American Horror Story (2014 - 2015)


Freak Show
American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

Though it may turn off new viewers unaccustomed to its unabashed weirdness, Freak Show still brings the thrills, thanks to its reliably stylish presentation and game cast.

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Critic Ratings: 202

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 8, 2014

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television; police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2014

A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the freak show; a strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp; Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy; the Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2014

The freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition; Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortuneteller; Ethel receives life-changing news.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2014

Edward Mordrake continues his search for a freak to add to his ghostly coterie; Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany; Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the twisted clown.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2014

Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the freaks; Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby; a health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2014

Elsa unveils a dangerous new act; Stanley puts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy; Paul indulges in a secret romance.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2014

The women of the freak show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence; a strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy's suspicion about the clown murders.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2014

Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel's suspicion of Elsa; Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy's bloodlust.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2014

In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair; a reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action; Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.

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Air date: Dec 17, 2014

The death of a freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper; Elsa reveals the history of the freak show.

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Jessica Lange
Elsa Mars

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Kathy Bates
Ethel Darling

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Sarah Paulson
Bette & Dot Tattler

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Michael Chiklis
Dell Toledo

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Angela Bassett
Desiree Dupree

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Evan Peters
Jimmy Darling

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Frances Conroy
Gloria Mott

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Emma Roberts
Maggie Esmerelda

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Denis O'Hare
Stanley

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Finn Wittrock
Dandy Mott

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John Carroll Lynch
Twisty the Clown

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Grace Gummer
Penny

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Lillian Hemmings

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Naomi Grossman
Pepper

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Patti LaBelle
Dora Brown

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Jyoti Amge
Ma Petite

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Erika Ervin
Amazon Eve

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Mat Fraser
Paul the Illustrated Seal

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Christopher Neiman
Salty

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Rose Siggins
Legless Suzi

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Ryan Murphy
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Brad Falchuk
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Dante Di Loreto
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Tim Minear
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Jennifer Salt
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James Wong
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Bradley Buecker
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story: Freak Show

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Freak Show

  • 2d ago
    Not My favourite season. It's a bit gorey. Not really scary but has a few bits in it. Its not bad I just didn't love it as much as some other seasons.
  • 2d ago
    My favorite season of the show. Dark, twisted and full of tragedy.
  • Oct 23, 2022
    Story falls a bit at The middle of season but makes up for it with strong performances from an amazing cast. perhaps the cruelest story that shows human misery. yet, a must see.
  • Oct 22, 2022
    Not as strong as the previous seasons, but the message about discrimination make fir a compelling plot. Lange, Paulson, Bates and Bassett stay in shape.
  • Jan 23, 2022
    O Freak Show realmente não foi uma das melhores temporadas do AHS, eu esperava muito mais dela pois foi a despedida de Jessica Lange,que é uma ótima atriz de longe. Não podemos focar em nenhum momento da série que digamos é o melhor, pra mim o melhor foi quando foram levar a Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates) para o além (pra morte bem eu não entendi muito), mas o fato foi que a série estava muito sem um meio, digo oque é importante na série? O espetáculo? O garoto mimado? Mas de fato o momento mais legal foi quando o garoto mimado morreu, quer dizer os integrantes do Freak Show matou que foi ótimo mas de resto não achei uma temporada tão interessante.
  • Jan 10, 2022
    The cast is excellent as usual, but they almost entirely abandon "horror" per se for most of this season. It's not so much scary as it is unsettling for other reasons. The characters and acting are very good for the most part, the writing uneven but mostly good, and the season overall entertaining. It didn't have that many moments that really popped out at me (maybe one involving delicious cupcakes) but overall the low point thus far.
  • Dec 03, 2021
    Is it the best season of AHS? No. Is it my favorite? Yes.
  • Oct 25, 2021
    Love this season of what's become a terrific anthology series, the show is very good at managing to keep things interesting by starting afresh every season, and Freak Show not only provides another effective premise, but executes it phenomenally well.
  • Oct 16, 2021
    This is where the series starts to go off the rails. We trade intricate plotting, coherent universe, and believable motivations for ham-fisted allegory and bizarre left turns. It goes for shock where previous seasons would go for dread, and goes for complete incredulity where previous seasons go for shock. I think I get the point of this season, but I don't enjoy watching it.
  • Oct 08, 2021
    I really liked Freak Show! I don't see why people are complaining about the musical numbers. They are few and far between and they are apart of the story.

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