American Horror Story returns, with a murder in a small town in 1952, a freak show, and a pair of sisters brought from “the shadows that had sheltered” them. We get more creepy eye-candy (this season brings the best and most disturbing credit sequence to date), more gosh-aren’t-we-shocking scripting, and a psycho killer clown. But do we have a reason to keep watching?

A side note for possible discussion:

The world has seen many conjoined twins, but the Hensel sisters are unique in being fully-functional human beings sharing their separate heads and hearts on a single body. I wonder how they feel about a self-consciously lurid show (whatever its narrative’s long-term intentions) presenting fictional sisters with these features whose condition induces vomiting in a health-care professional and whose shared identity immediately gets discussed in sexual terms.