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Sarah Paulson's reporter walk-through scene in "Asylum" was pulled directly from actual footage of Bill Baldini's exposé piece on Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania. Baldini's work led to the closure of Pennhurst and the release of all of its patients. Pennhurst is now the location of a seasonal haunted house and has been featured on numerous shows, due to the reported extreme paranormal activity in Pennhurst's buildings.
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On September 2, 2014, creator Ryan Murphy announced that all of the seasons are connected to each other in some way.
The character of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley) who appeared in "Freak Show", was mistakenly believed to have been an actual person, but that was revealed as a hoax. The hoax story goes: He was a nineteenth century aristocrat who was said to have suffered a form of Diprosopus. He had an extra face on the back of his head, which could neither eat nor speak out loud, although it was described as being able to laugh and cry. Edward reportedly begged doctors to have his "demon face" removed, claiming it "whispered" to him at night. No doctor would attempt the surgery. He later committed suicide at the age of twenty-three. However, this story has been proven to be false. Mordrake was discovered to have been the fictional creation of Charles Lotin Hildreth, who fabricated his story for a sensationalist article in the Boston Sunday Post in 1895.
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Co-creator Ryan Murphy repeatedly tried to book Reese Witherspoon in guest spots, but she was always unavailable. He also pursued Michelle Pfeiffer.
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"Hotel" was based on the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles and both hotels have a similar history. Like Donovan, it was a well-known junkie hang out with many overdoses occurring throughout the years. Sally resembles the 1937 case of Grace E. Magro, who fell to the ground from her window. It was undecided whether she jumped or was pushed to her death. In season five, episode four, American Horror Story: Devil's Night (2015), where Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker" (Anthony Ruivivar) gets a room, the real Ramirez actually did spend time in the hotel frequently and used it as a stop gap between killings. And to link it all, Elizabeth Short "The Black Dahlia" (Mena Suvari) who appeared in "Murder House", had visited the Cecil Hotel. It was noted as one of the places she was last seen.
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Evan Peters' character, Tate, committed the school shooting in season one on the same day Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
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The Hotel Cortez was inspired by the Hotel Cecil which has a dark history that includes several suicides, murders, and was stayed at by serial killers, including Richard Ramirez a.k.a. the Night Stalker and Jack Unterweger. The Hotel Cecil made news in 2013 with the mysterious death of Elisa Lam (to whom season five is dedicated).
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Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange became so close friends during season one that Murphy has consulted with Lange when writing the other characters. For example, Lange wanted to play a big drunk scene and sing in season two (therefore Sister Jude does these things), she also wanted to play an elegant woman wearing Chanel in season three (therefore Fiona dressed impeccably). Lange is also a photographer, and she was particularly attracted to the circus world, especially during the 1950s. Hence the character of Elsa Mars, owner of a freak show.
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You can actually stay at Miss Robichaux's Academy in Louisiana and create your own coven for five thousand dollars per night.
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While in character as Spalding (Coven), Denis O'Hare refused to speak.
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In season four (Freak Show), characters sing songs that were released after 1952 (the time period in which "Freak Show" takes place). Many fans criticized and disliked this, but there is a deep and unique reason to this idea. Ryan Murphy has said in an interview that he picked songs that were made by artists who were known as, or called themselves, "freaks". For example: David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Nirvana, et cetera.
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John Carroll Lynch has an appearance in "Hotel". This is the second time he has been involved with a storyline about the Zodiac Killer. In Zodiac (2007), he played the most popular suspect in the case, Arthur Lee Allen. In "Hotel", he played John Wayne Gacy, who performed as "Pogo the Clown", seated across from the masked Zodiac killer.
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The season one house is a real location at 1120 Westchester Place, Los Angeles, California, known as the Rosenheim Mansion. It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence; Rosenheim was one of Los Angeles' most influential architects during the early 1900s. The house scenes in the pilot episode of this show were filmed on-location at the Rosenheim Mansion, and then some of the house's interiors were replicated on a set. Exteriors continue to be filmed there on-location.
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Connie Britton who played Vivien in Murder House, wanted to play a role in Coven, but had commitments to her show, Nashville (2012).
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Jessica Lange originally turned down the role of Constance in season one, but finally accepted after creator Ryan Murphy repeatedly offered her the role.
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Evan Peters' Freak Show character, Jimmy Darling, covers Nirvana's "Come As You Are" in American Horror Story: Test of Strength (2014). Evan's season one character, Tate, was a fan of Nirvana, and died on the same day as Kurt Cobain.
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The "murder house" featured in the series is in fact called the Rosenheim Mansion. It was also used as the frat house location on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)'s Halloween special, season four, episode four, "Fear, Itself", in which the characters' fears manifest themselves.
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The first season used horror movie scores for its soundtrack, most noticeably the scores from Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), Psycho (1960), and Insidious (2010). Also used the whistled "Twisted Nerve" from Twisted Nerve (1968). "Twisted Nerve" was also featured in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). Asylum also featured scores from other movies such as Carrie (1976) and Candyman (1992).
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Every season, including Freak Show with the Top hats, has given hints as to what the next season's theme would be.
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Within the season "Freak Show", the character Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) was disliked by the National Clown Association of America for his inaccurate portrayal of clowns, and was thought to give clowns a bad reputation.
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Evan Peters played Jimmy Darling in Freak Show. His character was based on the real-life "Lobster Boy", Grady Stiles, Jr.
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The Asylum in season two is actually a courthouse in Orange County California.
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Ben Woolf, who played the character Meep in season four and Infantata/Thaddeus Montgomery in season one, died after being hit by a car on February 23, 2015.
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Taissa Farmiga was sixteen when filming the first season.
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Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk stated from the beginning of the project that each season would feature a new story and cast.
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Married couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were offered the roles of Chad and Patrick on season one, but declined because Burtka didn't want to play a couple in constant fight so soon after A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011). He feared that people would think Harris and he were a troubled couple. They were both later featured in supporting roles during season four.
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"Dominique", the song we hear repeatedly during season two, was interpreted by a Belgian nun called Soeur Sourire and was a big hit in Belgium, France and elsewhere during the 1960s. She commited suicide with barbiturates on March 29, 1985 because of financial problems. "Soeur Sourire" is French for "Sister Smile".
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Jessica Lange didn't return in the fifth season because she said it was too much to do five seasons of the same show, she wanted to do something different.
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Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe had special credits as "special guest stars" in season three, appearing in twelve of the thirteen episodes.
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The opening credits to each season are said to have clues to the events that will unfold as the season moves on. "Coven" was the first to involve animation, while "Freak Show" was the first to be fully animated.
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Every scene involving Bette and Dot in season four required more than ten hours to film, because it had to be repeated several times to film coverage and the interactions between Sarah Paulson, each time playing a different role, and the other actors and actresses.
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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.
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The title and credits font is "Charles Rennie Mackintosh" inspired by the Scottish architect of the same name.
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The fifth season was confirmed after the first episode of the fourth season (Freak Show) was aired, due to high ratings.
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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 from her career in Fleetwood Mac or her own solo career.
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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.
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When it came time to announce the theme for the sixth season, FX admitted that they had been releasing fake promos and trailers that had nothing to do with each other to confuse people on what it was really about.
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There is no actor to appear in every episode. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were the only actress and actor to appear in every season until 1984, in which neither of them appeared.
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When Hotel premiered, people took note of the extent to which four of its actors - Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, and Matt Bomer - look alike. In an interview, Jackson said that the reason for this may be that the Countess (Lady Gaga), having found her first love in Valentino (Wittrock), continues to pursue lovers who fit that mould.
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Jessica Lange said the worst thing about her character as Constance Langdon (from season one - Murder House), were the hairstyles.
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Despite the very grim and violent subject matter, all of the season finales end on happy notes for deserving characters, if in sometimes roundabout ways.
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Out of the first four seasons, Freak Show was the first to not win a single acting trophy at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
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In season five, there was a subplot revolving around "The chicken coop murders", which was based on actual events. Denis O'Hare appeared in this season as well as appeared in Changeling (2008), which was also based on " The chicken coop murders".
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When Cody Fern joined the cast of Apocalypse he was told that he would be playing the hero to Sarah Paulson's villain, just a couple days before filming of the season began did he learn that he was actually playing its villain Michael and that Paulson was playing the hero.
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Kathy Bates, who stars in seasons three, four, five, and six, starred in Stephen King's Misery (1990), a horror movie for which she won an Oscar. Jessica Lange was in contention for Bates' role in the movie. They co-star in this horror anthology.
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The character "Kit Walker", played by Evan Peters (Asylum: season two) shares the same name as the alter ego of Lee Falk's character, "The Phantom", who has appeared in numerous books, short stories, comic strips, comic books, video games, movies, and television series.
