In “Murder House” — which was originally titled simply “American Horror Story,” much like “A New Hope” was first known as just “Star Wars” – the Harmon family moves into a new home in Los Angeles, only to discover it’s occupied by restless spirit residents who have been butchered within its walls throughout the years.
Despite boasting plenty of effective moments, the season was a mixed bag for critics. According to the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds a 72% fresh rating, “Murder House” is “convoluted” and guilty of trying to cram too much into its story. “Murder House” is certainly more ambitious than your average story about things going bump in the night, mainly due to how it often tells the tale from the perspective of the ghosts that haunt the home’s hallways. Not everyone agrees with critics’ assessment of “AHS” Season 1, however.
Fans of “American Horror Story” seem to be appreciative of what “Murder House” tries to achieve, and have praised its genre-mashing elements. A recent Reddit poll showed that the majority of “AHS” fans gave “Murder House” a four-star or five-star rating, while highlighting its “perfect mix of horror and family drama” as particularly enjoyable.
“I know people think Asylum is the best but I stand by MH being the most well-done season,” one Reddit user wrote. “Perfect mix of horror and family drama with some awesome twists.” Another added that they would give “Murder House” four out of five stars, and that’s only because they enjoy “Coven” and “Asylum” the most.