Still from Scream Queens, “Scream Again” (Season 2, Episode 1, 2016.
I recently began the second season of my favorite television show: Scream Queens. As I watched the show, I began to wonder about what exactly makes a show “funny.” Scream Queens is not a traditional sitcom, because there is no half-hour time frame and the show does not revert back to a simplistic stasis. There is no moral, because the characters are devoid of morality. These characters are worse than the ones in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In addition, characters die, blood is shed, and there are moments that makes the viewer jump. But the viewer laughs, or at least I do. For some, Scream Queens is a dark comedy. For me, Scream Queens is a sitcom.
In the first season, there is a family created by the members of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority and its ringleaders, the “Chanels.” The sorority sisters overcome obstacles as they try to hunt down the serial killer that is murdering their fellow sisters and students. Ultimately, the Chanels are just trying to survive. In addition, there is evident social commentary as well. Sorority sisters beat up a fraternity brother that tells them “you look prettier when you smile” in the name of feminism, another character beats up the murderer in a Scalia mask as she condemns his controversial rulings, sorority sister Zayday must combat blatant racism, greek life is held under a critical lens, and the Chanels represent America’s oppressive class system. These are just a few instances in the first season.
While there are serious aspects of this show, I still find myself laughing. The show is a mixture of Glee and American Horror Story, which, ironically, are both shows created by the Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy. Does anybody else watch Scream Queens and still find it more funny than scary? Or are there other dark comedies that you enjoy? Overall, even though Scream Queens is a little campy, I highly recommend the show. The star-studded cast of the first season has everyone from Jamie Lee Curtis and Abigail Breslin to Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas.