Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and an enigmatic hotel.
Reviews
Popularity
7 ( 6)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



6   5   4   3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 90 wins & 253 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Scream Queens (TV Series 2015)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An anthology series that centers on characters being terrorized by a serial killer in different locations, including a university and a hospital.

Stars: Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin
Orange Is the New Black (TV Series 2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
The Walking Dead (TV Series 2010)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
The Vampire Diaries (TV Series 2009)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
Pretty Little Liars (TV Series 2010)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
Supernatural (TV Series 2005)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
Once Upon a Time (TV Series 2011)
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

Stars: Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore
Penny Dreadful (TV Series 2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
True Blood (2008–2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
Dexter (2006–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Bates Motel (TV Series 2013)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son.

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot
The Big Bang Theory (TV Series 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Jimmy Darling / ... (64 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Bette Tattler / ... (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Spalding / ... (51 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Elsa Mars / ... (51 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Gloria Mott / ... (42 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Ethel Darling / ... (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
...
 Desiree Dupree / ... (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
...
 Sister Mary Eunice McKee / ... (36 episodes, 2011-2016)
...
 Madison Montgomery / ... (26 episodes, 2013-2015)
Edit

Storyline

Both physical and psychological horrors affect a decomposing family, workers and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, and the employees and guests at a struggling hotel in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, and addiction.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Asylum Is Open for Business. Check Your Sanity at the Door. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

AhS  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On September 2nd, 2014, Ryan Murphy (creator) announced to the public that "All the seasons are connected to each other in somehow, someway.". See more »

Goofs

Frances Conroy ("Old" Moira O'Hara) is right-eye dominant. Many times you can see that she, as Moira, is focusing on the object she's looking at using her "blind" right eye instead of her left eye. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Face Off: Naked & Painted (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

American Horror Story Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An excellent, entertaining, and very intriguing Horror show!
22 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike many reviewers on here, I have waited until the end of the first season to actually review this series as a whole. I want to start off with the Pilot. When I first saw it, I had a lot of problems with it. It was messy, and some of the characters were dumb, and some of the acting was corny. However, after the Pilot ended, I realized just how intrigued I was by it. It sure was a messy Pilot, but that's the beauty of it. It was always moving, it wasn't your typical slow-paced suspense show.

In fact, that pretty much sums up the whole season. This is a crackling, fast-paced and entertaining horror series. I would never call this high- art, but that's what makes it great. The show doesn't take itself seriously at all, and it always remains fun, even when it's silly, and yet you get really invested in the story lines and characters. Sure, the performances are flawed at times, and the writing and directing awkward, but the fast pace in every episode doesn't ever let the viewer gasp for air. This is the true definition of a thrill ride. It also feels very experimental. It executes a lot of things in very unordinary ways, in ways that no other TV show does. It doesn't always succeed, but even when it doesn't, you can appreciate it.

Your friends might call The Walking Dead the better horror show, but I disagree. As far as Pilots go, no matter how entertaining or thrilling American Horror Story's Pilot was, the Pilot for The Walking Dead was better, masterful in every way. Since then, it's merely a good, sometimes great, TV show. It takes itself more seriously and is slower-paced, but it's problem is that a lot of times the writing just feels stale, recycled. You are intrigued by it, but it sometimes feels weaker than it should be. And the fact that it takes itself too seriously sort of dampens the fun one should be having with it, simply because its writing isn't strong enough to stretch out its story lines (like the two best TV shows on air, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, do). American Horror Story is better for these reasons- each episode by itself is exciting, it's always moving, and instead of trying to slow things down and makes its flaws more apparent, it even overdoes things on purpose. Messy, sure, silly, sometimes, but overall more intriguing, funner, and more exciting. I cannot wait for the second season of this, since I thought the resolution to the story of the first season was excellent, as well as the final shot.

P.S. Oh, I also want to add another note to take. The performances do hit their great marks, but the only truly incredible performance is Jessica Lange. Her character and performance makes all other supporting turns in television look stale by comparison, and all of her scenes are truly gold! She needs to win that Emmy next year! I want to see her back!


63 of 93 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Series 6 Announcement and Title cjd-29223
Got a question ziemilija
Is Kyle immortal? SensualSpiveySkeetones
all time favorite character? neilhartnett-71725
Guess The Theme Sweepstakes fryeguy
Braindead ArtAesthetics
Discuss American Horror Story (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page