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American Horror Story 

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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse and a summer camp.
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Series cast summary:
Evan Peters ...  James March / ... 94 episodes, 2011-2018
Sarah Paulson ...  Lana Winters / ... 85 episodes, 2011-2018
Denis O'Hare ...  Spalding / ... 60 episodes, 2011-2016
Kathy Bates ...  Madame Delphine LaLaurie / ... 58 episodes, 2013-2018
Jessica Lange ...  Constance Langdon / ... 53 episodes, 2011-2018
Frances Conroy ...  Myrtle Snow / ... 52 episodes, 2011-2018
Lily Rabe ...  Misty Day / ... 48 episodes, 2011-2018
Angela Bassett ...  Desiree Dupree / ... 48 episodes, 2013-2018
Emma Roberts ...  Madison Montgomery / ... 47 episodes, 2013-2019
Cheyenne Jackson ...  Will Drake / ... 43 episodes, 2015-2018
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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, the employees and guests at a struggling hotel, a family who moved into a mysterious farmhouse, the members of a small suburb in Michigan, and the surviving members of the Apocalypse in this haunting anthology series, focusing on the themes of infidelity, sanity, oppression, discrimination, addiction, and exploitation.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Horror Story: Asylum See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Jeanine Deckers, singer of the song "Dominique", heard in season 2 "Asylum", was mocked in french-speaking countries for her chorus where she repeats three times the end of the name "Dominique" (talking of Saint Dominic). In French, she was using a very bad slang swearword to say that "Dominique is having sex", making the joke on her even worse, as the singer was a nun at the time of release. According to interviews of people who knew Jeanine, she wasn't aware of the slang interpretation, even after the song hit the number one spot in many charts around the world. Still a popular slang word, the first letter of the word is used in the name of the most famous French hip-hop act of all times, "NTM". The last two letters of their acronym stand for "Ta Mere", "Your Mother". See more »

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Throughout season 4, ETC Source Four lighting fixtures can be spotted hung above the Freak Show stage. The Source Four wasn't manufactured until 1992, 40 years after the season is set. See more »

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Queenie: [Detroit, 2012] Let me get a 44, extra crispy!
Irate Customer: Yo! The medium bucket is supposed to have 8 pieces. This one has only 7.
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Irate Customer: [Sarcastically] Is that so?
Queenie: Mm-hmm.
Irate Customer: Look, I'm sure you're a genius, just give me an extra piece of chicken and I'll be done here.
Queenie: ...
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Classic Ryan Murphy gold
27 October 2011 | by winsumlosesumSee all my reviews

Initially I was left wondering how - what essentially is a short horror movie - could be made in to a long running TV series, but after a few episodes I started to realise that it's the Ryan Murphy magic that is sustaining this outstanding show.

Much like Nip/Tuck, you have to suspend your belief and see this as purely entertainment. There's so many open ended narratives that are slowly unfolding and although at times the show verges on the edge of cliché, a single episode could easily match the brilliance of such horror classics like The Amityville Horror and The People Under the Stairs.

At the end of every episode I feel shocked that 40 minutes have gone by, which is a sure sign that this show is pure, unadulterated, entertainment.


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