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    10 Reasons "Ratched" Should Be Your Next Netflix Obsession

    This show is quite peachy.

    If you are a huge Ryan Murphy stan like I am, then you know that unfortunately, Season 10 of American Horror Story has been postponed because of the current pandemic.

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    But never fear! Last Friday, Netflix dropped Murphy's latest project, Ratched, to help appease our spooky souls.

    Actress Sarah Paulson posing in the poster for the show "Ratched"
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    From the characters to the cinematography to the unexpected twists, here are some reasons why Ratched should be at the top of your Netflix list. *Warning: Slight spoilers ahead.*

    1. Sarah Paulson plays another iconic yet creepy main character.

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    Paulson has cemented herself as the ~queen of spooky season~ as a result of her numerous appearances on AHS, and this role only elevates her status. No one plays relatable yet chillingly creepy quite like Sarah Paulson.

    2. The ensemble cast consists of unique, complex characters.


    A serial killer brother. A drug-addicted doctor. Sharon Stone with a monkey for a best friend. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the show's myriad characters, with each one more outrageous than the last.

    3. The wardrobe is phenomenal.


    I can't count how many times I pointed to my TV and said, "I would wear that." The show's outfits not only fit the time period it's set in but also stretch the boundaries with bold colors, interesting fabric patterns, and So. Many. Hats.

    4. The story centers on a sympathetic main character.

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    Sure, Mildred Ratched is manipulative and condescending and tried to straight-up murder a guy, but her tragic backstory and connection with Gwendolyn (played by Cynthia Nixon) gives her a softer edge in comparison with her hardened book counterpart.

    5. But it still maintains a traditional villain arc.

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    I would pay so much money to watch a spinoff of Stone and her monkey committing crimes together.

    6. Even though Ratched is set in the 1940s, the majority of the show follows women and their struggles with love, career, and mental health.

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    Each performance was outstanding, but I have to shout out Sophie Okonedo as Charlotte Wells, a patient with dissociative identity disorder. She completely dominated every scene she was in, and even when her storyline got dark, it was a joy to watch.

    7. The show embodies the spirit of American Horror Story so much, it could be considered canon.

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    With overlapping plots, breakout performances, and a finale that will have you saying, "WTF?!" any AHS fan will enjoy this show.

    8. We are blessed with a beautiful wlw plotline.

    Sarah Paul as Mildred Ratched and Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs in the show "Ratched".

    Mildred and Gwendolyn's love story was genuine and intense as they tried to navigate a less-than-accepting society while also staying true to who they are and whom they love.

    9. The cinematography is out of this world.

    Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched in the show "Ratched".

    Look at this shot and tell me it isn't gorgeous. I dare you.

    10. And finally, the plot twists are shocking and layered.

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    While we do find out that Edmund Tolleson, a serial killer, is Mildred's brother in the first two episodes, the revelation helps propel the plot forward and leads to even more jaw-dropping surprises that had me on the edge of my seat.

    You can stream Ratched on Netflix now!

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