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American Horror Story: Ranking the Seasons

Emma Platt ranks all six previous American Horror Story seasons...

6. Freak Show (Season 4)

Oh, ‘Freak Show’. It tried so hard. It tried too much. The theme seemed perfect fodder, the horror already built in. Set in 1952, it focused on Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange in her last appearance on the show), her freaks and their fight for survival in a rapidly changing world. But it suffered from a lack of a serious threat from an antagonist, even though there were three of them. Twisty the Clown, who featured heavily in the season’s promotion, was killed early on. Alongside Lange, Dennis O’Hara starred as Stanley who uses Michael Chiklis’s character to murder freaks and sell their bodies to an oddity museum. Finally, there was Finn Wittlock as Dandy Mott, who is creepy but ultimately underwhelming in his menace. The only interesting note of this season is that it shares links with ‘Asylum’ with its inclusion of Sister Mary Eunice and Pepper.

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