Please End, American Horror Story

To be clear: we are not AHS haters. We love the show and the actors who star in it. However, it needs to end. 

  When AHS first premiered it was a revolutionary show. An anthology horror series with a stacked cast including: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Connie Britton, and Dylan McDermott (to name a few.) The first season Murder House combined the classic idea of a haunted house with Christian religious imagery and famous Los Angeles murder cases. As the show continued each season changes topic but keeps the same recurring cast. The show covers ideas in horror such as: insane asylums, witch covens, killer clowns, and of course Lady Gaga. 

Things changed when the series hit the six season milestone. Roanoke failed to meet expectations and overall left fans disappointed. Roanoke differs from other seasons by changing the format of the show, using a documentary styled approach. The base of the season is interviewing people from Roanoke and then it retells the events in the interview. The storyline was lost between actors being interviewed about Roanoke and different actors recreating the story. The documentary style made the season confusing and took the realism out of the show. 

From there, the seasons Cult, Apocalypse, 1984, and Double Feature just did not capture the magic of the previous seasons. Apocalypse had its moments of greatness due to the nostalgia factor of beloved characters from Murder House and Coven, but overall, these seasons did not live up to the show’s previous hype. 

This summer, FX released an AHS spinoff titled American Horror Stories, which takes on different stories based in the AHS universe in each episode. One of the episodes dealt with new characters visiting the murder house, and it just felt like the creators of both series were relying on their greatest hits for ratings. 

So, American Horror Story, please quit while you are ahead. Ten seasons is enough.