Could be percieved as quite dated in a viewing amongst a more contemporary, style-aware audience and some of the scenes, dialogue and interweaving plots are cheesy as hell such as a demon inhabiting the school computer system, but the playfully gothic tone blending with a biting social commentary and extremely witty script make for a very good beginning to an influential TV show. The performances are surpisingly good and try not to be over-the-top in their attempts to entertain. The season has its juicy stock of creepy moments too.
Sexy, scary and uber-stylish, the campy anthology show AHS opens with a bang and refuses to fizzle right until the end where it doesn't sparkle for as long as its audience had hoped. It's unfortunately too drawn-out and the liveliness of the show doesn't appeal as much towards the end as it begins to take itself too seriously. It's still incredibly fun to watch and features a gimp ghost and Frances Conroy, what's not to love?
Definitely the darkest and most political entry to the series, probably the scariest too, Asylum is extremely and obviously influenced by many horror films such as Carrie, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and the Exorcist, it borrows but never steals. Rightfully stylish and set-minded, it is probably the best entry of AHS. It gave Sarah Paulson the limelight of a main character that she deserves and continued to play to the strengths of Jessica Lange and Evan Peters. Wonderfully casted and consistent, Asylum sure is good.
Outrageously stylish and sometimes almost as camp as Desperate Housewives, Coven ranges from bittersweet Buffy-hijinks to references to the unforgiving and candy-coloured nightares of Dario Argento, never stopping for a breath in-between. Coven really can't decide what it wants to be and is somewhat muddles in the middle with one too many characters and sub-plots, however it is considerably a very good entry.
I really really wanted to enjoy Freakshow, but unfortunately it's not to my taste. Generally it's very well made and features impressive performances from the entirety of its ensemble cast, the ideas are great (a 50's freakshow/circus persecuted for who they are, what they are and the murders that have rocked the town of Jupiter, Florida). Freakshow features many good things like the unfortunately short-lived serial killer Twisty The Clown, the refreshingly attractive musical numbers, the episode "Orphans" and a sudden compassion to draw links between the series'. AHS works better when it takes itself less seriously, so it doesn't surpass the previous three entries.