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Episode Info

Bostonians Ben and Vivien Harmon and their teen daughter, Violet move into a haunted LA. mansion in the series premiere of a violent, erotically charged horror story about a troubled family. Ben and Vivien are seeking a fresh start following a miscarriage and marital infidelity, and they got the 1920s Victorian-style house for a song. But the previous occupants died in a murder-suicide, and that's only sign No. 1 that something's amiss.

Cast

Connie Britton
as Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott
as Ben Harmon
Taissa Farmiga
as Violet Harmon
Jessica Lange
as Constance
Evan Peters
as Tate Langdon
Denis O'Hare
as Larry Harvey
Alexandra Breckenridge
as Moira (Junior)
Jamie Brewer
as Adelaide
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Critic reviews for Pilot

Aw hell, I'm not even sure which characters are alive or dead here. But I want to find out. And as long as you get me to episode 2, your pilot has done its job.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…

American Horror Story won't be for everyone, but it just might be for me. The premiere episode was so densely packed with stuff that I can't wait for them to start unpacking it.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Filled with quick camera cuts, creepy music and sound effects, an ambient setting and intriguing characters, American Horror Story succeeds at transitioning horror to the small screen.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

I just need more for my viewing pleasure than a furrowed brow. The aim of a series can't be solely to leave viewers asking WTF at the end of every episode, or, heck, every scene.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I think that what's most exciting about the series at this point is that it's clear that the house has many stories to tell and that one can assume, having just seen brief glimpses of the madness, that it's going to be a hellacious ride.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

It's rare to get an utter fiasco on television, but American Horror Story is one, and on that level, at least, it should be treasured.

August 8, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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