Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott as Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Harmon
Evan Peters as Tate Langdon
Taissa Farmiga as Violet Harmon
Denis O'Hare as Larry (Russell Edgington, True Blood)
Jessica Lange as Constance
Frances Conroy as Moira
Alex Breckenridge as Young Moira
Jamie Brewer as Addy, Constance’s daughter
Zachary Quinto as Chad, the former owner of the house (Sylar, Heroes)
Series Premiere Recap
American Horror Story is a dramatic television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. On July 18, 2011 it was reported that the project had been picked up to series by FX. It premiered on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. The story focuses on a family that moves to a decrepit mansion in Los Angeles, unaware that the once-noble home is haunted.
American Horror Story has received generally positive reviews from critics. The first season scored 63 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 12 reviews.
Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly awarded the series a B+, stating "AHS is pretty much all scare, all the time: a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies." Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News said "Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams." Hank Stuever from The Washington Post said in his review that "Overdoing things is one of Murphy's trademark flaws, but this show has a captivating style and giddy gross-outs." IGN TV's Matt Fowler said that the pilot episode was a lot of "style-over-substance" but also that it was "totally watchable" and a "haunting, subversive television experiment" that gleefully combined elements of The Shining, Amityville Horror and many other iconic films.
Often you hear the expression "surprise new hit series of the season" or some crap but in all honesty, this show was way more than I expected. Produced by the Co-Creators of Glee and Nip/Tuck, I wasn't sure what to think going in. The story is presented in a very jarring style that's very unnerving at points and completely original. Some things make sense, others don't exactly at first glance and you're sort of on guard at all times. No scene seems "safe" at all and you may find yourself a bit tense at points watching. FX has really taken some risks here with the adult content and level of violence being shown at certain junctures but this definitely feels like a very contemporary and fresh take on the whole American Gothic style of ghost story with an all star cast to boot. This show honestly sort of snuck up on me so I'd invite you to give it a watch as I feel it was definitely worth checking out and discussing.