American Horror Story Seasons, Ranked
Rebecca Bunch 5:27 PM American Horror Store: Roanoke, American Horror Story reviews, american horror story: coven, American Horror Story: Hotel
For such a promising premise, this one just went so, so wrong. It killed off two characters from other seasons (including Queenie, whose death I shall never get over). The characters were pretty awful, too (except for a few very good characters). They didn't really seem to know what to do with their stellar cast, especially Angela Bassett. For the most part, I didn't care about the fate of any of the characters. The plot really made no sense, and went nowhere fast. It also suffered from the loss of Jessica Lange, who was desperately needed to salvage this dumpster fire. It kills me to say this, but this was the first season of AHS that I didn't even care about in the slightest.
Numerical Score: 4/10
5- Freak Show
This was the first season of American Horror Story that I watched, so there's some nostalgia here. But I genuinely enjoyed this season, and cared for most of the characters. The end was heartbreaking for me. Elsa was a top-notch character, despite the fact that she was Lange's least-strong character. Dandy was a fantastic villain that met a fantastic fate. Maggie was one of Emma Roberts' greatest performances to date. Ma Petite's death was tragic, and really tugged at the heart strings.But some characters (and I love you NPH), such as Chester, were awful and made no sense. The rapid killing of many characters in the matter of minutes was sloppy and awful. Twisty was just odd. Dell was... less than stellar. This season was still strong, but was ultimately the weakest Lange-led season.
Numerical Score: 7.5
In just three episodes, Roanoke has gotten much better. Considering how much better each episode got, this season could jump up this list. I'm really glad that they have been able to turn this season around. And props to the AHS team for adding Cuba Gooding, Jr to the cast. He's pretty great in this season.
Grade B (so far, though it's rapidly improving)
Numerical Score: 7.85
3- Murder House
I loved this season, so I hate putting it at #3. But it isn't quite as good as Asylum or Coven. I loved the Constance, Violet, and Billie Dean characters. They were fantastic. Tate was such an odd, interesting character. He completely changed the course of the season, and I loved it. The death of Adelaide was tragic, and Constance trying to get her to the yard really showed her love for her daughter. The season was so entertaining. I would love to see them revisit the Murder House with a new family, with appearances by the old cast, of course!
Numerical Score: 9
Asylum was so fantastic. And it killed me to name it the second best. But alas, it had to be done. The season was great, and was very scary. It and Murder House are essentially tied for pure awesomeness. The Name Game is one of my favorite moments in AHS (and TV) history. Jessica Lange was so fantastic in this season that the Emmy's committed a crime by not giving her the Emmy. Sister Jude and her fall to madness were both moving and downright awful. Her death remains one of the most moving and heartbreaking moments of the entire show. Lana Banana was also an amazing character, as were Pepper, Kit, and Mary Eunice. My only problem with this season is the present-day nonsense. Also, I didn't care for the whole Shelley story. She was an odd character.
Numerical Score: 9.5
This is by far my favorite season, and is one of the greatest television programs I've ever seen. It's honestly in my top 5. I just adored the Stevie Nicks appearances. The characters (except Kyle, I don't like him at all) were all fantastic. The acting was top notch. The fact that it takes place in my favorite city in the world is awesome. This season was perfect. It's so great, I'll be watching it again soon (something I don't do with many shows). I loved that it didn't rely on wholly on shock value, something that too many AHS episodes do. Plus, it brought my favorite AHS characters ever, Myrtle, Madison, Misty, Cordelia, Zoe, and Fiona, into the world.
Numerical Score: 10
I can't wait to see what else Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and the rest of the AHS crew have in store for us over the next few seasons.