The Best Episodes of American Horror Story

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a farmhouse in Roanoke and a cult.

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 8.37
1,558 votes
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The Name Game

#2 - 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 8.22
1,571 votes
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I Am Anne Frank (2)

#3 - 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 8.17
1,647 votes
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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 8.16
1,903 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
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#5 - 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
1,793 votes
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#6 - 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 8.12
1,811 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
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#7 - 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 8.11
2,428 votes
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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 8.10
1,823 votes
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Fearful Pranks Ensue

#9 - 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 8.08
1,944 votes
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The Coat Hanger

#10 - 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 8.07
1,505 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
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#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 8.06
1,734 votes
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Spilt Milk

#12 - 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 8.06
1,499 votes
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I Am Anne Frank (1)

#13 - 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 8.03
1,700 votes
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#14 - 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 8.02
1,354 votes
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Dark Cousin

#15 - 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 8.00
1,586 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
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The Origins of Monstrosity

#16 - 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 7.99
1,596 votes
Directors: David Semel
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The Replacements

#17 - 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 7.99
1,986 votes
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Spooky Little Girl

#18 - 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 7.99
1,832 votes
Directors: John Scott
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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
1,803 votes
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Edward Mordrake (2)

#20 - 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 7.99
1,603 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
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Halloween (1)

#21 - 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
2,137 votes
Directors: David Semel
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#22 - 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 7.99
1,726 votes
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Boy Parts

#23 - Boy Parts

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.99
2,079 votes
Directors: Michael Rymer
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Tricks and Treats

#24 - 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 7.99
1,874 votes
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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 7.98
1,567 votes
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