American Horror Story - Episode Guide

Season 1

Pilot

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Oct 5, 2011

Pilot

Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.

Home Invasion

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Oct 12, 2011

Home Invasion

Serial killer enthusiasts reenact the brutal murders of two nursing students, while Ben returns to Boston to fix a mistake involving an old flame.

Murder House

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 19, 2011

Murder House

Ben confronts Moira about recent strange behavior, while Vivien learns about the house's first resident.

Halloween Part 1

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 26, 2011

Halloween Part 1

Two of the house's previous residents, interior designers Chad and Patrick, give the Harmons decorating advice.

Halloween Part 2

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Nov 2, 2011

Halloween Part 2

While on a date with Violet, Tate is harassed by a group of bloody teens. Ben and Vivien are haunted by one of the house's newest guests.

Piggy, Piggy

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 9, 2011

Piggy, Piggy

Ben sees a new patient who is terrified by the legend of a man who slaughters those who repeat a specific mantra into a mirror.

Open House

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 16, 2011

Open House

Moira persuades a prospective buyer to make an offer, but Constance and Larry try to undermine her efforts. Meanwhile, Vivien and Luke grow closer.

Rubber Man

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Nov 23, 2011

Rubber Man

The identity of the man in the rubber suit is revealed.

Spooky Little Girl

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Nov 30, 2011

Spooky Little Girl

One of history's most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate's bad behavior.

Smoldering Children

Episode: 1x10 | Airdate: Dec 7, 2011

Smoldering Children

In 1994, Larry gets burned. In the present, Ben begins to understand what happened to cause Vivien's institutionalization. Constance is questioned by the police in Travis' death. Violet learns something about herself that she doesn't know.

Birth

Episode: 1x11 | Airdate: Dec 14, 2011

Birth

Vivien gives birth. Violet learns who fathered one of her new siblings.

Afterbirth

Episode: 1x12 | Airdate: Dec 21, 2011

Afterbirth

The aftermath of Vivien's difficult labour is revealed and Ben makes plans to get out of the house. Some of the spirits have other plans and the family has to pull together to make it through these very tough changes.

Season 2

Welcome to Briarcliff

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Oct 17, 2012

Welcome to Briarcliff

After a life-changing experience, a young man is admitted into a notorious insane asylum, while a local reporter is determined to get the full story.

Tricks and Treats

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Oct 24, 2012

Tricks and Treats

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

Nor'easter

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Oct 31, 2012

Nor'easter

A group of patients plan an escape from the asylum during a violent storm. Sister Jude is haunted by her past.

I Am Anne Frank Part 1

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2012

I Am Anne Frank Part 1

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

I Am Anne Frank Part 2

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Nov 14, 2012

I Am Anne Frank Part 2

Sister Jude digs up dirt on Arden. Kit makes a surprising confession. Bloody Face is unmasked.

Origins of Monstrosity

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Nov 21, 2012

Origins of Monstrosity

A mysterious little girl is abandoned at Briarcliff. The Monsignor makes a Faustian pact with Dr. Arden. The origin of Bloody Face is revealed.

Dark Cousin

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Nov 28, 2012

Dark Cousin

Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to discover a dark angel has descended on Briarcliff. Kit makes a bold move to be reunited with Grace.

Unholy Night

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Dec 5, 2012

Unholy Night

A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on Briarcliff. Sister Jude faces off with the Devil. Arden has a shocking encounter in the Death Chute.

The Coat Hanger

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Dec 12, 2012

The Coat Hanger

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.

The Name Game

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Jan 2, 2013

The Name Game

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

Spilt Milk

Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Jan 9, 2013

Spilt Milk

Grace brings Kit devastating news about the aliens' experiments on Alma. Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor. The Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.

Continuum

Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Jan 16, 2013

Continuum

A deadly new inmate threatens Sister Jude's chance of release from Briarcliff. Grace's obsession with the aliens turns violent.

Madness Ends

Episode: 2x13 | Airdate: Jan 23, 2013

Madness Ends

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

Season 3

Bitchcraft

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Oct 9, 2013

Bitchcraft

After discovering her unique bloodline, a young girl is whisked away to a special academy for girls who share the same lineage.

