Impeachment: American Crime Story

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Ryan Murphy’s TV Series and Films Ranked by Tomatometer

What do you do when you’ve conquered the worlds of network and cable TV, won a slew of awards for your efforts, and become one of the few household-name showrunners in the country? Do it all again.

Murphy, who made waves in 2018 with a record-breaking Netflix deal that resulted in series like Ratched and Halston, is also the executive producer in the latest installment of FX’s American Crime Story: Impeachment, which is about the Bill Clinton sex scandal of the 1990s and is created by Sarah Burgess. The new season, at 70% on the Tomatometer (as of September 8, 2021), caused an 8-point drop in the anthology series’ score, moving it lower on our list of Murphy properties.

The producer, writer, director, and showrunner has been hugely influential in the medium, inspiring a resurgence in TV musicals with his high-school set Fox series Glee, unleashing a flood of anthology projects with FX’s American Horror Story, creating trans awareness with his Emmy-winning FX show Pose, and gathering an informal troupe of fiercely loyal top acting talent, including Sarah Paulson, who portrays Clinton whistle-blower Linda Tripp in the new limited series. He has also been involved with several movies, such as directing Netflix’s film adaptation of the musical The Prom and directing and executive producing the HBO film adaptation of the AIDS crisis play The Normal Heart.

Here’s how Murphy’s movies and series stand so far by Tomatometer score. Click into TV titles to see how each season performed and which are Certified Fresh.

Adjusted Score: 35306%
Critics Consensus: Despite a few great performances, the film lacks the sincerity and emotional edge of Burroughs' well-loved memoir.
Synopsis: As the son of an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a mentally ill mother (Annette Bening), young Augusten Burroughs (Joseph... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy


Eat Pray Love (2010)

Adjusted Score: 43804%
Critics Consensus: The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate.
Synopsis: Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career.... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

The Politician (2019)

Synopsis: Wealthy high school student Payton Hobart has known since he was 7 years old that he is going to be... [More]

The New Normal (2012)

Synopsis: Los Angeles couple Bryan and David have successful careers and a loving relationship and are ready for a baby. Just... [More]


The Prom (2020)

Adjusted Score: 68000%
Critics Consensus: Through fiery songs and dance breaks, The Prom's bonanza of glitz, glitter, and jazz hands might be enough to whisk audiences away.
Synopsis: Down-on-their-luck Broadway stars shake up a small Indiana town as they rally behind a teen who wants to go to... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

Hollywood (2020)

Synopsis: In post-World War II Hollywood, aspiring actors and filmmakers will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.... [More]

Popular (1999)

Synopsis: It's a culture clash of epic proportions when cheerleader Brooke and unpopular journalist Sam, girls on the opposite ends of... [More]

Adjusted Score: 62914%
Critics Consensus: The unconverted will remain just as perplexed as ever, but for gleeful Gleeks, The 3D Concert Movie delivers exactly what it promises.
Synopsis: New Directions hits the road to perform a summer concert tour. Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), Kurt (Chris Colfer),... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Tancharoen

Ratched (2020)

Synopsis: A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.... [More]

Halston (2021)

Synopsis: Iconic American fashion designer Halston skyrockets to fame before his life starts to spin out of control.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 65296%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A masked maniac terrorizes the same small community where a murderer known as the Phantom Killer struck decades earlier.... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Glee (2009)

Synopsis: Optimistic teacher Will Schuester heads up McKinley High School's glee club -- New Directions -- a place where ambitious and... [More]

Synopsis: Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11, and in the wake... [More]

Scream Queens (2015)

Synopsis: Comedy, horror and mystery come together in this modern take on a classic whodunit.... [More]

Nip/Tuck (2003)

Synopsis: This often campy series centers on the office of Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy, longtime friends who practice... [More]

Synopsis: "American Horror Story" was created by the co-creators of "Glee," but the shows have little in common besides that. The... [More]

9-1-1 (2018)

Synopsis: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear reimagine the procedural drama with "9-1-1." The series explores the high-pressure experiences of... [More]

Synopsis: A dramatization of true events.... [More]

Blood Feuds (2016)

Synopsis: American Heroes Channel presents epic battles between strong-willed contenders convinced of the righteousness of their sides -- with the outcomes... [More]


The Normal Heart (2014)

Adjusted Score: 95345%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to Emmy-worthy performances from a reputable cast, The Normal Heart is not only a powerful, heartbreaking drama, but also a vital document of events leading up to and through the early AIDS crisis.
Synopsis: In 1980s New York, a writer (Mark Ruffalo) and his friends join forces to expose the truth about the emerging... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Murphy

Pose (2018)

Synopsis: "Pose" is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York's underground ball culture, a movement... [More]


A Secret Love (2020)

Adjusted Score: 102993%
Critics Consensus: In telling one couple's story, A Secret Love pays understated yet powerful tribute to a lifetime of choices and sacrifices made in the name of enduring devotion.
Synopsis: A former baseball player keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.... [More]
Starring: Pat Henschel
Directed By: Chris Bolan


New this week to streaming video, we’ve got a horror film with an unusual take on the found footage format and an indie dramedy about pregnancy. Then, on Netflix and Fandor, we’ve got a wide variety of choices, ranging from thrillers (The Guest, Cure) to coming-of-age films (Ratcatcher, Emporte-moi) to true stories (24 Days, An Angel at My Table) and more. Read on for the full list:

Available for Purchase

Unfriended (2014) 62%

On the anniversary of a classmate’s death, a group of high schools are being hunted — via Skype — by her malevolent spirit in this found-footage horror film.

