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12 Best TV Shows of 2012

10. 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

By JARETT WIESELMAN

December 19, 2012

In its first season, Ryan Murphy's gothic drama left us scared of the supernatural. But in season two, he forced us to fear a much scarier entity: ourselves.

Rules, ethics and common sense have no place inside the devilish Briarcliff Mental Institution, which allows AHS: Asylum to chill to the bone while examining topical issues like the perception of mental health and making astute assertions about how far we've come (or how far we have to go) when it comes to sexuality and gender roles.

Plus, it's given astounding actors Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson the world stage they so justly deserve!

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