|American Horror Story|
Creators Murphy and Falchuk began working on American Horror Story before their Fox series Glee began production. Murphy wanted to do the opposite of what he had done previously and thus began his work on the series. He stated, "I went from Nip/Tuck to Glee, so it made sense that I wanted to do something challenging and dark. And I always had loved, as Brad had, the horror genre. So it just was a natural for me."
Falchuk was intrigued by the idea of putting a different angle on the horror genre, stating that their main goal in creating the series was to scare viewers. "You want people to be a little bit off balance afterwards," he said. The dark tone of the series is modeled after the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows, which Murphy’s grandmother forced him to watch when he was younger to toughen him up.
Murphy and Falchuk drew inspiration from real life crimes. Murphy noted tour buses that go by Sharon Tate's house and clubs devoted to murder re-creations. He stated that the series explores people's general obsession with crime and murder. "It’s a way to circumvent your own anxiety in very anxious times," he said. "In times of economic anxiety, if you look at the template, two genres flourish: horror and musicals. I think people want to either be scared or completely forget about their troubles. As we go further into the series, we get into the economic anxieties."Murphy's other inspiration for the show came from the AMC series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010. He called it "the greatest TV viewing experience" of his life that year. Falchuk noted that American Horror Story's scariest moments to him come from the emotional drama that the Harmons must contend with, as opposed to the violent scenes.
In February 2011, FX officially announced that it had ordered a pilot for a possible series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with both Murphy and Falchuk writing and Murphy directing. Dante Di Loreto was announced as executive producer. Production on the series began in April 2011. In July 2011, FX officially announced the project had been picked up to series.
- The show has received very varied responses, verging from the enthusiastic to complete rejection from critics. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave it a score of B+ Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News said "Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams." However, some critics, such as Alan Sepinwall, feel that the show just has scenes and sounds that people will want to forget. Some critics gave mixed reviews, such as Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times who said "Because even with all the zombies and vampires, there is always room for a good "American Horror Story". The first season scored a 62 out of 100 from the review site Metacritic from 30 reviews by critics.
From the beginning (though obscured from the viewers), Murphy and Falchuk planned that each season of the series would tell a different story. After the first season finale aired, Murphy spoke of his plans to change the cast and location for the second season. He did say, however, that some actors who starred in the first season would be returning. "The people that are coming back will be playing completely different characters, creatures, monsters, etc. [The Harmons'] stories are done. People who are coming back will be playing entirely new characters," he announced. Although there is a new story with every season, there are still actors who appear in the new story, with a new character. They are usually called repeating players. The only players to appears in all six seasons are: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe. There are also players who have made more than one appearance in a single season but have not appeared in all of them, such as: Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Denis O'Hare, Zachary Quinto, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, Jamie Brewer, and Alexandra Breckenridge.Production for the show began in February 2011, with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk generally composing the show. Casting began in late March and extended to late May, with the first cast member being Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, Denis O'Hare as Larry, and Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon. In April, Jessica Lange joined as Constance, and Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters were cast as Violet Harmon and Tate Langdon, respectively. Alexandra Breckenridge and Frances Conroy were later cast as Moira O'Hara. Murder House' used in Season 1 is called the Rosenheim Mansion and has been used in various TV shows and movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghost Whisperer, Spiderman etc.
The second miniseries premiered on October 17, 2012 and ran for thirteen episodes.
Jessica Lange was the first actor announced to be remaining in the troupe. Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were also announced to be joining Jessica for season 3. Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga were also announced as part of the cast. Ryan Murphy teased actors from season 1 reprising a role for season 3 as well. Later Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Angela Bassett, and Emma Roberts were confirmed to have joined the cast. Denis O'Hare, who played Larry Harvey, was also added to the cast of Coven, and Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Brewer, Christine Ebersole and Grey Damon were seen in pictures or announced soon after.
The cast was named one of EW's Entertainers of the Year in November 2013.
Afterwards, more series regulars were confirmed, including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett. Chloë Sevigny, who starred in Asylum, will return to the series for Hotel. On May 25, 2015, Ryan Murphy announced that Max Greenfield would also be joining the cast.
Emma Roberts and Denis O'Hare were also added to the cast list. It was announced that Roberts would be starring in a few episodes before the finale to do "something special" with her ex fiancé Evan Peters. However, Roberts was ultimately unable to take part in the fifth season due to the demands of Roberts' existing schedule.
