Created by Ryan Murphy and Evan Romansky, Ratched serves as a prequel to Ken Kesey‘s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, following the titular character, Nurse Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson). Airing on Netflix in September 2020, the series begins in 1947 when Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital, where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smouldering within.
Directed by Michael Patrick King, the sequel to Sex and The City from the original TV series proves it’s getting a bit too much for the NYC girls after kids, full-time jobs and marriage problems; less sex and the city, more pizza on the couch with a screaming child.
The quartette takes a trip to Abu Dhabi in aid of escape from their newly formed ‘grown-up’ lives. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is having marriage problems, which are only made worse when she bumps into the ex love-of-her-life Aiden. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) takes a more dominating role, becoming the only real ‘fun’ character of the group as she takes control of her working life for a change, opening up Charlotte’s (Kristin Davis) deeply hidden anxieties of motherhood. And then there’s Samantha (Kim Cattrall) who is still getting her fair share of men, even whilst going through the menopause. (Yet this is somewhat awkward to watch now that she’s in her 50’s).