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Monsters Among Us



Critic Consensus: In the season opener, Freak Show sets the template for a compelling character-driven narrative with thoughtful pacing and creepy scares.

Episode Info

Police make a grim discovery at a farmhouse in the Season 4 premiere.


Jessica Lange
as Elsa Mars
Sarah Paulson
as Bette & Dot Tattler
Kathy Bates
as Ethel Darling
Evan Peters
as Jimmy Darling
Michael Chiklis
as Dell Toledo
Emma Roberts
as Maggie Esmeralda
Frances Conroy
as Gloria Mott
Denis O'Hare
as Stanley
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Critic reviews for Monsters Among Us

My god, that "Life on Mars" number alone was worth the price of admission.

January 20, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The art direction here is the best it's ever been and absolutely should win an Emmy.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Every season has been filled with problems, but "Monsters Among Us" feels like Murphy is starting with a clean slate and fixing the errors of the past. Step on up, cause this Freak Show is off to a great start.

January 20, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

Unlike the first season's incoherent opener, Freak Show's was elegant, beautifully structured, and frequently astonishing. Also it was insane, obviously. And brilliant. And sad. But mostly insane.

January 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Freak Show already seems like a much more deliberate season than its predecessors.

January 21, 2015 | Full Review…

"Monsters Among Us" goes the unexpected route: It's a season opener with a sense of patience. There's still plenty carnage to be had, but that comes in between scenes that establish characters and explore relationships.

January 21, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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