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"Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce plays while Evan Peters is in the living area. This song also played in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) with Evan Peters playing Quicksilver.
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It was reported that Eric Stonestreet was booked for a guest spot as a serial killer who shares scenes with Sarah Paulson's Lana Winters in season two, but the scenes were cut or left unaired for unknown reasons. A similar thing happened to Max Adler's role as Mr. Capshaw.
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Chris Zylka was booked for a two-episode arc as a deaf, mute patient in the series' second season. However, Zylka was quietly dismissed from the show after refusing to shave his head for the role. Producers then wrote the role out in the wake of the actor's ouster.
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Sarah Paulson missed three episodes of season five because she was shooting American Crime Story (2016) simultaneously.
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The concept for season six was actually hinted towards in the first season, and third season. It was originally going to be the plot for the first season.
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Cody Fern was awarded the sixth Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2014 by Australians in Film, Emma Roberts' father Eric worked with Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008).
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Edward Phillipe Mott, Evan Peters' character from the Roanoke season, is distantly related to Dandy Mott, played by Finn Wittrock, in the Freak Show season. The connection was mentioned by the historian in Roanoke, American Horror Story: Chapter 5 (2016), when she says, "The house remained in the Mott trust for over a century, but it was always said madness ran in the family. The line ended in scandal when the last Mott died in south Florida in 1952." Freak Show took place in south Florida in 1952.
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Ashley Rickards and Evan Peters appeared on One Tree Hill (2003).
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Lady Gaga was so eager to be a part of this show, she called writer and producer Ryan Murphy for consideration, not vice versa as one might have expected.
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Ben Woolf who played Meep in season four, also appeared as the Infantata in season one (episode one, American Horror Story: Pilot (2011) and episode eleven, American Horror Story: Birth (2011)).
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Evan Peters revealed in a June 2016 interview that he originally was going to play Tristan, but at the last minute, Ryan Murphy offered him the role of Mr. March, who had to be slightly re-written since it was supposed to be forty years old.
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Kathy Bates is one year older than Jessica Lange.
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In season four, "Freak Show", a knife throwing character was originally written, but, the idea was scrapped. However, some aspects still made it into the character, most notably, Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) and her knife throwing wheel.
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Jeanine Deckers, singer of the song "Dominique", heard in season two, "Asylum", was mocked in French-speaking countries for her chorus where she repeats three times the end of the name "Dominique" (talking of Saint Dominic). In French, she was using a very bad slang swear word to say that "Dominique is having sex", making the joke on her even worse, as the singer was a nun at the time of release. According to interviews of people who knew Jeanine, she wasn't aware of the slang interpretation, even after the song hit the number one spot in many charts around the world. Still a popular slang word, the first letter of the word is used in the name of the most famous French hip-hop act of all times, "NTM". The last two letters of their acronym stand for "Ta Mere", "Your Mother".
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Every episode in season three is rated an 8.0 out of 10 by IMDB users (as of June 2015).
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Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Taissa Farmiga had a sex scene in "Coven", during which Evan was supposed to be shirtless, but he wasn't because of the tattoo on his hand.
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In season five, episode four, "Devil's Night", the song "Carnival" by Natalie Merchant played when serial killer Aileen Wuornos (Lily Rabe) was introduced. This song was requested by the real Aileen Wuornos to be played at her funeral after she was executed.
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In the first season, there were references or clues to all of the future seasons. The only ones not alluded to was Freak Show and Cult.
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The clues to season six included in season one are: one of Ben's patients fears a killer in a pig's head; and the use, in a failed ritual, of the word "Croatoan" (a well-known reference to the Roanoke Colony, otherwise known as the Lost Colony).
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Jessica Lange says her favorite season was "Freak Show".
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During season five, episode four,, "Devil's Night", James Patrick March (Evan Peters) holds the annual Devil's Night Soirée, the guest list including notorious American serial killers such as Alieen Wuornous (Lily Rabe), John Wayne Gacy (John Carroll Lynch), Richard Ramirez (Anthony Ruivivar), Jeffery Dahmer (Seth Gabel), and the Zodiac Killer. Interestingly enough, John Carrol Lynch, who played Gacy in this episode, was in David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), based on the Zodiac killings in Northern California in the late 1960s and 70s. Lynch played Arthur Leigh Allen, who was considered to be the most prominent suspect for the Zodiac Killer in the actual case of the murders.
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Danielle Panabaker was considered for the role of Hayden in season one, but later on Kate Mara was cast instead.
