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.


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Air date: Oct 17, 2012
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Air date: Dec 12, 2012
Air date: Jan 2, 2013
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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 Thredson, a psychiatrist, while Sarah Paulson plays journalist Lana Winters in her return. Other familiar faces include Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, while newcomers Lizzie Brocheré, Chloe Sevigny and Joseph Fiennes provide welcome additions to the talented cast.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude
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 Howard
Fredric Lehne
as Frank McGuire
Mark Margolis
as Sam Goodman
Barbara Tarbuck
as Mother Superior Claudia
Ian McShane
as Leigh Emerson
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Detective Miller
Franka Potente
as Kassie Morgan
Jennifer Holland
as Nurse Blackwell
Amy Farrington
as Mrs. Reynolds
David Chisum
as Jim Brown
Nikki Hahn
as Jenny Reynolds
Bob Bancroft
as Administrator Kirkland
Chris McGarry
as Martin Lancaster
Mary-Pat Green
as Nurse Hicks
Cyd Strittmatter
as Nurse Braxton
Lara Harris
as Rhonda Lancaster
Eugene Byrd
as Detective Perko
Debra Christofferson
as Patricia Stone
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
Erin Allin O'Reilly
as Nurse Fuller
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Asylum

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

It's a solid setup. And given the writers were tasked with coming up with a completely new storyline for an established hit, the foundation seems well laid and primed with numerous avenues to explore.

Oct 18, 2012 | Full Review…

Like a good scare? How about a bad scare? Or a thousand scares, good and bad and crazy? Season 2 of American Horror Story, subtitled Asylum, is for you.

Oct 17, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Less scary than freaky, it's deliberately unhinged-light horror about low camp, a showcase for scenery chewing and giddy blasphemy, an exploitation chamber piece.

Oct 17, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Camp, not horror, is the soul and motivating force of AHS, and if you don't delight in the fate that befalls Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine in the season premiere, you are not resonating at AHS's frequency.

Oct 17, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first AHS rose above some of its twisted storytelling. Asylum simply keeps sinking -- from one depth to another.

Oct 17, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

One final warning before you plunge in: AHS: Asylum crosses a line for television (which is getting harder and harder to do). It goes beyond dark all the way to clerical black, the scourge of all light.

Oct 17, 2012 | Full Review…

The season as a whole was so smooth and so terrifying that it's probably the only one I will continue to go back to and watch.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 4, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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?"

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum


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.


Super Reviewer

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.


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.


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.


Super Reviewer

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