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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.)

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1. Way more Sarah Paulson.

She's great in everything, so it's nice to see her in a leading role instead of relegated to the background.
Frank Ockenfels/FX

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

2. Creepy religious people.

If there's one thing Season 1 needed, it was more Catholic iconography.
Michael Yarish/FX

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

3. Adam Levine got killed off quickly.

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.
Frank Ockenfels/FX

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.

4. Evil nun.

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

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

5. Way more Lily Rabe.

Like Sarah Paulson, she's no longer playing a bit part. Now we can finally see her impressive range.
Frank Ockenfels/FX

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

6. Believable sexual tension.

Will they or won't they (murder everyone)?
Byron Cohen/FX

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

7. Anne Frank is a character.

Or is she? Either way, you have to admire the audacity.
Byron Cohen/FX

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

8. Awesome guest stars.

Ian McShane as a homicidal maniac wearing a Santa suit? Yes.
Byron Cohen/FX

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

9. Not afraid to make Christmas terrifying.

I don't think I even want to celebrate this year.
Byron Cohen/FX

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

10. No Dylan McDermott.

And you know what that means: no tearful masturbation. Yet.
Robert Zuckerman/FX

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

11. Chloe Sevigny's haircut.

Her punishment for being a nympho just makes her look even cooler. I don't know how she does it.
Frank Ockenfels/FX

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

12. Lots of spanking.

You know, if you're into that sort of thing.
Byron Cohen/FX

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

13. Jessica Lange.

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

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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