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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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1
Halloween, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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
Return to Murder House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

3
The Name Game is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

4
Burn, Witch. Burn! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

5
Murder House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

6
Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 5, 2011

Season 1, Episode 1

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

7
Devil's Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

8
The Seven Wonders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 29, 2014

Season 3, Episode 13

A new Supreme rises.

9
Bitchcraft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

10
Welcome to Briarcliff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

11
Smoldering Children is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

12
Unholy Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

13
Piggy, Piggy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 9, 2011

Season 1, Episode 6

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

14
Home Invasion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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
Ten Commandments Killer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
December 2, 2015

Season 5, Episode 8

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

16
Apocalypse Then is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
Apocalypse Then November 14, 2018

Season 8, Episode 10

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

17
The Magical Delights of Stevie... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
January 8, 2014

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
Halloween, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

19
Origins of Monstrosity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

20
Madness Ends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

21
Rubber Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
November 23, 2011

Season 1, Episode 8

The man in the rubber suit is revealed.

22
Boy Parts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

23
Protect the Coven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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.

24
Edward Mordrake, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
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

25
Checking In is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'American Horror Story'
October 7, 2015

Season 5, Episode 1

Detective and family man John Lowe investigates a chain of gruesome murders in Los Angeles. A mysterious tip points him to the enigmatic Hotel Cortez.