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Matt and Shelby, a couple from Los Angeles, leave the city and move into a mysterious house in North Carolina, where strange things begin to occur.


Bradley Buecker


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Thomasin 'The Butcher' White
Sarah Paulson ... Shelby Miller
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Matt Miller
Lily Rabe ... Shelby Miller
André Holland ... Matt Miller
Denis O'Hare ... Dr. Elias Cunningham (credit only)
Wes Bentley ... Ambrose White
Evan Peters ... Edward Phillipe Mott (credit only)
Cheyenne Jackson ... Sidney James (credit only)
Angela Bassett ... Lee Harris
Adina Porter ... Lee Harris
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Mason Harris
Colby French ... Officer
Larry Cedar ... Auctioneer
Grady Lee Richmond ... Ishmael Polk


This season's of American Horror Story starts off by claiming it is based on true events. We are introduced to a couple documentary style and their story is re-enacted. The main place of location is in the south; in a home the couple has recently purchased. Upon arival at their home they notice strange, scary, and weird things happening. They invite a family member, who was a former cop, to stay with them. Now these three people are witnesses to the abnormal happenings in and around their the home. Written by Vanessa Cervantes

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Lady Gaga confirmed that she will be returning in an unspecified role. See more »


When Shelby is in the kitchen cooking, she walks to the island bench and starts cutting a carrot. She chops the carrot once to remove the end of the carrot and moves that piece to the side. She then continues cutting. The screen moves to Shelby's face and you can hear 5 distinct chops of the carrot but when the camera looks back down to the knife as she sits it down to investigate the noise, there is only 3 pieces of carrot attached to the knife and no other pieces on the board. See more »


References The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »


American Horror Story Theme
Written by Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser
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Mysterious and Intriguing first episode!
15 September 2016 | by martinlutherfanSee all my reviews

I was extremely relieved that the first episode of this season wasn't over the top and crazy like in Season 5 Hotel. Last year I was so turned off by the pornographic scene featuring the demon forcing himself sexually on one of the characters I almost didn't watch it. This year it appears the creators, writers, and even actors have gone back to what made this TV show so great and that is the character development and a sense of building a story with mystery with some good scares. As I was watching the first episode I was taken back to the first season a bit by the situation the couple found themselves in and by them moving into a new place. It seems similar to Murder house, but also felt comparable to movies like The Strangers, or Straw Dogs. I love the location and the theme so far and I can't wait to see where they are going to go this season

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