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Why are there so many cults on TV all of a sudden?

  • It’s not just Charles Manson and American Horror Story: Cult. Paramount Network will soon come out with Waco based on David Koresh, Jake Gyllenhaal and A&E are working on an anthology series on cults for A&E, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a Jonestown miniseries for HBO. “What specifically about cults is making them such a huge part of American entertainment right this second?” asks Adam Epstein. The recent American Horror Story: Cult season may hold a clue, he says, noting that “the prevalence of cults on TV simply reflects an America, and much of the world, that’s devolving further and further into tribalism.”

    TOPICS: American Horror Story: Cult, Waco, Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jake Gyllenhaal, Vince Gilligan, Jonestown