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Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, of Glee and American Horror Story fame, are at it again with a new show and an additional creator: Ian Brennan. As irony will have it, it’s a mix of both the previously mentioned shows, minus the singing and (unsurprisingly) with additional screaming.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you can’t have missed some of the promos for Scream Queens since Fox has been releasing new character information and teasers for over 6 months, on specific days.
Ryan Murphy described the part-horror, part-comedy show in Entertainment Weekly back in April:
It opens in a flashback to 1995 at the sorority where something horrible happens. It’s a mystery that goes unsolved. Flash forward 20 years to today, and it looks like someone is out for revenge. Something horrible happened to a pledge and on the anniversary of that crime, someone is out for vengeance.
So … is it worth a shot? It certainly looked like it when I first decided to add it to the roster of new fall 2015 shows I would be trying out (desperately trying to fill the void Teen Wolf and UnReal had left after the summer ended…sigh). Its mostly female cast features well-known names (Emma Roberts, Diego Boneta, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, and of course, Jamie Lee Curtis!) who are honestly great picks for the characters they portray.
The show itself is a lot of fun at first, thanks to its over the top caricatures: creepy but campy cold open immediately setting the tone, insane sorority leader, college stereotypes, several mysteries, and so on. The pilot episode (which we all know is often tricky since it has to set up the whole season and show) is pretty good and will make you want to see more.
The next couple of episodes, while still fun, are very light on plot, making the show itself seem like it doesn’t really know where it’s going. There are good elements (Niecy Nash is a constant highlight and you will love her) but none of the characters are really all that endearing or actually interesting, in part because of the afore-mentioned caricatural aspect. By episode four, I was feeling a little disengaged from it all, and if the ratings are any indication, I’m not the only one.
There are fantastic cameos from guest-stars which do make for great scenes: hiiiiiii Nick Jonas!
So is this show going to become your new fave? Probably not, but it’s entertaining enough if American Horror Story is too scary for you and you don’t mind the story not really going places. My advice? Don’t binge-watch it. It’s probably better served in small, bloody, increments!
Watch the promo for this week’s brand new episode: “Pumpkin Patch”:
Scream Queens airs every Tuesday at 9pm on Fox.