Available now on: iTunes

Unexpected (2015) 66%

Cobie Smulders stars in a dramedy about a high school teacher and a student who bond over their unplanned pregnancies.

Available now on: iTunes


New on Netflix

Teacher of the Year (2014) 100%

This mockumentary centers on a small, newer California high school with an eccentric staff whose English teacher (Matt Letscher) wins the titular award.

Available now on: Netflix

The Guest (2014) 92%

Dan Stevens stars in a Certified Fresh sci-fi thriller about a recently discharged soldier who moves in with the family of an old Army buddy and proceeds to turn their worlds upside down.

Available now on: Netflix

Zero Motivation (2014) 88%

This dramedy about a group of female Israeli soldiers and their monotonous professional responsibilities was a big box office hit in its native land and a critical hit abroad.

Available now on: Netflix

24 Days (2014) 79%

This French drama is based on the true story of a man who was held for ransom by religiously-motivated kidnappers.

Available now on: Netflix

Dial a Prayer (2015) 71%

Brittany Snow and William H. Macy star in this faith-based dramedy about a troubled woman who finds redemption working at a prayer call center.

Available now on: Netflix

Hercules (2014) 58%

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Herc, who, after completing his fabled labors, assembles a crew of fighters to topple a bloodthirsty megalomaniac.

Available now on: Netflix

New on Fandor

Cure (1997) 93%

In this Japanese crime thriller, a detective investigates a series of bizarre murders perpetrated by killers exhibiting signs of amnesia.

Available now on: Fandor

An Angel at My Table (1990) 95%

Jane Campion’s biographical drama is based on the three autobiographies of Janet Frame, who grew up in a poor, rural family and spent time in a mental institution before becoming a writer.

Available now on: Fandor

Before the Rain (1994) 92%

Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1994, this Macedonian drama uses three interlocking storylines to explore the horrors of the Balkan conflict.

Available now on: Fandor

Ratcatcher (1999) 88%

Lynne Ramsay’s (We Need to Talk about Kevin) feature debut follows the life of a 12-year-old boy growing up in a poor Scottish neighborhood whose residents are slowly being relocated.

Available now on: Fandor

The Double Life of Veronique (1991) 83%

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski’s drama follows two women (both played by Irène Jacob) who were born on the same day — one in France and the other in Poland — and ended up living eerily similar and metaphysically interconnected lives.

Available now on: Fandor

Taste of Cherry (1997) 84%

Abbas Kiarostami garnered worldwide acclaim for this spare, haunting tale of a man who seeks help in burying his body after taking his own life.

Available now on: Fandor

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) 83%

Set in 1976 on an Indian reservation, this thriller centers on a teenage drug dealer who runs afoul of a thuggish local government agent when her money is stolen and she is unable to pay him off.

Available now on: Fandor

Set Me Free (1999) 82%

This period drama from Canada follows a young girl coming of age in 1960s Quebec who becomes infatuated with one of her teachers.

Available now on: Fandor

Canopy (2013) 75%

This minimalist World War II drama tells the tense story of a pilot who’s been shot down in enemy territory.

Available now on: Fandor

Newly available for purchase on streaming this week are the second installment in a popular young adult sci-fi franchise and the fourth season of a hit HBO comedy series. Then, on subscription services, we’ve got a critically acclaimed animated comedy, and animated spinoff, the final season of a popular musical TV series, and more. Read on for details:

Available for purchase


Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her fellow Divergents are on the run from evil overlord Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), who wants to exterminate the rebels and take control of futuristic Chicago’s various factions.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play

Veep: Season Four

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in HBO’s hit comedy focused on US Vice President Selina Meyer and her eccentric staff.

Available in DigitalHD now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play

New on Netflix

Bojack Horseman: Season Two

In this Netflix original animated comedy, Will Arnett lends his voice to the title character, a washed-up former sitcom star — who happens to be an anthropomorphic horse — attempting to make a comeback and dealing with various personal issues.

Available now on: Netflix


Mark Duplass and director Patrick Brice star in Brice’s psychological thriller about an amateur videographer who agrees to film a man who lives in the woods for a day, only to discover the man may not be all that he seems.

Available now on: Netflix

Penguins of Madagascar

As the nefarious octopus Octavious Brine (voiced by John Malkovich) plots against the world’s penguins, sour old penguin pals Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private join forces with a husky named Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team of animal spies to thwart him.

Available now on: Netflix

Glee: Season Six

After 121 episodes and over 700 musical performances — as well as the tragic death of one of its stars — Fox’s hit series about a high school glee club came to an end with its sixth season, now available to stream.

Available now on: Netflix


Angelina Jolie earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Christine Collins, a Los Angeles woman whose son’s abduction in 1928 was only the beginning of an unbelievable ordeal that would go on to include her forced institutionalization and one of the most callous, bizarre cover-ups in law enforcement history.

Available now on: Netflix

New on Hulu

Welcome to Sweden: Season Two

Greg Poehler stars as a high-profile financial manager who uproots his life in New York to move to Stockholm for his Swedish girlfriend Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), whose friends and family he hopes to impress.

Available now on: Hulu

New on Fandor

Brothers Hypnotic

This documentary profiles a band comprised of the offspring of jazz legend Phil Cohran.

Available now on: Fandor

My Brilliant Career

Judy Davis and Sam Neill star in this period drama about a free-spirited 19th Century Australian woman struggling for independence from the societal norms of her time.

Available now on: Fandor

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