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The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'  

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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.

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Birth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 14, 2011

Season 1, Episode 11

Vivien gives birth. Tate and Violet attempt to rid the house of some of its ghosts for good.

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Go to Hell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 22, 2014

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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Spooky Little Girl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 30, 2011

Season 1, Episode 9

One of history's most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate's bad behavior.

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Be Our Guest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 13, 2016

Season 5, Episode 12

Iris and Liz oversee a new era at the Cortez. John and Alex struggle to adapt to life outside the hotel.

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Head is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 11, 2013

Season 3, Episode 9

Cordelia's attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke's past.

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Fearful Pranks Ensue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 30, 2013

Season 3, Episode 4

Fiona's choices rattle a decades-long truce between the Salem witches and Marie Laveau. The Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit to the Academy with disturbing allegations.

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Open House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 16, 2011

Season 1, Episode 7

Moira persuades a prospective buyer to make an offer. Constance and Larry work against her efforts. Vivien and Luke grow closer.

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Massacres and Matinees is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 15, 2014

Season 4, Episode 2

A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.

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Afterbirth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 21, 2011

Season 1, Episode 12

Constance schemes to raise Tate's baby as her own.

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Nor'easter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 31, 2012

Season 2, Episode 3

A group of patients attempt to escape from Briarcliff during a violent storm.

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The Axeman Cometh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 13, 2013

Season 3, Episode 6

Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation.

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Tricks and Treats is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 24, 2012

Season 2, Episode 2

An Exorcist is summoned to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy. Sister Jude's darkest secret is revealed.

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Traitor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
Traitor October 24, 2018

Season 8, Episode 7

Cordelia takes steps to punish the traitors among the coven and stop Michael from rising to power as the Antichrist.

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Spilt Milk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 9, 2013

Season 2, Episode 11

Grace brings Kit devastating news about the aliens' experiments on Alma. Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor. The Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.

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The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 23, 2013

Season 3, Episode 3

Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé. A guilt-ridden Zoe tries to give Kyle his old life back. Madison has a fiery exchange with Joan Ramsey, a new neighbor.

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Could It Be... Satan? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
Could It Be... Satan? October 3, 2018

Season 8, Episode 4

Michael's history as a teenager, and how he came to find himself at the Hawthorne Boy's school, is revealed.

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The Dead is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 20, 2013

Season 3, Episode 7

Fiona finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair. A night out with LaLaurie leads Queenie to question her place in the Coven. Cordelia makes a fateful decision about her mother.

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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 16, 2013

Season 2, Episode 12

A deadly new inmate threatens Sister Jude's chance of release from Briarcliff. Grace's obsession with the aliens turns violent.

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Monsters Among Us is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 8, 2014

Season 4, Episode 1

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television.

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Show Stopper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 14, 2015

Season 4, Episode 12

Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice.

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The Sacred Taking is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 4, 2013

Season 3, Episode 8

Cordelia rallies the girls in the fight to stop Fiona. A dangerous new enemy puts Misty in the crosshairs. The rivalry between Marie Laveau and Delphine comes to a head.

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The End is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
The End September 12, 2018

Season 8, Episode 1

The end of the world happens when the bombs drop, and the survivors wonder if surviving is worth it after the Cooperative gives them shelter.

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Orphans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 17, 2014

Season 4, Episode 10

The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper. Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show. Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.

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Dark Cousin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 28, 2012

Season 2, Episode 7

Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to discover a dark angel has descended on Briarcliff. Kit makes a bold move to be reunited with Grace.

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 6, 2016

Season 5, Episode 11

Ramona draws vitality from an unlikely source. Sally uses her past to negotiate her future. Scarlett learns the truth of her family's affliction.