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Welcome to Briarcliff 

After a life-changing experience, a young man is admitted into a notorious insane asylum, while a local reporter is determined to get the full story.

Director:

Bradley Buecker

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Quinto ... Dr. Oliver Thredson (credit only)
Joseph Fiennes ... Monsignor Timothy Howard
Sarah Paulson ... Lana Winters
Evan Peters ... Kit Walker
Lily Rabe ... Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Lizzie Brocheré ... Grace Bertrand
James Cromwell ... Dr. Arthur Arden
Jessica Lange ... Sister Jude Martin
Chloë Sevigny ... Shelley
Adam Levine ... Leo Morrison
Jenna Dewan ... Teresa Morrison (as Jenna Dewan Tatum)
Clea DuVall ... Wendy Peyser (as Clea Duvall)
Mark Consuelos ... Spivey
Britne Oldford ... Alma Walker
Joe Egender ... Billy
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Storyline

Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis hospital, is now an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. The year is 1964, and the asylum houses some seriously disturbed individuals. The day to day administrator is Sister Jude Martin who works under the general supervision of the director Monsignor Timothy Howard. Her chief nemesis however is their in-house medical officer, Dr. Arthur Arden, who is frequently seeing patients in the night - patients who die and are disposed of immediately. Briarcliff's latest patient is Kit Walker, aka Bloody Face, an accused serial killer of several young women but is unable to stand trial due to insanity. Sister Jude is tough as journalist Lana Winters learns when she starts poking around the place. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Briarcliff See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The score for the movie Carrie (1976) can be heard when Lana (Sarah Paulson) first arrives at Briarcliff. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, Leo Morrison is seen using a Leica M7 camera, taking a few photos of his wife in rapid succession. The Leica M7 is an analog 35mm camera, where the film needs to be advanced manually after each shot using the the film advance lever, making the taking of photos in rapid succession impossible. See more »

Quotes

Sister Jude Martin: I've dealt with bigger monsters than you, Dr Arden. Let me give you fair warning: I'll always win against the patriarchal male.
Dr. Arthur Arden: Bully for you.
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Connections

References The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

American Horror Story Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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