|American Horror Story|
American Horror Story is a horror-drama television show created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It is an anthology, with each season taking place in a new setting. The series is broadcast on FX Networks and premiered on October 5, 2011. The Pilot garnered the best ratings FX had ever seen for a series premiere and its popularity continued to rise with the second season premiere marking the show's highest numbers at the time. The pilot episode of its fourth installment, Freak Show, broke FX ratings records when it drew in roughly 12.64 million views. The show has received positive reactions from critics and fans alike. It has received several nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards under the miniseries category.
- 1 Conception
- 2 Critical Reception
- 3 Production
- 4 Episodes by Crew
- 5 Executive Producers
- 6 Directors
- 7 Writers
- 8 References
- 9 Theories
Creators Murphy and Falchuk began working on American Horror Story before their Fox series Glee began production. Murphy wanted to do the opposite of what he had done previously and thus began his work on the series. He stated, "I went from Nip/Tuck to Glee, so it made sense that I wanted to do something challenging and dark. And I always had loved, as Brad had, the horror genre. So it just was a natural for me."
Falchuk was intrigued by the idea of putting a different angle on the horror genre, stating that their main goal in creating the series was to scare viewers. "You want people to be a little bit off balance afterwards," he said. The dark tone of the series is modeled after the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows, which Murphy’s grandmother forced him to watch when he was younger to toughen him up.
Murphy and Falchuk drew inspiration from real life crimes. Murphy noted tour buses that go by Sharon Tate's house and clubs devoted to murder re-creations. He stated that the series explores people's general obsession with crime and murder. "It’s a way to circumvent your own anxiety in very anxious times," he said. "In times of economic anxiety, if you look at the template, two genres flourish: horror and musicals. I think people want to either be scared or completely forget about their troubles. As we go further into the series, we get into the economic anxieties."
Murphy's other inspiration for the show came from the AMC series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010. He called it "the greatest TV viewing experience" of his life that year. Falchuk noted that American Horror Story's scariest moments to him come from the emotional drama that the Harmons must contend with, as opposed to the violent scenes.
In February 2011, FX officially announced that it had ordered a pilot for a possible series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with both Murphy and Falchuk writing and Murphy directing. Dante Di Loreto was announced as executive producer. Production on the series began in April 2011. In July 2011, FX officially announced the project had been picked up to series.
- The show has received very varied responses, verging from the enthusiastic to complete rejection from critics. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave it a score of B+ Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News said "Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams." However, some critics, such as Alan Sepinwall, feel that the show just has scenes and sounds that people will want to forget. Some critics gave mixed reviews, such as Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times who said "Because even with all the zombies and vampires, there is always room for a good "American Horror Story". The first season scored a 62 out of 100 from the review site Metacritic from 30 reviews by critics.
From the beginning (though obscured from the viewers), Murphy and Falchuk planned that each season of the series would tell a different story. After the first season finale aired, Murphy spoke of his plans to change the cast and location for the second season. He did say, however, that some actors who starred in the first season would be returning. "The people that are coming back will be playing completely different characters, creatures, monsters, etc. [The Harmons'] stories are done. People who are coming back will be playing entirely new characters," he announced. Although there is a new story with every season, there are still actors who appear in the new story, with a new character. They are usually called repeating players. The only players to appears in all six seasons are: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe. There are also players who have made more than one appearance in a single season but have not appeared in all of them, such as: Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Denis O'Hare, Zachary Quinto, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, Jamie Brewer, and Alexandra Breckenridge.
Production for the show began in February 2011, with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk generally composing the show. Casting began in late March and extended to late May, with the first cast member being Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, Denis O'Hare as Larry, and Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon. In April, Jessica Lange joined as Constance, and Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters were cast as Violet Harmon and Tate Langdon, respectively. Alexandra Breckenridge and Frances Conroy were later cast as Moira O'Hara. The actual 'Murder House' used in Season 1 is called the Rosenheim Mansion and has been used in various TV shows and movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghost Whisperer, Spiderman etc.
The second miniseries premiered on October 17, 2012 and ran for thirteen episodes. Cast members returning from the previous season include Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Frances Conroy along with new notable cast members Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brocheré, James Cromwell and Chloë Sevigny.
Jessica Lange was the first actor announced to be remaining in the troupe. Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were also announced to be joining Jessica for season 3. Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga were also announced as part of the cast. Ryan Murphy teased actors from season 1 reprising a role for season 3 as well. Later Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Angela Bassett, and Emma Roberts were confirmed to have joined the cast. Denis O'Hare, who played Larry Harvey, was also added to the cast of Coven, and Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Brewer, Christine Ebersole and Grey Damon were seen in pictures or announced soon after.
The cast was named one of EW's Entertainers of the Year in November 2013.
Afterwards, more series regulars were confirmed, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett. Chloë Sevigny, who starred in Asylum, will return to the series for Hotel. On May 25, 2015, Ryan Murphy announced that Max Greenfield would also be joining the cast.
Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare were also added to the cast list. It was announced that Roberts would be starring in a few episodes before the finale to do "something special" with her ex fiancé Evan Peters. However, Roberts was ultimately unable to take part in the fifth season due to the demands of Roberts' existing schedule.
On August 2015, co-creator Ryan Murphy stated "The next thing we're crafting up is very very different than Hotel, not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark."  Roanoke premiered on FX on September 14, 2016 and wrapped up on November 16, 2016.
Playing with the concept of a "show-within-a-show", Roanoke featured several of its notable cast members portraying fictional actors involved in the reenactment of gruesome history of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
The seventh season premiered on FX on September 5, 2017 and ran for 11 episodes. It's the first season not featuring supernatural elements.
The story's title and more plot details were released at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. In the wake of the Presidency of Donald Trump, characters reacted in very different ways and fear wreak havoc in the fictional city of Brookfield Heights, Michigan.
On August 2nd, 2017, a campaign was launched to support Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, home to the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Through donations, it was possible to win a lunch with Evan Peters along with the chance to get a role in an episode of the seventh season. In addition, it was possible to have lunch with Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd too.
Apocalypse premiered on FX on September 12, 2018 and ran for 10 episodes. The season is the highly anticipated crossover between Murder House and Coven, bringing back fan-favorite characters from both seasons along with new characters.
On August 7, 2018, Ryan Murphy revealed that Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga will all return to their role as the witches from Coven. Farmiga and Conroy also reprised their first roles as Violet Harmon and Moira O'Hara, respectively, alongside Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Evan Peters.
The ninth season was announced by Ryan Murphy on April 10,2019.
After the previous season that tied all the seasons together, AHS 1984 will be a clean slate according to FX Productions CEO John Landgraf.
The theme of the season about a "slasher summer camp" was originally a draft of Scream Queens, later dropped off by Murphy.
Episodes by Crew
|Pilot||1||2011-10-05||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Home Invasion||2||2011-10-12||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Murder House (episode)||3||2011-10-19||Jennifer Salt||Bradley Buecker|
|Halloween: Part 1||4||2011-10-26||James Wong||David Semel|
|Halloween: Part 2||5||2011-11-02||Tim Minear||David Semel|
|Piggy Piggy||6||2011-11-09||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|Open House||7||2011-11-16||Brad Falchuk||Tim Hunter|
|Rubber Man (episode)||8||2011-11-23||Ryan Murphy||Miguel Arteta|
|Spooky Little Girl||9||2011-11-30||Jennifer Salt||John Scott|
|Smoldering Children||10||2011-12-07||James Wong||Michael Lehmann|
|Birth||11||2011-12-14||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Afterbirth||12||2011-12-21||Jessica Sharzer||Bradley Buecker|
|Welcome to Briarcliff||1||2012-10-17||Tim Minear||Bradley Buecker|
|Tricks and Treats||2||2012-10-24||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Nor'easter||3||2012-10-31||Jennifer Salt||Michael Uppendahl|
|I Am Anne Frank: Part 1||4||2012-11-07||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|I Am Anne Frank: Part 2||5||2012-11-14||Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|The Origins of Monstrosity||6||2012-11-21||Ryan Murphy||David Semel|
|Dark Cousin||7||2012-11-28||Tim Minear||David Semel|
|Unholy Night||8||2012-12-05||James Wong||Michael Lehmann|
|The Coat Hanger||9||2012-12-12||Jennifer Salt||Jeremy Podeswa|
|The Name Game||10||2013-01-02||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Lehmann|
|Spilt Milk||11||2013-01-09||Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Continuum||12||2013-01-16||Ryan Murphy||Craig Zisk|
|Madness Ends||13||2013-01-23||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Bitchcraft||1||2013-10-09||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Boy Parts||2||2013-10-16||Tim Minear||Michael Rymer|
|The Replacements||3||2013-10-23||James Wong||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Fearful Pranks Ensue||4||2013-10-30||Jennifer Salt||Michael Uppendahl|
|Burn, Witch. Burn!||5||2013-11-06||Jessica Sharzer||Jeremy Podeswa|
|The Axeman Cometh||6||2013-11-13||Douglas Petrie||Michael Uppendahl|
|The Dead||7||2013-11-20||Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|The Sacred Taking||8||2013-12-04||Ryan Murphy||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Head||9||2013-12-11||Tim Minear||Howard Deutch|
|The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks||10||2014-01-08||James Wong||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Protect the Coven||11||2014-01-15||Jennifer Salt||Bradley Buecker|
