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American Horror Story: NYC Fans Can't Get Enough Of The Series' Return To A More Serious Tone

One of the most enduring facets of the ever-popular "American Horror Story" franchise is that its anthology format allows each season to be its own beast. Typically, that means each season is its own self-contained story, though there are examples of characters and plots being present in more than one season — just think of Hans Gruper aka Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell) in "AHS: Asylum" and "AHS: Freak Show." Not only does this allow the series to tackle different themes, settings, and characters, but it opens the door for different tones as well.

Some seasons of "American Horror Story" can be more grounded than others. "AHS: Cult" lacked supernatural elements, as where "AHS: Hotel" and "AHS: Roanoke" leaned very heavily into ghosts and extra-planar entities. Some seasons even managed to straddle both human drama and magical entities, like "AHS: Coven." Now that Season 11 has started, titled "AHS: NYC," viewers have been treated to a show that is immensely different in tone from the previous season, "AHS: Double Feature," which moved at a brisk pace and introduced vampires in the first half, and an alien conspiracy in the second. So what are fans saying about this new shift in direction?

Some fans feel AHS: NYC is a palette cleanser

The conversation started on Reddit when u/MaryJoanna42069 said that they thought the premiere of "American Horror Story: NYC" was fantastic, and how many of the events occurring in the show have some basis in real-life history. This statement caused u/c_palmtree to reply, "Finally a season that doesn't have these weird Scream Queens / Glee funny marvel one liners. I've missed serious AHS quite a bit. This was promising. Maybe lowering expectations is the key to everything."

A user named u/Deez4815 also agreed with this new shift in direction, and added, "I was so sick of the super campy vibes of the last few seasons. It didn't even feel like the same show. So glad we're back to the dark and serious tone. And this story has me intrigued." Another fan said that they love this new season, and enjoy that the show is much more self-contained and without some one-liner every three seconds.

User u/RevolutionaryHeart22 stated that "AHS: NYC" feels very different from previous seasons, which is a welcomed change after "AHS: Double Feature," adding that they have high hopes for the rest of the season. Similarly, u/Sic-Mundus also enjoyed the episode and said that they love the current directing style and cinematography. They also clarified that they are actually a fan of the campy humor that was present from Season 3 of "American Horror Story" onward but feel like "AHS: NYC" is a breath of fresh air for the long-running franchise.

Ultimately, some fans are digging the much more slow-burn nature of this new season, and can't wait to see what else happens in the upcoming episodes.