The latest series from the prolific creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan gives us so much to cheer about.
Hooray for male prostitution!
Hooray for sassy bitches!
Hooray for gorgeous costumes!
Hooray for lots and lots of gay sex!
Yes, indeed, HOORAY for Hollywood!
We had the privilege to preview the entire seven-episode limited Netflix series and it gave us something to look forward every night for, well, a week. It was fantastic to escape our current reality for a journey to the late 1940s, a simpler time in Tinseltown, but in many ways a more ruthless one.
We’ve always preached that Ryan Murphy and his team create much more compelling work when they have real people and historical facsts to tap into. Feud: Bette and Joan and both American Crime Story seasons serve as prime examples. We’ve all seen how off-the-rails things can go with any number of American Horror Story seasons or the final episodes of hit shows like Glee and Nip/Tuck where “WTF?” can be collectively heard throughout the land.
Yet no matter what Murphy and Co. make, we devour every single minute whether we’re hate-watching or love-watching. Because they sure know how to give us something compelling to look at.
Hollywood provides us with nothing but warm and fuzzies for the skilled way the writers and actors create a fully conceptualized world populated with both real celebrities of the day (Rock Hudson, Hattie McDaniel, Vivien Leigh) and a whole slew of fictional superstars-in-the-making.
With a revisionist take on the politics of movie studios—and America at large—we’re treated to a what-if version of history that celebrates diversity across race, gender and sexuality. It’s a tale that still grounds itself in reality that ultimately gives in to its joyful, progressive-ahead-of-its-time premise.
By the time the final credits roll, we think you’ll be cheering right along with us.
HollywoodPhoto courtesy of Netflix
All episodes available Friday, May 1