American Horror Story: Coven (2013 - 2014)

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A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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Episodes

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Air date: Oct 9, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 16, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 23, 2013
4
Air date: Oct 30, 2013
5
Air date: Nov 6, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 13, 2013
7
Air date: Nov 20, 2013
8
Air date: Dec 4, 2013
9
Air date: Dec 11, 2013
10
Air date: Jan 8, 2014
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The third season of this horror anthology series is set primarily at a secret school for witches in New Orleans. After an absence in Season 2, Taissa Farmiga returns to the show as Zoe Benson, a young woman who unexpectedly discovers that she possesses a dangerous supernatural ability. She's sent to the special Louisiana school -- which is run by Headmistress Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) where she embarks on spell-filled adventures with fellow witches Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe). Jessica Lange is also back as Fiona Goode, a powerful witch chasing eternal life, while Evan Peters plays frat boy Kyle Spencer in his return. Other familiar faces include Denis O'Hare and Lily Rabe, while newcomers Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett bring fresh excitement to the talented cast.

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Coven

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

So far, so creepy

Oct 9, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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If Coven can stay away from scary moments that carry a too-strong whiff of real human suffering and instead serve the chills with enjoyable snark, we'll fall under its spell.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…
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Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…
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The formula works particularly well in this installment, thanks to uninhibited work by the big-name cast.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Seeing [Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett] cat it out on screen in their various banters was something to live for.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Cult tries to hit close to home but ultimately misses the mark. Clearly, many are living in a true American horror story - why not give viewers an escape or offer real cultural critique instead of simply holding up a funhouse mirror?

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

But unlike the series' first two iterations, Murder House and Asylum, Coven has finally figured out a way to incorporate feminism convincingly into the DNA of American Horror Story.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

It's always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear entertaining setup for a potentially strong season.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you."

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

There are aspects of Coven that are stylish and clever, and others that are just Carrie on steroids. The cast, of course, is tremendous.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

The third installment in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story dials back the frights for more confident storytelling.

Oct 9, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The hour packs in sex, sexual violence, violence-violence, some beautiful cinematography and a surprising amount of offhand humor in telling its story of a New Orleans finishing school for young witches.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven

  • 5d ago
    Its a fun season but it is not scary especially after asylum
  • May 21, 2020
    "American Horror Story Coven" is a very remarkable lane change in terms of the terror and darkness we had in the previous season, but that does not mean it has lost its essence of horror. This third season leaves us with very good stories and iconic characters.
  • May 19, 2020
    Os flashbacks acabam salvando a temporada, com atuações inesquecíveis de Kathy Bates e Angela Bassett.
  • May 15, 2020
    Really good season, loved it
  • May 06, 2020
    it's my favorite season the best ehh no
  • Apr 24, 2020
    At this point in my quarantine binge-watching marathon, I'm surrendering myself to the fact that "American Horror Story" is a wicked, sexy TV show. No amount of scandal, sex, and sauce can ever catapult it to anything more than a future cult favourite but few small-screen shows have. I root for this damn show really hard and I end up being disappointed and won over simultaneously somehow by pulling some shit like Stevie Nicks the musical witch (WITCH we've all known for years) or shamelessly drawing a parallel to a heated societal topic (at the time) like the LGBT with witch identity. That and stepping over the fact that they already had an ideal societal issue to cover and tackle in-depth without making the material more gauche than it's already been. Hello, black witches and voodoo? I guess it's called ‘Murican Horror Story for a reason and won't be complete until they tackle issues in otherwise auspicious worldbuilding in the whitest way possible. The introduction of Kathy Bates was a delight because, like the previous actor who played the Nazi quack doctor in the previous season, she filled in the role of an equally distasteful character in a way that contempt for the character denotes the performer's competence. Angela Basset was also one of the more formidable forces in this season despite her character being written into begging the white witches for help after making deals with white men (this is the part where it makes you wonder if the writers have met actual minorities). Regardless, it's the season where inclusivity wreaks more havoc because most episodes are teeming with representation—no matter how out of place or just straight up gawky at times. In a sense, this whole goddamn show is more American than anything in the way everything and everyone is absolutely just batshit crazy
  • Mar 30, 2020
    This season was great and well written. I felt like it did miss in a couple of episodes, but regardless it was a solid season.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Great season, great cast & fun to watch & great to look at! I love that they draw from the history of New Orleans & Salem & blend it, love that spooky sh*t! Star taken off for Stevie Nick's awful performance, the cheesy montage to 'Seven Wonders' & Lily Rabe's Bad acting when she faints upon meeting Stevie - I cringe every time I see it.
  • Jan 16, 2020
    I couldn't believe that I was watching American Horror Story. For a second I though I was watching mean girls with witches. It's reductive, and the story is horrible and gets lost by the beginning
  • Dec 24, 2019
    This is a very traditional season of AHS in that it starts very strong but ends up finishing with a whimper. It also kind of wastes Evan Peters which was disappointing. (B)

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