The eighth season of AHS is coming up, and it's a crossover between seasons 1 (Murder House) and 3 (Coven). Now, while the last two seasons have been disappointments, I'm intrigued about this crossover concept, and them openly revisiting two seasons from the past. Other than a nod here and there, they've made the seasons pretty much stand-alone. I thought I'd rank the seasons in order, would love to see others' opinions. Now, this is based on one viewing only (with an exception), and watching on a weekly basis rather than a "binge". 1. Hotel (season 5). The year it all came together, the most coherent storyline, the fewest tangents and subplots, the year it really looked like they had it planned from beginning to end, and by far the most sex and violence! Seriously, how FX let some of the stuff get on the air is really amazing. This was more suited to HBO or another pay channel, and were it a theatrical film it would easily be rated R. Evan Peters was not my favorite cast member in previous years, but he redeems it all in this season. I was also skeptical of Lady Gaga, but she knocked it out of the park in Hotel. I wanna get this on Blu-Ray and see if it holds up. 2. Murder House (season 1). A great start, and a hint of what's to come in terms of sex and violence. Alexandra Breckenridge as the younger version of the maid is easily a highlight. I'm actually re-watching this now in preparation for Apocalypse, and it's still pretty good. There's a few subplots thrown in that go nowhere though. 3. Asylum (season 2). Did I say "subplots that go nowhere"? Well, here in this story of a spooky insane asylum which is more than enough, we also get aliens and Nazis! Seriously. And that's the biggest downfall of Asylum. One of the highlights is the musical performance of "The Name Game", but unfortunately the creators took the positive response to that and added more musical episodes the next few seasons (another reason I was so pleased by Hotel; I thought with the addition of Lady Gaga we were going to be loaded with musical episodes but thankfully there were none) 4. Coven (season 3). Quality really starts going down here, and my 4-6 picks on this list are easily interchanged. Coven starts out amazing (Kathy Bates' character, in the 1800s, is especially nasty) but it clearly didn't have the end in sight. The finale is basically a reality show-type contest that begins with a Fleetwood Mac video. I read that Stevie Nicks was the one who suggested the episode begin with the Mac song "Seven Wonders", indicating that the finale was still in the planning stages while filming was happening. It shows. Angela Bassett is the high point of this season. Pretty impressive that a television show would have four actresses who have Oscar nominations for Best Actress, with two winners. 5. Cult (season 7). A miss, on what could have been a fantastic season. Cults are creepy as hell, and the idea of tying it in to the 2016 election and the cultish behavior of Trump supporters is a great idea. Unfortunately, it all came off clunky. Really, this one feels like a first draft. A little more time could have helped in the writing. 6. Freak Show (season 4). So much just doesn't work here, especially the two-headed Sarah Paulson. To be honest, she's not my favorite thing about AHS in general, and the special effects used to give her a second head rarely work. So many times they'd show just one of the heads (and granted, it's a difficult task as I'm pretty sure that Ms. Paulson does indeed have but one head) and thus the framing was more than a little bit off. Stunt casting with Neil Patrick Harris, and the freaks being a band that plays Nirvana and Bowie songs (despite the show taking place in the 1950s) add to the mess that is Freak Show. The only saving grace? The sideplot featuring Twisty the Clown. Should have just shown that, even if it would have only been a 2-3 episode season. 7. Roanoke (season 6). A total mess. I hate to use "jump the shark" because it implies a deliberate act that sinks a show and that did not happen here. But the previous season, Hotel, was just such a perfect effort that anything that followed was gonna be a disappointment. It's like Sha Na Na going on at Woodstock after Jimi Hendrix (that really happened, by the way). The "twist" midseason only prolonged the agony. Such a waste, too, taking a creepy concept and just completely blowing it. So, despite the disappointment of the last two seasons, I'll still be tuning in next week. This will be the thread for Apocalypse discussion by the way.