October may have come and gone but you shouldn’t let that stop you from checking out the creepiest show on television right now. Created and produced by the mastermind behind Glee Ryan Murphy (but don’t hold that against it), American Horror Story: Coven is the third installment in the FX anthology series. Didn’t catch the first two seasons? No problem; each season is its own story so you can jump in with the third season right now and binge watch the other two later without any confusion.
What is consistent throughout the show is a no holds barred approach to the difficult-to-master genre of horror TV and a fantastic ensemble cast. This is Jessica Lange’s third time appearing as a regular (and one of her last; she has stated she will leave after the fourth season) and it’s her most deliciously evil role to date as Fiona, the leader of a troubled coven of modern-day witches. Standout performances include those from Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters, fan favorite star-crossed lovers from season one back again and still in love, Kathy Bates as socialite/serial killer Delphine (scarily enough, based on a real person), and Angela Bassett as voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
What makes this season a must-see is its depth, tackling issues like oppression, race, and feminism handily. Add in the backdrop of New Orleans (which the show utilizes beautifully), experimentation with the horror sub-genre of gore (think the Saw films), and a heavy dose of dark humor and you’ve got yourself the most tightly controlled and interesting TV show on air right now. With only 13 episodes in a season, American Horror Story: Coven will leave you begging for more.