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Welcome to Briarcliff 

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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.


Bradley Buecker


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





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


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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The song "Dominique" that plays constantly in the common room was not chosen at random. Jeanine Deckers - also known as Soeur Sourire or "The Singing Nun" had recorded the song to raise money for her convent's mission in Brussels. She eventually left the order to be with her lover, a novice nun eleven years younger than herself. When the two took their own lives together in 1985 she was deeply in debt for the taxes owed on the over $100,000 in royalties the iconic song earned. Money she never saw a cent of, as all profits continued to go to the Catholic church. See more »


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 »


Sister Jude Martin: Mental illness is the fashionable explanation for sin.
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References Fire in the Sky (1993) See more »


There Goes My Baby (Re-Recorded)
Written by Ben E. King (as Benjamin Nelson), Lover Patterson, George Treadwell, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Performed by The Drifters
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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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