Magical Thinking
American Horror Story Freak Show

83%

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Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Neil Patrick Harris is a great guest star, but his turn in "Magical Thinking" adds too hefty a storyline this late in the game.

Episode Info

Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy's escape from police custody. (C) FX

Critic Reviews for Magical Thinking

We're liking this reinvigorated AHS: Freak Show. Keep up the good work.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

On the latest episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, we got what was easily the best episode since the "Edward Mordrake" two-parter, with "Magical Thinking."

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

"Magical Thinking" wasn't a bad episode of Freak Show. It was interesting, concise, and had a few big twisted moments... But this really became the Chester show.

Jan 21, 2015 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

It will come as no surprise that, with only three episodes left, American Horror Story: Freak Show has found a way to introduce two new characters and insert them into the already crowded playing field that is season 4.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Returning from its holiday hiatus, American Horror Story kicks off the run-up to its finale with an episode that features another high-profile guest star, Neil Patrick Harris, and several gruesome twists for our regulars.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Surprisingly effective here is the evolution of the relationship between Jimmy and his father Dell.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

"Magical Thinking" was a good and solid episode of Freak Show that was full of thrills and chills and spills, but part of me felt like it should've been a midseason episode rather than the third-to-last.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

After "Orphans," a surprisingly confident and empathetic outing ... "Magical Thinking" finds the series resorting to its usual bag of boring, hyperbolically over-plotted tricks.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

American Horror Story: Freak Show doesn't need more plotlines. It needs fewer.

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

I'm convinced that this season of American Horror Story only really makes sense if you admit that the latest iteration of Denis O'Hare is Jedi mind tricking everyone.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Delicious new characters are introduced, old scores are settled and the table is set for the final two episodes to be great.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Normally I would complain about the addition of what appears to be a major character in the third-to-last episode of the season, but I will not, mostly because his performance was just so wonderfully off-kilter and charming.

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