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.
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.