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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, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse.
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 Jimmy Darling / ... (74 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Lana Winters / ... (65 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Spalding / ... (60 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Elsa Mars / ... (51 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Ethel Darling / ... (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Desiree Dupree / ... (47 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sister Mary Eunice McKee / ... (46 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Gloria Mott / ... (43 episodes, 2011-2016)
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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.

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When Hotel premiered, there was some online jokes of how much four of its actors, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock and Matt Bomer, looked alike. When asked about this on an interview, Jackson said that the reason for this may be that the character of the Countess (Lady Gaga) found her first love in Valentino (Wittrock) and this was why she was attracted to men who reminded her of him somehow. See more »

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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 »

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Classic Ryan Murphy gold
27 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Initially I was left wondering how - what essentially is a short horror movie - could be made in to a long running TV series, but after a few episodes I started to realise that it's the Ryan Murphy magic that is sustaining this outstanding show.

Much like Nip/Tuck, you have to suspend your belief and see this as purely entertainment. There's so many open ended narratives that are slowly unfolding and although at times the show verges on the edge of cliché, a single episode could easily match the brilliance of such horror classics like The Amityville Horror and The People Under the Stairs.

At the end of every episode I feel shocked that 40 minutes have gone by, which is a sure sign that this show is pure, unadulterated, entertainment.


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