Satire Queen

With award-winning shows like “American Horror Story” and “Glee” under his belt, Ryan Murphy has once again created a promising show that has a taste all its own in a genre that has not seen many unique flavors.

“Scream Queens” is a horror comedy that uses over-the-top humor to keep its audience laughing. The plot is simple: Someone known only as the Red Devil is trying to kill off members from the infamous sorority Kappa Kappa Tau, in the fictional school of Wallace University. However, the plot gets more complicated as the show reveals bits and pieces of house Kappa’s history.

If “Scary Movie” and “Mean Girls” had a baby, it would be this show. “Scream Queens” has made sure that it is outrageous and not lacking in comedy. The dialogue of the show is snappy, catty, and funny. It is one big satire of what is wrong with young adults, from the obsession with texting and social media to things like pumpkin spice lattes. The writers have made this generation the butt of the joke, and it is hilarious.

Even the characters of the show are over-the-top. Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, is the president of house Kappa. She is the character everyone loves to hate. But she is also what makes a lot of the jokes work. Between playing this role and the role of Madison Montgomery from “American Horror Story: Coven,” Roberts has mastered the mean girl act. On the other hand, Dean Cathy Munsch, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is on a whole new level of ridiculous. She sleeps with her students, smokes pot and hides some of the biggest secrets Wallace University has ever seen. Curtis’ character adds a wild and fun spice to the already unique taste of the show.

Although the show has its own unique flavor, some of the jokes are in poor taste. Like when Chanel tells Zayday Williams, played by Keke Palmer, that she needs to get white eyeliner so she can write on her. It is understandable that the blatant racism is supposed to be in your face to make a point, but how the show deals with social issues can be a little crass at best. It is great that they are tackling big issues like racism and sexuality, but they could stand to take the issues seriously sometimes.

This show is funny. Is it an amazing award-winning show? Maybe not. But it is fresh, with ideas and jokes that will always keep its audience laughing, a show anyone can watch when they want to be entertained with this generation’s faults. It is a parody, and like most other parodies, its sole purpose is entertainment and not to be taken too seriously. “Scream Queens” knows it is ridiculous.

So sit down, dance with the devil, and give this show a shot, because you will laugh.