I really admire the body of work of writer-director Ryan Murphy.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with whom Murphy is; he’s the creator and executive producer of Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal.
Whether you enjoy these shows or not, look at how different they all are from each other. Nip/Tuck is a medical drama/thriller, Glee is a high school musical drama/comedy, American Horror Story is a horror-drama, and The New Normal is a drama/comedy.
If you’ve seen even two of these shows, you’re probably surprised that the same man created them, and that’s the genius of Murphy. He is a master at telling moving, though provoking stories that center on characters who strive to be good people and, just as we all do, sometimes fall short of the mark.
Glee may be annoying at times, but it realistically portrays how it is to be an underdog or outsider in high school.
In the first season of American Horror Story, the Harmon family were a realistic portrayal of a family trying to recover from lies, betrayal and loss. The high concept was they were trying to do this while living in a haunted house.
On the show Nip/Tuck Christian and Sean are two best friends who own a plastic surgery firm. The irony is that they help others achieve perfection; and their personal lives are anything but perfect.
Like other great modern TV writers such as Joss Whedon, Murphy’s work is diverse and he is a master storyteller. He manages to make viewers care for his characters and manages to make their actions and decisions believable even if their world is anything but realistic.
As someone who would love to write for television some day, I hope I can someday create fictional worlds that are as diverse, and interesting as the one’s Murphy has created throughout his career.