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Seasonal anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse.
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 Jimmy Darling / ... (75 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Lana Winters / ... (66 episodes, 2011-2017)
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 Spalding / ... (60 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Ethel Darling / ... (48 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Desiree Dupree / ... (47 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Gloria Mott / ... (43 episodes, 2011-2016)
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Both physical and psychological horrors affect a decomposing family, workers and residents of an insane asylum, a coven of witches, a cast of circus freaks, and the employees and guests at a struggling hotel in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.

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The Asylum Is Open for Business. Check Your Sanity at the Door. See more »

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The Hotel Cortez is inspired by the Hotel Cecil which has a dark history which includes several suicides, murders, and was stayed at by serial killers Richard Ramirez a.k.a. the Night Stalker and Jack Unterweger. The Hotel Cecil made news recently with the mysterious death of Elisa Lam (to whom season five is dedicated). See more »

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Frances Conroy ("Old" Moira O'Hara) is right-eye dominant. Many times you can see that she, as Moira, is focusing on the object she's looking at using her "blind" right eye instead of her left eye. See more »


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Tainted Love
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by Hannah Peel
Courtesy of Static Caravan
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Entertaining.
7 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dysfunctional family moves into an old house, a house with a history of horror. For the main characters, history is what the first episode is all about: the husband's history of infidelity, the wife's history of having a bloody stillbirth, the daughter's history of cutting herself -- for each a long history of pain and resentment and longing for change, though it quickly becomes apparent the only change coming will leave them hysterically screaming to the sudden, violent, gory end. The one sure thing this show promises is that people will die horribly, and we will all be terrified by it.

The characters are not likable; they may not even be redeemable. Even the suffering wife is bitter and cold and hateful. But do they deserve what horrible things will assuredly happen to them? Nope. Which means their fight is our fight, and their fear is our fear.

American Horror Story is interesting, entertaining, suspenseful, and ambitious. After watching the first episode, I want to watch some more.


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