The BEST episodes of American Horror Story

Every episode of American Horror Story ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of American Horror Story!

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.

Last Updated: 4/15/2024Network: FXStatus: Continuing
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Return to Murder House
star
8.12
1758 votes

#1 - Return to Murder House

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/17/2018

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.

Directors: Sarah Paulson
Writer: Crystal Liu
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The Name Game
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8.10
3509 votes

#2 - The Name Game

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/2/2013

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

Directors: Michael Lehmann
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Madness Ends
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8.08
3445 votes

#3 - Madness Ends

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/23/2013

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

Writer: Tim Minear
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Burn, Witch. Burn!
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8.03
3230 votes

#4 - Burn, Witch. Burn!

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/6/2013

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.

Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
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I Am Anne Frank (2)
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8.03
4035 votes

#5 - I Am Anne Frank (2)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/14/2012

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

Writer: Brad Falchuk
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Could It Be... Satan?
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7.98
1874 votes

#6 - Could It Be... Satan?

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/3/2018

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.

Directors: Sheree Folkson
Writer: Tim Minear
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Fearful Pranks Ensue
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7.96
3210 votes

#7 - Fearful Pranks Ensue

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/2013

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.

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Bitchcraft
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7.93
3966 votes

#8 - Bitchcraft

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/9/2013

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

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Smoldering Children
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7.89
5181 votes

#9 - Smoldering Children

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/7/2011

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

Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writer: James Wong
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Head
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7.88
2947 votes

#10 - Head

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/11/2013

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

Directors: Howard Deutch
Writer: Tim Minear
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The Coat Hanger
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7.88
3529 votes

#11 - The Coat Hanger

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/12/2012

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.

Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
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I Am Anne Frank (1)
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7.86
4158 votes

#12 - I Am Anne Frank (1)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/7/2012

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

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Birth
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7.85
4841 votes

#13 - Birth

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/14/2011

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

Writer: Tim Minear
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She Gets Revenge
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7.85
2129 votes

#14 - She Gets Revenge

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/16/2015

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.

Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writer: James Wong
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The Seven Wonders
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7.83
2942 votes

#15 - The Seven Wonders

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/29/2014

A new Supreme rises.

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Apocalypse Then
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7.83
1591 votes

#16 - Apocalypse Then

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/14/2018

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

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The Sacred Taking
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7.82
3107 votes

#17 - The Sacred Taking

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/4/2013

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.

Writer: Ryan Murphy
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Orphans
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7.82
1891 votes

#18 - Orphans

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/17/2014

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

Directors: Bradley Buecker
Writer: James Wong
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Traitor
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7.81
1663 votes

#19 - Traitor

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/24/2018

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.

Directors: Jennifer Lynch
Writer: Adam Penn
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Afterbirth
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7.81
4772 votes

#20 - Afterbirth

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/21/2011

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

Directors: Bradley Buecker
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Boy Wonder
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7.81
1789 votes

#21 - Boy Wonder

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/10/2018

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.

Writer: John J. Gray
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Edward Mordrake (2)
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7.81
2169 votes

#22 - Edward Mordrake (2)

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/29/2014

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.

Directors: Howard Deutch
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Boy Parts
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7.81
3402 votes

#23 - Boy Parts

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/16/2013

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.

Directors: Michael Rymer
Writer: Tim Minear
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Spilt Milk
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7.80
3622 votes

#24 - Spilt Milk

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/9/2013

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

Writer: Brad Falchuk
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Unholy Night
star
7.78
3667 votes

#25 - Unholy Night

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/5/2012

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

Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writer: James Wong
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