Ryan Murphy has become one of the biggest mega-producers in Hollywood due to his prolific work on television. Starting in 1999 with The WB dramedy “Popular,” Murphy has given a platform to the outcast and the forgotten, starting and reviving many high-profile careers in the process. Take a walk through Murphy’s prolific TV career in our photo gallery above in which we highlight his Top 10 productions.
Murphy established himself as a real presence after “Nip/Tuck,” his dark FX drama about a pair of plastic surgeons, but it wasn’t until the one-two punch of “Glee” and “American Horror Story” that the producer really took off.
On “Glee,” Murphy showed the power of bringing disparate kids together through the power of music, launching the careers of Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera and more. “American Horror Story” became a safe haven for iconic female movie stars who weren’t getting parts like they used to, like Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, who have all gotten to sink their teeth into deliciously evil parts.
Murphy has always had a keen eye for visuals and mood, hence why his series are consistently nominated for and winning Emmys. Some of Murphy’s shows have had less success than others, but even one-to-two season shows like “The New Normal” and “Scream Queens” have been fresh and daring both in concept and style.
As of late, Murphy has focused more on adapting true stories while still keeping with his stylish, addictive flair. “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” is a prime example, going through a case most people already knew the details of and causing the audience to be riveted like they were watching for the first time. He also created “Feud: Bette and Joan,” a miniseries based on the notorious feud between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Both “American Crime Story” and “Feud” will have second seasons about entirely different concepts, with the former centering on the assassination of Gianni Versace and the latter being about the feud between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
If that weren’t enough, Murphy is also getting ready to launch a new Fox procedural called “9-1-1” about first responders. Like all of his shows, it will have an all-star cast including Bassett, Connie Britton and Peter Krause.
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