Tag Archives: FX

Supercontext: American Horror Story: Murder House


It’s our third annual Christmas ghost story episode and we’re looking into this 2011 debut of the popular horror anthology series by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. We discuss Murphy’s mission, the show’s popularity and its contrast of trashy excessive violence and sex, with themes of mainstream, heteronormative patriarchy.

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Additional Resources:

    • Keetley, D. (2013). Stillborn: The Entropic Gothic of American Horror Story. Gothic Studies, 15(2), 89.
    • Nussbaum, E. (2018). Mk. Big. New Yorker, 94(13), 52.

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Supercontext: Taboo, Season One


We discuss Tom Hardy’s television passion project and how he produced it with his father and a string of well-known storytellers. We also examine the show’s symbolic demonization of corporations and what that says about historical accuracy and our present understanding of modern economics.

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Supercontext: Legion, Season One


This television show may be an adaptation of a superhero property, but it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. It takes the collage aesthetics from unusual comic books and turns them into Noah Hawley’s kaleidoscope of mental illness, 60s futurism and a good old fashioned love story. 

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Supercontext: Atlanta


Donald Glover once described his FX sitcom Atlanta¬†as “Twin Peaks for rappers.” As residents of the eponymous city, we were doubtful. But this show came through with a weird, wondrous take on our local African-American culture. Special guest Swain Hunt (Sidebar, The Metronome) joins us to discuss.
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