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The musical theme played throughout season four (Freak Show) was taken from the opening notes of the song "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath. It is played an octave or two higher and on violins, however. It was also played during the ending credit sequence of each episode.
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Kathy Bates portrayed a mother in every season she is featured. In season three (Coven), she had three daughters; in season four (Freak Show), she was Jimmy Darling's (Evan Peters's) mother; in season five (Hotel), she was Donovan's (Matt Bomer's mother; and in season six, she played "The Butcher", who was mother to Wes Bentley's character in the "My Roanoke Nightmare" segment. Additionally, she is a mother-figure to Michael Langdon in season eight (Apocalypse).
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The iPhone recordings in season six, when the characters are filming scenes for the reality show, were really recorded by the cast members.
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In accordance with the rumors that the seasons are connected, one of the witches in Coven, Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), shares the same last name as the doctor who built the Murder House in the first season.
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The Rosenheim Mansion, the actual location used for exterior shots is located 1.3 miles from the house used for exterior shots of the HBO series Six Feet Under (2001) which is an actual location, 2302 W. 25th Street, Los Angeles, California.
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All of the floors in "Hotel" and the shots of the hallways with children are a nod to Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).
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Emma Roberts was originally to join in the fifth season and to do a great things with Mr. James March (Evan Peters) at the end of season, but she had to leave to film Billionaire Boys Club (2018).
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When it got the three-season renewal for seasons, eleventh, twelfth and thirteen, it became the longest running cable television drama seasons wise. Episodes wise, with a total of 177, it's The walking dead.
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Mare Winningham and Finn Wittrock were only credited as special guest stars in season five even though they were in eleven and nine of the twelve episodes. Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson, and Matt Bomer, who were in the main cast, appeared in fewer episodes and had smaller parts.
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On Twitter, Lady Gaga posted a video of herself, saying she was going to be on this show for season five, and the season's plot would be take place in a hotel.
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Asylum and Cult are the only seasons not to feature ghosts.
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Sarah Paulson was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Ally Mayfair-Richards on this show, but lost to Regina King from Seven Seconds (2018).
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Adina Porter was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Beverly Hope on this show, but lost to Merritt Wever from Godless (2017).
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During an interview for Scream 4 (2011), Emma Roberts admitted that she hates scary movies. She claimed to have hidden under the covers while watching the first three "Scream" movies and then appeared in this television anthology which, coincidentally, contains the word "horror" in its title. She also appeared in another horror series, Scream Queens (2015).
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The Show was a haunted house for 2016 Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.
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The season three character Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) is said to be related to the season one character, Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross). Interestingly, both of the characters tried to bring the dead back to life. Charles brought back his son, while Madison brought back Kyle Spencer (Evan Peters) to life. Ironically, neither of them were fully successful.
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Sarah Paulson played two roles multiple times in a season finale as a character from the current season and a previous season. The first time was in the season five finale, American Horror Story: Be Our Guest (2016), when she came back as Billie (season one) and the second time was in season six as Lana (season two).
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Every episode of season four (Freak Show) is rated an 8.0 out of 10 by IMDB users (as of May 2015).
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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters appeared in Adult World (2013).
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In season five, episode three, "Mommy", Chloë Sevigny's character gets coffee at the hospital for one of her child patients, and when she pushes the buttons for a cup of coffee, she pushes "A5". A message that this show is in its fifth season,
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Alison Pill's casting as Ivy Mayfair-Richards for season seven came partly about because Ryan Murphy asked Sarah Paulson with what performer she would like to act, and Paulson said Pill.
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Adina Porter and Denis O'Hare appeared on True Blood (2008).
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Season two is the highest rated season with an average of 8.477. The lowest rated season is season five, with an avrage of 7.942. The other seasons are as following; season one: 8.267; season two: 8.477; season three: 8.223; and season four: 8.223 (as of September 2016).
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Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange appeared in Bonneville (2006) and Men Don't Leave (1990).
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Season six was the first season to be completely shut out of the Golden Globe Awards with zero nominations.
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Wilhelmina Venable and Miriam Meade share names with characters from Ugly Betty (2006).
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Though she has appeared in a few television movies of the week, this is Jessica Lange's first real stint with episodic television.
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There are thirteen episodes in seasons two, three, and four. All of the other seasons have fewer episodes.
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Ryan Murphy told Finn Wittrock that Tristan and Elizabeth Taylor (Denis O'Hare) were going to be revealed as a couple (in season five - Hotel), a few episodes prior to the revelation, so he could subtlety played the connection between the characters.
