The BEST Episodes of American Horror Story

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Network: FX

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a haunted hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, the apocalypse and a slasher camp.

Return to Murder House

#1 - Return to Murder House

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 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.

star 8.16
1,638 votes
Directors: Sarah Paulson
Writers: Crystal Liu
The Name Game

#2 - The Name Game

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 2, 2013

The Monsignor confronts the Devil; Dr. Arden’s experiments reach a shocking conclusion; Dr. Thredson facilitates a surprising reunion for Kit.

star 8.14
3,628 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Madness Ends

#3 - Madness Ends

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 23, 2013

Johnny sets out to complete his father's work; Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.

star 8.12
3,578 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
Burn, Witch. Burn!

#4 - Burn, Witch. Burn!

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 6, 2013

Besieged by Marie Laveau's army, Zoe unleashes a new power; Fiona and Myrtle clash over control of the coven; Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts.

star 8.07
3,400 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
I Am Anne Frank (2)

#5 - I Am Anne Frank (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 2012

Sister Jude employs a renowned Nazi hunter to gather evidence against Arden; Kit makes a surprising confession; Bloody Face is unmasked.

star 8.06
4,174 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
Could It Be... Satan?

#6 - Could It Be... Satan?

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 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.

star 8.03
1,747 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Tim Minear
Fearful Pranks Ensue

#7 - Fearful Pranks Ensue

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2013

Fiona's choices rattle a decades-long truce between the Salem witches and Marie Laveau; the Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit to the academy with disturbing allegations.

star 7.99
3,386 votes
Writers: Jennifer Salt

#8 - Bitchcraft

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2013

A young girl discovers she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem; Fiona Goode returns to town.

star 7.97
4,256 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

#9 - Head

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

Cordelia’s attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke’s past.

star 7.93
3,095 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Tim Minear
Smoldering Children

#10 - Smoldering Children

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 2011

Violet learns about the rules of the house. The truth about Larry's condition is explained. Constance is interrogated by the police.

star 7.91
5,312 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: James Wong
The Coat Hanger

#11 - The Coat Hanger

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 2012

The Monsignor takes an unlikely convert under his wing; Lana secures a new piece of evidence that can exonerate Kit; Dr. Arden witnesses a miraculous return.

star 7.91
3,642 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jennifer Salt
She Gets Revenge

#12 - She Gets Revenge

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 16, 2015

Alex enlists John's help to contain an outbreak. Donovan learns the Countess' true intentions. Liz and Iris plan to leave the hotel for good.

star 7.90
2,267 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: James Wong
I Am Anne Frank (1)

#13 - I Am Anne Frank (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 2012

A new patient exposes Arden's past; Kit learns why Grace was admitted to Briarcliff.

star 7.89
4,319 votes
Writers: Jessica Sharzer

#14 - Orphans

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 17, 2014

The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper; Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show; Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.

star 7.89
1,972 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: James Wong

#15 - Birth

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 14, 2011

Vivien gives birth. Tate and Violet attempt to rid the house of some of its ghosts for good.

star 7.88
4,975 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
Edward Mordrake (2)

#16 - Edward Mordrake (2)

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 2014

Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie; Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany; Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.

star 7.87
2,312 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Jennifer Salt
Apocalypse Then

#17 - Apocalypse Then

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 14, 2018

The witches prepare for a final epic battle with Michael Langdon. An old face returns to help with the plan.

star 7.87
1,469 votes
The Sacred Taking

#18 - The Sacred Taking

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 2013

Cordelia rallies the girls in the fight to stop Fiona; a dangerous new enemy puts Misty in the cross hairs; the rivalry between Marie Laveau and Delphine comes to a head.

star 7.87
3,267 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy
Boy Parts

#19 - Boy Parts

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2013

Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with a horrible tragedy; Delphine LaLaurie struggles to adjust to modern life; Cordelia faces a dark decision about her family.

star 7.86
3,611 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Tim Minear

#20 - Afterbirth

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 21, 2011

In the aftermath of family tragedy, Ben tries to take his child out of the Murder House. Meanwhile, Violet and Vivien accustom themselves to their new living arrangements, Constance raises Tate's child as her own and a new family buys the house.

star 7.85
4,914 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Spilt Milk

#21 - Spilt Milk

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 9, 2013

Grace tells Kit devastating news about Alma; Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor; the Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.

star 7.85
3,732 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
The Seven Wonders

#22 - The Seven Wonders

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 2014

A new Supreme rises.

star 7.84
3,104 votes
Writers: Douglas Petrie

#23 - Traitor

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 24, 2018

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

star 7.84
1,563 votes
Directors: Jennifer Lynch
Writers: Adam Penn
Boy Wonder

#24 - Boy Wonder

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 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.

star 7.84
1,669 votes
Writers: John J. Gray
The Replacements

#25 - The Replacements

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 23, 2013

Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé; a guilt-ridden Zoe tries to give Kyle his old life back; Madison has a fiery exchange with Joan Ramsey.

star 7.83
3,573 votes
Writers: James Wong