ByThomas Lutzenberger, writer at

As you all may know, FX has been pumping out an aggressive marketing campaign per usual in anticipation of its upcoming season of the hit anthology series, "American Horror Story". This season, entitled "Freak Show", follows returning cast member Jessica Lange and her gang of carnival folk in 1950s Jupiter, Florida as they run one of the last freak shows of the time. Knowing this series, however, we can pretty much guarantee things will hardly be peaceful for this group of individuals.

With that said, let's take a look back at the previous three seasons of "American Horror Story". Minor spoilers ahead.


The first season of "American Horror Story" introduced us to the world of this show and it did it with bravura results. Strange and horrifying, I couldn't decide which I enjoyed more: the twists, turns, and frightening scenes or Jessica Lange's outstanding performance as the treacherous Constance. Either way, it delivered brilliantly every week and you wondered what they could possibly do to top the previous episode. Plus, Rubber Man was kinda creepy.


If it were even possible, the sophomore season of AHS managed to get even darker and more disturbing with "Asylum". Definitely one of the most startling seasons of the show, it tackled various horrors including possession, serial killers, psychopaths, and even aliens. It's safe to say that this second season tackled a hefty amount of the horror spectrum.

Performances were top-notch as usual, especially from the likes of Lily Rabe as the naive-turned evil nun Sister Mary Eunice, Sarah Paulson as the wrongfully-confined Lana Winters, and of course Jessica Lange as Sister Jude.

The most terrifying character of the season had to have been Bloody Face. Unrelenting and downright brutal, he made the season THAT much more thrilling to watch.


In the third season of AHS entitled, "Coven", we meet the witches-in-training of the Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans.

This time around with the addition of returning cast members Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe, newbies Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates join the ensemble.

Bassett is frightening but impressive to watch as voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Her sinister actions and deceitful ways are what make her character so compelling.

Equally as compelling as Bassett is Bates as sadist and racist Madame Delphine LaLaurie. Every scene she's in, she is remarkable.

Lange is at the top of her game yet again as Supreme witch Fiona Goode, whose cold and maniacal demeanor garner a sense of discomfort which plays well into the show's plot and theme.

Along for the ride as well are Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, and Denis O'Hare. Each actor shines in their respective roles which helps "Coven" maintain its awesomeness.

One cool aspect of the season, I might add, was the appearance of music legend Stevie Nicks in a couple of episodes.

All in all, "Coven" is the lighter of AHS' seasons. Fun, scary, and quite funny at times, it is the most eclectic season of them all.

So I ask, which season of "American Horror Story" was your favorite and why? Which one was your least favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

Sure to be the most terrifying season yet, here is the full trailer and teaser poster for "American Horror Story: Freak Show". It premieres October 8th on FX.



What is your favorite season of "American Horror Story"?


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