The Best Episodes Directed by Ryan Murphy


#1 - Pilot

Pose Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1987 New York, Blanca Rodriguez pursues her dream of becoming a house mother after receiving a devastating medical diagnosis. Alongside the members of her newly formed House of Evangelista, Blanca competes in the House Ballroom scene against her former mother and recent rival, Elektra Abundance. Meanwhile, Damon Richards moves to New York City with aspirations of joining a dance company.

star 8.50
455 votes
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Never Knew Love Like This Before

#2 - Never Knew Love Like This Before

Pose Season 2 - Episode 4

The Ballroom community is shaken to its core when a valued member is brutally attacked.

star 8.50
307 votes
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The Verdict

#3 - The Verdict

American Crime Story Season 1 - Episode 10

The prosecution and defense make their closing statements, the jurors deliberate, and the verdict comes down.

star 8.33
3216 votes
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And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963)

#4 - And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963)

FEUD Season 1 - Episode 5

Bette is on track to win a record-breaking third Best Actress Oscar. Joan and Hedda launch a clandestine campaign against her.

star 8.30
518 votes
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#5 - Pilot

The New Normal Season 1 - Episode 1

A gay couple start a family with the help of a young single mother who becomes their surrogate.

star 8.26
525 votes
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#6 - Access

Pose Season 1 - Episode 2

Blanca is denied access to a popular bar leading to a purposeful feud. Meanwhile, inexperienced Damon learns the truth about love and sex when he is asked on a date.

star 8.24
338 votes
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Joan Rivers

#7 - Joan Rivers

Nip/Tuck Season 2 - Episode 16

Joan Rivers consults with Sean and Christian to have all of her plastic surgeries undone, because she wants her grandson Cooper to learn that you don't have to be perfect. When she ultimately learns what she will turn out like after the work has been finished, she decides to give up on her original plan and asks the doctors to schedule her for a facelift the next morning. Matt is concerned about Ava, who seems obviously depressed. He suggests they go away to Paris and start a new life together, which she reluctantly accepts after some convincing. Matt goes to McNamara-Troy to steal drugs for her to take with them. Christian finds him, and gets upset when he learns Matt is going to Paris. Christian goes to have a talk with Ava, and when trying to make a point using sex, he learns that Ava is really a transsexual. Julia, Sean, and Christian spend the night researching, and trace their way to Maryland and a Gender Reassignment center. They learn that Ava's surgeon was a retired doctor by the name of Barrett Moore. Avery was a homosexual admirer of his, but Barrett could not love him the way Avery wanted him to. He perfected his plan for surgery, and made Avery a woman. They married, but their marriage was not perfect. Since they could not conceive, Barrett used a surrogate, and Adrian was born. Ava could not live with the pain, so she left with Adrian when Barrett was not home. Julia confronts Ava, and tells her that she knows her secret - and that she will reveal it to Matt if she does not break up with him by the end of the week. Ava needs one more surgery before she's complete, and Sean and Christian call Barrett in to help. Barrett asks Ava if he could meet Adrian, and she agrees to let him do so. When Matt comes home with the plane tickets, Ava gets upset by his constant mess making, and breaks up with him. In tears, Adrian comes home with a knife hidden behind his back. He once again tries to get his problems spoken. She tells him that Matt is out of the pi

star 8.15
355 votes
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Baby Clothes

#8 - Baby Clothes

The New Normal Season 1 - Episode 3

Bryan goes on a shopping spree for baby clothes, and returning them proves to be a problem. Meanwhile, Shania dresses up in baby clothes for school, forcing Goldie to have an uncomfortable interaction with Shania's teacher.

star 8.05
380 votes
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Sofa's Choice

#9 - Sofa's Choice

The New Normal Season 1 - Episode 2

Shania is working to adapt to her new surroundings and, much to the delight of Bryan, begins impersonating Little Edie from ‘Grey Gardens.’ Later, David and Bryan reminisce about the first time they met and decide to have a night on the town like they did when they were younger. Elsewhere, Jane finds something disturbing in the boys’ room and enlists Goldie’s ex-husband Clay to try and woo her granddaughter back to Ohio. Elsewhere, Rocky mistakenly suspects Shania of misbehaving.

