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American Horror Story

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American Horror Story revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish. From executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Nip Tuck) and Dante Di Loreto (Temple Grandin).
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SuspenseHorrorDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    52min
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    A therapist moves his wife and teenage daughter across the country to escape their troubled past.
  2. 2. Home Invasion
    October 12, 2011
    43min
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    Vivien and Violet find themselves in a dangerous situation eerily similar to a past event. Ben goes back to Boston to fix a mistake.
  3. 3. Murder House
    43min
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    After putting the house back on the market, Vivien learns about its first residents. Ben's visitor causes him to further unravel. Constance and Moira's history is revealed.
  4. 4. Halloween, Pt. 1
    39min
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    The line between the living and the dead blurs on Halloween. Two of the house's previous residents give the Harmons decorating advice.
  5. 5. Halloween, Pt. 2
    41min
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    Halloween night concludes with Tate coming face to face with his past. Ben and Vivien are haunted by one of the house's newest guests.
  6. 6. Piggy, Piggy
    44min
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    Constance enlists Violet's assistance with Tate. Ben helps a new patient confront his fears.
  7. 7. Open House
    41min
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    Moira persuades a prospective buyer to make an offer. Constance and Larry work against her efforts. Vivien and Luke grow closer.
  8. 8. Rubber Man
    44min
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    The man in the rubber suit is revealed.
  9. 9. Spooky Little Girl
    41min
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    One of history's most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate's bad behavior.
  10. 10. Smoldering Children
    42min
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    Violet learns about the rules of the house. The truth about Larry's condition is explained. Constance is interrogated by the police.
  11. 11. Birth
    42min
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    Vivien gives birth. Tate and Violet attempt to rid the house of some of its ghosts for good.
  12. 12. Afterbirth
    52min
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    Constance schemes to raise Tate's baby as her own.

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  1. Bonus: American Horror Story Sneak Peek
    2min
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    From the creator of Nip/Tuck and co-creators of Glee, American Horror Story is a psychosexual thriller that revolves around The Harmons, a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to reconcile past anguish.

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Season year
2011
Network
FX
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentnudityfrightening scenessmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

8171 global ratings

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Robert J. CrawfordReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
I can't believe how bad and simply silly this series is
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With so many good actors, what a disappointment! Not only does it consciously strive to be weird in order to gain cult status, but the plot is a jumble of simple crap. There are no clear boundaries on the powers of the ghosts, their stories don't really cohere, character development is weak, and it's disjointed way of revealing what is going on is not in the least bit intriguing. I could never suspend my disbelief and get pulled along with the details - the whole time I was thinking someone was making it up and that it was stupid, even insipid. The only reason I don't give this one star is the transgressive final episode.

Not recommended. I will not be getting any more of them.
20 people found this helpful
Stephen TorresReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Murder House Is Where It All Begins
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I did not start watching the show until Season 4 aired, "American Horror Story: Freak Show" and have been a fan ever since.
So naturally I had to watch the other seasons and began with binging S1 "American Horror Story: Murder House" (this product).
While S1 was milder than the other seasons I felt it was important for me as a fan to see the every season and MH is certainly a great way to start the franchise...especially since there are people, pieces and things that connect one season to another...in sort of a bizarre anthology.

Hard of me to compare it to other works in the genre simply because Horror has never been a preference in my entertainment choices and even now it is the only Horror show that I watch. So if you are an occasional or reluctant Horror fan this would make a good series for you to get in to.
20 people found this helpful
angelReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow... if you want a horror tv series... THIS IS ONE TO BUY!!!! :)
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Originally, I saw this on Netflix during high school, but I only watched the first episode; I enjoyed it, but there were some... heated moments that made me uncomfortable.

Now, several years later, got obsessed with the AHS franchise (the sexy scenes still creep me out), and had to get them on dvd ASAP!!!
This first installment of American Horror Story is absolutely remarkable! A Haunted house filled with a variety of ghosts, tensions in the family, and plenty of violence~!!

I also love how most the actors and actresses involved in Murder House and later seasons pop up again in a different role each time! This tv series is like a long, horror film... in television format!!
10 people found this helpful
NunnayrbznzReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Satisfying and Challenging
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I've watched this many, many times. It is by far the least creepy compared to the others, especially the following season. I never thought I would follow anything creepy. The thing that has me watching it every year is, in part, it's simplicity as good and evil are examined along with interesting family and community dynamics. There were funny parts, sweet parts, teary parts alongside anger, madness and unimaginable cruelty. Courage, love and happiness were not lost to revenge and way too much death. It explored so many ideas about what a spirit (ghost?) and it's continuation (or not) on some plane of being. It wasn't religious, yet all ideas were quietly expressed. I averted my eyes instinctively and knowingly with the help of a building tension in the script, filming and soundtrack. (Thank you for that!) I skipped through the Piggy, Piggy episode to avoid the results of that tale and avoided looking at dead bodies. Overall I found myself having such empathy and compassion for characters that had no ability to feel emotion themselves (but are great mimics)...just like real life. The finale of this first season was very satisfying while still provoking thought. I'm trying really hard not to think about how all the seasons might relate to each other and through who!
9 people found this helpful
RavenReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark,Twisted, and Very Entertaining
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Dark, deranged, twisted and sick and I loved every freaking moment of it. These people are the strangest on earth they do things to each other you would never believe. It begins with an attractive couple a psychiatrist his wife and teenage daughter moving into a beautiful old house with a dark history. Their first day there they meet their next door neighbor played byJessica Lange who comes looking for her autistic daughter who has a creepy uncanny knack for getting into the house

