“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (AHS) premiered on Oct. 8, 2014 with mixed reviews. The anthology series is currently on its fourth run in FX. James Poniewozik of Time praised the slick production.
“From the premiere, its palette is more luscious and vibrant than past AHS seasons; the animated opening credits–sprightly deformed skeletons capering about–are ghastly and terrific. The show has a vintage-collector’s delight in the details of this specific brand of horror,” wrote Poniewozik in his review in Time.
“AHS” puts characters, settings and plot lines on rotation, which keeps viewers guessing each time a new season premieres. However, IGN’s Matt Fowler wrote in his review that new roles and setting were not enough to cover up for the fact that “AHS” has been “delivering diminishing returns since it premiered.
“Each season has proven to be weaker than the previous and some of that is due to the fact that a lot of the show’s tricks have already been played,” stated Fowler in his review in IGN.
This season, the story is set in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Jessica Lange stars as the circus owner. Kathy Bates plays the resident bearded lady Ethel, while Paula Paulson gets some CGI treatment for her role as the conjoined twins Dot and Bette. Lange and Bates have won Primetime Emmy Awards for their work with “AHS.”
However, some reviewers have questioned the show’s intentions. In a review from Vanity Fair, Richard Lawson posted a question whether the show should be credited or not for casting actors who are not lucky enough to “get a voice” on the mainstream.
Previous seasons of “AHS” include “The Murder House,” “Asylum” and “Coven.”
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