Author's Saving Throw: When Ryan Murphy revealed that season 7 would involve the 2016 election, he received a massive negative reaction from fans, many of whom wanted to watch TV to get away from the politics that had absorbed nearly every other piece of media the past couple of years. This lead to Ryan going on multiple interviews explaining that the plot won't be about the election entirely, and saying that the original interview was him joking. Both him and actors of the show explaining that the season isn't what people think.
Broken Base: The general consensus is that the show suffered from Seasonal Rot. But where it the show went wrong, and if it recovered, is up for debate. While Asylum is regarded as the pinnacle of the series, Coven is either the start of the quality drop, or stands up with the first two seasons as the show's best seasons.
Even Better Sequel: The show is considered to have Grown The Beard in Asylum. The fact that Murder House focuses on a fairly conservative upper middle class family while subsequent seasons focus more on people who are marginalized for whatever reason and have strong feminist, LGBT and anti-racist themes may have something to do with the show's increase in quality and its popularity with women, African Americans, and LGBT people.
Took the Bad Film Seriously: No matter how many ridiculous, frustrating storylines or bad writing the show throw at its actors, many fans agree that they always give their all. The special effects, costumes, sets, cinematography, and music also tend to be rather highly thought of, even if the writing is sometimes lacking.