American Horror Story is a television show in which every season is set in a different place in America with a new plot and different characters (usually played by the same actresses and actors). It explores the darkness of humanity as it illustrates the horrors that people are willing to commit. It demonstrates the cruelty, greedy, selfish underbelly of human character. It’ll frighten you, but you can’t stop watching.
The show is created and produced by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy (who happen to also have created the musical television show Glee). It is broadcasted through the FX channel in the United States. The anthology series began airing in 2011 with relatively positive critical reception. It has been nominated and won many awards including the Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.
Thus far, the show has completed three seasons and is airing its fourth. Here’s a brief run-through of each one:
American Horror Story: Murder House
Synopsis: American Horror Story: Murder House takes place in 2011 and follows the Harmon family: psychiatrist Ben, his wife Vivien, and their teenage daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. The Harmons move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents, the Langdons – Constance and her two children, Tate and Addie – and the disfigured Larry Harvey. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from depression, finds comfort with Tate. The Langdons and Larry frequently influence the Harmons’ lives, as the family discovers that the home is haunted by the ghosts of anyone who has ever died on the property.
American Horror Story: Asylum
Synopsis: American Horror Story: Asylum takes place in 1964 and follows the patients, doctors and nuns who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the institution include the stern Sister Jude, her protégé Sister Mary Eunice and the founder of the institution, Monsignor Timothy Howard . The doctors charged with treating the patients at the asylum include psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson and the sadistic scientist Dr. Arthur Arden. The patients, many of whom claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include lesbian journalist Lana Winters, accused serial killer Kit Walker, nymphomaniac Shelley and alleged murderer Grace Bertrand. Briarcliff’s inhabitants are routinely subject to supernatural and scientific influences, including demonic possession and extraterrestrial abduction.
American Horror Story: Coven
Synopsis: American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona, the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Synopsis: American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
At the moment, the television show is broadcasting its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show. It airs every Wednesday at 9:00pm central time.
It’s a great show so give it a chance if you’re into horror drama. 🙂