The Best Episodes of American Horror Story

Last Updated: Apr 18, 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 8.33
1,715 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
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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 8.23
1,291 votes
Directors: Sarah Paulson
Writers: Crystal Liu
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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
1,738 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
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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
2,082 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
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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
1,832 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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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
2,018 votes
Writers: Tim Minear
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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
1,394 votes
Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writers: Tim Minear
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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
2,055 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: James Wong
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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
2,654 votes
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
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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 8.08
1,973 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Tim Minear
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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
1,971 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
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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 8.07
2,141 votes
Writers: Jennifer Salt
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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
1,667 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Jennifer Salt
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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 8.02
1,659 votes
Writers: Brad Falchuk
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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
1,891 votes
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
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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
1,484 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: James Wong
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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
2,400 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: James Wong
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Go to Hell

#18 - 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 7.98
1,961 votes
Writers: Jessica Sharzer
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Spooky Little Girl

#19 - 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
2,073 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Jennifer Salt
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Dark Cousin

#20 - 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 7.98
1,755 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
Writers: Tim Minear
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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
1,770 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Ryan Murphy
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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
2,180 votes
Writers: James Wong
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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
1,734 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Jennifer Salt
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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
1,910 votes
Writers: Jennifer Salt
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Tricks and Treats

#25 - Tricks and Treats

Season 2 - Episode 2

An exorcist is called to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy; Sister Jude's darkest secret is revealed.

star 7.96
2,079 votes
Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writers: James Wong
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