The BEST Episodes of American Horror Story

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2019

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 hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.

Madness Ends

#1 - Madness Ends

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.34
1,728 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
Return to Murder House

#2 - Return to Murder House

Season 8 - Episode 6

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 8.22
1,355 votes
Directors: Sarah Paulson
Writers: Crystal Liu
The Name Game

#3 - The Name Game

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.19
1,749 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Burn, Witch. Burn!

#4 - Burn, Witch. Burn!

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.14
2,089 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
I Am Anne Frank (2)

#5 - I Am Anne Frank (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 8.14
1,845 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
Birth

#6 - Birth

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 8.13
2,041 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
Could It Be... Satan?

#7 - Could It Be... Satan?

Season 8 - Episode 4

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 8.12
1,454 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Tim Minear
Smoldering Children

#8 - Smoldering Children

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 8.09
2,076 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: James Wong
Bitchcraft

#9 - Bitchcraft

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 8.08
2,665 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Head

#10 - Head

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 8.07
1,983 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Tim Minear
Afterbirth

#11 - Afterbirth

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.07
1,992 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Fearful Pranks Ensue

#12 - Fearful Pranks Ensue

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 8.06
2,149 votes
Writers: Jennifer Salt
The Coat Hanger

#13 - The Coat Hanger

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.05
1,683 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jennifer Salt
Spilt Milk

#14 - Spilt Milk

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 8.03
1,667 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
I Am Anne Frank (1)

#15 - I Am Anne Frank (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 8.01
1,906 votes
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Orphans

#16 - Orphans

Season 4 - Episode 10

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

star 8.00
1,497 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: James Wong
Halloween (1)

#17 - Halloween (1)

Season 1 - Episode 4

The line between the living and the dead blurs on Halloween. Two of the house's previous residents give the Harmons decorating advice.

star 7.99
2,427 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: James Wong
Dark Cousin

#18 - Dark Cousin

Season 2 - Episode 7

Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to discover a dark angel at Briarcliff; Kit makes a bold move to be reunited with Grace.

star 7.99
1,769 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Tim Minear
Go to Hell

#19 - Go to Hell

Season 3 - Episode 12

Cordelia's latest vision puts the coven's future in question; the girls manifest powerful new gifts; Queenie's search for Marie Laveau leads her to hell and back.

star 7.99
1,972 votes
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
Spooky Little Girl

#20 - Spooky Little Girl

Season 1 - Episode 9

One of history's most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate's bad behavior.

star 7.98
2,096 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Jennifer Salt
The Origins of Monstrosity

#21 - The Origins of Monstrosity

Season 2 - Episode 6

A mysterious little girl is abandoned at Briarcliff; the Monsignor makes a Faustian pact with Dr. Arden; the origin of Bloody Face is revealed.

star 7.98
1,784 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Ryan Murphy
The Replacements

#22 - The Replacements

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 7.97
2,190 votes
Writers: James Wong
Edward Mordrake (2)

#23 - Edward Mordrake (2)

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 7.97
1,745 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Jennifer Salt
Nor'easter

#24 - Nor'easter

Season 2 - Episode 3

A violent storm allows a group of patients to plan a daring escape; Sister Jude is haunted by her past.

star 7.97
1,925 votes
Writers: Jennifer Salt
Unholy Night

#25 - Unholy Night

Season 2 - Episode 8

A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on Briarcliff; Sister Jude faces off with the devil; Arden has a shocking encounter in the death chute.

star 7.96
1,747 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: James Wong