American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)

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Episodes

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Air date: Oct 5, 2011
2
Air date: Oct 12, 2011
3
Air date: Oct 19, 2011
4
Air date: Oct 26, 2011
5
Air date: Nov 2, 2011
6
Air date: Nov 9, 2011
7
Air date: Nov 16, 2011
8
Air date: Nov 23, 2011
9
Air date: Nov 30, 2011
10
Air date: Dec 7, 2011
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The first season of Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" begins as Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) move into a restored mansion in Los Angeles after Ben's extramarital affair leaves the Harmon family in serious need of a fresh start. Their neighbour, Constance Langdon (a role which would eventually win Jessica Lange the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress), wastes no time in becoming a persistent, albeit not entirely welcome presence in their lives, as does her son, Tate (Evan Peters), who Ben believes is a sociopath. Shortly after moving in, the Harmons discover that several violent murders were committed in their new home, which locals have nicknamed "The Murder House", and a series of increasingly disturbing events indicate they may be sharing their home with the restless and violent spirits of those killed.

Cast

Connie Britton
as Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott
as Ben Harmon
Jessica Lange
as Constance
Denis O'Hare
as Larry Harvey
Taissa Farmiga
as Violet Harmon
Evan Peters
as Tate Langdon
Matt Ross
as Charles
Eve Gordon
as Dr. Hall
Charles S. Dutton
as Det. Granger
Malaya Rivera Drew
as Det. Barrios
Geoffrey Rivas
as Det. Colquitt
Missy Doty
as Nurse Angie
Mena Suvari
as Beth Short
Kathy Bates
as Delphine LaLaurie
Angela Bassett
as Marie Laveau
Patti LuPone
as Joan Ramsey
Joshua Malina
as Dr. Curran
Derek Richardson
as Harry Goodman
Adina Porter
as Sally Freeman
Steven Anderson
as Dr. Marchesi
Gregory Sporleder
as Off. McCormick
Tom Gallop
as Mr. Carmichael
April Grace
as Nurse Naima
Drew Powell
as Det. Collier
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Murder House

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (23)

Engrossing and genuinely scary.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Viewers who like the horror genre and the offbeat Murphy/Falchuk approach, and who are willing to put in enough serious time to absorb all the nuances, will fall in love.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This gourmet junk food gives you some pure evil, and it takes some axes to some evildoers, and the American type represented has a predilection for French maids. Bon appetit.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a lot to process, and at times too much to take. Still, Horror Story often is a wonder.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Amusing to watch, but not particularly scary. "Creepy" seems the better word.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It feels more like the place where old horror movies have come to die.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…

FX's Horror Story is insanely good.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

To Murphy and Falchuk's credit, the brisk tempo serves the multiple converging plotlines well, allowing weirdness to befall everyone in their own unique way, while producing a myriad of questions for the viewer to ponder.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Prime time is so full of mainstream pabulum these days that when a work as audacious and ambitious as American Horror Story comes along, some of us feel compelled to embrace it. Most TV shows quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.

Sep 30, 2011 | Full Review…

In truth, even many adults might not be ready for the show's frank depiction of everyday horrors that we'd too often rather forget.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

American Horror Story is beginning its run with problems, but enough goes right to give this twisted terror tale the ghost of a chance (several ghosts, in fact).

Oct 2, 2011 | Full Review…

For a first season, it wasn't that bad.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Murder House

  • Jan 18, 2020
    Great season! I'm not a huge Dylan McDermott fan, I find him kind of petty and annoying in this, but maybe thats the point - but his voice grates on me. Other than that the cast is amazing, every story-line is compelling & there are a few surprises too. Worth re-watching!
  • Jan 02, 2020
    First time watching it. It was great! Took me a couple of episodes to understand how the show goes. It's really solid once you figure it out.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Pretty boring. Original idea but burns out halfway through the season
  • Dec 24, 2019
    It's scary, bizarre, and surprisingly, I actually found myself caring for most of the characters. Aside from a few uneven episodes this is a great season.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    the best of this universe, the murder houseee
  • Nov 23, 2019
    An awesome start of the series.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    One of the best shows of all time
  • Nov 06, 2019
    This show was brilliant. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, literally. People have been telling me for years to watch this series and I never had. Although I'm #latedotcom, this show was original, creative, scary, creepy, interesting, suspenseful, and binge-worthy.
  • Oct 26, 2019
    Amazing twists with an outstanding cast
  • Oct 16, 2019
    Very good. Relied on some corny tropes. And god, is Kate Mara the worst actress maybe ever? But it's worth the watch if you're a fan of horror.

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