American Horror Story: The 'scariest thing on television'?

Glee creator Ryan Murphy's new psycho-sexual thriller — packed with disturbing imagery and graphic spooks — seems to be the exact opposite of Glee

Dylan McDermott plays a psychologist who moves his family into a haunted L.A. mansion in FX's new psycho-sexual thriller "American Horror Story."
(Image credit: Robert Zuckerman/FX)

Glee, this is not. On Wednesday night, the creator of Fox's hit musical comedy will launch American Horror Story, FX's news psycho-sexual thriller. The show, which is being touted as "the scariest thing on television," is about a psychologist (The Practice's Dylan McDermott) who moves his wife (Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton) and daughter to a seemingly haunted Los Angeles mansion where the previous occupants died in a murder-suicide. What follows is a fright factory of bizarro neighbors, psychotic patients, and disturbing spooks as the family begins to realize that their big move may be more than they had bargained for. Is it all too much for viewers to handle, too?

Viewers will be hooked: Using a haunted house as a clever metaphor for a troubled marriage, American Horror Story is "a deeply disturbing adrenaline attack," says Hank Stuever at The Washington Post. There's a "Dark Shadows and Rosemary's Baby" vibe that absolutely works. Featuring "one scream after another" and boasting a "captivating style and giddy gross-outs," the pilot will surely leave viewers wondering, "Can I possibly watch an entire series of this?" And that's the hallmark of a successful horror story.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for The Daily Beast. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at and a writer and producer for's entertainment vertical. He is only mildly embarrassed by the fact that he still watches Glee.