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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, and a cult.
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Season 8 Premiere


Sep 2018

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Cast

Series cast summary:
...  Jimmy Darling / ... 94 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Lana Winters / ... 85 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Spalding / ... 60 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Ethel Darling / ... 58 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Elsa Mars / ... 51 episodes, 2011-2015
...  Desiree Dupree / ... 47 episodes, 2013-2016
...  Sister Mary Eunice McKee / ... 46 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Gloria Mott / ... 45 episodes, 2011-2017
...  Will Drake / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2018
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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, the employees and guests at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, and the members of a small suburb in Michigan in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.

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American Horror Story: Asylum  »

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Trivia

Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange previously starred together in Bonneville (2006) and Men Don't Leave (1990), their very first joint venture. See more »

Goofs

Throughout season 4, ETC Source Four lighting fixtures can be spotted hung above the Freak Show stage. The Source Four wasn't manufactured until 1992, 40 years after the season is set. See more »

Quotes

Dandy Mott: I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!
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Referenced in Death Note (2017) 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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Entertaining.
7 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

A dysfunctional family moves into an old house, a house with a history of horror. For the main characters, history is what the first episode is all about: the husband's history of infidelity, the wife's history of having a bloody stillbirth, the daughter's history of cutting herself -- for each a long history of pain and resentment and longing for change, though it quickly becomes apparent the only change coming will leave them hysterically screaming to the sudden, violent, gory end. The one sure thing this show promises is that people will die horribly, and we will all be terrified by it.

The characters are not likable; they may not even be redeemable. Even the suffering wife is bitter and cold and hateful. But do they deserve what horrible things will assuredly happen to them? Nope. Which means their fight is our fight, and their fear is our fear.

American Horror Story is interesting, entertaining, suspenseful, and ambitious. After watching the first episode, I want to watch some more.


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