American Horror Story: Coven (2013 - 2014)


Coven
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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.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 2556

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Episodes

Air date: Oct 9, 2013

A young girl discovers she has a strange genetic affliction in the series 3 premiere.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2013

Death has failed to claim more than one person, including Madame LaLaurie, whose secrets Fiona is determined to find out.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2013

Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé. Meanwhile, Zoe tries to help Kyle.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2013

Set in both modern day and the 1830s, this season centres on a coven of witches who relocated from Salem to New Orleans before the Salem witch trials.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2013

Besieged by Marie Laveau's army, Zoe unleashes a new power, while Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2013

Set in both modern day and the 1830s, this season centres on a coven of witches who relocated from Salem to New Orleans before the Salem witch trials.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2013

Queenie develops doubts about LaLaurie. Meanwhile, Fiona becomes involved in a dangerous love affair.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2013

The third season of Ryan Murphy's twisted horror anthology presents a new tale in 'American Horror Story: Coven'.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2013

Fiona eyes an alliance with Marie Laveau. Later, Cordelia's attacker is revealed; and Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke's past.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2014

Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the witch hunters. Meanwhile, Madison tries to eliminate her competition.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Frances Conroy
Myrtle Snow
Sarah Paulson
Cordelia Foxx
Taissa Farmiga
Zoe Benson
Jessica Lange
Fiona Goode
Evan Peters
Kyle Spencer
Emma Roberts
Madison Montgomery
Lily Rabe
Misty Day
Kathy Bates
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Angela Bassett
Marie Laveau
Danny Huston
The Axeman
Patti LuPone
Joan Ramsey
Leslie Jordan
Quentin Fleming
Riley Voelkel
Fiona Goode (Young)
James Wong
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Jennifer Salt
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Coven

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

So far, so creepy

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

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…

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

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

The sheer number of amazing actors who've joined up with creator Ryan Murphy's repertory company is reason enough to watch.

Jan 20, 2021 | 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…

The formula works particularly well in this installment, thanks to uninhibited work by the big-name cast.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

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…

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…

The hour packs in sex, sexual violence, violence-violence, some beautiful cinematography and a surprising amount of offhand humor in telling its story of a New Orleans finishing school for young witches.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven

  • 1d ago
    I hated this season so much I forgot it was the third, my mind skipped straight to the carnival season when I thought of season three. This season is more prolific for giving rise to the insufferable internet witch trend and teenage girls arguing about which one of them was the supreme. Not very interesting and it was at this point that the show stopped being largely horror focused although it does have some dark scenes with some good brutality and interesting angels, still I just hated how melodramatic it was about some nonsense it failed to make me care about.
  • 2d ago
    Exhilarating, well written, scary, campy and last but not least ICONIC!
  • Apr 10, 2021
    My favorite season next to Murder House.
  • Mar 22, 2021
    This season is ok, but it lacks in actual horror. In a show called American HORROR Story, lacking in the scares can be a big turnoff for some. I still found this to be very entertaining, and it is definitely not as rough of a watch as some of the later seasons.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    I've enjoyed a couple of the American Horror Story seasons, but Coven was a disjointed, aimlessly wandering mess. It didn't have the atmosphere of Hotel, or the compelling characters of Freak Show (which had it's own issues). The characters weren't developed beyond one dimension and were picked up and thrown back down before we were given a chance to care about any of them.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    Perfeito ,melhor temporada
  • Dec 16, 2020
    American Horror Story: Coven, tells the storie behind a modern day witch school and their inhabitants, focussing on the search of the new strongest witch, the "Supreme". Although the concept behind the season would offer a broad range of opportunities for horror, Coven ends up feeling more like a teenie show, which is partly due to the young protagonists, but also because of a lack of thrills and scares. Featuring very little gore, the season spends a lot more time on character introduction and development, than on establishing a scary or thrilling atmosphere. Likewise, due to the fictional setting, death loses a lot of fright, as people can very easily be brought back to life, just as well as torn limbs can be rebuilt. Covens plot is pretty linear, however not boring and it is fun to see the characters grow and witness the numerous intrigues unfold. Nonetheless, the setting and the overall pretty timid characters give the story a rather light and friendly feel, which does not fit too well with the American Horror Story Series. All in all, American Horror Story: Coven is a pretty entertaining season, but lacks a lot of scares and horror scenes, whis is especially disappointing since the seasons theme would have offered many possibilities. Thus, I would recommend this season to people who favour an interesting plot and deep characters over scares and thrills. You will like this season if you enjoyed The Covenant, The Craft or Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
  • Nov 21, 2020
    American Horror Story: Coven, without a doubt, is one of the best seasons of the series, with a great plot, and a good development.
  • Nov 05, 2020
    A creative way to be fun and twisted at the same time. The way they presented diversity in terms of ethnicity and physical limitation is non exploitative but very well woven to the fabric of the story. The rise of Sarah Paulson as the new Queen of AHS universe was beautifully done with Jessica Lange turning over the crown. The queens of AHS never fails to deliver. Frances Conroy's Myrtle Snow is simply worth remembering.
  • Oct 27, 2020
    This is the absolute worse season of the first three seasons

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