American Horror Story: Coven (2013 - 2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Oct 9, 2013
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Air date: Oct 16, 2013
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Air date: Oct 23, 2013
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Air date: Oct 30, 2013
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Air date: Nov 6, 2013
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Air date: Nov 13, 2013
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Air date: Nov 20, 2013
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Air date: Dec 4, 2013
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Air date: Dec 11, 2013
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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 (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

½

Again, AHS has plenty of amazing weirdness early on that never fully comes to fruition. Second half will turn into cheesy territory later on that I just can't stand. Those opening credits looks awesome though! If the show was actually more like it, oh boy...

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

Intriguing notions woefully underexplored given the nearly 13 hour runtime. Still worth watching for the impeccable performances of Lange and Bates.

GimlyM

Super Reviewer

Outrageously stylish and sometimes almost as camp as Desperate Housewives, Coven ranges from bittersweet Buffy-hijinks to references to the unforgiving and candy-coloured nightares of Dario Argento, never stopping for a breath in-between. Coven really can't decide what it wants to be and is somewhat muddles in the middle with one too many characters and sub-plots, however it is considerably a very good entry.

HarryW

Super Reviewer

Season 3 had everyone guess who is the Supreme (most powerful witch of a coven) Jessica Lange was simply divine in this season, everyone shone this season. I love the ensemble, Kathy Bates was hilarious, Gabourey Sidibe was badass, Lily rabe was adorable and Emma Roberts really knew how to be a bad girl. The plot twist this season was that everyone could be brought back to life even if they were killed. The gore and scare were satisfactory too, but this season felt more like a detective drama more than a horror story.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

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