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.



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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.

Cast & Crew

Zachary Quinto
Dr. Oliver Thredson
Joseph Fiennes
Monsignor Timothy Howard
Sarah Paulson
Lana Winters
Evan Peters
Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
Sister Mary Eunice
James Cromwell
Dr. Arthur Arden
Jessica Lange
Sister Jude
Jenna Dewan Tatum
Teresa Morrison
Clea Duvall
Wendy Peyser
Fredric Lehne
Frank McCann
Barbara Tarbuck
Mother Superior Claudia
Gloria Laino
The Mexican
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Asylum

  • Jul 04, 2021
    It a lot darker than the first season, great acting from Jessica Lange! stories have good wisdom in it, I especially like the possessed nun and the evil Santa characters. If you look into it, it has a lot of wisdom and serves almost as a cautionary tale. The heroine is also very inspiring and positive.
  • Jun 19, 2021
    This was one #@&ked up season, like butterfly effect I could not watch this again. Nightmare after nightmare, I hated it, and almost made me go a little bit crazy I almost stopped with this season, it was too much human suffering, at least 1984 left you feeling happy on a good ending.
  • Jun 17, 2021
    So far, this is the best season in my opinion. So good!!
  • Jun 01, 2021
    Must see! Best season of ahs! perfect actingand story with amazing characters
  • May 22, 2021
    Absolutely one of the BEST seasons of AHS out there, along with Murder House. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe's performances are out of this world. Asylum is one of the darkest seasons and imo the scariest as it is set in a 1960's mental hospital, but it is also extremely deep and emotional as it deals with human issues. The only critique I could give is that sometimes I find some episodes dragging on for too long, and there is really no need for the confusing alien plot line. But nevertheless, Asylum is a MUST SEE AHS season for newbies or anyone that fancies a good rewatch. :)
  • May 02, 2021
    This is a great season. The asylum is a great setting for a horror story and together with some great characters, it leaves for a scary and interesting story. This season can feel a bit over the place at times, but includes some great twists and turns on the way.
  • Apr 26, 2021
    Pure, undistilled horror. So much so that I had to watch this one in small doses, as it was often so unpleasant and draining that I could only bear so much at a time. But it all pays off in the end with a spectacular, shocking finale. You just have to slug through hours of human suffering first.
  • Apr 19, 2021
    The peak of the series for me, actually a thrill or two, interesting to watch, not played out yet.
  • Apr 18, 2021
    Hands down the most well written season of the WHOLE show!! With stellar editing and acting:)
  • Mar 22, 2021
    While I liked Murder House for its diverse horror, this one cranks up that mindset to an 11. There are so many different things going on, which means this season is never dull, though it can be a bit incohesive at times. There are still many memorable performances and standout moments, and I often debate between this one and Murder House for which is the best season. This season is excellent.

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