|Go to Hell||12||2014-01-22||Jessica Sharzer||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|The Seven Wonders||13||2014-01-29||Douglas Petrie||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Monsters Among Us||1||2014-10-08||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Massacres and Matinees||2||2014-10-15||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Edward Mordrake: Part 1||3||2014-10-22||James Wong||Michael Uppendahl|
|Edward Mordrake: Part 2||4||2014-10-29||Jennifer Salt||Howard Deutch|
|Pink Cupcakes||5||2014-11-05||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|Bullseye||6||2014-11-12||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk ; John J. Gray||Howard Deutch|
|Test of Strength||7||2014-11-19||Crystal Liu||Anthony Hemingway|
|Blood Bath||8||2014-12-03||Ryan Murphy||Bradley Buecker|
|Tupperware Party Massacre||9||2014-12-10||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Loni Peristere|
|Orphans||10||2014-12-17||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Magical Thinking||11||2015-01-07||Jennifer Salt||Michael Goi|
|Show Stoppers||12||2015-01-14||Jessica Sharzer||Loni Peristere|
|Curtain Call||13||2015-01-21||John J. Gray||Bradley Buecker|
|Checking In||1||2015-10-07||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Chutes and Ladders||2||2015-10-14||Tim Minear||Bradley Buecker|
|Mommy||3||2015-10-21||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Devil's Night||4||2015-10-28||Jennifer Salt||Ryan Murphy|
|Room Service||5||2015-11-04||Ned Martel||Michael Goi|
|Room 33||6||2015-11-11||John J. Gray||Loni Peristere|
|Flicker||7||2015-11-18||Crystal Liu||Michael Goi|
|The Ten Commandments Killer||8||2015-12-02||Ryan Murphy||Loni Peristere|
|She Wants Revenge||9||2015-12-09||Brad Falchuk||Michael Uppendahl|
|She Gets Revenge||10||2015-12-16||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Battle Royale||11||2016-01-06||Ned Martel||Michael Uppendahl|
|Be Our Guest||12||2016-1-13||John J. Gray||Bradley Buecker|
|Chapter 1||1||September 14, 2016||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Chapter 2||2||September 21, 2016||Tim Minear||Michael Goi|
|Chapter 3||3||September 28, 2016||James Wong||Jennifer Lynch|
|Chapter 4||4||October 5, 2016||John J. Gray||Marita Grabiak|
|Chapter 5||5||October 12, 2016||Akela Cooper||Nelson Cragg|
|Chapter 6||6||2016-10-19||Ned Martel||Angela Bassett|
|Chapter 7||7||2016-10-26||Crystal Liu||Elodie Keene|
|Chapter 8||8||2016-11-2||Todd Kubrak||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Chapter 9||9||2016-11-9||Tim Minear||Alexis Korycinski|
|Chapter 10||10||November 16, 2016||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Election Night||1||September 5, 2017||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Don't Be Afraid of the Dark||2||September 12, 2017||Tim Minear||Liza Johnson|
|Neighbors From Hell||3||September 19, 2017||James Wong||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|11-9||4||September 26, 2017||John J. Gray||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Holes||5||October 03, 2017||Crystal Liu||Maggie Kiley|
|Mid-Western Assassin||6||October 10, 2017||Todd Kubrak||Bradley Buecker|
|Valerie Solanas Died For Your Sins: Scumbag||7||October 17, 2017||Crystal Liu||Rachel Goldberg|
|Winter of Our Discontent||8||October 24, 2017||Joshua Green||Barbara Brown|
|Drink the Kool-Aid||9||October 31, 2017||Adam Penn||Angela Bassett|
|Charles (Manson) in Charge||10||November 7, 2017||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Great Again||11||November 14, 2017||Tim Minear||Jennifer Lynch|
|The End||1||September 12, 2018||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|The Morning After||2||September 19, 2018||James Wong||Jennifer Lynch|
|Forbidden Fruit||3||September 26, 2018||Manny Coto||Loni Peristere|
|Could It Be... Satan?||4||October 3, 2018||Tim Minear||Sheree Folkson|
|Boy Wonder||5||October 10, 2018||John J. Gray||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Return to Murder House||6||October 17, 2018||Crystal Liu||Sarah Paulson|
|Traitor||7||October 24, 2018||Adam Penn||Jennifer Lynch|
|Sojourn||8||October 31, 2018||Joshua Green||Bradley Buecker|
|Fire and Reign||9||November 7, 2018||Asha Michelle Wilson||Jennifer Arnold|
|Apocalypse Then||10||November 14, 2018||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Camp Redwood||1||September 18, 2019||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Mr. Jingles||2||September 25, 2019||Tim Minear||John J. Gray|
|Slashdance||3||October 2, 2019||James Wong||Mary Wigmore|
|True Killers||4||October 9, 2019||Jay Beattie||Jennifer Lynch|
|Red Dawn||5||October 16, 2019||Dan Dworkin||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Episode 100||6||October 23, 2019||Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy||Loni Peristere|
|The Lady in White||7||October 30, 2019||John Gray||Liz Friedlander.|
|Rest in Pieces||8||November 6, 2019||Adam Penn||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Final Girl||9||November 13, 2019||Crystal Liu||John J. Gray|
Dante Di Loreto
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