Scream Queens: Season 1 (2015)

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Scream Queens

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Too tasteless for mainstream viewers and too silly for horror enthusiasts, Scream Queens fails to satisfy.

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Critic Ratings: 74

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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 22, 2015
2
Air date: Sep 22, 2015
3
Air date: Sep 29, 2015
4
Air date: Oct 6, 2015
5
Air date: Oct 13, 2015
6
Air date: Oct 20, 2015
7
Air date: Nov 3, 2015
8
Air date: Nov 10, 2015
9
Air date: Nov 17, 2015
10
Air date: Nov 24, 2015
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A series that mixes black comedy with a heavy slice of slasher flick begins on a college campus experiencing a rash of murders being committed by a killer clad in satanic garb. A premiere target for the maniac is the Kappa House sorority, which is run by Chanel (Emma Roberts), a snobby elitist who chafes at the dean's order to open up admission to a not-so-select nor special demographic of pledges. Along the way, a mysterious woman with a Kappa past is visited, the search for the killer, now called the Red Devil is mounted, and Dean Munsch (Jamie Leigh Curtis), never a proponent of the vixens of Kappa House, struggles to keep the university open. Later, the Kappas try using a Ouija board to find out who the Red Devil killer is, which actually triggers beyond-the-grave contact with a late member of the sorority who has a dire warning for her sisters. Eventually, startling confessions lead to the unmasking of the Red Devil and the identity of the killer.

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Critic Reviews for Scream Queens Season 1

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (36)

As in Glee or American Horror Story, Murphy delights in misdirection and abrupt shifts of tone, both of which he does well. The dialogue is snappy and no pretension escapes un-nailed.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Murphy gives good pilot, and this one's no exception.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It seems unlikely that Scream Queens will pull of the same trick as Scream the movie: being funny and suspenseful at the same time. Most viewers will settle for either, but the show will probably fall short at both.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…
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Are you laughing? Then by all means, feel free to tune in. Are you not? Meet me at the bar.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

It's an odd mash-up that leaves little room for real connection to the characters, having faith instead in laughs and blood. Then again, laughs and blood have a good track record.

Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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But Fox's Scream Queens is a nasty, trashy hybrid of Glee and American Horror Story.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Actresses get sexy, scary for horror flick fame.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Maybe I'm a curmudgeonly old woman who can't stand the flippant way these three male writers treat female identity politics.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's too much of a cartoon - and not even a good one.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

We're already coming back for season two, even if we have no idea where these characters could possibly go from here. It'll probably be fun to find out, though.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens is exactly what you'd expect a series from Ryan Murphy called Scream Queens to be. It's a blend of everything that's campy and bright about Glee and dark and grimy about American Horror Story.

Sep 26, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Something starts clicking and the show finds the scary funny shocking mix it's looking for and the template is there for what should be one of fall's more entertaining shows.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scream Queens: Season 1

