a drama series that suspensefully tells the real-life story of an asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. The series is based on the real-life experiences of Ken Kesey, who is the author of the above-mentioned novel. Mildred Ratched arrives in a leading mental hospital in Northern California to seek a job. The hospital is famous for performing mental experiments. To make herself presentable as every new employee always is, Mildred takes up the alias of a doting nurse, always sincere and dutiful. But life is not a perfect picture portraying all good things and values. Mildred is introduced to the reality i.e., the real side of the healthcare system of the country and how dark and ruthless stuff constantly takes place in the sector especially in the mental healthcare sector. These dark and mishap incidents take a toll on her mind and she slowly changes from a doting nurse to a cold-hearted ruthless monster who ruled over the mental patients with an iron fist.

Stills from the first season.

In the novel, Mildred has been described as a “physically imposing and supernaturally frightening” figure but according to the audience who’ve seen the show on Netflix, the casting was wrong and that Sarah Paulson couldn’t nail the role even remotely close to the originality.

Netflix has quoted the character as (viz. Wikipedia), “Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.”

The cast of the series is as follows, Sarah Paulson as Nurse Mildred Ratched, Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson, Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover, Charlie Carver as Huck Finnigan, Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, and Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood.


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