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Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.



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Larry Harvey
Moira O'Hara (Young)
Dr. Day


Vivien and Ben Harmon and their daughter Violet relocate to Los Angeles from Boston and buy a large old house. As required by law, the real estate agent discloses that the previous occupants were the victims of a murder-suicide. The Harmons think nothing of it and concentrate on repairing their marriage that has come under strain following Vivien's miscarriage and Ben's subsequent infidelity with one of his students. Ben is a psychiatrist and will meet his patients in the house. They meet the neighbors, the eccentric Constance and her daughter Adelaide. Vivien also hires a housekeeper, Moira, but Ben and Vivien don't quite see the same person when they look at her. Violet is bullied at school and befriends one of her dad's patients who has serious psychological problems. Strange events begin to occur. Written by garykmcd

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5 October 2011 (USA)  »

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As the Harmon's are touring the house, the realtor asks if Ben is a psychologist. He responds that he is a Psychiatrist. It is extremely rare for a physiciatrist to be doing therapy/counseling. Psychiatrists typically deal with quick consults. See more »


When Ben goes to light the fireplace, he turns the gas valve clockwise. Gas valves, as with all valves, open counter clockwise. See more »


Constance: I'm a good christian, but Jesus H. Christ.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


American Horror Story Theme
Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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Another Ghost Story in a Haunted House
11 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

The psychologist Ben Harmon and his wife Vivien move to an old Victorian house in Los Angeles with their teenage daughter Violet expecting to rebuild their lives. Vivien had a miscarriage of her baby and did not have sex with her husband; one afternoon, she found Ben with one of his students in their bed and they had almost split. Ben has decided to attend his patients at home to stay closer to his beloved family and repair his relationship with Vivien.

When they arrive, the real estate agent discloses that the previous dwellers were a gay couple and they both died in a murder-suicide case. When they arrive, they meet Adelaide that has Down syndrome and her weird mother Constance. Then the former housekeeper Moira visits Vivien and she hires the old lady; however, when Ben looks at her, he sees a sexy young woman. Meanwhile Violet is bullied at school by an older teenager.

Ben's first patient is a teenager with serious psychological problems and he befriends Violet that is near to commit suicide. Sooner there are manifestations of weird events in the house that is haunted.

The "Pilot" of the "American Horror Story" series is another ghost story in a haunted house. There are good performances and special effects, but my question is how to hold a TV series about an overworked theme? My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "American Horror Story – Pilot"

Note: On 11 April 2017 I saw this episode again.

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