American Horror Story: Asylum (2012 - 2013)


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



Critic Ratings: 44


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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

In 1964, the notorious serial killer Boody Face is committed to the sanitarium Briarcliff Manor. Reporter Lana Walker arrives to interview the asylum's head nun, Sister Jude, but is secretly hoping for a story on Bloody Face.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

Lana plans an escape from Briarcliff, and enlists Grace's help. Meanwhile, Bloody Face's court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr Thredson, arrives... and finds himself involved in an exorcism that goes terribly wrong.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

As a Nor'easter storm approaches, a strangely transformed Sister Mary Eunice sows discontent, and worse. As Dr Arden's strange experiments on Kit continue, another escape attempt is hatched, and Dr Thresdon makes a terrible discovery.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

A woman is brought to Briarcliff who believes herself to be Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Meanwhile, Dr Thredson offers to help both Lana and Kit, and detectives arrive at Briarcliff... but who are they investigating?

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story Asylum continues.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2012

A sinister, murderous child is brought to Briarcliff. Meanwhile, Lana struggles to escape from her new predicament, we learn the history of Dr Arden and Monsignor Timothy's collaboration, and we delve in to the childhoods of Dr Thredson and Sister Mary Eunice.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2012

A terrifying being is summoned - one that even the possessed Sister Mary Eunice is scared of. As Kit and Lana resort to desperate measures, a despairing Sister Jude finds she can no longer run from her past.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

A killer who dresses as Santa Claus is an inmate at Briarcliff. As Sister Mary Eunice organises a Christmas party, Sister Jude returns to confront her... but Sister Mary Eunice thinks it's time for 'Santa' to come out and play.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

Lana finds herself in another desperate situation. Meanwhile, Sister Jude is framed for murder, and Dr Arden approaches Kit with a bizarre proposition.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2013

The Monsignor resolves to help Sister Mary Eunice battle the Devil within, while the now-powerless Jude is punished severely by the possessed nun. As Dr Arden brings his experiments to a shocking end, Lana and Kit find themselves at Thredson's mercy once more.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Asylum

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (23)

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Oct 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This show has pushed the boundaries. By doing it so subtly, Murphy allows his commentary to slip under the cultural radar. And in a show that many felt was over-saturated with story lines and general information, subtlety is a wonderful addition.

Jan 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum

  • Jan 12, 2021
    Asylum is easily one of the best seasons of American Horror Story, it's so well directed and contains better horror than most mainstream horror films today. Grade: A+
  • Dec 12, 2020
    American Horror Story: Asylum, revolves around a very diverse mix of horror elements, all centered at the mental Institution Briarcliff Manor. Although the sheer number of antagonists may feel intimidating at first, the setting creates a nice sense of Paranoia, which is enhanced by some unforeseeable twists. The characters are well developed, and convey a very credible sense of hopelessness which adds a psychological component to the otherwise very physical horror of the series. Together with the variety of horr aspects, who range from medical gore to alien abduction, the second season of American Horror Story should satisfies most viewers expectations. Even though a high number of sideplots is featured, Asylums main plot is pretty coherent and the finale manages to create a worthy end for most of the characters. All in all, American Horror Story: Asylum is a very well rounded season and leaves no wish open when it comes to scares and shocks, as well as a thrilling and hazardous atmosphere. By far the best season of AHS, Asylum contains everything you would expect of a horror series and leaves little room for disappointments. I would recommend this season to people who have enjoyed The Ward, Stonehearst Asylum or A Cure for Wellness.
  • Nov 25, 2020
    great !! The best I ever view.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    American Horror Story: Asylum is darker in both tone and visual than it's first season and is filled with more interesting characters, premises, and villains.
  • Sep 05, 2020
    Best horror show/movie I have ever watched. Extremely violent, but with a purpose. I feel that the best horror entertainment (movies or tv) have interesting characters and this season is no exception. So entertaining. The only negative was the weird Adam Levine subplot. If you didn't like Season 1, you should still give this a chance.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    American Horror Story Asylum is underrated. While yes this plot is very dark, it is very complex and intriguing. The season is historically accurate, as it portrays the '60s beautifully through outfits, cultural references, political movements, and the dominance of religion in society.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    Esta segunda temporada le hace honor a su nombre presentando un impactante historia de horror americana y por lejos la mejor de la serie
  • Jul 15, 2020
    A fantastic horror that dives into madness and evil. This season confronts us with barbarous acts that shock, but also hit upon a deeper remembrance. Jessica Lange and Lily Rabe are especially exceptional.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    Eh this season was alright. They really left out characters the last half of the season. Story line was decent, but plot was just meh for me.
  • May 25, 2020
    I will forever be traumatized by dr thredson and that is just what I was hoping for watching american horror story

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