1 Reason Why “American Horror Story” Is the Supreme Television Series!

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You want a list? Okay, here’s one that only carries a single item…

Other than the whimpering finale of “American Horror Story: Asylum,” I’ve found nearly every episode of FX’s “American Horror Story” to be deeply satisfying. Even though Jessica Lange is the backbone of the anthology series, there are plenty of other reasons as to why the show is so friggin’ good. But there’s actually a point to this article, and it’s not to gush over each and every “AHS” moment, it’s to point out the single reason why this show rules television – why it’s the supreme series.

When I initially caught the debut episode of the Ryan Murphy-created series, I hated it. In fact, it took me 3-4 episodes to really get into a groove. It wasn’t until the second season was announced that I understood the reason why. With the reveal of “Asylum,” Murphy and FX had cracked the anthology sub genre wide open, turning each season into a new arc, while utilizing the same talent.

And because each season is its own arc, they only have a single season to tell an entire series worth of tales. The result is rapid-fire entertainment, hour-long episodes that are jam-packed with twists, turns and stingers.

*Spoiler Warning*

Watching last nights episode was a revelation, ending with not one, but three crazy turn of events. The one that was most impressive was when Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) murders Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), mostly because it’s something that normally would end a season.

If you were to break down each episode of “AHS”, you could easily make the case that each episode could be drawn out into an entire season. Look at “Coven” for example: Fiona Goode digging up Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) would be the season one cliffhanger, Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) resurrecting Kyle Spencer (Evan Peters) would end season two, while Goode murdering Montgomery would have ended season three.

In short, each episode of “AHS” is an entire season of an average television series! Instead of milking out one story for several years (“True Blood,” “Dexter,” I’m looking a you), the team behind FX’s “AHS” has found a way to engage our generation, which is littered with short attention spans.

Network and cable execs better pay close attention because, this is the single reason why “AHS” is the supreme television series.

Thoughts?

  • Rockcliffe

    I was a HUGE fan of the first season. The second didn’t interest me too much, I missed a few episodes and then was never able to catch up again (Come on Netflix….start streaming season 2 for me!)
    But this season…AMAZING. All the twists, the killings of main (or who we thought were main) characters this early? I’m wondering if the Stevie Nicks weirdo resurrection girl will bring back Madison, making her even more powerful….and evil?!

  • djblack1313

    Mr.D, i agree w/ most of what you said. i didn’t like the first ep of season 1 either. it’s (ep 2?) the home invasion ep that completely won me over and season 1 became (and still is) my favorite season. i LOVE it. Asylum, while it had amazing performances (mainly Lange, Rabe & Paulson), it was a cluster fuck (writing-wise). i’m loving season 3 thus far. i can’t wait to see the zombies rising/Zoe with the chainsaw scenes! AHS is an awesome gift to horror/thriller fans.

    that being said, i don’t think it’s earned it’s “best horror show ever” (let alone the best tv show) award yet.

  • wehoaks

    Too bad this was never the intention by Ryan Murphy. He was planning to do a series, caught himself in a corner in season 1 and then suddenly he is shouting “Uh, yeah, we totally planned on an anthology. Uh huh. So yeah. put us in the min-series catgeory Mr. Emmy (which was his main motivation for calling it an anthology because he knew the show didn’t stand a chance in the drama series category).” He killed the cast off because he didn’t know how to keep the story going into a season 2 (as with all his past shows – he has no vision, save the first 6 episodes). he is far from brilliant.

    • Beanis

      Completely agree with you on this one. It was happenstance that made this series initially great not planning. I’m digging this season so far…

    • djblack1313

      wehoaks do you have a link to where you got these “facts” or are you assuming this is what happened. link or it’s not true.

  • Darkness69

    Evan Peters is one of the biggest reasons why this show is so damn good. His portrayals of damaged characters is incredible!

  • illberightback

    Thoughts? I think, you’re right, but that can also be a detriment, and is why I haven’t even finished watching season 2.

    With this new season, there’s still batshit insane stuff happening, but it feels much more focused to a singular purpose. It’s very much about witches, and the dealing with their powers. Not about cramming every subgenre of horror into a single season.

    Jessica Lange being the backbone, is an understatement. I cannot wait to see the results of her showdown with Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.

  • ten31

    I have tried to get into all three seasons and I just don’t like the way it is shot. It doesn’t appeal to me at all. I watched the first two episodes of season three hoping I would like it but I just can’t get into them.