Critic Consensus: AHS returns in frightening form with "The End," a wickedly fun -- if unfortunately witch-free -- premiere that's equal parts camp, chaos, and Sarah Paulson chewing scenery like no one else can.

Episode Info

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.


Sarah Paulson
as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Foxx & Billie Dean Howard
Cody Fern
as Michael Langdon
Kathy Bates
as Ms. Miriam Mead
Adina Porter
as Dinah Stevens
Evan Peters
as Mr. Gallant & Tate Langdon
Leslie Grossman
as Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
Joan Collins
as Evie Gallant
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Critic Reviews for The End

The haunting setups are punctuated with showy flourishes of humor, making the start of "AHS: Apocalypse" feel just like Ms. Venable wants: a welcome beginning instead of a harrowing end.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's "American Horror Story," so I guess we should have expected the first episode of "Apocalypse" to be weird and confusing, but this one feels particularly obtuse. That's not a criticism - just a note about how extra-weird this season is shaping up .

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Apocalypse, on the basis of its first hour, will stand shoulder to shoulder with its predecessors. This was a silly, ghastly soufflé that bounced between horrific and hilarious and was never less than completely exhilarating.

Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is broad satirical stuff, sure, but it's notable that the show's writers can't be bothered to reach past punch lines about our own world's fads of five years ago.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

In true Horror Story fashion, the season's first supernatural moment comes paired with the season's first shower scene.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Wednesday night's premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse marked a welcome return to camp for the long-running FX franchise.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a bad omen if there ever was one and this has secret society written all over it. I'm pretty sure Miriam and Wilhemina served the residents human flesh in order to boost morale after they killed him.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The world-building for Apocalypse is pretty impressive all around... If Apocalypse sticks to this arch, seductive palette, this could be the most delectable season yet. Only time will tell.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

If I had to describe this season's genre, it wouldn't be end-of-the-world horror. It would be The Simpsons parodies of end-of-the-world movies, as if a seven-minute "Treehouse of Horror" installment will be spread out over a season.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The moments of genuine pain gleaned from the first moments of the [premiere] episode redeem the somewhat aimless, camping next 45 minutes.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…