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American Horror Story: Murder House

Created by: Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (2011)

A family's relocation finds them living in a house with a sordid history culminating in profoundly tragic events.


Original release date: October 5 - December 21, 2011 for FX.

Streaming now on HULU


The key to this house is this: If you die there, you stay there forever. Crazy, right? The adulterous psychiatrist hubby, the jaded and mourning wife, and a teenager who didn't want to move in the first place. Sounds like a recipe for success. They never had a shot. The house is inherently evil, usually possessing the men in some crazy fashion, to the extent that a ghost is able to get someone pregnant. The ghosts can also fully manifest to the living, both inside the house as well as to passers-by. This in itself causes all manner of fuckery.

Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Nip/Tuck, Glee) show their brilliance in storytelling, however lost they may get telling said story, in this amazing series starring Dylan McDermott (Ben Harmon), Evan Peters (Tate Langdon), Connie Britton (Vivian Harmon), Taissa Farmiga (Violet Harmon), Denis O’Hare (Larry Harvey), Jessica Lange (Constance Langdon), and

Frances Conroy (Moira O’Hara), just to name a few.

This season has so many twists and turns, all revolving around the house's previous inhabitants. Ranging from a vengeful next door crazy neighbor lady, her mysterious brooding son, and a colorful, dream-filled, cat burglar, special needs daughter (Rev's note: that's a lot of adjectives!). The gay couple dealing with their issues by obsessively staging a Halloween extravaganza. The original owner running an abortion clinic out of the basement with the help of his wife who is bitter and selfish because she's just a bitch. This season is truly filled with moments leaving you wondering how far these writers can take this off the rails before viewers check out.

AHS: Murder House checks off all the horror elements that would make this a series worth checking out. Murder House runs you through a maze of interwoven stories of the lives of each character. We found ourselves invested in a few of these phenomenally well-acted portrayals

of characters we should hate, finding instead that we are cheering on their afterlife antics, dishing out long past due karma to both living and dead.

Final Thought: If you've ever wondered about the worst possible thing that could happen if you cheated on your partner, this season is for you.

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