Who joined Mario Lopez in this list of TV's 10 worst of the year
No. 4 - 'American Horror Story'
There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea of a series that's half '70s and '80s horror film and half John Hughes campfest, but those are two flavors that don't necessarily go great together, so you have to get every beat perfectly to make it work. "American Horror Story" co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk presented a pastiche of freaky horror classics -- a little "Haunting" here, a little "Rosemary's Baby" there, a little "Poltergeist" here, all mashed up with some "Straw Dogs," some "Don't Look Now" and scores of others -- but rather than coming across as a perfectly mixed stew, the result was more of a Scary Movie Hotdog, a slurry of hooves, snouts and rectums, rather than prime cuts. Credit where credit's due, "American Horror Story" had a brain-meltingly bad premiere and the most ADHD finale in recent memory, but a lot of the episodes in the middle were significantly better, thanks in no small part to writers like Tim Minear, an unrewardingly committed performance by Connie Britton and tongue-in-cheek Kabuki excellence from Jessica Lange and Denis O'Hare. Still, even at its very best, "American Horror Story" was an haphazardly schizophrenic series capable of burying a truly shocking or well-played emotional moment underneath countless layers of cliche, caricature and unfulfilled insanity.