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The Best Seasons of 'American Horror Story'

Updated May 6, 2020 114.3k votes 21.2k voters 309.5k views9 items

The best seasons of American Horror Story are each an individual anthology of gruesome tales, guaranteed to send chills down your spine. Television fans from around the world have voted on this list of the best American Horror Story seasons, and these are the rankings, best to worst. Dedicated fans of the show often argue over what the greatest season of American Horror Story is - not to mention which one is the worst - which is exactly why this ranked list was created. Every season of American Horror Story has a unique cast and story, so even it some of the episodes reference each other, it is easier to rank the seasons.  

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  • Murder House: Season 1
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    American Horror Story: Murder House is the first season of the FX television series American Horror Story, aired between October 5, 2011, through December 21, 2011. It centers on the Harmon family: Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents and their victims.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare
    • Premiered: 2011
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  • Coven: Season 3
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    American Horror Story: Coven is the third season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 9, 2013, and concluded on January 29, 2014. The season takes place in 2013, in New Orleans, and follows a Coven of Salem witches as they fight for survival. It also features flashbacks to the 1830s, 1910s, and 1970s.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe
    • Premiered: 2013
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  • Asylum: Season 2
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    American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American Horror Story. It originally aired from October 17, 2012 to January 23, 2013. The season begins in 1964 at the fictional mental institution, Briarcliff Manor, following the stories of the staff and inmates who occupy it, and intercuts with events in the past and present. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe
    • Premiered: 2012
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  • Hotel: Season 5
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    American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 7, 2015, and concluded January 13, 2016. The plot centers around the enigmatic Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California, that catches the eye of an intrepid homicide detective (Wes Bentley). The Cortez is host to the strange and bizarre, spearheaded by its owner, The Countess (Lady Gaga), who is a bloodsucking fashionista. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer
    • Premiered: 2015
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