What is the scariest season of AHS and in what order should I watch American Horror Story? These are common questions most people ask in different online forums for movie lovers.
American Horror Story AHS for short, features a new story each season. However, even though each tale has a unique plot and different characters, the cast is usually the same, with names like Evan Peters (Dahmer: An American Cannibal), Emma Roberts (Nerve, The Bagulho Family), and Sarah Paulson (Escape, Eight Women and One Secret). The work, which began airing in 2011, was created and produced by Ryan Murphy, the same person responsible for hits like Glee, Dahmer, and American Crime Story.
So far, the series has featured about 11 different stories, with plots involving witch clans, slasher terror, and others. Check below for the titles produced, release years, synopsis, and main characters of each season.
Season 1: Murder House (2011)
In the first season, we meet the Harmons: psychiatrist Ben (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga). They move to a house in Los Angeles to start their lives over after bad situations in the old city of Boston, such as a miscarriage by the woman and a betrayal by the husband. The family arrives with high expectations at this new residence, until strange and macabre things begin to happen.
Neighbors down the street are also somewhat suspicious, such as Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) and her daughter Addie (Jamie Brewer) next door; and Ben’s patient, Tate Langdon (Evan Peters), who is in a romantic relationship with Violet. Throughout history, the family discovers that their house is known as Murder House since it was the crime scene of more than 20 deaths, still unsolved. Thus, the evil of the Harmonts begins to affect the Harmonts, so they do not know how to escape the situation and the people around them.
Season 2: Asylum (2012)
The setting of this story takes place in a psychiatric hospital. The starting point is when journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) goes to the Briarcliff Institution to report on the treatment of patients in 1964 in the state of Massachusetts, in the United States. Sister Jude Martin (Jessica Lange) and Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), who are in charge, put the journalist in the hospital because he is gay, which was considered a “mental illness” at the time. They do this so that he doesn’t tell anyone about the problems at the institution.
From there, the season follows the main character as she lives in the asylum and shows how the doctors, nuns, and other people there spend their days. Following what goes on in the minds of people with mental problems also brings a different plot to the story, as the audience itself does not know what can be real or not, such as the accusations of murder against patients Kit Walker (Evan Peters) and Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré).
Season 3: Coven (2013)
After the near annihilation of witches in the world, those that survived tried to hide and avoid extinction. So, the story starts when Zoe Benson, played by Taissa Farmiga, finds out she has special abilities and is sent to Madame Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Girls.
Along with Madison (Emma Roberts), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), and Nan (Jamie Brewer), the teenager learns to control her powers under the supervision of Cordelia Fox (Sarah Paulson). Cordelia’s mother, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), stands out in the clan for being the supreme witch, known for having all powers. Thus, throughout history, the public has been intrigued by the mystery of knowing who will be the next Supreme.
While there are witches, there are also voodoo practitioners, who, even in a peaceful situation at the beginning of the series, are enemies. Thus, the plot also tells the story of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), the Queen of Voodoo, who condemned Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) to follow an eternal life trapped in a coffin for torturing slaves in the basement. After freeing her, Fiona resumes the clan feud for a deadly feud in the season finale.
Season 4: Freak Show (2014)
This time, the story takes place in 1952, in one of the last circuses focusing on the freak show, with presentations of humans and animals with genetic anomalies. On this journey in Florida, a group led by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) tries to survive in show business at any cost. Among the team members is a woman with a beard, Siamese sisters, and a weightlifter.
At the same time, a murderous clown surrounds the city accumulating victims, and a rich and spoiled young man, who although he has the human physical standard, has a sick mind that is at all costs hidden by his mother.
Season 5: Hotel (2015)
The season begins when detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) needs to stay at the Hotel Cortez, in Los Angeles, to investigate the wave of murders that are taking place. There, he discovers that his son Holden (Lennon Henry), who was missing, was one of the victims of The Countess (Lady Gaga), the owner of the place. She is a 100+-year-old immortal who feeds on blood, with a habit of kidnapping children and treating them like children.
In addition to her, the place has other abnormal guests, such as the addict Sally (Sarah Paulson), the serial killer James Patrick (Evan Peters), and the Countess’s lover, Donovan (Matthew Bomer). As the story goes on, the detective discovers that the hotel itself keeps secrets, such as secret corridors that were built to hide victims’ bodies. This season is marked by the hiring of Lady Gaga in the lead role, after the departure of Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy from the series.
