#AmericanHorrorStory: Television’s Resident Repertory Theater Company (Returns on FX tonight @ 10:00)

AHS1There’s a repertory theater company that’s one of the best in country. It’s available in your living room every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX. American Horror Story is the brain-child of Glee and Nip/Tuck creator, Ryan Murphy. Starring Oscar winner Jessica Lange, who has also garnered Emmys, Golden Globes & SAG awards for her performances on the show, she drives the ship. The thing that distinguishes American Horror Story from other shows currently on television at the moment is that each season tells a different story. Therefore, you can start watching the show from any season, and not be left behind. This also proves to be a challenge and a delight for the actors involved. They are able to play multiple characters because each season varies. For example, Sarah Paulson, one of the series regulars, played a minor character in the first season’s story, a major character in the second, and she currently has quite a substantial supporting role in the third season. It is in this way that it is like a theatrical company.  Everyone has the chance to strength their acting muscles by playing different characters, and sometimes they’ll have a tiny part instead of a large one. Aiding the characters are also great writers. The writing on AHS is one of the best I’ve seen on a television series since Breaking Bad. Well, if you haven’t checked it out, you totally should. From a haunted house, to an insane asylum, and now a witch coven, American Horror Story just keeps getting better and better. Plus, this season, Jessica Lange gets some serious backup with Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates. There’s also a cameo from the white witch herself, Stevie Nicks.

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