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American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014)

American Horror Story: AHS
American Horror Story: AHS
Oct 9, 2013
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American Horror Story: Asylum
Oct 9, 2013



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 7

A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 4

A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.



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Season Info

A violent, erotically charged horror story about a troubled family in a haunted L.A. mansion.

Network: FX

Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2013

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Air date: Oct 9, 2013


A young girl discovers she has a strange genetic affliction in the Season 3 premiere.

Air date: Oct 16, 2013

Boy Parts

Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with a tragedy. Meanwhile, Delphine struggles to adjust to modern life.

Air date: Oct 23, 2013

The Replacements

Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé. Meanwhile, Zoe tries to help Kyle.

Air date: Oct 30, 2013

Fearful Pranks Ensue

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.

Air date: Nov 6, 2013

Burn, Witch. Burn!

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.

Air date: Nov 13, 2013

The Axeman Cometh

Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Nov 20, 2013

The Dead

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.

Air date: Dec 4, 2013

The Sacred Taking

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. Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Dec 11, 2013


Cordelia's attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke's past. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Jan 8, 2014

The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Fiona attempts to out the new Supreme. Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the Witch Hunters. Madison tries to eliminate her competition for the Supremacy. American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Jan 15, 2014

Protect the Coven

Fiona and Laveau have a deadly face off with The Corporation. Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Jan 22, 2014

Go to Hell

Cordelia's latest vision puts the Coven's future in question. The girls manifest powerful new gifts. Queenie's search for Marie Laveau leads her to Hell and back. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT only on FX.

Air date: Jan 29, 2014

The Seven Wonders

A new Supreme rises. American Horror Story: Coven airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on FX.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (7)

With so many conversations the show clearly saw as significant being left unanswered, it seems Coven was regrettably content to simply point to problems without wanting to have a deeper discussion.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's shows are presented as serial narratives, but these two are not storytellers.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

AHS: Coven certainly displayed more of a sense of humour than the franchise's first two seasons - which is not, however, to say Murphy and Falchuk have eased up on the gore, offbeat violence and freak-show-flavoured psychosexual misbehaviour.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

American Horror Story: Coven is a bubbling cauldron of lurid visuals, screaming rows and high-camp horror. The perfect antidote, in other words, to all that tepid teen stuff that currently dominates the genre.

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

I'd recommend catching up on American Horror Story: Coven - if for no other reason than that this program might actually creep you out.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

The presentation remains campy, even as the material has shifted toward the deadly serious.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Coven definitely presents plenty of promising elements and characters spanning 200 years to have fun with this season, and the possibilities are literally endless.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Even if the premiere of American Horror Story: Coven was a bit vague about its intentions for the rest of the season, it's clear that whatever happens will be entertaining, perplexing and, as always, sexy.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Something wicked did indeed come on Wednesday night with the third season premiere of American Horror Story: Coven. Something that wickedly delights in something wickedly funny, something disturbingly beautiful, and something totally bats-t crazy.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

It was a solid premiere, and I think the more straight-forward approach bodes well for what the season will hopefully turn out to be if they don't get overly ambitious.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The premiere was a shocking introduction into this witch world. While it felt like nothing was held back, since it's American Horror Story my guess is that we haven't seen anything yet.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

At some point, a discerning viewer needs something besides repeat trips into a bad dream.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Sex and death are gruesomely intertwined (so what else is new) throughout the first hour of FX's American Horror Story: Coven, the third incarnation of Ryan Murphy's overstuffed miniseries anthology that specializes in ponderous, grotesque overkill.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The season premiere offers a little bit of everything we've come to appreciate about American Horror Story, in that it pulls no punches, twisting violence, sex and gore into a wickedly dark but altogether entrancing introduction.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

So far, the first episode of Coven is a stylish introduction (complete with black hats). The two seasons before give reason to bet it will throw a lot more in this cauldron, and to hope for some strange magic.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

When something tries to shock me consistently for 43 minutes, I'm pretty much never shocked by anything, or scared by anything. I'm usually just exhausted.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

There's still blood and gore all over the floor, mind you... But there's also a lightness of touch and tone, a backlight of sly humor and, more important, a clearly delineated narrative.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Falchuck and Murphy make TV as if they're convinced they could die at any moment and want to breathe life into as many of their cockamamie ideas as they can before they go.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate

The success of the series will ultimately depend on its ability to balance all its disparate threads and form something as affecting, unnerving, and unforgettable as its previous incarnations. Either way, we still have Lange.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Lange chews the scenery in ways that only she can, stealing focus every time she's on screen, and I don't mean that as a negative.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source:

By now, fans of the American Horror Story franchise know to brace themselves for something weird and outrageous right out the gate. And the latest incarnation of the crazed scarefest doesn't disappoint.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

It's always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear entertaining setup for a potentially strong season.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you."

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

There are aspects of Coven that are stylish and clever, and others that are just Carrie on steroids. The cast, of course, is tremendous.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The third installment in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story dials back the frights for more confident storytelling.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

So far, so creepy

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday

The formula works particularly well in this installment, thanks to uninhibited work by the big-name cast.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The hour packs in sex, sexual violence, violence-violence, some beautiful cinematography and a surprising amount of offhand humor in telling its story of a New Orleans finishing school for young witches.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

If Coven can stay away from scary moments that carry a too-strong whiff of real human suffering and instead serve the chills with enjoyable snark, we'll fall under its spell.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Think about what might happen if Stephen King collaborated on a TV series with John Waters. That gets you close to the terror territory staked out by American Horror Story.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

American Horror Story goes to camp this year, and no one will get a peaceful night's sleep - not just because of all the bloodcurdling screams, but because of a good bit of laughter as well.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

No matter what outlandish acts Murphy and his co-producer Brad Falchuk ask of the Oscar and Emmy winner [Jessica Lange], she turns them into small-screen magic.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye

The storyline is more tightly focused than last year's see-what-sticks approach.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

Horror is back, wrapped in a gothic cloak woven with camp.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The limited-series approach is perfectly suited to these over-the-top storylines, which would surely crumble under their own weight if forced to run a minute longer.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven

Season 3 had everyone guess who is the Supreme (most powerful witch of a coven) Jessica Lange was simply divine in this season, everyone shone this season. I love the ensemble, Kathy Bates was hilarious, Gabourey Sidibe was badass, Lily rabe was adorable and Emma Roberts really knew how to be a bad girl. The plot twist this season was that everyone could be brought back to life even if they were killed. The gore and scare were satisfactory too, but this season felt more like a detective drama more than a horror story.
November 27, 2013
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