star 8.03
451 votes
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Quentin Costa

#10 - Quentin Costa

Nip/Tuck Season 3 - Episode 15

The Carver strikes at a sorority house. His identity is revealed. Ariel's dad kidnaps Matt and Cherry. Ariel's dad forces Matt to make a life threatening decision, while the carver tries desperately to get his last minute revenge. Julia discovers that there might be something wrong with her baby.

star 7.92
475 votes
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#11 - Pilot

FEUD Season 1 - Episode 1

Cast aside by Hollywood, screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis battle ageism, sexism and each other when they sign up to make "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?"

star 7.92
698 votes
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Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

#12 - Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

American Crime Story Season 1 - Episode 6

As Marcia Clark juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance.

star 7.89
2937 votes
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#13 - Pilot

Glee Season 1 - Episode 1

Will Schuester an optimistic high school teacher, tries to reinvent the McKinley High School's glee club, while reinventing himself. He challenges a group of outcasts to realize their true star potential, while facing harsh criticism from everyone in the school.

star 7.88
4275 votes
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The Other Woman

#14 - The Other Woman

FEUD Season 1 - Episode 2

With production on "Baby Jane" underway, Bette and Joan form an alliance, but outside forces conspire against them.

star 7.87
558 votes
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The Power of Madonna

#15 - The Power of Madonna

Glee Season 1 - Episode 15

Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna’s greatest hits, including “Express Yourself” and “Like A Prayer.” Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in “Vogue”.

star 7.85
3453 votes
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The Substitute

#16 - The Substitute

Glee Season 2 - Episode 7

After Mr. Schuester gets sick, a substitute teacher takes over the Glee Club and becomes a new love interest and competition for Will.

star 7.84
3207 votes
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Escobar Gallardo

#17 - Escobar Gallardo

Nip/Tuck Season 1 - Episode 13

Christian learns that Kimber and Merril are engaged. Escobar continues to have the surgeons do things for him. Liz is sent to Bermuda after being shot in the leg by one of Escobar's people. Sean goes to kill Escobar. Escobar makes a deal with Sean; a new face for their freedom. Christian learns, in the delivery room, that he is not the father of Gina's baby. Julia returns to get the paternity test she had done a while ago. The doctors do surgery on Escobar, and give him the face of a criminal even higher than Gallardo on the Most Wanted List - Armand Ortiz. Ortiz is arrested at the airport for bank robbing and killing a federal agent.

star 7.84
429 votes
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Man Handled

#18 - Man Handled

American Crime Story Season 3 - Episode 6

The Office of the Independent Counsel ensnares Monica Lewinsky, holding her for 12 traumatizing hours in a hotel room.

star 7.76
234 votes
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#19 - Bryanzilla

The New Normal Season 1 - Episode 6

Shania and a classmate pretend to get engaged and plan an imaginary wedding. As a delighted Bryan arranges the big event with help from Rocky, Jane sets out to shut down the entire ceremony. Meanwhile, David makes a game-changing decision.

star 7.75
365 votes
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From the Ashes of Tragedy

#20 - From the Ashes of Tragedy

American Crime Story Season 1 - Episode 1

After the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are discovered, police finger O.J. as a suspect and prosecutor Marcia Clark takes the case.

star 7.75
3845 votes
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The Run of His Life

#21 - The Run of His Life

American Crime Story Season 1 - Episode 2

With O.J. Simpson missing in the white Bronco, Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian deal with the fallout, as the D.A.'s office and LAPD scramble to save face and find him.

star 7.71
3443 votes
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Monsters Among Us

#22 - Monsters Among Us

American Horror Story Season 4 - Episode 1

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. Police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse.

star 7.70
3312 votes
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#23 - Theatricality

Glee Season 1 - Episode 20

Rachel confronts her mother, while Tina faces an identity crisis. New Directions were given a task to sing Lady GaGa songs.

star 7.68
3371 votes
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#24 - Pilot