After settling in slowly bizzar things begin to happen and as the story goes on the history of the houses previous owners through the years is discovered shocking things a murder among other things. The first owner was a doctor who built the house for his wife and the path he chose to follow is indeed horrific and beyond imagining ,

The new owners are trying to start over after the loss of their unborn child, he has a strange assortment of psychiatric patients one is a charming kind hearted teenage boy with a creepy connection to the old house. Later on the wife finds out she is pregnant and the couple is ecstatic about it and happily start preparing for the new arrival

As hidden secrets are brought to light the young doctors dark secret comes out. Then there is a guy dressed in one of those black rubber S&M outfits with a ski mask like hood on it sneaking around their home scaring others and later on does that lead to a mind blowing surprise. Jessica Lange's character also has a connection to house and was involved in something tragic that took place in the past. I don't want to give anything away and spoil it for others but this is an amazing series, I thought after season 1 this could not possibly get any scarier but season 2 and 3 are proved me wrong and even darker than season 1. Season 4 is really creepy I rented episode 1 of it and it is really good, American Horror story just keeps getting better and better. Angela Bassett fans will be glad to know she stars in Seasons 3 and 4 as Marie Levaue the famous voodoo queen
13 people found this helpful
AKNReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can't look away!
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Thanks to having Amazon Prime, I am the newest addict for this amazing show.
Watch the first episode and (fair warning) you will be too.

Jessica Lange was always a favorite of mine but she absolutely mesmerizes in this, in spite of being a lady "of a certain age". I cannot believe how time has not only not hurt her, but has even added immensely to her looks and acting talent, which was always fantastic anyway. Her acting here is hypnotic and has won her yet another Emmy to add to her collection, this time for best performance in a television series, and I must say this, it is most definitely well deserved. I cannot believe the quality of her acting here, it must be seen to be appreciated. Her role here started as a very small one, but when her brilliance was seen, she was given much more script, to become a lead character.

A cast of eccentrics, all of whom have a connection to a lovely but extremely haunted old Victorian mansion, all become tightly wedged into the intrigue and drama (and outright horror) that pervades every second.

The intro to each episode, and the soundtrack, have to be the absolute best that has ever adorned the television screen. This is a brand of creepiness that I've never encountered anywhere. How can old photographs of babys and toddlers inspire such a blend of horror? Maybe it's the large lab jars of tiny heads, hands and legs that are flashed on the screen, and the strange horror on the children's faces. I wish I had twenty minutes of that intro soundtrack. It's just delicious and creepy, totally brilliant.

Who or rather what is living up there in the attic all these years? And is that school shooter a ghost, or a warm blooded very alive boyfriend for the oddly appealing adolescent girl, who is a "cutter"?

What exactly is the mother pregnant with this time? Who or what impregnated her, dressed in that latex head to toe costume?

And on and on the bizarre plot twists go, each one seemingly more strange than the next. The storyline is fantastic, the acting is all over the top brilliant, and the settings are very much a part of the action.

I can't praise this highly enough, nor can I ever get my fill of it. This story of American Horror is spine tingling, albeit gruesome, fun every single second.
7 people found this helpful
billygReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good but not as good as later seasons
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I admit I worked my way backward on AHS, beginning with Season 4 and going in reverse to 3 and 2 and finally Season 1. So, that probably influenced how I viewed Season 1, and at least subconsciously, comparing it to the other seasons. And that's probably why Season 1 gets only 4 stars rather than 5; it's good, and I liked it, but the later Seasons are much better, especially Season 4.
Nonetheless, it is impossible to quibble with anything that contains a Jessica Lange performance like this; Frances Conroy is consistently amazing and Evan Peters is terrific throughout all 4 seasons playing a wide range of characters. Zachary Quinto sets a nice stage for who he was to become in later seasons and Taissa Farmiga really grows on you as the episodes progress.
Again, it's not totally fair to compare this to later seasons but, the writing isn't as strong as it gets to be in later years, and the ending (no spoiler) was a confusing mishmash that didn't resolve things very satisfactorily.
Bottom line, I looked forward to each episode and I am ready for Season 5.
LibraryMamaReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you love haunted house stories, you will love Season I!
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Remember the "if it's too good to be true" cliche? Keep that in mind when you are buying a house. Ben, Vivien, and their teenage daughter Violet move to LA for a fresh start. The family was derailed after the loss of their unborn baby, and I guess moving across country into a creepy old house always fixes everything, right? I mean, it did for those people who moved to Amityville! Things get freaky pretty quickly after move in day. Their neighbor Constance (brilliantly bizarre performance by Jessica Lange) and her adult child keep popping over and you know right away that something "ain't right" about them. The house is a major character in this story, and it's former occupants just can't seem to stay away. The ghosts that are stuck in the house are like malevolent mosquitoes - annoying and blood thirsty. Episode 12 of Season I was disappointing because it's nothing but a lo-o-ong resolution, because the climax of the series is in episode 11. Otherwise, I would have given the season five stars.
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