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Pilot 

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

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tate's clothes on the first meeting with Ben resembles Kurt Cobain's clothes in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video clip by Nirvana. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Violet Harmon: And the worst thing is my mom had like this brutal miscarriage a year earlier. We had to have this macabre funeral. Have you ever seen a baby coffin before?
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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 »

Connections

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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Special Death
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Performed by Mirah
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One of a kind
13 September 2020 | by scarlettimogenSee all my reviews

Very unusual and well acted all apart from Connie Britten who is absolutely awful. She has the same expression throughout and really does dampen an otherwise good series. She's like that in everything I've seen. Just awful. But this first season of AHS I'd s well worth the watch


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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