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Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.


Ryan Murphy


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Britton ... Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott ... Dr. Ben Harmon
Evan Peters ... Tate Langdon
Taissa Farmiga ... Violet Harmon
Denis O'Hare ... Larry Harvey
Jessica Lange ... Constance Langdon
Frances Conroy ... Moira O'Hara
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Young Moira O'Hara
Christine Estabrook ... Marcy
Jamie Brewer ... Adelaide 'Addy' Langdon
Shelby Young ... Leah
Andy Umberger ... Dr. Day
Bianca Lawson ... Abby
Christian Serratos ... Becca
Melanie Cruz ... Teacher


Vivien and Ben Harmon and their daughter Violet relocate to Los Angeles from Boston and buy a large old house. As required by law, the real estate agent discloses that the previous occupants were the victims of a murder-suicide. The Harmons think nothing of it and concentrate on repairing their marriage that has come under strain following Vivien's miscarriage and Ben's subsequent infidelity with one of his students. Ben is a psychiatrist and will meet his patients in the house. They meet the neighbors, the eccentric Constance and her daughter Adelaide. Vivien also hires a housekeeper, Moira, but Ben and Vivien don't quite see the same person when they look at her. Violet is bullied at school and befriends one of her dad's patients who has serious psychological problems. Strange events begin to occur. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Evan Peters' (Tate) clothes on the first meeting with Ben (played by Dylan McDermott) is a resemblance to Kurt Cobain's clothes in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video clip by Nirvana. See more »


Vivian gives Ben a long cut on the left arm after she catches him committing adultery. But every time we see his arm during the rest of the show, there is no scar. See more »


Constance Langdon: Don't make me kill you again.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD released in Britain has been cut to remove a detailed description of a suicide technique. The original showing and all subsequent repeats shown on British television are of the uncut version. See more »


References Go, Diego! Go! (2005) See more »


Tonight, You Belong To Me
performed by Patience and Prudence
[Song heard when the twins are trashing the house]
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Uh, not so good
31 December 2013 | by artpfSee all my reviews

I don't know. There's such hype round this show I was expecting something way better. Firstly I really have an issue when shows use down syndrome kids for dramatic effect. There's something really wrong about that. Next, I thought Jessica Lange was horrible. Her character is poorly drawn and her acting is too stereotyped.

Next, I really hate the shaky cam thing. Why do TV shows do that these days? It's really annoying.

And finally, the show appears to think using words like "shit" every two minutes a long with other winners like "cock sucker" and showing full rear male nudity and male masturbation for no reason whatsoever, is edgy.

To me it demonstrates a lack of creativity.

The story is a bit hard to follow as well. And freaky looking people are used for effect with no real purpose. I'm reviewing the pilot and I know sometimes shows take a bit of time for shows to get going, so I'll give it a chance over the next 3 or so episodes but so far I'm not impressed.

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