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The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'

Updated October 20, 2021 22.5k votes 1.7k voters 31.6k views109 items

There are so many great episodes of American Horror Story, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Piggy, Piggy" the best, or is "The Name Game" your favorite episode of American Horror Story? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of AHS are, let's rank every American Horror Story episode from best to worst.

American Horror Story is horror-thriller anthology series with themes that range from madhouses to sideshows, hotels to summer camp. Even as the story changes each season, there is always a solid cast who embody new roles and characters following twists that get tighter each episode. American Horror Story premiered October 5, 2011 on FX, and each season since has received mostly positive reviews (although every fan has their favorite).

Vote up your favorite episodes of American Horror Story, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one American Horror Story episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. After you're done voting, make sure to check out these other shows like American Horror Story!

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  • 1
    November 2, 2011
    807
    214

    Season 1, Episode 5

    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.

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  • 2
    January 29, 2014
    428
    85

    Season 3, Episode 13

    A new Supreme rises.

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  • 3
    October 17, 2018
    735
    196

    Season 8, Episode 6

    Madison and Behold travel to the Murder House to uncover the origins of Michael Langdon.

  • 4
    January 2, 2013
    700
    212

    Season 2, Episode 10

    The Monsignor confronts the Devil. Dr. Arden's experiments reach a shocking conclusion. Dr. Thredson facilitates a surprising reunion for Kit.

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  • 5
    October 28, 2015
    494
    133

    Season 5, Episode 4

    John receives an invitation to attend an exclusive Devil's Night Soiree. Alex tries to diagnose Holden's strange condition.

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  • 6
    October 5, 2011
    569
    165

    Season 1, Episode 1

    A therapist moves his wife and teenage daughter across the country to escape their troubled past.

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  • 7
    October 9, 2013
    483
    139

    Season 3, Episode 1

    A young girl, Zoe, is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem.

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  • 8
    October 19, 2011
    504
    148

    Season 1, Episode 3

    Vivien learns the horrific truth about the house's first residents and Ben's visitor causes him to further unravel about what really happened in the haunted house. Constance and Moira have their history revealed.

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  • 9
    October 17, 2012
    411
    110

    Season 2, Episode 1

    Welcome to Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum home to the deranged serial killer, Bloody Face. Lurking in the shadows of this "sanctuary of healing" are terrifying evils that blur the boundaries between reality and insanity.

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  • 10
    November 6, 2013
    567
    176

    Season 3, Episode 5

    Besieged by Marie Laveau's army, Zoe unleashes a new power. Fiona and Myrtle clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts.

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  • 11
    October 26, 2011
    279
    55

    Season 1, Episode 4

    The line between the living and the dead blurs on Halloween. Two of the house's previous residents give the Harmons decorating advice.

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  • 12
    November 14, 2018
    340
    97

    Season 8, Episode 10

    The surviving witches travel to Outpost 3 to stand in final battle against the Antichrist.

  • 13
    December 7, 2011
    449
    147

    Season 1, Episode 10

    Violet learns about the rules of the house. The truth about Larry's condition is explained. Constance is interrogated by the police.

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  • 14
    October 12, 2011
    329
    99

    Season 1, Episode 2

    Vivien and Violet find themselves in a dangerous situation eerily similar to a past event. Ben goes back to Boston to fix a mistake.

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  • 15
    December 2, 2015
    278
    75

    Season 5, Episode 8

    John closes in on The Ten Commandments Killer. Sally's arrangement with March is revealed.

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  • 16
    December 5, 2012
    425
    152

    Season 2 Episode 8

    A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on Briarcliff. Sister Jude faces off with the Devil. Arden has a shocking encounter in the Death Chute.

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  • 17

    Season 3, Episode 10

    Fiona attempts to out the new Supreme with a visit from Stevie Nicks. Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the Witch Hunters. Madison tries to eliminate her competition for the Supremacy.

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  • 18
    October 16, 2013
    262
    85

    Season 3, Episode 2

    Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with a horrible tragedy. Delphine LaLaurie struggles to adjust to modern life. Cordelia faces a dark decision about her family.

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  • 19
    November 9, 2011
    403
    160

    Season 1, Episode 6

    Constance enlists Violet's assistance with Tate. Ben helps a new patient confront his fears.

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  • 20
    January 15, 2014
    204
    57

    Season 3, Episode 11

    Fiona and Laveau have a deadly face off with The Corporation. Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven.

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  • 21
    November 21, 2012
    240
    78

    Season 2, Episode 6

    A mysterious little girl is abandoned at Briarcliff. The Monsignor makes a Faustian pact with Dr. Arden. The origin of Bloody Face is revealed.

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  • 22
    November 23, 2011
    261
    90

    Season 1, Episode 8

    The man in the rubber suit is revealed.

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  • 23
    October 29, 2014
    333
    138

    Season 4 Episode 4

    Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown

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  • 24
    January 23, 2013
    238
    93

    Season 2, Episode 13

    Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.

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  • 25
    January 22, 2014
    173
    53

    Season 3, Episode 12

    Cordelia's latest vision puts the Coven's future in question. With the end of Fiona's reign approaching, the girls manifest powerful new gifts. Queenie's search for Marie Laveau leads her to Hell and back.

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