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American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013)




Critic Consensus: American Horror Story: Asylum crosses boundaries to shock and scare with sexy subplots and some innovative takes on current social issues.


Air date: Oct 17, 2012
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The horror unfolds within the confines of an eerie insane asylum in the second series of this acclaimed thriller. Set in 1964 (with jumps to present day), the "Asylum" series digs into the dark pasts of the hospital's patients, doctors and administrators. Jessica Lange returns to the series as Sister Jude, a troubled nun who quickly finds herself at odds with the twisted Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), a doctor with a penchant for experimental procedures. Zachary Quinto is also back as Dr Oliver … More

Genre: Horror
Network: FX
Premiere Date: Oct 17, 2012
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Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude, Sister ...
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice, ...
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Ho...
Ian McShane
as Leigh Emerson
Frances Conroy
as Moira, Woman
Fredric Lehne
as Frank McGuire
Mark Margolis
as Sam Goodman
Amy Farrington
as Mrs. Reynolds
David Chisum
as Jim Brown
Nikki Hahn
as Jenny Reynolds
Barbara Tarbuck
as Mother Superior Clau...
Bob Bancroft
as Administrator Kirkla...
Matthew John Armstro...
as Detective Byers
Chris McGarry
as Martin Lancaster
Mary-Pat Green
as Nurse Hicks
Cyd Strittmatter
as Nurse Braxton
Lara Harris
as Rhonda Lancaster
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Detective Miller
Eugene Byrd
as Detective Perko
Debra Christofferson
as Patricia Stone
Franka Potente
as Kassie Morgan
David Gianopoulos
as Detective Grayson
Tehya Scarth
as Susie Lancaster
Lily Knight
as Sister Felicity
John Pleshette
as Magistrate
Kasey Mahaffy
as Father James
Don Stark
as Joe Engle
Jennifer Holland
as Nurse Blackwell
Erin Allin O'Reilly
as Nurse Fuller
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18)

American Horror Story: Asylum is filled with plenty of dark secrets, sinister twists, and unexpected turns - but unfortunately the one thing this psychologically invading season lacks is thoughtful explanation.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
We Got This Covered

The show grabs you, shocks you and keeps you guessing. The only question left unanswered at season's end is "Will Season 3 be half as good?"

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Movie Chambers

Right out of the gate, the show's second season, Asylum, established itself as something darker, weirder and more ambitious.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013
Television Without Pity

In a season that had so much potential, it was rather surprising to find it a bit of a letdown.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013

In general, I'm not buying what the show is selling. American Horror Story: Asylum is about shock value, gore, depravity and the occasional singing number. The show doesn't have a larger message, and you can't convince me that it does.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Paste Magazine

Unlike the Season 1 finale where viewers were left on a cliffhanger, the show's writers tied this season up with a nice little bow.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Baltimore Sun

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum

Even better than the first season with strong acting, a compelling mystery plot, and plenty of suspenseful moments. The only thing that drags this down a little is the addition of the alien subplot, which they never explain. This is genuinely creepier than the first season and more traditional horror than the psychological thrills of the first season. It's a nice change of pace. This is one of my favorite current television shows.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


Though the stories contained within the "Asylum" season may be the most fascinating, they do not work well to create a television program as a whole.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


Definitely the darkest and most political entry to the series, probably the scariest too, Asylum is extremely and obviously influenced by many horror films such as Carrie, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and the Exorcist, it borrows but never steals. Rightfully stylish and set-minded, it is probably the best entry of AHS. It gave Sarah Paulson the limelight of a main character that she deserves and continued to play to the strengths of Jessica Lange and Evan Peters. Wonderfully casted and consistent, Asylum sure is good.

Harry Waterman
Harry Waterman

Super Reviewer


Second season was much improved from the first season. We are introduced to many interesting characters right from the start. Season 2 is less "monster of the week" in that everything tied in together (except the alien subplot), characters take twists and turns here and there, the ensemble was simply superb. However, I have to criticize the flash forward of what happens in the present day, it really didn't connect well with the story, but nonetheless it was good fun.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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