“American Horror Story: Freak Show”
In this reporter’s humble opinion, “Freak Show” was a weak season — but “Orphans,” anchored by Naomi Grossman’s skilled portrayal of Pepper, is a worthy standout of the entire anthology series. In an almost wordless performance, Grossman shows us the heartbreak of yet another abandonment, this time by Elsa, who fancies herself a mother to her circus performers. “Orphans,” however, drives the point home: Elsa is no mother, and because of that, Pepper suffers yet another anguish. It’s “Horror Story” at its best, commenting on the darkest parts of society’s family dynamic.