Every season of American Horror Story, ranked
In EW's 2016 profile of Ryan Murphy, co-creator of American Horror Story, its spin-off American Crime Story, and yes, even Glee, our writer observed that "Murphy's shows are often just like him: flashy, dramatic, emotional, darkly funny, and occasionally polarizing… but, more than any other current showrunner, Murphy's work has truly transformed the TV landscape."
That's as true today as it was over a decade ago when American Horror Story first proved that audiences would rally behind anthologies even with the caveat of all-new stories and new cast members each season (though we all wish Jessica Lange could be a constant always). But more importantly, it showed that horror could be just as effective on television as in film.
Please put your hands together for a show that is often as gruesome as it is polarizing (and, let's just admit it: inconsistent) while reimagining many American histories: exploring lost colonies, unregulated asylums, witch trial burnings, the legacies of slavery, the collapsing two-party system, and the haunted spaces that exist all around us. It's about time we did a good, old-fashioned ranking of which chapters came out on top and why. So without further ado, here's our list of every American Horror Story season, ranked from worst to best.