American Horror Story

‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 4 Recap: “Fearful Pranks Ensue”

This episode opens on a young black man being stalked through the streets by white men in a car. We learn he’s the son of one of the hairdressers in Angela Bassett’s salon. He’s just been sent to an integrated school. It’s clear Angela Bassett doesn’t approve, and she’s proven right when the boy shows up hanged in a tree. Vodou is promptly pulled out, and with the help of a snake and some pearls and some blood flambé, brings up some zombies to take revenge on the hanging crew. It’s all a leetle heavy-handed, but hell, this is American Horror Story, and it ain’t subtle. … Read More

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20 Famous Witches We’d Like to See on ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

Someone recently described American Horror Story: Coven as “fantasy football for gay men,” and I can’t think of a more appropriate log line. Ryan Murphy has outdone himself when it comes to getting as many fierce ladies into one room as possible. As far as I’m concerned, cramming Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone, and Christine Ebersole into a single hour of television last week has absolved all of Ryan Murphy’s crimes against humanity. But I still think he could go even farther. Here’s my dream team of witches I wish would show up in the season’s remaining ten episodes.  … Read More

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 3 Recap: “The Replacements”

Jessica Lange is unable to sleep, so she has a flashback, which happens to me all the time. Her mother, who looks like Miranda Richardson, I think it might actually be Miranda Richardson, and she is wearing some kind of June Carter Cashish outfit in a sickly shade of lavender. Young Fiona, meanwhile, gets to wear a black floral and also bears a significant resemblance to young Charlize Theron, complete with excessive deployment of the hot iron. “They say when the new Supreme starts to flower, the old Supreme starts to fade,” hisses Poor Man’s Charlize to her mother. It turns out that in a coven, a younger future-Supreme actually literally siphons power from the current-Supreme. The mother’s had a vision that the daughter here will be a terrible supreme, but that doesn’t matter because she isn’t able to stop her daughter from seizing the throne by throat-cutting. Someone on the staff’s been watching Game of Thrones. … Read More

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‘American Horror Story’ Finally Perfects Its Twisted Brand of Feminism in ‘Coven’

Subtlety isn’t just out of American Horror Story‘s wheelhouse; it’s anathema to the show, the literal antithesis of the shameless camp that treats Jessica Lange snorting coke to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” like just another day in the neighborhood. Part of the fun of watching AHS‘s 13-episode cycles unfold has been the way it wields tropes of gore and body horror like a sledgehammer — then takes that sledgehammer to social issues like disability, race, and, most prominently, gender. Historically, that questionably good-faith effort at blending shock value with social criticism has had mixed results at best. But unlike the series’ first two iterations, Murder House and Asylum, Coven has finally figured out a way to incorporate feminism convincingly into the DNA of American Horror Story.  … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, one Ryan Murphy show reintroduces itself as another says goodbye to one of its central players. … Read More

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Jessica Lange Perfects Her Bitchcraft in New ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Trailer

Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe is going to have a difficult time at a witch academy where Jessica Lange’s unyielding Fiona… Read More

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Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates Are the Baddest Witches in ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

Behold a pretty amazing promo for the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Coven, which is all about fierce witches.… Read More

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How ‘Homeland’ Glamorizes Torture

As the first half of the television season begins to wrap up, and some series with shorter seasons hurtle towards their finales, shows have started their usual ramp up in narrative pace. The stakes get increasingly a little higher, as audience adrenaline runs a little faster. This season of Homeland has filled my Sunday evening Twitter stream with variations on, “OMG HOMELAND!!!” — until two weeks ago, when it was all “WTF HOMELAND!?!” and then this past Sunday, where it was more: “Hmmm. Homeland?” This is not what we were expecting.

But the season isn’t over yet, and Homeland still has time to pull a fast one on us, then leave us hanging until next season. It’s been a shaky and oftentimes bizarre last few episodes, and viewers are starting to get nervous – spinning their own conspiracy theories about how the whole thing might play out. “The show has to be smarter than this,” is what they seem to say. As much as any TV fan is devoted to their shows of choice, the kind of devotion witnessed with Homeland viewers is its own special case. Since winning all the laurels of Best New Television Ever, the show has kept its cohort of intelligent viewers through its much lauded script, acting, and cleverly networked plotlines. Homeland can’t just end! It has to end with emotional and narrative realism, with political integrity. But when the pacing of Season 2 has been so sloppy, and even its use of technology so unrealistic, could that possibly be where it will end up? … Read More

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Why Is Jessica Lange Coming Back for ‘American Horror Story’ Season 3?

Confession: I kicked American Horror Story off my DVR queue last night. Since my recorder only allows me to tape two shows at once, I had to choose between AHS, Nashville, and Top Chef – and it was with few reservations that I gave Ryan Murphy’s asylum of horrors the boot. While I enjoyed last… Read More

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