13 Reasons "American Horror Story" Doesn’t Suck This Season

FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum has all of season one’s craziness without being garbage. Here’s why the series is suddenly appointment TV. (Spoilers for season two.)

1. Way more Sarah Paulson.

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She’s great in everything, so it’s nice to see her in a leading role instead of relegated to the background.

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2. Creepy religious people.

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If there’s one thing Season 1 needed, it was more Catholic iconography.

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3. Adam Levine got killed off quickly.

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Sorry, spoiler. But seriously, there was no reason for him to stick around. If he wants to come back as a naked ghost, we can revisit the subject.

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4. Evil nun.

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OK, she’s not evil so much as possessed but the end result is still someone doing terrible things while wearing a habit.

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5. Way more Lily Rabe.

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Like Sarah Paulson, she’s no longer playing a bit part. Now we can finally see her impressive range.

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6. Believable sexual tension.

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Will they or won’t they (murder everyone)?

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7. Anne Frank is a character.

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Or is she? Either way, you have to admire the audacity.

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8. Awesome guest stars.

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Ian McShane as a homicidal maniac wearing a Santa suit? Yes.

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9. Not afraid to make Christmas terrifying.

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I don’t think I even want to celebrate this year.

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10. No Dylan McDermott.

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And you know what that means: no tearful masturbation. Yet.

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11. Chloe Sevigny’s haircut.

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Her punishment for being a nympho just makes her look even cooler. I don’t know how she does it.

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12. Lots of spanking.

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You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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13. Jessica Lange.

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Duh. Yes, she was in the first season, but she still deserves credit for being flawless and amazing always. Bow down.

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