Boy Parts

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Oct 16, 2013

Boy Parts

Fiona threatens a long-standing peace when she delves into Madame LaLaurie's past, while Zoe and Madison must deal with a horrible tragedy.

The Replacements

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Oct 23, 2013

The Replacements

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, a new neighbor.

Fearful Pranks Ensue

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Oct 30, 2013

Fearful Pranks Ensue

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.

Burn, Witch. Burn!

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Nov 6, 2013

Burn, Witch. Burn!

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.

The Axeman Cometh

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Nov 13, 2013

The Axeman Cometh

Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation.

The Dead

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Nov 20, 2013

The Dead

Fiona finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair. A night out with LaLaurie leads Queenie to question her place in the Coven. Cordelia makes a fateful decision about her mother.

The Sacred Taking

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Dec 4, 2013

The Sacred Taking

Cordelia rallies the girls in the fight to stop Fiona. A dangerous new enemy puts Misty in the crosshairs. The rivalry between Marie Laveau and Delphine comes to a head.

Head

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Dec 11, 2013

Head

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

The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Jan 8, 2014

The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks

Fiona attempts to out the new Supreme with a visit from Stevie Nicks. Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the Witch Hunters. Madison tries to eliminate her competition for the Supremacy.

Protect the Coven

Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Jan 15, 2014

Protect the Coven

Fiona and Laveau have a deadly face off with The Corporation. Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven.

Go to Hell

Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Jan 22, 2014

Go to Hell

Cordelia's latest vision puts the Coven's future in question. With the end of Fiona's reign approaching, the girls manifest powerful new gifts. Queenie's search for Marie Laveau leads her to Hell and back.

Season 4

Monsters Among Us

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Oct 8, 2014

Monsters Among Us

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.

Massacres and Matinees

Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: Oct 15, 2014

Massacres and Matinees

A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.

Edward Mordrake (1)

Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Oct 22, 2014

Edward Mordrake (1)

The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortuneteller. Ethel receives life-changing news.

Edward Mordrake (2)

Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Oct 29, 2014

Edward Mordrake (2)

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.

Pink Cupcakes

Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: Nov 5, 2014

Pink Cupcakes

Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby. A health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.

Bullseye

Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: Nov 12, 2014

Bullseye

Elsa unveils a dangerous new act. Stanley puts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy. Paul indulges in a secret romance.

Test of Strength

Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: Nov 19, 2014

Test of Strength

The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence. A strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy's suspicion about the clown murders.

Blood Bath

Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: Dec 3, 2014

Blood Bath

Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel's suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy's bloodlust.

Tupperware Party Massacre

Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Dec 10, 2014

Tupperware Party Massacre

In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.

Orphans

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Dec 17, 2014

Orphans

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

Magical Thinking

Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Jan 7, 2015

Magical Thinking

Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy's escape from police custody.

Show Stoppers

Episode: 4x12 | Airdate: Jan 14, 2015

Show Stoppers

Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice.

Curtain Call

Episode: 4x13 | Airdate: Jan 21, 2015

Curtain Call

The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.

Season 5

Checking In

Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: Oct 7, 2015

Checking In

Detective John Lowe investigates a strange murder-torture case, and gets a tip that leads him to the Hotel Cortez. Meanwhile, the staff and long-time residents discover that the owner has sold the hotel and they will soon be evicted.

Chutes and Ladders

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Oct 14, 2015

Chutes and Ladders

While Will holds a fashion show in the lobby, his son Lochlin shows Scarlett one of the hotel's many secrets. Meanwhile, John forces Iris to tell him the history of the hotel from the 1920s when it was built as an abbatoir by a homicidal oil man.

Mommy

Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: Oct 21, 2015

Mommy

After a family counseling session, Alex gives John some bad news. Meanwhile, Donovan tells his mother to kill herself and then is captured by the Countess' rival.

Devil's Night

Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: Oct 28, 2015

Devil's Night

James holds his annual dinner for his most favored students, and John discovers that he's on the list. Meanwhile, Alex confronts the Countess over the changes in Holden, and the older woman tells her how she can be with her son forever.