Episodes by Crew
|Pilot||1||2011-10-05||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Home Invasion||2||2011-10-12||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Murder House (episode)||3||2011-10-19||Jennifer Salt||Bradley Buecker|
|Halloween: Part 1||4||2011-10-26||James Wong||David Semel|
|Halloween: Part 2||5||2011-11-02||Tim Minear||David Semel|
|Piggy Piggy||6||2011-11-09||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|Open House||7||2011-11-16||Brad Falchuk||Tim Hunter|
|Rubber Man (episode)||8||2011-11-23||Ryan Murphy||Miguel Arteta|
|Spooky Little Girl||9||2011-11-30||Jennifer Salt||John Scott|
|Smoldering Children||10||2011-12-07||James Wong||Michael Lehmann|
|Birth||11||2011-12-14||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Afterbirth||12||2011-12-21||Jessica Sharzer||Bradley Buecker|
|Welcome to Briarcliff||1||2012-10-17||Tim Minear||Bradley Buecker|
|Tricks and Treats||2||2012-10-24||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Nor'easter||3||2012-10-31||Jennifer Salt||Michael Uppendahl|
|I Am Anne Frank: Part 1||4||2012-11-07||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|I Am Anne Frank: Part 2||5||2012-11-14||Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|The Origins of Monstrosity||6||2012-11-21||Ryan Murphy||David Semel|
|Dark Cousin||7||2012-11-28||Tim Minear||David Semel|
|Unholy Night||8||2012-12-05||James Wong||Michael Lehmann|
|The Coat Hanger||9||2012-12-12||Jennifer Salt||Jeremy Podeswa|
|The Name Game||10||2013-01-02||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Lehmann|
|Spilt Milk||11||2013-01-09||Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Continuum||12||2013-01-16||Ryan Murphy||Craig Zisk|
|Madness Ends||13||2013-01-23||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Bitchcraft||1||2013-10-09||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Boy Parts||2||2013-10-16||Tim Minear||Michael Rymer|
|The Replacements||3||2013-10-23||James Wong||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Fearful Pranks Ensue||4||2013-10-30||Jennifer Salt||Michael Uppendahl|
|Burn, Witch. Burn!||5||2013-11-06||Jessica Sharzer||Jeremy Podeswa|
|The Axeman Cometh||6||2013-11-13||Douglas Petrie||Michael Uppendahl|
|The Dead||7||2013-11-20||Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|The Sacred Taking||8||2013-12-04||Ryan Murphy||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Head||9||2013-12-11||Tim Minear||Howard Deutch|
|The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks||10||2014-01-08||James Wong||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Protect the Coven||11||2014-01-15||Jennifer Salt||Bradley Buecker|
|Go to Hell||12||2014-01-22||Jessica Sharzer||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|The Seven Wonders||13||2014-01-29||Douglas Petrie||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Monsters Among Us||1||2014-10-08||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Massacres and Matinees||2||2014-10-15||Tim Minear||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon|
|Edward Mordrake: Part 1||3||2014-10-22||James Wong||Michael Uppendahl|
|Edward Mordrake: Part 2||4||2014-10-29||Jennifer Salt||Howard Deutch|
|Pink Cupcakes||5||2014-11-05||Jessica Sharzer||Michael Uppendahl|
|Bullseye||6||2014-11-12||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk ; John J. Gray||Howard Deutch|
|Test of Strength||7||2014-11-19||Crystal Liu||Anthony Hemingway|
|Blood Bath||8||2014-12-03||Ryan Murphy||Bradley Buecker|
|Tupperware Party Massacre||9||2014-12-10||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Loni Peristere|
|Orphans||10||2014-12-17||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Magical Thinking||11||2015-01-07||Jennifer Salt||Michael Goi|
|Show Stoppers||12||2015-01-14||Jessica Sharzer||Loni Peristere|
|Curtain Call||13||2015-01-21||John J. Gray||Bradley Buecker|
|Checking In||1||2015-10-07||Ryan Murphy ; Brad Falchuk||Ryan Murphy|
|Chutes and Ladders||2||2015-10-14||Tim Minear||Bradley Buecker|
|Mommy||3||2015-10-21||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Devil's Night||4||2015-10-28||Jennifer Salt||Ryan Murphy|
|Room Service||5||2015-11-04||Ned Martel||Michael Goi|
|Room 33||6||2015-11-11||John J. Gray||Loni Peristere|
|Flicker||7||2015-11-18||Crystal Liu||Michael Goi|
|The Ten Commandments Killer||8||2015-12-02||Ryan Murphy||Loni Peristere|
|She Wants Revenge||9||2015-12-09||Brad Falchuk||Michael Uppendahl|
|She Gets Revenge||10||2015-12-16||James Wong||Bradley Buecker|
|Battle Royale||11||2016-01-06||Ned Martel||Michael Uppendahl|
|Be Our Guest||12||2016-1-13||John J. Gray||Bradley Buecker|
|Chapter 1||1||2016-09-14||Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|Chapter 2||2||September 21, 2016||Tim Minear||Michael Goi|
|Chapter 3||3||September 28, 2016||James Wong||Jennifer Lynch|
|Chapter 4||4||2016-10-05||John J. Gray||Marita Grabiak|
|Chapter 5||5||2016-10-12||Akela Cooper||Nelson Cragg|
|Chapter 6||6||2016-10-19||Ned Martel||Angela Bassett|
|Chapter 7||7||2016-10-26||Crystal Liu||Elodie Keene|
|Chapter 8||8||2016-11-2||Todd Kubrak||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Chapter 9||9||2016-11-9||Tim Minear||Alexis Korycinski|
|Chapter 10||10||November 16, 2016||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
Dante Di Loreto
- ↑ Wikipedia:American Horror Story#Ratings
- ↑ 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Sets FX Ratings Record. Variety (June 15, 2015).
- ↑ 'American Horror Story' Earns 17 Emmy Nominations. Huffington Post (July 19, 2012).
- ↑ Stack, Tim (October 5, 2011). 'American Horror Story' co-creator Ryan Murphy talks premiere, his favorite scene, and identity of Rubber Man – EXCLUSIVE. Entertainment Weekly.
- ↑ Adalian, Josef (August 6, 2011). Ryan Murphy Talks American Horror Story. Vulture.
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (September 22, 2011). American Horror Story: 10 Things To Know. Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (September 22, 2011). American Horror Story: 10 Things To Know. Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ FX Orders "American Horror Story" to Series
- ↑ Tucker, Ken (September 28, 2011). American Horror Story. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
- ↑ Sepinwall, Alan (October 4, 2011). Review: FX's 'American Horror Story' an overwrought mess. HitFix.
- ↑ American Horror Story: Listing
- ↑ Inside TV
- ↑ confirmed at TVLine
- ↑ 
- ↑ EW's ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR!
- ↑ EW's American Horror Story Freak Show's details
- ↑ Kessler, Robert (December 4, 2015). Emma Roberts on the Downside of a GIF-Worthy Performance: ‘If I’m Annoying, They’ll Send Me a Meme of Me’. Yahoo Celebrity.