Season 6: Roanoke (2016)
Like the first season, the sixth also talks about strange happenings in a house. This time, American Horror Story innovates history by making a pseudo-documentary, which is a fictional story that uses the strategies of a documentary in the construction of context. In “My Roanoke Nightmare”, Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt Miller (André Holanda), who are “the real people”, talk about moving to a new house in Roanoke, North Carolina, until the discovery of the legend that there are ghosts there.
Meanwhile, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. act by remaking the facts told, as if they were the fictional Shelby and Matt. Throughout the season, the documentary’s audience discovers that the stories told were all real.
Season 7: Cult (2017)
This story begins with a critique of the political situation in the United States at the time. Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), a woman with multiple phobias, finds herself desperate after Donald Trump’s victory as president in 2016. Her psychiatrist is an important character, as he helps her overcome her fear of hate speech. minorities accomplished by the president, to move on with his wife Ivy (Alison Pill) and son Oz (Cooper Dodson).
On the other hand, other characters, such as Kai (Evan Peters), Harrison (Billy Eichner), and Meadow (Leslie Grossman), seem excited by the politician’s lines and decide to create a sect to exterminate people who are the target of Trump’s lines.
Season 8: Apocalypse (2018)
In this work, Ryan Murphy makes a crossover of two seasons: the first, Murder House, and the third, Coven. It takes place in a futuristic world, in which a nuclear explosion has hit the earth and the few survivors have bought places in underground shelters. Thus, the story presents the routine inside Posto 3, commanded by Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates), who like to torture the residents of the shelter.
Everyone is in harmony until Michael Langdon (Cody Fern), son of Tate Langdon (season one), who calls himself “the antichrist”, brings discord to the place when he imposes the decision of who should be worthy of surviving and who should die.
Season 9: 1984 (2019)
The season takes place in 1984 when the group of students Brooke (Emma Roberts), Montana (Billie Lourd), Xavier (Cody Fern), Chet (Gus Kenworthy), and Ray (DeRon Horton) choose to work in the summer vacation of the Camp Redwood. The place is famous for a massacre of young people in the 70s carried out by the gardener of the time, Jingles, which resulted in only one survivor: Margaret (Leslie Grossman), the person in charge of the place.
It turns out that, after escaping from the sanatorium, the serial killer returns to the camp, so the current group will need to hide to survive. According to series creator Ryan Murphy, this season differs from the others by embodying slasher terror, a subgenre popularized in the 1980s, usually marked by the presence of young victims who need to hide from masked killers. The season also makes several references to horror hits such as Halloween and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Season 10: Double Feature (2021)
The season follows two stories: Red Tide, which concerns the first six episodes; and Death Valley, which takes place in the second half. In the first plot, we follow the Gardners, a family composed of the pregnant mother Doris (Lily Rabe), the father Harry (Finn Wittrock), and the pianist daughter Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong).
They move to the coastal town of Provincetown, which is empty in winter. The place is famous for its silence, exactly what Harry, a writer who is experiencing writer’s block, seeks. But, when they get there, they discover that the city is inhabited by non-human creatures, who have a desire for death.
In the second story, a group of friends experiences moments of panic when they find out about the country’s history with extraterrestrials. It is worth saying that, in the end, viewers discover that the plots are connected.
Season 11: NYC (2022)
In the most recent season, the story takes place in 1981, with the still mystery of why the bodies of gay men were being found in New York. Because of this situation, the couple composed of the journalist Gino (Joe Mantello) and detective Patrick (Russel Tovey) tries to discover the causes of the deaths, while dealing with the pressure of hiding the homoaffective relationship from the public.
This last season criticizes police negligence towards the LGBT+ community and references real events that took place in the United States, such as the Last Call Killer case, which killed several gay men in New York, and the HIV epidemic of the 1990s. 80, which is also cited.
Where can I watch American Horror Story all seasons?
You can watch American Horror Story on Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime videos.
Why was AHS removed from Netflix?
Likely, the streaming license purchased by Netflix for the American Horror Story had expired.
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