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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, and an enigmatic hotel.
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 Jimmy Darling / ... (64 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Bette Tattler / ... (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Spalding / ... (51 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Elsa Mars / ... (51 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Gloria Mott / ... (42 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Ethel Darling / ... (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Desiree Dupree / ... (38 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sister Mary Eunice McKee / ... (36 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Madison Montgomery / ... (26 episodes, 2013-2015)
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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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The Asylum Is Open for Business. Check Your Sanity at the Door. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

Kathy Bates, who stars in seasons three, four and five, starred in Misery, a horror film for which she won an Oscar. Jessica Lange was in contention for Bates' role in the film. They both costar in this horror anthology together. 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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Deadly Night (2013) See more »

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American Horror Story Theme
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Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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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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