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Creator / Ryan Murphy

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"I feel every day that everything I create - everything I do - I want it to be a risk."

Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 30, 1965) is an American writer, director, and producer, known for his work on a number of television series.

Works associated with him include:

  • Popular: A high school dramedy, which ran on The WB (1999-2001).
  • Nip/Tuck: A Soap Opera about plastic surgeons, which ran on FX (2003-2010).
  • Glee: One of Fox's most popular series to date, Glee is a "post-modern musical" high school comedy-drama which ran on Fox (2009-2015).
    • The Glee Project: A reality competition wherein hopefuls vied for a spot on Glee. Ran on Oxygen for two seasons (2011-2012).
  • American Horror Story: Exactly What It Says on the Tin, the series features a different plotline and setting with the same cast members each season. Airs on FX (2011-present).
  • The New Normal: A Dom Com about a gay couple trying to have a baby. Ran on NBC for one season (2012-2013).
  • Eat, Pray, Love: Murphy directed The Film of the Book, a story of one woman's journey from unhappiness to love and fulfillment. Starred Julia Roberts.
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  • Scream Queens: A horror-comedy series on Fox. Its first season was about a series of murders on a college campus. The second season took place in a hospital, with some of the original main cast members reprising their roles. (2015-2016)
  • American Crime Story: A True Crime counterpart to American Horror Story. Airs on FX (2016—present).
  • Feud: An anthology series about infamous rivalries in history. Put on hiatus after the first season due to various behind-the-scenes conflicts.
  • 9-1-1: A police and rescue procedural centered around Los Angeles's first responders. Airs on Fox (2018-present).
    • 9-1-1: Lone Star: A Spinoff of 9-1-1. A procedural centered around a New York firefighter who, along with his son, relocate to Austin, Texas. Airs on Fox (2020-present).
  • Pose: A period drama about the ballroom community of the 1980s and '90s, which ran on FX (2018-2021).
  • The Politician: A dramedy about an ambitious high schooler with political aspirations. Airs on Netflix (2019-present).
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  • Hollywood: A story in 1940s Hollywood about an effort to change homophobia and racial prejudice in film.
  • Ratched: An origin story of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Airs on Netflix (2020-present).

Some tropes associated with Ryan Murphy include:

  • Author Appeal: It has been repeatedly pointed out that a large chunk of his Production Posse consists of Tall, Dark, and Handsome men, mostly with piercing blue eyes and strong jawlines.
  • Camp: Most of Murphy's works throw ham, fashion, celebrity, music and sex into a blender (with occasional spouts of horror and violence thrown into spice things up) and chug down what results.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Watch his comments toward some of the contestants on The Glee Project.
  • Lighter and Softer: Glee and The New Normal, especially in comparison with his darkest works such as Nip/Tuck or American Horror Story.
  • Production Posse: Many of the actors from one series will appear in the next, whether as an Expy of their former character or not. Expect Shout-Out s and Actor Allusions to abound.
  • Promoted Fanboy: In this case the one who grants ascension, as several actors have been hired or promoted because Murphy enjoyed their audition or one-off performance.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Scream Queens and AHS zigzag back and forth between them constantly, with the former tilted more towards comedy and the latter tilted more towards the scary stuff.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Most of his shows tend to be inclined towards to the cynical side, but other shows like Glee and The New Normal are more inclined towards the idealistic side.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The fourth series of American Crime Story was originally going to be about Bill Clinton's impeachment. He met with Monica Lewinsky to get her blessing but during the meeting decided that it was her story to tell, not his. Then she later agreed to produce it, and it began development as the show's third season.
    • He was going to make a cameo appearance As Himself in Watchmen (2019), where in the Alternate History where real life masked heroes exist he created a show about them rather than American Crime Story, called American Hero Story. It's still considered canon that he's the show's creator, and is a Reclusive Artist who the public knows almost nothing about.


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