Ratched (TV series)

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Created by Evan Romansky
Based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
  • Sarah Paulson
  • Paul Zaentz
Production company(s)
Original network Netflix

Ratched is an upcoming American web television series based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest written by Ken Kesey. The series was created by Evan Romansky and is set to star Sarah Paulson as the titular Nurse Ratched. It is expected to be released in 2018 on Netflix.


Ratched is described as "an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched’s journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system."[1]

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On September 6, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for two seasons consisting of nine episodes apiece. Netflix reportedly won a bidding war over Hulu and Apple who also were interested in developing the project. The series was created by Evan Romansky who also wrote the pilot. His script was eventually received by television producer Ryan Murphy, who then spent a year securing the rights to the Nurse Ratched character and the participation of the Saul Zaentz estate and Michael Douglas, who owned the screen rights to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Murphy is expected to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Douglas, Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein. Production companies involved in the series are set to include Fox 21 Television Studios, The Saul Zaentz Company, and Ryan Murphy Productions.[1][2]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was announced that Sarah Paulson had been cast in the lead role of Nurse Ratched.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (September 6, 2017). "Ryan Murphy's Nurse Ratched 'Cuckoo's Nest' Origin Series Starring Sarah Paulson Scores Netflix Order; Michael Douglas EPs". Deadline. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Chow, Andrew R. (September 7, 2017). "A Nurse Ratched Origin Story Comes to Netflix". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2018.

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