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The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'

Updated May 6, 2020 22.0k votes 1.6k voters 31.1k views99 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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    212

    Halloween, Part 2

    November 2, 2011

    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.

  • 2
    410
    82

    The Seven Wonders

    January 29, 2014

    Season 3, Episode 13

    A new Supreme rises.

  • 3
    719
    194

    Return to Murder House

    October 17, 2018

    Season 8, Episode 6

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

  • 4
    688
    210

    The Name Game

    January 2, 2013

    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.

  • 5
    482
    130

    Devil's Night

    October 28, 2015

    Season 5, Episode 4

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

  • 6
    559
    164

    Pilot

    October 5, 2011

    Season 1, Episode 1

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

  • 7
    473
    134

    Bitchcraft

    October 9, 2013

    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.

  • 8
    556
    174

    Burn, Witch. Burn!

    November 6, 2013

    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.

  • 9
    404
    110

    Welcome to Briarcliff

    October 17, 2012

    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.

  • 10
    492
    148

    Murder House

    October 19, 2011

    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.

  • 11
    265
    55

    Halloween, Part 1

    October 26, 2011

    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.

  • 12
    443
    145

    Smoldering Children

    December 7, 2011

    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.

  • 13
    329
    97

    Apocalypse Then

    November 14, 2018

    Season 8, Episode 10

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

  • 14
    321
    98

    Home Invasion

    October 12, 2011

    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.

  • 15
    270
    75

    Ten Commandments Killer

    December 2, 2015

    Season 5, Episode 8

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

  • 16
    422
    150

    Unholy Night

    December 5, 2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 18
    399
    157

    Piggy, Piggy

    November 9, 2011

    Season 1, Episode 6

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

  • 19
    256
    83

    Boy Parts

    October 16, 2013

    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.

  • 20
    200
    54

    Protect the Coven

    January 15, 2014

    Season 3, Episode 11

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

  • 21
    237
    77

    Origins of Monstrosity

    November 21, 2012

    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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    256
    90

    Rubber Man

    November 23, 2011

    Season 1, Episode 8

    The man in the rubber suit is revealed.

  • 23
    327
    136

    Edward Mordrake, Part 2

    October 29, 2014

    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

  • 24
    225
    85

    Head

    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.

  • 25
    234
    91

    Madness Ends

    January 23, 2013

    Season 2, Episode 13

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