American Hero Story (sometimes abbreviated as AHS) is an American historical anthology superhero television series created by J.T. March III. Each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a different set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end." Inspired by true events, American Hero Story is a series that dramatizes the events of costumed adventurers and society's endless fascination with them. The first season, retroactively subtitled Rorschach, reexamines and deconstructs the hard-boiled vigilante of the Nixon Era. Season two, retroactively subtitled Minutemen, explores the Golden Age era crime-fighting group led by the mysterious Hooded Justice.
Season 1 focused on Walter Joseph Kovacs aka Rorschach. While regarded as a conservative/libertarian icon by those who follow his philosophy, the series portrayed him as a withering deconstruction of pathology that implicitly shamed anyone who ever found Rorschach or his kind admirable or noble.
Season 2 focuses on the Minutemen and the man who inspired them, Hooded Justice. The series portrays what is already known and speculated by the public about HJ, from his early debut in 1938 to his romantic relationship with Captain Metropolis.
- American Hero Story is a parody to Ryan Murphy's penned television series' American Crime Story and American Horror Story. Damon Lindelof had even considered bringing in Murphy to play himself as the producer of American Hero Story but later opted against it.
- American Hero Story is presented as a “story within a story”, a literary device that fits within the spirit of Watchmen since the original comic series contains excerpts of a pirate comic book called Tales of the Black Freighter. That story was used frequently as a device to comment on the larger thematic and plot elements happening in the main story.
- The slow-mo and sped-up effect and over the top violence that occurs while Hooded Justice unleashes his fury was initially believed to be a parody of Zack Snyder's 2009 live-action adaptation of Watchmen due to his proclivity to use this style and technique in his action sequences, but Damon Lindelof and Nicole Kassell asserted this was not their intent.