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Evan Peters appeared in the most consecutive episodes (twenty-nine episodes). He appeared in all of seasons one and two, with his first absence being the season three episode, American Horror Story: Burn, Witch. Burn! (2013).
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Emma Roberts' second time in which the plot revolves around a series of murders. The first time was in Scream 4 (2011).
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As of the first 9 seasons, Cult (season 7) is the only one to feature no supernatural elements.
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Oddly, Chester Creb's (Neil Patrick Harris') U.S. Army uniform does not have a Purple Heart ribbon, which is awarded for being wounded in combat. It does show he was a soldier with the 1st Infantry Division, who received a Bronze Star. It is unknown if this was an oversight by the costume designer, or if Creb lied about receiving a serious head wound to account for his growing insanity.
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Kathy Bates guest starred on season three of Six Feet Under (2001) alongside Frances Conroy.
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In the first season of this show, Evan Peters' character, Tate Langdon, stated that he used to run for the school track-team before his death. Peters portrayed the mutant speedster Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Dark Phoenix (2019).
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Adina Porter was credited as guest star in season six, even though she appeared in every episode. Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters, and Denis O'Hare were listed in the main cast, but appeared in fewer episodes and had smaller parts.
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As of season seven, throughout the series, there have been nine Academy Award nominees: (Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Mare Winningham, Lady Gaga, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Four of them are Oscar winners: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Lady Gaga.
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Grace's story in season two is similar to Lizzie Borden. The actress that played Grace also shared her first name with her, Lizzie Brocheré.
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The scene Bubbled McGee (Joan Collins) is filming when she is introduced is almost identical to Joan's scene in Tales from the Crypt (1972) story, "All Through The House"
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Is the second longest running FX original series after It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005).
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In Coven's finale, two fates are foreshadowed. Before the test begins, there is a scene where Myrtle states that it is the girls' last supper before one of them becomes the Supreme - the camera pans to Queenie and Cordelia, the latter of which becomes the Supreme; Myrtle also remarks that the "last meal" could be a literal last meal for one of them - the camera shows Myrtle looking at Misty, who dies and is unable to be resurrected.
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As of Roanoke, in each season, at least one character suffered from parental issues, most notably with their mothers. These characters include: -Tate Langdon (Evan Peters) (Murder House) -Johnny Morgan (Dylan McDermott) (Asylum) -Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) (Coven) -Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) (Freak Show) -Donovan (Matt Bomer) (Hotel) -Jether Polk (Finn Wittrock) (Roanoke) There were many others, but these are amongst the most notable.
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Kate Mara, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari, who all played recurring characters throughout the different seasons, have strong connections with American Beauty (1999). Bentley and Suvari starred alongside Kevin Spacey in that movie. Mara co-starred with Spacey in the Netflix television series House of Cards (2013).
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Connie Britton (Vivien Harmon) and Eric Close (Hugo Langdon) appeared on Nashville (2012).
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Grace Gummer appeared in Coven and Freak Show, while B.D. Wong appeared in Apocalypse. Both had prominent roles on Mr. Robot (2015).
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Angela Bassett and Richard T. Jones appeared in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993).
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Both Emma Roberts' aunt Julia and Billie Lourd's grandmother Debbie Reynolds voiced the titular character in adaptations of E.B. White's novel Charlotte's Webb.
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For her directorial debut, Sarah Paulson was scheduled to direct the 8th episode of season 8, but Ryan Murphy decided to offer her instead the 6th because it was a really special episode with the return of Jessica Lange and to the story of the first season.
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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s casting in Roanoke mainly came about because the actor enjoyed working with Ryan Murphy so much on American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson that he asked him to continue the working relationship, hence his role on Roanoke.
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Sarah Paulson revealed on an interview that the role she has less connected to were the ones of Roanoke, because she went from playing Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson to Roanoke without much time to rest and she still felt connected to the role of Clark, an experience she has defined as really deep for her as an actress.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Now that the timeline got reversed, "Apocalypse" marks the first season of this show which ends with all of the main characters living (except Michael and Myrtle Snow).
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In Coven's finale, American Horror Story: The Seven Wonders (2014), two fates are foreshadowed. Before the test begins, there is a scene where Myrtle (Frances Conroy) states that it is the girls' last supper before one of them becomes the Supreme, the camera pans to Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) and Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), the latter of whom becomes the Supreme; Myrtle also remarks that the "last meal" could be a literal last meal for one of them, the camera shows Myrtle looking at Misty (Lily Rabe), who dies and is unable to be resurrected.
