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Living In: American Horror Story Coven

by Maxwell Tielman

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Forget about Breaking Bad, Mad Men, or The Wire—season after season, I maintain that American Horror Story is the greatest show ever to have graced the small screen. As an avid horror fan, the anthology-style series fulfills pretty much all of my entertainment requirements—it’s got blood, guts, ghosts, devilishly dark humor, and, most importantly, JESSICA LANGE being sexy as all get out. Ever since the Harmon family moved into “Murder House” in the show’s first installment, I’ve been hooked on its decidedly off-kilter brand of camp, thrills, and biting wit. This season, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have stepped it up yet again with a modern-day tale that centers around a coven of witches in New Orleans. Returning in new roles are Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Jessica Lange. New to the block are Emma Roberts (playing a deliciously sassy bad witch), Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates. After last season’s oppressively dark romp through an insane asylum, the tone of Coven seems intentionally lighter—stomach-churning dread has been swapped out for twisted black humor and snappy dialogue. The thrills are still there, though, as is the stunning production design—this season is all about a ghostly black and white French/Louisianan  aesthetic that I can’t seem to get enough of. You can catch this season of American Horror Story on FX, Wednesdays at 10pm. —Max

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Show: American Horror Story

Creators: Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

Starring: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Jamie Brewer, Gabourey Sidibe

Production Design: Mark Worthington, Beth A. Rubio

Art Direction: Edward L. Rubin, Andrew Murdock, Charles Lagola

Set Decoration: Ellen Brill

Costume Design: Chris Karvonides-Dushenko, Lou Eyrich, Dawn Ritz

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