I have many opinions on Ryan Murphy TV shows, cause that guy somehow does some excellent things and bad things all at once. Like I love some of what he does and am very confused by other things he does. I honestly do not know how he manages to do what he does, and this is both a compliment and an insult.
I am going to discuss my complex feelings on all of the Ryan Murphy TV shows that I have watched below! They are listed in the order I think I first started watching them.
I even jumped on a trend I don’t completely understand and created a tier list, I was going to do for every season of every Ryan Murphy show but that would have taken a long time! Instead, I grouped the seasons together and put them on this list. Some seasons of these shows do deserve to be on different tiers, but altogether this is where they belong. Click here to fill out the tier list yourself!
Glee was a massive part of my childhood. It might not have been the first show I was obsessed with, but it was definitely the one that lasted the longest. Not only did I watch it every week, I also would listen to the songs when they were released and would look at the episode titles etc beforehand. Therefore, even though objectively glee is not the best show, it is still one of my favourites. The show has some obvious problems, it definitely would not be made today. I could spend hours talking about my complex feelings on glee, however, I do not have the time. Here’s just a few of my thoughts:
- like many people, I think season 5 is when the show goes off the rails, particularly the puppet episode. How multiple people approved that I do not know.
- some of the issues people talk about were not meant to be taken seriously, like Rachel Berry was meant to be a satire
- although, some of the things she did, like taking Sunshine to a crack house was a couple of massive steps too far
However, this show feels like family to me, only I can make fun of it.
American Horror Story
I have to split this show up into seasons cause they are all so different, even if the cast is pretty much the same – charting the recurring actors in American Horror Story kind of shows you the progression of Ryan Murphy’s favourite actors.
Undoubtedly, this is the most thought out season of the show. It feels masterful and so well put together – every single element of this season comes together perfectly. The show puts an inventive spin on some horror tropes, it is a good balance between classic horror moments and new and exciting moments.
Even though Murder House is the best when considered as a whole, Asylum is my favourite season. The acting of Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto make this season my favourite for me, I mean Jessica Lange is also fantastic but the other two stand out. Despite these phenomenal elements, the season as a whole does have some confusing moments. If you ignore the alien subplot, which I do, this season is fantastic.
One thing that strikes me about this season is that at this point the fact that they had to use recurring actors might have been a burden to the show. For example, what were they doing with Evan Peters at this point. Looking back on this season it was a good season. It was a season dedicated to a variety of fantastic female actors. This season is iconic and deserves more recognition than I gave it at the time.
At the time this was not my favourite season, but looking back it was a pretty good season. It was well structured, had some fantastic acting and was very memorable. I think part of the reason I didn’t like this season as much was that when I started watching the show the first three seasons were out. So, therefore, I consider the first three differently than the others. However, this season is better than I thought it was at the time. This seasons villain adds in some commentary to the show which I like.
I honestly can’t remember if I finished this season and I think this says a lot about my feelings on it. I really liked the beginning of the show. Initially, I liked Lady Gaga’s character and the dark nature of the plot. However, as the season went on it lost focus and became a bit of a mess, they definitely did not know what to do with all the actors they had – this is something that appears in almost every season after this one too.
I swear this season used to called ‘My Roanoke Nightmare’, either way, I cannot remember what roanoke means, or why the season was called this – especially when every other season has a normal name. I don’t know if I can remember this season well enough to comment on it, but this is not a very memorable season. It uses the house trope for like the third time, writing this, however, I am realizing that every season up to this point has been focused at a single location which I can now not unlearn. For what I can remember this season was actors recreating a spooky thing that happened in the house and then the same spooky things happen to them. This is an interesting premise, but the season was not it.
I didn’t remember loving this season. It was meant to be political satire, but there was a cult and people doing a lot of problematic things. Unlike other seasons, I don’t remember liking any of the characters.
Before watching this season, I saw people loving the antichrist on the internet and was a bit scared about it. To be honest, I don’t think this season needed to be as reliant on Murder House and Coven characters, like it was nice to have the callbacks, but it could have been subtler and worked better. I remember this season being all over the place, I’m pretty sure half-way through it decided to shift-focus, the show could have been way more coherent. There were definitely elements of this season I loved, again the acting was great and I really did like the ending of the show. I think this was better than the last couple of seasons.
I haven’t watched this season yet, but I will when it appears on Netflix.
The New Normal
I think I’ve watched this show twice, and from what I can remember I enjoyed it a lot more when I first watched it. I have no memory of how funny it was, but I did like the characters and I think this show was important for the time and in terms of representation. Although wasn’t it also meant to be Ryan Murphy’s life, but not, it was weird but good.
I came up with the tier ‘Honestly Why’ to explain this show and that is by far the best description of the show I could come up with. I didn’t even finish a season of this show, which I have for every other show on this list, so that’s saying something. I really enjoy satirical horror shows with teens, but this show was so stupid.
American Crime Story
So far this show has proved to be the best Ryan Murphy show in my opinion. Both seasons have been great.
The People Vs. OJ Simpson
This was a fantastic watch. For what I remember, this show was structured very well, going from event to event. I did not know much about what happened, as I was either very young or not born yet, and I think the show was made with the idea that most people would have at least some knowledge of what happened. It wasn’t objective, but it allowed you to see all of the sides to it and I liked that.
The Assisination of Gianni Versace
This season was slightly less well-structured, but was still so good – telling the story in reverse at times felt a bit gimmicky and the story might have been served better if there were flashback episodes instead. The acting was amazing and it was such a memorable show.
While I know 9-1-1 is a Ryan Murphy show, it does not feel like a Ryan Murphy show. This is somehow both a good and a bad thing.
This show was weird. When Ryan Murphy does something that is trying to be satircal and over-the-top it tends to get weird, and this got weird real quick. I would have preferred this show if it was slightly more grounded in something and the plot didn’t just go off. Honestly, I probably will watch the second season, at the very least because I like the actors (and to an extent some of the characters).
This show is like 9-1-1 Lonestar, but I care slightly less about the characters. There is not much I could say about this show that is different from what I have said about 9-1-1.
I really enjoyed it. While I think that this show had a strange structure, I still think it was one of the best Ryan Murphy shows. I have talked about this a lot on my blog recently, but I really loved this show. The actors are all phenomenal (which is something that can be said for most Ryan Murphy shows tbh) and the message is uplifting. The show has a nice balance between creating a nicer vision of Hollywood and still presenting the horrors that did exist in Hollywood in the 1940s.