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.



Critic Ratings: 35


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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 (14)

So far, so creepy

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

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…
Top Critic

Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven

  • Jul 02, 2019
    One of the best seasons of AHS. The way that all the cast had a huge plot was simply terrific. The comedy in this season really helped lighten the mood in some episodes. Though the season was not as scary as its predecessors, it was definitely one of the most memorable
  • Mar 09, 2019
    With the additions of Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, and Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange is finally rivalled as queen. The cast is further improved by Gabourey Sidibe. There���s a bit too much real life pain and mansplaining feminism to be as enjoyable as previous seasons, but the excellent performances kept me coming back for more.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Yes!! Best one so far out of 5 seasons we�ve watched!! Went off right from the start and kept you under it�s spell episode after episode. A really good witch fest horror!! Shame they��re not all great from the start like this one. The others 2-3 took too long to get going. Boarding on just weird scenes with a lack of plot ideas. But not this one!! :-)
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Third season was a bit ordinary and boring to me. Yes, it still has that complex characters alongside with their relation to each other, but Evan's character was just sitting there, such shame cause he was a good actor and not so many to explore from his character. Personally it felt a bit too modern for me visually. Not really bad, but so-so.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Very different from the first two seasons this season has no past story telling like the first two season but manages to work with it as Evan Peters puts a great performance as Kyle Spencer. The rest of the witches coming out into the world story line is great as they try to find a new supreme to lead them there.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    In Coven Ryan Murphy gives another beautiful season, Jessica Lange’s acting is very powerful and the plot is very interesting although there are some dead spots.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    This show will take you places that you never knew you wanted to go and show you things that you had no idea would arouse you! What an incredible show and what an amazing cast of personality's!
  • Nov 30, 2018
    Definitely the girly season. Some really poor and silly dialogue holds this one back from the same greatness as previous seasons, as well as a story that could generally be done in 3 episodes.
  • Nov 25, 2018
    Less gruesome, but still with plenty of icky moments, this is the most bitchy season of AHS and doesn't shy away from quotable oneliners!
  • Nov 23, 2018
    The third season is just okay in my opinion. Like the previous 2 seasons, it starts off great, but then kind of falls apart at the end. Kathy Bates does a nice job with her character.

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