Oct. 05, 2011
Returning Series
60 min.
FX TV Network

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American Horror Story

An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel and a sinister farmhouse.

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  • The season one house is a real location at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles known as the Rosenheim Mansion. It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence; Rosenheim was one of LA's most influential architects during the early 1900s. The house scenes in the pilot episode of "American Horror Story" were filmed on location at the Rosenheim Mansion, and then some of the house's interiors were replicated on a set. Exteriors continue to be filmed there on location.
  • SPOILER: Ashley Rickards has shared the small screen with Evan Peters (Tate) before, portraying his girlfriend on the drama One Tree Hill. Here, however, she is a victim of his murderous rampage as opposed to a love interest.
  • Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk stated from the beginning of the project that each season would feature a new story and cast.
  • The 'murder house' featured in the series is in fact called Rosenheim Mansion. It was also used as the Frat House location on Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Halloween special "Fear, Itself", in which the characters' fears manifest themselves.
  • Actor Chris Zylka was booked for a two-episode arc as a deaf, mute patient in the series' second season. However, Zylka was quietly dismissed from the show after refusing to shave his head for the role. Producers then wrote the role out in the wake of the actor's ouster.
  • The character 'Kit Walker' (AHS: Asylum: Season 2) shares the same name as the alter ego of Lee Falk's character, 'The Phantom' who has appeared in numerous books, short stories, comic strips, comic books, video games, films and television series.
  • The first season used horror film scores for its soundtrack, most noticeably the scores from "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "What Lies Beneath", "Psycho" and "Insidious". Also used the whistled "Twisted Nerve" from "Twisted Nerve". "Twisted Nerve" was also featured in Kill Bill. Season 2, Asylum, also featured scores from other movies such as "Carrie" and "Candyman".
  • It was reported that Eric Stonestreet was booked for a guest spot as a serial killer who shares scenes with Sarah Paulson's Lana Winters in Season 2, but the scenes were cut or left unaired for unknown reasons. A similar thing happened to Max Adler's role as Mr. Capshaw.
  • The title and credits font is "Charles Rennie Mackintosh" inspired by the Scottish architect of the same name.
  • Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe had special credits as 'special guest stars' in Season 3 appearing in 12 of the 13 episodes.
  • Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange became so close friends during season 1 that Murphy has consulted with the actress when writing the other characters. For example, Lange wanted to play a big drunk scene and sing in season 2 (therefore Sister Jude does these things), she also wanted to play an elegant woman wearing Chanel in season 3 (therefore Fiona dressed impeccably). Lange herself is also a photographer, and she was particularly attracted to the circus world, especially during the 50s. Hence the character of Elsa Mars, owner of a freak show.
  • Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, who have each played major roles in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, share more than just a professional relationship. They began dating in 2012, and on January 6th, 2014, it was officially confirmed by 'People Magazine [us]' that the couple had gotten engaged over the holidays. They later split, but in September 2015, it was confirmed they were together again.
  • The Rosenheim Mansion, actual location used for exterior shots is located 5 min (1.3 miles) from the home used for exterior shots of the HBO series 'Six Feet Under' which is an actual location, 2302 W 25th St Los Angeles, CA.
  • Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling in AHS: Freakshow. His character is based on the real life "Lobster Boy," Grady Stiles.
  • In season 4 (Freak Show), characters sing songs that were released after 1952 (the time period in which Freak Show takes place). Many fans criticized and disliked this, but there is a deep and unique reason to this idea. Ryan Murphy has said in an interview that he picked songs that were made by artists who were known as or called themselves freaks. For example: David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Nirvana, etc.
  • Jessica Lange originally turned down the role of Constance in season 1, but finally accepted after creator Ryan Murphy repeatedly offered her the role.
  • SPOILER: The character of Edward Mordrake who appears in Freakshow was mistakenly believed to have been an actual person, but has been revealed as a hoax. The hoax story goes: He was a 19th century aristocrat who was said to have suffered a form of Diprosopus. He had an extra face on the back of his head, which could neither eat nor speak out loud, although it was described as being able to laugh and cry. Edward reportedly begged doctors to have his "demon face" removed, claiming it "whispered" to him at night. No doctor would attempt the surgery. He later committed suicide at 23. However, this story has been proven to be false. Mordrake was discovered to have been the fictional creation of Charles Lotin Hildreth, who fabricated his story for a sensationalist article in the Boston Sunday Post in 1895.
  • SPOILER: Evan Peters character Tate commits the school shooting in season 1 on the same day Kurt Cobain was murdered.
  • SPOILER: The opening credits to each season are said to have clues to the events that will unfold as the season moves on. Coven was the first to involve animation, while Freakshow was the first to be fully animated.
  • SPOILER: Season 1. Victims of the school shooting have last names that include: Boggs, Greenwell, Stanley, Stapleton, Gedman. These are also last names late 80's Boston Red Sox players.
  • On September 2, 2014, show creator Ryan Murphy announced that all the seasons are connected to each other in some way.
  • Within the season "Freak Show", the character Twisty the Clown was disliked by the National Clown Association of America for his inaccurate portrayal of clowns, and because he gave clowns a bad reputation.
  • SPOILER: Evan Peters' Freak Show character Jimmy Darling covers Nirvana's "Come As You Are" in "Test of Strength". Evan's Season One character Tate was a fan of Nirvana, and died on the same day as Kurt Cobain.
  • SPOILER: As of season 4, Sarah Paulson is the only main cast member whose character has not been killed off, or she has yet to play a ghost (not including fantasy sequences of Freak Show). Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Francis Conroy, Lily Rabe, and Denis O'Hare are considered part of the main cast and all five of them have played either a ghost or have been murdered in at least one season.
  • Jeanine Deckers, singer of the song "Dominique" heard in season 2 "Asylum", was mocked in french-speaking countries for her chorus where she repeats three times the end of the name "Dominique" (talking of Saint Dominic). In French, she was using a very bad slang swearword to say that "Dominique is having sex", making the joke on her even worse as the singer was a nun at the time of release (according to interviews of people who knew her, she didn't know of the slang interpretation even after the song hit the number one spot in many charts around the world). Still a popular slang word, the first letter of the word is used in the name of the most famous French hip-hop act of all times, "NTM". The last two letters of their acronym stand for "Ta Mere", "Your Mother".
  • During an interview for Scream 4, Emma Roberts admitted that she hates scary movies. She appears in this TV anthology which, coincidentally contains the word 'horror' in its title.
  • Dominique, the song we hear repeatedly during season 2, was interpreted by a Belgian nun called Soeur Sourire and was a big hit in Belgium, France and elsewhere during the 60's. She commited suicide with barbiturates on March 29 1985, because of financial problems. "Soeur Sourire" is French for "Sister Smile".
  • SPOILER: In Coven's finale, two fates are foreshadowed. Before the test begins, there is a scene where Myrtle states that it is the girls' last supper before one of them becomes the Supreme - the camera pans to Queenie and Cordelia, the latter of which becomes the Supreme; Myrtle also remarks that the "last meal" could be a literal last meal for one of them - the camera shows Myrtle looking at Misty, who dies and is unable to be resurrected.
  • Kathy Bates, who stars in seasons three, four and five, starred in Misery, a horror film for which she won an Oscar. Jessica Lange was in contention for Bates' role in the film. They both costar in this horror anthology together.
  • Ben Woolf who plays Meep in season 4 also appeared as the Infantata in season 1.

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