Monsters Among Us
American Horror Story Freak Show



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Elsa Mars
Kathy Bates
Ethel Darling
Sarah Paulson
Bette & Dot Tattler
Michael Chiklis
Dell Toledo
Angela Bassett
Desiree Dupree
Evan Peters
Jimmy Darling
Emma Roberts
Maggie Esmerelda
John Carroll Lynch
Twisty the Clown
Skyler Samuels
Bonnie Lipton
Jyoti Amge
Ma Petite
Wilson Bradford
Ross Britz
Uniformed Officer
Erica Curtis
Blonde Waitress
Major Dodson
Corey Bachman
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
Jennifer Salt
Executive Producer
James Wong
Executive Producer
Brad Buecker
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Monsters Among Us

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

Jan 20, 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.

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

It's clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have returned ready to play.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The most innovative thing about this season so far is how it handles the visual language of depicting Siamese (question mark) twins.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Freak Show threw several balls into the air in its first hour-the nice girl from the Zodiac scene is being held captive by the clown, alongside a little boy; we haven't even gotten to Angela Bassett and Michael Chiklis yet.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

We got off to an alright start with this premiere. It lacked the excitement of premieres past, but I'm thinking that this season may crescendo rather than fizzle out...

Dec 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Jun 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I enjoyed the "back to basics" elements here with regards to home invasions, abductions, and murder being the core scary elements. Especially the fact that they're being committed by nightmare clown.

Jan 21, 2015 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…