Critic Consensus: In the season opener, Freak Show sets the template for a compelling character-driven narrative with thoughtful pacing and creepy scares.
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Critic reviews for Monsters Among Us
My god, that "Life on Mars" number alone was worth the price of admission.
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.
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.
Freak Show already seems like a much more deliberate season than its predecessors.
The premiere certainly has a tremendous amount of energy, but it's hard to tell whether or not the narrative will provide an appropriate outlet to release that energy or if it will wind up scattered and squandered like certain AHS stories of the past.
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