Television Show American Horror Story Essay

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You flip on the blank screen and find yourself glued to the images being displayed. Gruesome inhuman creatures, ominous pools of blood, and half-blurry images of the dead flash before your eyes, complete with a chainsaw-like sound that permeates the silence of your living room. If it seems like the images above are straight out of a gory horror flick, you are partially correct. In fact, they are featured in the title sequence of the popular television show American Horror Story. First aired in 2011 on FX, this anthology series plays on common and often romanticized fears, from murderous clowns to sexy undead serial killers. The program is produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the creators of other successful shows such as Glee and Nip/Tuck. American Horror Story recycles its actors, each of whom portray different personas each season. Although some storylines are loosely based on real events or people, the content is majorly fictional. However, the manner in which American family and moral values are portrayed by the characters is surprisingly nonfictional. The family dynamics presented in American Horror Story contradict the traditional ideal of the “nuclear family”, which is defined as “a couple and their dependent children”. America is distancing itself from the idea of holding a single definition of what “family” means, in a way that is detrimental. American Horror Story demonstrates the decay of American family values and morality, by featuring families that are…

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