Ryan Murphy shows ranked: Top 18 productions from ‘Dahmer’ to ‘American Horror Story’

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,” he has given a platform to the outcast and the forgotten, starting and reviving many high-profile careers in the process. Take a walk through his prolific TV career in our photo gallery below in which we highlight the Top 18 Ryan Murphy shows ranked.

Murphy, whose birthday is November 9, 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 older 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 canceled fare like “The New Normal” and “Scream Queens” have been fresh and daring both in concept and style.

More recently, 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. Gallery originally published 2017.