‘Scream Queens’ debuts to mixed reviews

marcoBy Marco Cadena


Amidst a new wave of fall TV shows, newcomer “Scream Queens” has been trying to get its name on the list of those to watch with its innovative teasers, posters and trailers.

Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, “Scream Queens” is a horror-comedy anthology television series that focuses on Kappa Kappa Tau, a sorority that has a history of murders.

The show’s A-list regular cast includes horror movie legend Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”), Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Coven”) and “Glee’s” Lea Michele. Guest stars of the series include Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and Niecy Nash.

The show premiered Tuesday, Sept. 22, bringing in four million viewers overall. However, the show experienced an 80 percent lift in viewership after views in streaming platforms were added to the total ratings, which gave the show 7.3 million viewers total. The two-hour premiere spent that Tuesday night as the No. 1 trending topic in social media websites with mixed reviews from viewers and outraged fans, after killings started to happen in the show.

“Scream Queens” can be best-described as a dark comedy horror show as the series uses derogatory dialogues, racist jokes and sarcastic humor to generate laughs. This is the type of TV show that makes you ask yourself — “Did I really laugh at that? — as the acting is really cheesy on purpose. Even if this show is meant for a younger generation, Murphy’s fans can be found within the viewer demography looking for something to watch after the ending of the “Glee” series last March and in anticipation of the new “American Horror Story: Hotel” season featuring Lady Gaga, set to premiere in early October.

“Scream Queens” has its highs and lows. On one hand, Chanel Oberlin’s (Roberts’ character) clash against Dean Cathy Munsch’s (Curtis’ character) is a great viewing experience after both of them have intense acting attitudes and create an exemplary on-screen chemistry. The overall casting choices of the series show a diverse cast, something not new in the world of Murphy and Falchuk. The scenery and colorful tone of the show go hand-in-hand with its “Mean Girls” and “Halloween” storyline, as well as the cinematography and the background music; the one gives “Queens” an old-school vibe.

So far, the critics’ reception was in the middle range as rating platform Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 57 percent and Metacritic a score of 59 out of 100. Based on critics from Rotten Tomatoes, the show is “tasteless for mainstream” and “silly for horror enthusiasts.” The tacky comedy in the show makes these comments slightly true. On the other side, this is what the producers of the show are aiming for — something entertaining and easy to understand.

Overall, “Scream Queens” is nothing but a common ground for “Glee” and “American Horror Story” fans. With its quirky comedy, quotable dialogues, gruesome death scenes and memorable performances, “Scream Queens” is a love-it-or-hate-it TV show you can catch at 8 every Tuesday night on Fox.


E-mail Cadena at mcadena@student.uiwtx.edu


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