An Overview of the Seasons

American Horror Story is a thrilling and sophisticated mini-series. AHS started out in 2011, with Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and finally, Hotel. The show is an anthology series, each season is conceived as a mostly self-contained miniseries.

Season 1: Murder House (2011), takes place in 2011 and follows the Psychiatrist Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga). The family moves from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben, an affair. The Harmon’s’ move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents; the Langdons: Constance (Jessica Lange) and her two children Tate (Evan Peters) and Addie (Jamie Brewer) and the disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare). While Ben and Vivien  try to sew back their relationship, their daughter Violet  suffers from depression and turns to Tate for comfort. The Langdon’s and Larry  frequently influence the Harmons’ lives as the family soon discovers that the home is haunted by ghosts of anyone who has died on the property.

Season 2: Asylum (2012-2013) takes place in 1964 and follows patients, nuns, and doctors who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, located in Massachusetts, founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the Asylum include the stern Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), he protege Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), and Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), the founder of the institution. Doctors charged with treating the patients are psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), a sadistic scientist. Patients who claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), lesbian journalist, Kit Walker (Even Peters) accused serial killer, Shelley (Chloe Sevigny) a nymphomaniac, and Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brochere) alleged murder. The Briarcliff Asylum inhabitants are subjects routinely of supernatural and scientific influences including demonic possession and abduction.

Season 3: Coven (2013) takes place in 2013 following the witches who have survived the Salem Witch Trials, who are nearly extinct and in danger. In New Orleans, a mysterious all-girls boarding school has open to protect and house women who carry the unique witch bloodline. In the school, they are kept from dangers in the outside world. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) has arrived to fulfill her hidden agenda and ensure everyone that the coven is safe. The daughter of Fiona, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), teaches at the school and welcomes its newest student Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga), who is hiding her own harrowing secret. Events reveal a long-held rivalry between witches of the Salem and the Voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, as well as a grudge between the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) and Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), socialite serial killer. The season is set back in the modern day and includes flashback to the early 1970s and the 1830s.

Season 4: Freak Show (2014-15) taken place in 1952 the small quiet town of Jupiter, Florida, which follows a struggling Freak Show led my Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Elsa dreams of finding a home for her “monsters” as well as her own fame. It’s been decades since the Freak Show has been considered some sort of public entertainment. When Bette and Dot Tattler, the conjoined sisters (Sarah Paulson) are taken to a hospital, Elsa is hoping is hoping the sister with save her troupe once and for all. Other members include: Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) a boy who dreams of one day living a normal life, bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), Elsa’s second in command, a strongman from Ethel’s  past , Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), and his three-breasted wife, Desiree Dupre (Angela Bassett), who makes waves when they arrive at the sideshow. In a time when the era of television is the reign high above sideshow acts, the individuals must overcome those who persecute them based on their looks. However as the show progresses, events unfold it is revealed that multiple dark entities have taken up residence in Jupiter, with all their eyes being set on the freaks.

Season 5: Hotel (2015) the show takes place in 2015 in Los Angeles, California which follows guests and staff of the Haunted Cortez and was founded to accommodate the tourists. Bloodsucking fashion obsessed Elizabeth/The Countess (Lady Gaga) is the owner of Hotel Cortez. A serial murder dubbed “The Ten Commandments Killer” soon brings the outside world and the darkness of the Hotel Cortez crashing together. Flashbacks are set in the late 1920s, 1970s mid 1990s and early 1980s.

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