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American Horror Story 

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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 circus, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse, and a slasher summer camp.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 125 wins & 387 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Evan Peters ...  James March / ... 97 episodes, 2011-2021
Sarah Paulson ...  Lana Winters / ... 88 episodes, 2011-2021
Denis O'Hare ...  Spalding / ... 60 episodes, 2011-2016
Kathy Bates ...  Madame Delphine LaLaurie / ... 58 episodes, 2013-2018
Frances Conroy ...  Myrtle Snow / ... 55 episodes, 2011-2021
Lily Rabe ...  Misty Day / ... 54 episodes, 2011-2021
Jessica Lange ...  Constance Langdon / ... 53 episodes, 2011-2018
Angela Bassett ...  Desiree Dupree / ... 48 episodes, 2013-2018
Emma Roberts ...  Madison Montgomery / ... 46 episodes, 2013-2019
Cheyenne Jackson ...  Will Drake / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2018

A Guide to the Work of Ryan Murphy

From "Glee" and "American Horror Story" to "Pose" and The Prom, we break down the storytelling and stylistic trademarks of creator, writer, producer, and director, Ryan Murphy.

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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, the members of a small suburb in Michigan, the surviving members of the Apocalypse and the counselors of a creepy summer camp in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction and exploitation.

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Be Of Like Mind. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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In season four, Kathy Bates adopted a thick Baltimore accent. To do this, she listened to interviews with Barbara Mikulski, a United States Senator from Maryland, and consulted a "Baltimorese" website. See more »

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During Roanoke's second half, the characters are seen using their camera-only phones for both constant recording and a flashlight - some episodes have them using their phones for days without charging them. This incessant use would wear down the battery within a few hours, even without using other apps. See more »

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Billie Dean Howard: I think we're gonna get a pickup on my Lifetime pilot. And as soon as we do, I wanna bring you on as my guest.
Constance Langdon: I can't focus on your... career right now. I maybe looking at a rather Earth shattering situation.
Billie Dean Howard: Could we be talking menopause baby? Why am I seeing baby pictures?
Constance Langdon: Tell me... What happens when a human... copulates with someone from the spirit world?
Billie Dean Howard: Spirits aren't known for their potency.
Constance Langdon: Yes, but... what if there is, in fact, a conception?
Billie Dean Howard: You do know about the box? The Pope's box?
Constance Langdon: What ...
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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 demented_baboonSee 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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USA

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English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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American Horror Story: Asylum See more »

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