  • Oct 19, 2019
    I couldn't even finish the show.
  • Sep 17, 2019
    One of the funniest shows ever
  • Nov 07, 2018
    Absolutely excellent first season. Great writing, great plot, and great acting. It had me dying of laughter multiple times throughout the season and Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic in this!
  • Jun 05, 2018
    I liked it. Maybe not crazy enough but FUNNY AND WITTY, especially JAMIE LEE CURTIS. i would love to watch a cut compiling every appareance of jamie lee curtis in both seasons.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    With a cast full of fresh faces, Ryan Murphy as executive producer but with a script quite loose and sometimes even disconcerting, Scream Queens could have been an instant classic of the Slasher on television, but unfortunately promised things that certainly made the series remain in proposals thrown into the air. One of the ones that caught my attention the moment I saw the trailer and seeing the first episode was the type of slasher series that I proposed it would be, it could feel a bit dark but without going directly as its competition at that time " Scream: The Tv Series "(MTV) and with a certain hint of black humor, but unfortunately Ryan Murphy fails to valancear both things so at the time of viewing the series you can feel it is more a" Spin-off "Glee (Ryan Murphy drama series) with a tiny drop of American Horror Story (Ryan Murphy's anthology series). Scream Queens. Another thing that also caught the attention of the people who saw the first chapter of the series and the trailer was the participation of the youth pop diva of the moment, Ariana Grande, who would appear in almost all the promotional photos of the series and we felt that we would see this girl in a role as one of the "Final Girls", but her character turned out to be more than mere promotion for the series, since with a very little screen time, few dialogues and interaction with the other characters , the character of Ari was murdered in a stupid and almost impossible way to believe, almost as stupid as the famous death of Helen in the slasher classic of the nineties "I Know What You Did Last Summer", but this time (And trying to be more original and modern), the character of Ariana dedicates to publish her moments in the social network called Twitter, to be finally murdered and revived to finish sending her publication. Another thing that I do not accept, was the certain censorship and bad effects of the series at the time of the deaths, which could be seen as the severed heads were mannequins, which generates a much more boring atmosphere. But not everything is lies and promises half left; Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and Abigail Breslin do a FANTASTIC job like the bitchy blonde bitches that tried to pretend, which is wonderful and the rest of the cast do a very good job but not perfect. In definition and to finish: Scream Queens could have been much better than it was, they could have increased the age of the series for adults but could have given more real deaths and better effects. - A.S
  • Dec 26, 2017
    I actually enjoyed this show a lot. It was hilarious yet very bloody.
  • Sep 09, 2017
    By far my favorite show EVER. I love it!!
  • Apr 19, 2017
    Outright hilarious! Great joy to watch.
  • Mar 17, 2017
    Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are undeniably two of the most creative and successful show runners in television. A large part of this consistent critical and popular praise is there proclivity for eschewing the so-called traditional tropes and methodologies preferring to bend the crafting of their shows to their uniquely twist concept of entertainment. They decided to tackle the perennial TV favorite, the high school drama, with ‘Popular ‘back in 1999. Then, for their next project they presented a variation of one of the oldest genres in television, the medical drama changing it to concentrate on the practice of plastic surgery, ‘Nip-Tuck’ which premiered in 2006 lasting six seasons. They returned to high school and brought the musical format to weekly TV with the wildly successful ‘Glee’. This brings us to their current endeavors most notably a series hailed as a masterpiece of imaginative writing, forceful direction and creative performances the anthology series, ‘American Horror Story’. While it is not unprecedented for a creative team like this to juggle more than one show at a time Mr. Ryan was determined to return to school with writing help from his longtime partner. The result was ‘Scream Queens’, a wonderfully constructed satire of the slasher film genre. It manages to accomplish on television what the ‘Scream ‘franchise did in the theaters, deconstructing the numerous tropes and archetypes present in every slash and dash movie ever reuniting the components in a novel fashion that forms one of the most innovative dark comedies to spread across the medium in a very long time. Only a person with the fantastic insight and twisted appreciation of reality possessed by Mr. Ryan can come up with a variation of this genre conducive to a serialized presentation. Occasionally, different networks come up with practically identically themes. As is happened several other variations of the weekly slasher film series at simultaneously broadcast. One is a direct member of the aforementioned franchise aptly named ‘Scream: the Series’. Another was not as well received with the straightforward title of ‘Slasher’. Of all of these shows the one that I feel has the greatest potential is under consideration here. It was not feasible to determine the overall format of the series until the second season but now that that has been shown it is possible to apply hindsight and conclude this is a type of anthology series with basically seasonal themes that stand alone yet at strongly connected. The freshman year begins appropriately enough with a group of freshmen university students. This diverse group of young women is bound together by one goal, to pledge the exclusive Kappa Kappa Tau sorority at Wallace University. Because of the current trend enforcing political correctness on campus the sorority is being forced by Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) to expand the candidate pool for potential rushes to everyone. This news is more than a shock; it is a personal affront to everything the current sorority president has worked for. Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) is finally a senior and has assumed her rightful place as president. Now, instead of being able to choose her sisters from the most elite young women the pool of candidates include little more than a cadre of losers. The only one with any potential is Grace Gardner (Skyler Samuels), a legacy that unfortunately detests Chanel’s elitist attitude and draconian enforcement of her own will. One of the most annoying of the lower echelon pledges is Hester Ulrich (Lea Michele), who besides being exceptionally socially awkward has to wear an extensive neck brace. The other pledges are included only to provide ‘red shirts’ to increase the body count. True to the press releases about the series there is at least one gruesome death each episode. True to the established ‘mean girl’ accords when Chanel walks she is flanked, in strictly predefined formation by her minions. They have real name but since Chanel’s world view precludes anyone not her from being acknowledged as an individual they are collectedly referred to as ‘The Chanels’, differentiated only by a number. Sadie Swenson / Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd), has retained a modicum of self-identity, sufficient to serve as Chanel Prime’s second in command. She is never seen without a pair of earmuffs that are always coordinated with her outfit. Libby Putney / Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin), is the primary henchwoman for Chanel Prime. She is emotionally unstable and easily distracted.in the first episode the cast included, Sonya Herfmann / Chanel #2, portrayed by pop singer, Ariana Grande. Do to her busy work schedule this is an example of stunt casting that is part of the methodology and charm of the series. Form alumni of other Ryan/ Falchuk production are prominently placed most notably Ms. Michele (Glee) and Ms. Roberts (multiple seasons of American Horror Story). of course Ms Curtis is a second generation scream queen and, coincidentally, Ms. Breslin was recent the lead in a film entitled ‘Final Girl’, a term used in slasher movies denoting the character that manages to survive to the end. Naturally, there are young men that belong to the exclusive fraternity but an even snobbier group is on campus for men of the right backgrounds, translating to wealthy parents and no consideration for anyone of ‘lower ‘social standing, ‘The Dickie Dollar Scholars’ lead by its president Chad Radwell (Glen Powell). He is very rich with uninvolved parents going far beyond the traditional n narcissistic personality disorder. He is entirely egotistical a self-absorbed exacerbated by an idiotic personality that stopped its maturation process during the ‘terrible twos’. The cherry on top id this maladjusted sundae is Chad has a predilection for necrophilia. Considering there are fresh corpses on a regular basis this is a great set of circumstances for this ultra-wealthy dolt. I also had the impression had the basis for portraying this character was an overly exaggerated impersonation of former President George W. Bush. The main antagonist, the thriller of a killer, the Red Devil Killer, a serial murderer dressed in a full body custom of a Red Devil. True to form each murderous rampage is executed with an oddly eccentric panache. For example when pledges have to endure being buried on the field up to their necks, the Devil comes along with a powerful riding mower. This did result is a proliferation of jokes concerned with ‘giving head’. There are so many ancillary characters that the often morbid humor is able to constantly change pace. Campus security guard, Denise Hemphill is expertly played by Niecy Nash, who has extensive experience playing a member of law enforcement that is completely clueless thanks to years of being part of the brilliant improvisational troupe that appeared on fantastically silly ‘Reno 911’. Another journeywoman actress in a lead role is the young but veteran character actress, Keke Palmer. She plays the co-president Zayday Williams to perfection. As part of the open enrolment she is forced to be accepted by the sorority and soon thereafter elected co-president with Chanel. The clues to uncovering the identity and motive of the Red Devil are entrenched in the past, specifically a murder spree that occurred almost two decades ago. That incident involved the delivery of an illegitimate child born in a bath tub and mysterious murders. It seems that an unusual number of the primary characters have some covert connection to those incidents, the number of suspects continue to grow even after the student population dwindles. The show may sound silly and highly contrived; it most certainly is. The point is that this was fully intended and the series always makes fun of itself, never taking any aspect of its careful crafting seriously. bullet Rush Kappa!
  • Jan 31, 2017
    A fun if uneven show that is scary and funny

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