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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Series cast summary:
Evan Peters ...  James March / ... 97 episodes, 2011-2021
Sarah Paulson ...  Lana Winters / ... 88 episodes, 2011-2021
Denis O'Hare ...  Spalding / ... 61 episodes, 2011-2021
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

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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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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, who have each played major roles in multiple seasons of this show, share more than just a professional relationship. They began dating in 2012, and on January 6, 2014, it was officially confirmed by People Magazine that the couple had gotten engaged over the holidays. They later split, but in September 2015, it was confirmed they were together again. They ended their relationship in March 2019. 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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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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Got to love this weird, haunted freak show
20 November 2011 | by wierdwarSee all my reviews

Something totally different in a entertainment landscape of toned down crap. Finally something that pushes the boundaries and takes some chances. In a time when everybody worries so much about whats real they unwilling to buy into anything slightly outlandish. Suspend your disbelieve and take a walk into the strangest, most twisted little series I've seen since Carnivale. I love this nightmarish ride into the twilight zone.

I think the casting is superb. Great acting throughout. The writing is fast paced and doesn't stretch things out like many long winded series. Too many shows take for ever to get the ball rolling. This show is fast paced and never leaves you much chance to breath before springing another traumatic event your way. I can hardly wait to see where this fun house ride leads to next.


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Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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