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21 Things That 'Glee''s Ryan Murphy Invented Aside From the Horror Comedy

By Rebecca Pahle | Seriously Random Lists | October 21, 2014 |


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I always credit Ryan Murphy with creating shows that I try and then quit after half a season (Yeah, I gave Glee a shot back in the day. So did a lot of people, OK?!), but it turns out he has something far more impressive on his résumé: the entire horror-comedy genre. Someone tell Sam Raimi. And James Gunn. And Edgar Wright. And Peter Jackson. And John Landis. And…

Murphy’s status as a time-traveling founder of genres came out in a press release for Fox’s new anthology series Scream Queens, which honestly sounds like the sort of thing I might like if not for its Ryan Murphy-ness. Here’s the relevant quote, via Collider:

“I knew I wanted to work with Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing SCREAM QUEENS. We hope to create a whole new genre - comedy-horror - and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads.”

“We hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror”

“We hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror”

“We hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror”

OK, buddy. Because no one ever thought that the inherent capability of horror to trend toward the ridiculous makes it a good candidate for jokes. Evil Dead 2 is actually a super-serious commentary on the dangers of colonialist tendencies in a post-capitalist society. You invented the horror-comedy. You also invented:

  • Pajiba
  • Dinosaurs
  • The anthology series
  • “Very special episodes”
  • The Internet
  • Tube socks
  • That soul-crushing sense of ennui you get where there are no good movies out
  • ♪♫♪BROADWAAAAAAAAY♪♫♪
  • Butt plugs that look like Christmas trees
  • Christmas trees that look like butt plugs
  • Denny’s
  • The Ebola virus
  • Mange
  • The collected works of Ayn Rand
  • Ryan Murphy’s own grandfather
  • Cool Whip
  • People who pronounce “museum” as “mu-ZEEM.”
  • Nipple armor
  • Channing Tatum
  • Actual glee. Like, the feeling.
  • Herpes

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