Parents' Guide to

American Horror Stories

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Disturbing horror-comedy relies on gratuitous violence, sex.

TV FX , Hulu Drama 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+
I like the show it is to much Violence but i mean it's a horror story so there should be violence unless it's a kid horror movie

This title has:

Too much violence
age 15+


Not for kids but definitely worth the watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Ryan Murphy shows, such as Glee or the original American Horror Story, were part of the origin of viewers choosing to "hate-watch" TV shows (that is, watching for the pleasure of criticizing or mocking it). Over the years it has seemed that Murphy has decided to lean into that wholeheartedly. But American Horror Stories suggests that there are diminishing returns for capitalizing on being disliked. While the original show may have gotten away with many unsettling storylines by increasing the shock value and comedic absurdity factors at matching rates, viewers were impressed by AHS's uniqueness as one of the first major TV series to embrace their ironic fanbase completely. Without that groundbreaking element, this spin-off just isn't funny enough or scary enough to land as strongly as the first installment did back in 2011.

However, while viewers who disliked the first series will probably be just as put off by this one, some hardcore AHS fans are still along for the ride. For those who happen to be entertained by this hyperspecific brand of narrative insanity, more of the same is great news. But with the 10th season of the original American Horror Story on the way in addition to this spin-off, questions remain: How much longer will viewers be compelled by these flimsy plotlines and nonsensical gags? And moreover, at what point do violence-heavy narratives that demonize the sexuality of young people become harmful?

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