American Horror Story - Asylum, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome to Briarcliff



Critic Consensus: American Horror Story ushers in a new season as is to be expected: with a healthy dose of mysterious, gruesome fun.

Episode Info

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.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude, Sister Jude Martin
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice, Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
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Critic reviews for Welcome to Briarcliff

There really is nothing like it on TV and there never has been.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

A great episode that sets several stages while still being an incredibly fun, strange, and entertaining hour of television.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…

As wackadoo as American Horror Story is, they do often raise interesting themes.

August 8, 2016 | Full Review…

The premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum: I didn't love it, but I am INTERESTED.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

It was a Rocky Horror Clockwork Orange Leatheryfacey Freaksfest, with a dash of X-Files thrown in.

August 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Asylum promises happy scares and a goofy good time, all with a thematic underpinning that makes the ridiculousness easier to swallow, the spoonful of medicine that makes the several pounds of sugar go down.

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

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