Copper Arrow asked its readers to tell us some of their favorite American Horror Seasons. Based on this, we ranked our readers’ faves from worst to best. Simply because the season hasn’t finished yet, we did not include the sixth season, but we’ll revisit that after the finale. See how ranks are currently below!
5. Freak Show
Freak Show was almost universally the least favorite. Despite many people getting excited about this season when it was first announced, many just didn’t feel it lived up to expectations. Maybe it was because it didn’t lack the same pizzazz as Hotel, the quotable/meme-able moments of Coven, or strength in storyline of Asylum or Murder House. Something was just missing this season, which is unfortunate because it was Jessica Lange’s last.
As my personal favorite, I’m sad to place this here, but Hotel may be the most polarizing of the list. Some absolutely loved it and ranked it as their number one, but just as many ranked it as their least favorite season. Others ranked it right around the middle. I personally loved the season, but it was very much about Lady Gaga, which was both good and bad in many ways. Gaga’s acting and costumes in the season were incredible, but having a season centered around her definitely gave the show a different vibe. Further, the stories were really interesting, but, truthfully, there was a LOT going on; it was almost hard to keep up.
To demonstrate how viewers interpreted Gaga’s presence on the show, we look at the opinions of two viewers: Copper Arrow Editor-in-Chief Emily and reader Jamie.
Emily, a Gaga mega-fan, surprisingly didn’t enjoy the season: “I love Gaga, but I didn’t feel her in hotel. It was just like GAGA came and the show just wasn’t the same.”
Jamie, on the other hand was happy to have Gaga. Her words: “Hotel was prime. [It] had such great visuals and [a great] cast. [I] also loved how Hotel joked so much about the modern world with social media and pop culture while still referencing lots of other decades.”
Clearly opinions are split about this season, which is why, unfortunately, the rank is towards the bottom. </3
3. Murder House
Murder House may have the most consistent votes of any of the seasons. It was always ranked as readers’ second favorite season, which is why it’s placed right smack in the middle. Murder House is fantastic; story-wise, cast-wise, visually. There’s also always a certain nostalgia placed on first seasons. It was definitely among everyone’s favorites, but never as anyone’s first favorite, which is why it landed a spot in the middle.
Can you think of any season more meme-able/quotable as Coven? That’s right, you can’t.
A couple of our favorites:
Madison Montgomery: “Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”
Fiona Goode: “On Wednesdays, we wear black,” and “Who’s the baddest witch in town?”
Marie Laveau: “She done messed with the wrong witch.”
Queenie: “Bitch I will eat you!”
Myrtle: Mainly because that walk to the stake was just too fabulous to not include her last word: “Balenciaga (speaking of the designer she was wearing)!” and also “Don’t be a hater, dear.”
Kyle (after Madison says she loves him): “You’re not that good an actress.”
This season was very memorable and included some strong cast additions, including Angela Bassett and Emma Roberts. It also included fan-favorite and rare AHS sighting, Taissa Farmiga. It was also visually appealing and many loved the New Orleans setting. As reader Darien puts it: “I love Coven! Mainly because its based in New Orleans and I absolutely love the city and their culture.”
I was actually surprised to discover that this ranked number one with fans. For some, including me, it was towards the bottom of the list. I place it there not because of any faults; I just liked a few seasons better. But there were also several readers that said this was their absolute favorite, which why it sits at number one. It had a similar feeling to the first season had, and many loved the visuals and storyline. This AHS classic sits comfortably at number one.
How do you rank the seasons?
In case you were wondering, here is my personal rank of the seasons:
- Murder House
- Freak Show
How did yours rank compared to our fans? Let us know in the comments below!
By Linsey Stonchus
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