He’s a six-time Emmy winner and won a Tony Award for The Boys in the Band, which he’s adapting into a film to be released next year (starring Andrew Rannells of Girls and Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory). But that’s not his only film slated for release in 2020 – he’s also adapting the Broadway musical The Prom, starring Meryl Streep, Awkwafina, Nicole Kidman and James Corden.
While we wait, we’re adding these Ryan Murphy series to our watchlists.
American Horror Story S1-7 (Showmax)
This multiple award-winning anthology has spine-chilling storylines, breathtaking cinematography and an all-star cast, including Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Each season follows twisted events, some inspired by real life.
Glee S1-6 (Netflix)
It was almost exactly 10 years ago when the world was first introduced to the glee club at William McKinley High School in this musical comedy-drama that was nominated for more than 60 awards during its six-year run. It won Gwyneth Paltrow her Emmy for Guest Actress, and won a Golden Globe in 2010. It also garnered a massive following of “gleeks” all over the world, and the soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy two years in a row. This is the musical comedy to stream if you’re in the mood for fun, campy, feel-good TV.
More fun fan-favourite series
The Politician (Netflix)
Ben Platt stars as Payton Hobart, a born politician who has his sights set on becoming President of the USA in future. In the meantime, he has to win the Student Body President race at his exclusive high school. He and his team go to all sorts of devious lengths to ensure that he wins the most votes – and it’s no stretch at all to realise that the series is a satire of some of the lies, slander, trickery and sleights of hand that occur at every level of US politics – as the Guardian says, “Murphy’s dazzling Netflix series plays gloriously with the inauthenticity that has become standard in the corridors of power.”
American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Netflix)
Ryan Murphy made two seasons of this crime anthology, which reenacted famous true crimes and the trials that followed. The first, in 2016, was The People vs OJ Simpson.
The second season, in 2018, was The Assassination of Gianni Versace. In a performance universally praised by critics, Darren Criss plays the man who murdered Gianni Versace in this stunning true-crime drama series, which took two Golden Globes in 2019, for Criss for Best Actor and for Best Limited Series. Each episode follows both the murderer, Andrew Cunanan, who stalked Versace for years before he shot him, and the victim in the years leading up to his death.
Pose S1 (Netflix) – S2 arrives in October 2019
Immerse yourself in the glamour and luxury of 1980s New York in this highly rated LGBTQ musical dance series starring Evan Peters (who’s also in American Horror Story and American Animals), MJ Rodriguez, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek. But it’s not just about beauty and glamour – it’s also activism.The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted network series, with over 50 transgender characters, all played by trans actors and ahead of the premiere, Murphy announced that he would be donating all his profits from Pose to charities working with LGBTQ+ people. Season 2 is slated for 30 October 2019.