Whilst containing scenes of explicit and terrifying situations, the show also finds a way to introduce current and serious problems that the majority of its viewers are able to relate to in every episode. Within the first season of the tense horror show, characters’ personalities are further revealed as the series continues, for example, Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who suffers deeply with depression along with her teenage boyfriend, Tate (Evan Peters). The young couple work to tackle her mental health problems the best they can in order to help her in any possible way. Alongside this, the mother and father of the Harmon family are currently undergoing serious relationship issues, after Violet’s mother Vivien (Connie Britton) cruelly discovers that her husband Ben (Dylan McDermott) is having an affair, causing an extremely tense and awkward atmosphere in the house. Both of these issues are serious both in and out of the TV show, and may help a majority of its teenage viewers who suffer with depression and anxiety to try and improve their tough condition, whilst also providing a relatable environment through the parents constant struggle, an issue which a lot of married couples may be facing.
As the seasons of American Horror Story continue, we see more relatable issues being raised, such as in Season 2: Asylum, when a woman is locked in a mental institution after her homosexuality is discovered. Although times have changed and homosexuality is now accepted in society, the show undoubtedly still helps teenagers, especially as they are able to relate to the struggle that Lana (Sarah Paulson) faces after identifying her sexuality, as she is unable to find a way to communicate this to others, a problem many teenagers may face.
Overall, I feel that this dramatic, dark and direful show is extremely gripping to most ages, not only appealing to an audience of young adults, but also to those who are scare-thirsty and love the thrill and adrenaline of a TV series such as this, one guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. American Horror Story is also consistently enjoyable, as teenage audiences especially are able to learn from and relate to plots and issues portrayed through the very different characters in each series, whilst also thoroughly enjoying the shocks and drama of every episode. A TV show I would definitely recommend.