American Horror Story: Apocalypse (2018)

American Horror Story

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Ryan Murphy and his murderers' row of witchy performers literally save the world -- and franchise -- in Apocalypse, the series most ambitious crossover swing yet.



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Air date: Sep 12, 2018

Season 8 opener: In the wake of the nuclear apocalypse, a select group survive in a sealed bunker. As tensions rise, the occupants question whether the real hell is outside, or locked in with them.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2018

A new occupant arrives at the Outpost with alarming news, causing a domino effect of lust, betrayal, and self-destruction.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2018

As Ms. Mead grapples with her identity, Michael reveals more of his. Meanwhile, Coco's ex rears his ugly head; and Venable crafts a plan to give the residents of Outpost 3 one magical night.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2018

Three years before the bombs drop, Outpost Three houses the Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men. Its inhabitants, warlocks living in the shadow of Cordelia Goode's coven, place their hopes on a new, troubled apprentice: Michael Langdon.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2018

Beset by visions of a terrifying future, Cordelia lets Michael attempt the Seven Wonders; a wealthy new student joins the coven; John Henry's suspicions are short lived; Michael's test brings back a familiar face along with a chorus of warnings.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2018

Behold and Madison are sent on a mission to Murder House to uncover the truth about Michael Langdon's past. Although revelations about their next Supreme paint a bleak picture, there may be room to set some things right.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2018

The witches recruit a clairvoyant to expose deceivers in their midst. Meanwhile, Cordelia looks to make a deal with another sort of devil; a test of Mallory's powers reveal more about the Supreme-elect; and covens unite to send Michael a fiery message.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2018

After the deaths of his most trusted advisers, Michael goes on a vision quest to find his place in the world. Soon, a group of followers devoted to his unholy father point him toward his destiny.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2018

Lamenting the state of society, Mutt and Jeff set their sights on a brighter future. Meanwhile, an emboldened Michael plummets the Coven into their darkest hour, forcing them to gamble their hopes on the abilities of one witch.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2018

Episode 10 of "American Horror Story Apocalypse".

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Season 8 of the FX horror anthology.

Cast & Crew

Kyle Allen
Timothy Campbell
Sarah Paulson
Wilhemina Venable
Joan Collins
Evie Gallant
Cody Fern
Michael Langdon
Kathy Bates
Miriam Mead
Evan Peters
Mr. Gallant
Ashley Santos
Leslie Grossman
Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
Adina Porter
Dinah Stevens
Bradley Buecker
Executive Producer
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
James Wong
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
Alexis Martin Woodall
Executive Producer
Josh Green
Asha Michelle Wilson
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Apocalypse

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

One giant celebration of the series, one moment after the next giving me chills.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Even if the primary pleasures of Apocalypse turn out to be based in pure nostalgia, I'm okay with that - weirdly enough, I really missed loving this show.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This season's journey to old haunts mainly reminds me of long-ago higher heights.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Besides a satisfying resolution, part of the allure of this season lies in its connection to the prior series. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 27, 2021 | Full Review…

It's clear that AHS is running out of creative steam, having used up all of its twisted imagination

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' is a gift to the show's long-time fans.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The humor kills, the cast is game, and Kathy Bates is absolutely slaying her neo-goth look.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Apocalypse

  • Apr 19, 2021
    If you haven't dropped the show after the previous season then congrats, you're getting more of the same for this season so expect to watch trash, from ridiculous plot points to simple things that irritate me like venom being completely safe to eat they miss a lot of marks here.
  • Mar 22, 2021
    This season forgot that AHS is an anthology series, not a series with sequels. This season is extremely reliant on better seasons, namely Murder House and most especially Coven. The majority of the characters original to this season stink, and it doesn't actually explore the Apocalypse all that much and instead focuses on flashbacks and life inside the bunker. Did not deliver on the premise of an Apocalypse themed season, and the episodes featuring characters from previous seasons were nice, but were not necessary. Apocalypse made me want to watch Murder House or Coven instead. Overall this season is unable to stand on its own, and it is underwhelming in the little originality it has.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    Much better than Coven and Roanoke. Continues and fleshes out the Coven season, and has characters that are compelling and engaging. Story itself is much more cohesive and much less rambling than Coven. My only major issue is with how the characters Misty Day and Mallory are handled. It's as if the writers couldn't decide which one to concentrate on, and in the end, muddled them both. Major plot hole with Misty Day too, in that during the entire series, Cordelia kept stressing how important it was that everyone needed to fight together, then they just had her run off with Stevie Nicks. The only reason could have been because the writers had nothing to do with the character since they had decided Mallory was more important. But, in the end, if you can get past that, then it's pretty good.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    Apocalyptically awful.
  • Jan 14, 2021
    so good. perfect. the plot is literally just that cody fern is amazing. also very satanic though so if you're not always comfy with that i'd probably skip this season. it made me a little uncomfy sometimes but hey, that's what horror is all about, right? i just finished the entire season in one day though so let's hope this one doesn't give me nightmares like asylum did 😀🕺
  • Jan 03, 2021
    Apocalypse + robots + the antichrist + X-men / super heroes. I'm sorry, but this got out of hand and lost sight of it's "horror" aspect.
  • Dec 10, 2020
    American Horror Story: Apocalypse is an end time focussed series, focussed on tying some loose ends from previous seasons (Coven, Hotel, Murder House) together. Starting out with an apocalyptic setting, the season focusses on a the live of the financial upper class in a bunker, but soon starts explaining more about how the story came to be in the typical American Horror Story flashbacks. Through this, the plot takes shifts its focus to the character development of the mysterious stranger who was introduced in the bunker. Although the life in a post-apocalyptic setting, locked in a bunker by some mysterious organization with some more than arbitrary rules, would already offer a big set of opportunities for the plot, this sadly is not used as much as it could have been. However, American Horror Story veterans will have a fun time remeeting some older characters, who are inserted into this season quite well. All in all, the season has a broad scope and includes a variety of themes. The setting is chosen well, so that there is multitude of sceneries besides the bunker, preventing the visuals to become tedious. The development of the main character is shown in a believable and interesting way, even featuring some impressive and gory visuals. The finale is a bit of a let down, but still does not take away from the ambitious build up, making this one of the best American Horror Story seasons. I would recommend this season to people who enjoyed the season Coven, the movie Omen or Rosemaries Baby.
  • Nov 23, 2020
    I loved the season, but I feel it could have been better
  • Nov 14, 2020
    So glad that FX figured how boring and non-AHS apocalypse was going to be and decided to turn season 8 into AHS Coven II. Greatly appreciated. Good choice!
  • Oct 16, 2020
    This season should have been called AHS: Coven 2. Instead of investigating a new theme of horror, the season tied itself in knots to rewrite its own history. This knot ended in a nice tidy bow where a bunch of self righteous witches save the world and the villain is dead - NOT SCARY.

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