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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Test Of Strength' [Spoilers]

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Oh, no. Have we reached that part of the season where American Horror Story starts to run completely off the rails? I think so.

With the con artists, the twins, the rich psychopath and the strongman/bearded lady/"lobster boy" family dynamic, did we really also need the entire story about the candy striper? She was a character who seemed like a throway when she was sloppily introduced in episode one. Do we even know why she hates her dad so much? Like, what did he do, really?

It just feels very, very unnecessary to reinforce the idea that it's the non-freaks who are truly scary; a theme with which Ryan Murphy has beaten us over the head already throughout this season (and past seasons and even his other shows). Still, there were some juicy bits tonight (especially with Denis O'Hare's scheming Stanley). Overall, however, not a great showing.

Find out more on Grace Gummer's candy striper and all the big happenings from the most recent episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' RECAP - 'Monsters Among Us' [Spoilers]

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Step right up, and feast your eyes on the latest incarnation of American Horror Story. Tonight's Freak Show premiere transported viewers to Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s to explore the wild world of sideshow performers and the killer clowns who stab people around them.

If you were concerned about the show supposedly moving toward a less-campy approach than last season's Coven story, you can rest assured there was plenty of delicious absurdity still to be found. Tonight's over-the-top musical number was one of AHS's best moments and, despite the early comparisons to season two's Asylum, this is a much more colorful story (in every way) thus far.

Rehash what went down in tonight's premiere, and share your thoughts in the comments, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Get Ready For The Return of 'American Horror Story': A Preview of Tonight's Premiere

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You may want to think twice before you ask to send in the clowns. American Horror Story is back for its fourth installment, Freak Show, a twisted tale centered around a sideshow.

After last year's sleek, chic Coven, Ryan Murphy is allegedly dialing back the camp a bit for this darker story. From what we've seen so far, (three-breasted ladies! Kathy Bates in a beard! powder blue pantsuits!) there's still camp to be found, but it's tempered with some serious chills.

Each season has had its fair share of ups and downs. But, despite its flaws, a series by Murphy still knows how to keep its viewers on their toes. American Horror Story typically yields his best work. The anthology format suits his ambitious (and sometimes sloppy) storytelling. The series' yearly reboot allows Murphy and his team to take big swings before the work gets completely crushed beneath the weight of plotholes, abandoned storylines, and hasty character transformations.

How will this season's Freak Show measure up to the previous three? Get ready to get your freak on with a little background on the upcoming season and preview videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Monsters and Secrets Lurk Everywhere In Stop-Motion 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Main Title - VIDEO

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We're less than a week away from the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show and show runner Ryan Murphy is making sure AHS fans' sense of dreaded anticipation doesn't diminish in the slightest. We got to check out a new trailer yesterday and today, Murphy debuted Freak Show's creepy new stop-motion opening titles. 

Watch (and see if you can spot any clues to this upcoming season's story lines), AFTER THE JUMP...

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Wednesday, October 8th on FX.

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Look For The 'Monsters Among Us' In New 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Trailer - VIDEO

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After the teasers and the first official trailer hinted at what we could expect by way of actual footage from American Horror Story: Freak Show, a new trailer released today on BuzzFeed finally delves deeper into what we're in for this season in Ryan Murphy's miniseries that gives new meaning to 'American Gothic.' Sarah Paulson and her two heads are there, as are some familiar faces from seasons past and some new ones. And it looks like we may just get a few more Jessica Lange musical numbers.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Be A Voyeur And Peek In On 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' With First Official Trailer: VIDEO

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Siamese twins, strong men, bearded ladies, and...Jessica Lange? The world of American Horror Story: Freak Show is populated by a bevy of twisted individuals, and the new official trailer lets you act the voyeur, peeking in on the oddities. With some sex, glamor, and big top intrigue in the mix as well, it looks to be the most promising season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's anthology series yet.  

Come look at the freaks, AFTER THE JUMP...

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Wednesday, October 8th on FX.

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