7 Reasons 'American Horror Story' Fans Should Check out '9-1-1'
7 Reasons 'American Horror Story' Fans Should Check out '9-1-1'
Alexandria Gunn
Alexandria Gunn
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
9-1-1 is the latest drama from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. This is a good enough reason for many to check it out, but what about those who need a bit more of a push? While the shows aren't set in the same genres, American Horror Story fans can find many other reasons to watch the latest series. Here are seven reasons you'll enjoy 9-1-1.


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1. They Have Some of the Same Cast Members


Do you miss Connie Britton on American Horror Story? She helped bring Vivien Harmon to life. While many now remember her as Rayna Jaymes on Nashville, AHS was the first place many fans learned about her and started following her. Well, she plays dispatcher Abby Clark on 9-1-1. If that wasn't enough, Angela Bassett has also joined the cast of the new show as police officer Athena Grant, and is one of the executive producers of the show.

2. The Storylines Will Shock You


The 9-1-1 series premiere involved a baby flushed down the toilet and a woman attacked by her pet snake. In the second episode, the first case involved a roller coaster accident that led to two deaths and the very end involved Athena's daughter. If you want something shocking that leaves you questioning the fate of anyone you see on the screen, you'll want to tune in to this series. It may not have the full gore factor, but it involves some of the devastation.

3. There's Reality in Every Episode


While American Horror Story is fictional, it takes elements of real life and twists them for the show. From the beginning of the series, Murphy brought real horror stories to life. 9-1-1 takes the realities of the first responders and brings the situations to life. This isn't just about the cases, but the feelings and experiences afterwards. The show was also developed from reality, after Murphy's son stopped breathing in the middle of the night and needed medical attention.

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4. It's More Uplifting


Sometimes American Horror Story can leave you devastated and down. Your favorite characters turn out evil or dead. While there is some sadness involved with 9-1-1, there's a focus on the uplifting storylines and positivity afterwards. AHS fans can have something to take away the darkness from episodes and remind them there is goodness in the world.

5. There Will Be More New Talent

AHS has brought in many new faces along the way, showing off the skills of actors many fans had never heard of in the past. 9-1-1 is going to do the same. While there are a few core, well-known cast members, Murphy shared with Variety that he wants to bring in more new talent. There will also be more focus on women and minorities. As 9-1-1 isn't an anthology series, AHS fans will finally have characters they can connect to for the long-term.

6. There Will Be Plenty of Character Development

Most of the storylines will be focused on the core characters. That means plenty of character development, both in and outside work. Strong character and storyline development drew fans into American Horror Story, so it will certainly draw you into 9-1-1. The second episode has already seen the potential for a relationship to develop between Abby and Buck, as well as a questionable decision from Buck involving his therapist!

7. It's a Short Season

While some would love to see more episodes of AHS, its shorter seasons mean less need for drawn-out storylines and filler episodes. The focus can remain on the character development and shocking twists, since something big has to happen in each episode. Those who like AHS for the 13-episode seasons will adore 9-1-1 for the same reason.

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