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AHS Fans Think Season 11 Feels Like An Entirely Different Show

Ask anyone what the best season of "American Horror Story" is, and they are certain to give you a different answer. With over a decade of content, Ryan Murphy's anthology series has tackled a wide array of different subjects, from witches to serial killers and even aliens. Everyone has their favorite, but one thing that fans probably would agree on is that not every season can be a winner. Now heading into Season 11, a lot of territory has been covered already. The series can only show gratuitous violence so many times before it gets stale.

But surprisingly enough, fans do not seem to be fatigued by the newest season. Set in the early 1980s, "AHS: NYC" views the AIDS crisis through the lens of gay men getting murdered in the big city. With the police reluctant to put any resources into investigating, there is no question that Season 11 is drawing parallels to anti-gay sentiments as well as criticisms of law enforcement. Because of this and many other reasons, fans are dissecting what makes "AHS: NYC" feel so different from past seasons.

The crime elements are throwing fans for a loop

With every new season of "American Horror Story" comes inevitable online criticisms. In the past, seasons have started slow to reveal wild plot twists the viewers are ready to dissect. And though there are many horrifying elements about a serial killer targeting one community, fans on Reddit found that this approach contrasted with previous seasons.

"[T]his does not feel like AHS at allllllll," posted u/tiedy3dturtle. "[N]ot that it's bad, just an entirely different show at this point." There are a fair amount of disturbing elements, but none that specifically lean towards the supernatural. With the focus on murders happening in New York, some viewers found the season has more in common with police procedurals or — more accurately — other series in Ryan Murphy's career.

"Kinda feels like Ryan forgot he wasn't doing American Crime instead," u/Dirty_Priestess noted. U/winter-anderson countered with: "This literally feels like an episode of Bones or CSI." Instead of revealing some unsettling beast from another world, the main conflict in "AHS: NYC" is trying to solve a mystery. This is made even more impossible by the NYPD, who not only turns a blind eye to the murders but outwardly harass Adam (Charlie Carver) for his sexual orientation. This shines a light on real-life horrors instead of the usual fantasy fare. There may be more straightforward terror down the line, but currently, Season 11 seems to find real-life scary enough.