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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.

Director:

Ryan Murphy

Writers:

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

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The twins are portrayed by identical twins, Bodhi Schulz & Kai Schulz. Troy (Bodhi Schulz) wore the red striped shirt, while Bryan (Kai Schulz) wore the green striped shirt. See more »

Goofs

When Ben goes to light the fireplace, he turns the gas valve clockwise. Gas valves, as with all valves, open counter clockwise. See more »

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Tate Langdon: I prepare for the noble war. I'm calm, I know the secret. I know whats coming and I know no one can stop me not even myself. I kill people I like. Some of them beg for their life. I don't feel sad. I don't feel anything. It's a filthy world we live, in its a filthy goddamn world and honestly I feel like I'm helping to take them away from the shit and the piss and the vomit that run through the streets. I'm helping to take them to somewhere clean. There's something about all that blood man i ...
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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 What Lies Beneath (2000) See more »

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Twisted Nerve
(uncredited)
Performed by Bernard Herrmann
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I had high hopes, but ended up disappointed
15 September 2016 | by jrschutte-81446See all my reviews

I, personally don't particularly understand the hype surrounding this show. I watched the first episode really hoping to enjoy it, but ended up disappointed. I thought the plot for the first episode was really dull, and uninteresting. It just felt like the writers were trying way too hard to make it creepy, but it just wasn't working. There were two other things in particular that I didn't like about the show. The first one was having a girl with down syndrome in the story line to try and make the show creepier; I found that really offensive. The other I disliked was Jessica Lange's character. I thought the writers made her character way too stereotypical in relation to the story, and I just generally don't like Jessica Lange's acting. Lastly, I realize that some TV shows take a while to build up the plot beyond the exposition, but with all the good things I've heard about this show- or even just the pilot episode- I was expecting more.


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