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All of the characters that Lily Rabe portrayed have either died or are already dead. The same applies to Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Dylan McDermott, Finn Wittrock, Connie Britton, Zachary Quinto, and many other cast members.
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With the exception of seasons five and six, Kathy Bates' character has been decapitated in each season in which she has appeared.
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The "brain" that Connie Britton ate in Murder House was made of jelly.
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In Freak Show, Maggie Esmeralda's (Emma Roberts') death is foreshadowed in season four, episode four, American Horror Story: Edward Mordrake: Part 2 (2014), where Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) nearly saws her in half, but fails. In a later episode, she gets sawed in half by Chester (Neil Patrick Harris).
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Season one. Victims of the school shooting have last names that include: Boggs, Greenwell, Stanley, Stapleton, and Gedman. These are also last names of some late 1980s Boston Red Sox players.
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Thaddeus Montgomery/Infantata (Ben Woolf) was the first to live in, but not die, in the murder house (season one). Constance (Jessica Lange) was the second.
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The whistling tune heard at the end of the last episode of Murder House, as Constance looks at Vivian's baby in the crib is the same tune that Tate whistles, as he walks through the library, while doing the school shooting.
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None of Sarah Paulson's characters have died in the show in seasons one through four. Ryan Murphy announced that for "Hotel", that would change.
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Many of the background music soundtracks in "Hotel" were also used in The Hunger (1983) starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve as two very old vampires that bleed their victims using a small knife disguised as a necklace they wear around their necks. Many of their victims come from nightclubs, much like Lady Gaga and her male partner in "Hotel". There are other similarities from The Hunger (1983) as well.
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In season one, if you died in the house, you remained in the house, yet Tate (Evan Peters) wasn't at the house when the school shooting victims confronted him. This was because it was Halloween and he could roam freely.
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In "Murder House", when the agents surround Tate in his house after the school shooting, he puts his fingers in the shape of a gun and mimes shooting himself. This is a reference to Taxi Driver (1976), when Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro's character), who makes the same motion with his finger after doing a mass shooting in a brothel.
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Kathy Bates' horrible character in "Coven", Delphine LaLaurie, was a real woman in the 1800s, known for her brutality towards slaves and believed to be a serial killer as depicted on this show. Unlike on this show, she was not killed (or made immortal, obviously) by a mob, but a mob did storm her house and she was forced to flee to France with her family, where it's speculated that she died many years later.
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Only a few characters have appeared in more than one season, but this trend is rapidly growing popular. They are Pepper (Naomi Grossman in Asylum-Freak Show), Sister Mary Eunice McKee (Lily Rabe in Asylum-Freak Show), Dr. Arden/ Hans Grüper (James Cromwell in Asylum-Freak Show), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe in Coven-Hotel-Apocalypse), Dr. Charles Montgomery (Matt Ross in Murder House-Hotel), Marcy (Christine Estabrook in Murder House-Hotel), Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson in Murder House-Hotel), and Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson in Asylum-Roanoke)
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During the zombie siege sequence from season three, episode five, "Burn, Witch, Burn!", Quennie (Gabourey Sidibe) jokes they're under attack from the "Army of Darkness". Later, in the same episode, when Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) lures the Army from Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Luke (Alexander Dreymon), she goes for the work shed and grabs a chainsaw. These sequences could be a reference to the The Evil Dead (1981) film franchise.
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In season two, episode nine, "The Coat Hanger", Brooke Smith played Dr. Gardner; a psychiatrist whose patient is Bloody Face's son (Dylan McDermott). Bloody Face and seemingly his son, have a tendency to make home furnishings from the skin of women. Brooke Smith played Catherine Martin in The Silence of the Lambs (1991); a character who was kidnapped by Buffalo Bill, a villain who made home furnishings and clothes from the skin of women.
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Misty Day (Lily Rabe) never saw Cordelia's (Sarah Paulson's) real eyes. Before Misty and Cordelia met, Cordelia's eyes were blinded by acid that was thrown in her face. She was given replacement eyes by Myrtle (Frances Conroy) after she met Misty, but she tore them out while Misty was trapped in a coffin. When Cordelia becomes the Supreme, her eyes are healed, but this was after Misty died in the Seven Wonders.
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Out of the four seasons in which Jessica Lange appeared, season one is the only season in which her character didn't die.
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