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    9 Shows/Movies For Anyone Who Loved "Ratched" That You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

    If you like horror, drama, and musicals... well, you're in for a treat.

    1. American Horror Story

    A creepy clawed hand playing with a bloody baby

    American Horror Story is one of the two main series that Ryan Murphy is famous for. Much like Ratched, the tone is sinister, though as the title indicates, the genre is more horror/thriller. All the seasons are individual storylines so if it gets too intense, you can skip a season. The show currently has nine seasons with a tenth season set to be released in 2021.

    2. The Politician

    Ben Platt running for office

    The Politician is a dark comedy/drama following Peyton Hobart's road to becoming – like the title indicates – a politician. The series has some recognizable patterns that often appear in a Ryan Murphy production – high school drama mixed with existential ennui. Like most of Murphy's works, it has quite a dark undertone with some humor sprinkled on top. There are currently two seasons of The Politician available on Netflix.

    3. Glee

    The cast of Glee all lined up and smiling

    In tandem with AHS, Glee is the series that Ryan Murphy is best known for spearheading. However, unlike AHS, this series has more of an upbeat tone as it follows the trials and tribulations of a high school glee club in Ohio. Although the show does deal with heavier subjects such as bullying, losing loved ones, and more, the general tone is quite light. The series has six seasons with around 20 episodes each.

    4. Pose

    Angel Evangelista posing at a club

    Pose is a drama series about the BIPOC queer ballroom scene in 1980s New York. Similar to some of Murphy's other works touching on queer themes, Pose gives a voice to the queer community who struggled with living with HIV, racial inequality, and an anti-queer (and more specifically, anti-trans) society. There are currently two seasons available with it being renewed for a third season.

    5. Hollywood

    A group of young actors in the golden age of Hollywood all wanting to be famous

    Hollywood follows a diverse group of aspiring actors and filmmakers trying to make it in post-WWII Hollywood. This mini drama series touches on issues such as racism and sexuality during Hollywood's Golden Age. If you value historical accuracy, this might not be the best match for you unless you're willing to look past that. The series has one season with seven episodes and sadly isn't expected to return for any more seasons.

    6. American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson

    O.J. Simpson covering his face while wearing the infamous glove

    The People vs O.J. Simpson is the first season out of two of Murphy's true crime anthology series, American Crime Story. This season follows the trial of O.J. Simpson from all the perspectives that were involved. The cast involves many big names such as Cuba Gooding Jr., Sterling K. Brown, John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, and more.

    7. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

    A statue cast in a beautiful light that is also haunting

    The Assassination of Gianni Versace is the second season of American Crime Story. The series explores the events surrounding the murder of fashion designer, Gianni Versace, by spree killer, Andrew Cunanan. The season has nine episodes.

    8. The Boys in the Band

    The cast of "The Boys in the Band" gathered together against a simple backdrop

    The Boys in the Band is one of the two films by Ryan Murphy that can be found on Netflix. It's a gay period drama film based on the 1968 play by playwright, Mart Crowley. The cast includes all the actors from the play's 2018 Broadway revival: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver, Robin De Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins. The film follows a group of queer friends who come together to celebrate a birthday in New York. When the host's closeted friend shows up uninvited, unspoken feelings and buried truths rise to the surface.

    9. And lastly, Eat Pray Love

    Julia Roberts eating a spoonful of frozen yogurt
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    Though Eat Pray Love is currently not available in the US, I thought it still deserved a mention since it's on Netflix in the UK. This romantic drama is based on the famous memoir written by Elizabeth Gilbert. It follows the story of a woman who seemingly has the perfect life yet feels lost. She embarks on a journey around the world which becomes a quest of self-discovery. While this may not be the usual Ryan Murphy content you're used to seeing, it's still worth a watch!