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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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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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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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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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Throughout the subtitled season, "Coven", almost every episode features a song written by Stevie Nicks. Some songs include "Edge of Seventeen", "Seven Wonders", "Sara" and "Rhiannon". The songs featured were both from her career in Fleetwood Mac or her own solo career. See more »

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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 »

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Dandy Mott: I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Time for After (2017) See more »

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Tainted Love
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Classic Ryan Murphy gold
27 October 2011 | by 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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