American Horror Story Season 1 - Episode 1

A therapist and his family move across the country to escape their troubled past, but quickly discover that their new home comes with its own horrific baggage.

star 7.67
9008 votes
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#25 - Throwdown

Glee Season 1 - Episode 7

Sue's new job as Glee co-chair gives her new opportunities to break up the club as she introduces a tough competition to the group.

star 7.66
2954 votes
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The Man Who Would Be Vogue

#26 - The Man Who Would Be Vogue

American Crime Story Season 2 - Episode 1

The murder of Gianni Versace turns the eyes of the world onto Miami Beach.

star 7.64
1752 votes
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#27 - Pilot

Nip/Tuck Season 1 - Episode 1

Old friends Sean (the family man) and Christian (the playboy) are partners in a plastic surgery office. Their relationship is under fire after Christian operates on a Colombian drug lord who pays him in drug money. Sean's family life is also in upheaval, and he is headed for a mid-life crisis.

star 7.62
851 votes
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Checking In

#28 - Checking In

American Horror Story Season 5 - Episode 1

Detective and family man John Lowe investigates a chain of gruesome murders in Los Angeles. A mysterious tip points him to the enigmatic Hotel Cortez.

star 7.60
3797 votes
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Devil's Night

#29 - Devil's Night

American Horror Story Season 5 - Episode 4

John receives an invitation to attend an exclusive Devil's Night soirée. Alex tries to diagnose Holden's strange condition.

star 7.58
2583 votes
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#30 - Britney/Brittany

Glee Season 2 - Episode 2

When Brittany and the gang try to convince Mr. Schuester to let them do a Britney Spears number, he is reluctant to go that edgy. Meanwhile, an insecure Will is curious about Emma’s new beau, Dr. Carl Howell, so he convinces her to bring him in to talk to the kids about dental hygiene. While the dreamy doc inspires the girls to take their dental health more seriously, Will is left feeling worse than before.

star 7.57
3554 votes
Gala Gallardo

#31 - Gala Gallardo

Nip/Tuck Season 4 - Episode 15

Sean considers selling his shares of the practice to Christian and Michelle, although Michelle's past starts to threaten her future with Christian. Meanwhile, Escobar's wife needs cosmetic surgery.

star 7.55
371 votes
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#32 - Mandi/Randi

Nip/Tuck Season 1 - Episode 2

Twin sisters want plastic surgery done to look different from each other. Sean moves out so he can experience life as a single man. Matt decides to try and perform a circumcision on himself after his girlfriend sees his penis. Christian is plagued with thoughts of Julia.

star 7.55
504 votes
Erica Noughton

#33 - Erica Noughton

Nip/Tuck Season 2 - Episode 1

Sean has just turned 40, and he is already noticing it. His body is aging, and he has developed "the yips", making his performance during surgeries decline. Julia breaks the news to Sean that her mother, Erica, is coming to visit. Erica tells them that she wants a facelift - and she wants Sean to do it. Sean would prefer that Christian do it instead. Meanwhile, Christian is having problems with picky Gina, who is trying to keep Christian away from baby Wilbur, because it isn't his baby. Having his own problems with age, he is rejected by a 25-year old at a bar. Christian decides to hire a nanny, who he ends up having sex with, and later learns that she is giving the baby drugs to keep it from crying. Christian tries to convince Sean to have botox, but he refuses (at first). They perform surgery on a woman who was shot in the face nine months earlier. She is brought along by her gay friend. The two are having problems because the woman loves Chad, but Chad doesn't love her in that way, because he's in love with his boyfriend. We learn that Chad and the woman were planning on shooting each other, but she couldn't pull the trigger, so Chad was left unharmed. During Erica's facelift, Sean panics and can't do it. Christian is having some trouble too - he's slept with Erica, the night of Sean and Julia's wedding. The surgery continues. Later that day, Christian is having problems with Wilbur, so he calls Julia to come help him. She gets upset on how Christian can't handle his own responsibilities, and snaps at him for sleeping with her mother.

star 7.53
391 votes
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Cindy Plumb

