American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)


Murder House
American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

Convoluted yet effective, American Horror Story is strange, gory, and twisted enough to keep viewers hooked.



Critic Ratings: 39


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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.


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
Steven Anderson
as Dr. Marchesi
Adina Porter
as Sally Freeman
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

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

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…

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

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

Jun 26, 2018 | 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…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Murder House

  • Aug 10, 2019
    This season set the tone. I've been putting off watching this show for so long because i dont typically like horror but I'm hooked.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    While interesting and original as far as horror stories go, there are a lot of unexplained segments, an unsatisfying ending, and unnecessary kinky/sexual additives. While this series is a good introduction to the franchise, some of them are far creepier and better than others. This one I would say is so-so.
  • Jan 31, 2019
    Not the usual plot you would expect. A lot of side stories based on true life stories.
  • Jan 28, 2019
    Smoking, seriously was a gripping series. Every episode through something new at you. I think the plot ending could have been that bit more inventive though like Tate actually being a demon born child himself ;-)
  • Jan 24, 2019
    Ah, Season 1 of AHS; the shock value alone of what this did for modern TV is enough to earn this full kudos. Stellar cast, plot and an unrelenting ghost story that preys upon several true events in the past 20 years while spicing it up for one hell of a ride.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    First season! Story was simple, but really well directed and visually it was very neat. Definitely sexy, chilling, and dramatic at the same time. The characters were all COMPLEX and have depth to it, that's why I still love AHS till now, all characters were really well-developed! Murder House was a good and fresh start!
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Season is full with characters that you start to care for around the third episode. As storylines grow you seem to get attached to the series, this season is filled with plot twist and unsuspecting moments great for this type of show and story.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    American Horror Story Murder House is very original and Jessica Lange is sensational as well Ryan Murphy’s direction.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    This show will take you places that you never knew you wanted to go and show you things that you had no idea would arouse you! What an incredible show and what an amazing cast of personality's!
  • Nov 30, 2018
    Perhaps overcrowded towards the latter part of this series, but extremely well thought out with some of the best characters in the show's run. An outstanding horror story.

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