5 Reasons Why “Ratched” Rules

The creepy, stylish show is racheting up the tick in time we spend on the (edge of the) sofa. No wonder Netflix just announced a subscription rate hike. You can’t turn away from an evil nurse in an eerie green uniform and crisp, pointy-cornered cap. Can you?

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The famous peach scene. Every detail in “Ratched” is rich, from the starched nurses’ caps to the wallpaper. Image from Netflix.
  1. The precise acting. Hang on every word, and gaze, from Sarah Paulson as Nurse Ratched; Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, suited press secretary to the governor; Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket. Add a murderer and stolen sex through prison bars. Every role in all eight Season 1 episodes is expertly filled. Every.single.one.
  2. The wardrobe. The two women in charge are costume czars. Lou Eyrich and Rebecca Guzzi followed Murphy’s vivid color vision and dug up Vogue covers from the era. Uniforms, capes, peplum waists, gloves, hats — I dare you to peel your eyes away. (To follow suit, Amazon has a closetful of Nurse Ratched getups.)
  3. Luxe design. Get lost in the floral wallpapers at Lucia State Hospital, the sofas, the corridors — every inch is spot-on, from the party punch bowl to boatlike cars in high-octane hues (with women at the wheel).
  4. The history. It’s not just entertainment, but a detailed peek at how America once was. Stay at a seedy motel by the ocean cliffs, lift a leaden phone receiver, fasten a heavy brooch to your lapel, as your grandmother did. See the sad, sordid side of life before mental health advances, #metoo and LGBTQIA+—our world is still scary, but many things were even uglier back then.

Magazine maven, craft coffee lover, legal guardian. Passionate about fashion and lipstick — though it may not look that way when I dash to the supermarket.

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