#34 - Cindy Plumb

Nip/Tuck Season 4 - Episode 1

Sean and Christian may be celebrating a milestone surgery, but it looks like the future of McNamara/Troy is in jeopardy. Julia tells Sean some devastating news about the baby. Christian decides to redecorate his apartment after a disturbing appointment with his psychiatrist.

star 7.49
470 votes
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#35 - Sexy

Glee Season 2 - Episode 15

Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns as the sex education substitute teacher and helps the glee club out with some new numbers. On the other hand, Emma becomes the head of the celibacy club.

star 7.49
2682 votes
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#36 - Showmance

Glee Season 1 - Episode 2

The Glee Club performs for the school for the first time. Meanwhile, when Quinn sees that Rachel has feelings for Finn, she goes to any length to keep him. Later, Mr. Schuester's wife reveals some surprising news.

star 7.49
3780 votes
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Ice Pick

#37 - Ice Pick

Ratched Season 1 - Episode 2

Dr. Hanover demonstrates a cutting-edge procedure. Ratched visits a survivor of Edmund's massacre and joins Gwendolyn on an outing in Monterey.

star 7.49
715 votes
Hooray for Hollywood (1)

#38 - Hooray for Hollywood (1)

Hollywood Season 1 - Episode 1

While waiting for his big break, aspiring movie star Jack Castello accepts a job at a local service station that pumps more than just gas.

star 7.48
388 votes
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#39 - Pilot

Ratched Season 1 - Episode 1

Nurse Mildred Ratched seeks employment at Lucia State Hospital as it prepares to admit a new psychiatric patient: notorious killer Edmund Tolleson.

star 7.44
893 votes

#40 - Exiles

American Crime Story Season 3 - Episode 1

After the death of her boss, White House staffer Linda Tripp is moved to The Pentagon where she meets Monica Lewinsky. Paula Jones decides to sue The President for sexual harassment.

star 7.42
356 votes
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#41 - Pilot

The Politician Season 1 - Episode 1

After a charismatic candidate joins the race for student body president, Payton searches for a running mate who will make him seem more authentic.

star 7.41
327 votes
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I Know What You Did Last Spring Break!

#42 - I Know What You Did Last Spring Break!

Popular Season 2 - Episode 19

Ms. Glass wants all the students to write down where did they go for Spring Break and how many they slept with, so, in her own words, she can judge them. Most of the gang say they went to Cancun, and Harrison writes that he went to Yemen as his nose starts to bleed. Ms. Glass deduces he has been infected with the Rift Valley fever that is contaminating everyone in Yemen. Just as Sam was trying to talk to him by his locker, they are both isolated from the rest of the people and the school is shut down in quarantine. During Chemistry, Mary Cherry receives a call in her cell phone from someone who knows what she really did for Spring Break - a low- budget soft porn scary movie - and she has to run for her life as she is chased to be killed. Meanwhile, Lily tells April what they really did for SB. They intended to go to Cancun, but they all stayed in LA and had SB in different ways. Nicole is elected to attract the killer, but only virgins get chased by the killers.

star 7.16
38 votes

#43 - Pilot

Scream Queens (2015) Season 1 - Episode 1

Twenty years after a mysterious death rocks Wallace University, another murder takes place.

star 7.12
1855 votes
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The News of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

#44 - The News of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Popular Season 2 - Episode 14

Lily, Carmen, Mary Cherry and Brooke are peacefully riding Lily's car when they pass by a car crash and notice the Gremlin's license plate, TUNA69, and realize that the car belongs to their classmate April Tuna. The entire school is touched by her death and they make a memorial service in her honor. Everyone's feeling guilty about how they treated her. Josh gets a new hairstyle and joins the "mullets" club. Nicole finds out that the cafeteria lady is in fact her long lost birth mom. Sam gets an email from Harrison telling her he loves her and asks her to choose between him and George. Nicole gets an email too, saying what a bitch she is. She admits being a bitch at the memorial service, and April suddenly appears, saying she was not in the car that got crashed.

star 6.92
38 votes