Room Service

Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: Nov 4, 2015

Room Service

To save a dying boy, Alex uses her own blood with unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Iris and Liz draw closer, Donovan makes a deal with Ramona, and John wakes up in bed with Sally.

Room 33

Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: Nov 11, 2015

Room 33

Iris looks the other way as Ramona and Donovan enter the Cortez to deprive the Countess of what she loves most. Meanwhile, Liz finds true love but there's a snag, and John inadvertently brings a horror into his house.

Flicker

Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: Nov 18, 2015

Flicker

The Countess' first love is revealed in 1925, while two modern-day construction workers open up a wing of the Cortez that has not been seen... since 1925. Meanwhile, John checks himself into the hospital to confront the suspect in the Ten Commandment killings.

The Ten Commandments Killer

Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: Dec 2, 2015

The Ten Commandments Killer

John and Hahn meet over Wren's body, and John tells his former partner who the Ten Commandments Killer really is.

She Wants Revenge

Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: Dec 9, 2015

She Wants Revenge

Donovan asks the Countess to commit to him totally... and then goes to Ramona and offers to betray his lover. Meanwhile, Iris kills two more people in the Cortez, and Will makes his wedding plans.

She Gets Revenge

Episode: 5x10 | Airdate: Dec 16, 2015

She Gets Revenge

Liz and Iris decide to make a clean exit from the Cortez, but a visit by Liz's son Douglas causes a change in plans. Meanwhile, John and Alex decide to give their marriage a second chance, and Donavan confronts Rudolph.

Battle Royale

Episode: 5x11 | Airdate: Jan 6, 2016

Battle Royale

John brings his family home, but Sally has other plans. Meanwhile, Liz and Iris help Ramona escape her prison and provide her with the blood she needs.to restore herself to health.

Be Our Guest

Episode: 5x12 | Airdate: Jan 13, 2016

Be Our Guest

The last days of the Cortez are chronicled as Liz and Iris take charge and put an end to the killing. Meanwhile, John speaks for the first time with a psychic to reveal his fate and the fate of his family.

Season 6

Chapter 1

Episode: 6x01 | Airdate: Sep 14, 2016

Chapter 1

A young interracial couple move into a farmhouse in North Carolina after purchasing it with their life savings. However, unearthly phenomena begin occurring and things are not what they seem.

Chapter 2

Episode: 6x02 | Airdate: Sep 21, 2016

Chapter 2

Matt and Shelby find a revealing videotape in a hidden cellar. Meanwhile, Lee's daughter Flora makes a new friend, and the mysterious events continue.

Chapter 3

Episode: 6x03 | Airdate: Sep 28, 2016

Chapter 3

Lee and the others conduct a frantic search for the missing Flora, but a psychic is the only one who offers her hope of finding her daughter. Meanwhile, the identity of the Butcher is revealed.

Chapter 4

Episode: 6x04 | Airdate: Oct 5, 2016

Chapter 4

Scathach presents herself for the first time and reveals what she wants. However, Thomasin and the ghost settlers have other plans.

Chapter 5

Episode: 6x05 | Airdate: Oct 12, 2016

Chapter 5

The Millers attempt to escape the house with the help of an unexpected ally, but fall into the clutches of the Polk family.

Chapter 6

Episode: 6x06 | Airdate: Oct 19, 2016

Chapter 6

The producer of My Roanoke Nightmare decides to follow up his huge hit with a second season... putting the actors and their real-life counterparts in the same house during the Blood Moon, and seeing if Lee confesses to Mason's murder.

Chapter 7

Episode: 6x07 | Airdate: Oct 26, 2016

Chapter 7

Chaos breaks out at the house as Audrey, Monet, and Lee try to escape through the secret tunnel. Meanwhile, Shelby learns why Matt came back to the house, and Agnes considers a career change.

Chapter 8

Episode: 6x08 | Airdate: Nov 2, 2016

Chapter 8

Lee, Audrey, and Monet try to escape the Polks. Meanwhile, Shelby and Dominic are trapped by the ghosts in the house.

Chapter 9

Episode: 6x09 | Airdate: Nov 9, 2016

Chapter 9

Three My Roanoke Nightmare fans pay a visit to the House, unaware that they've arrived at the worst possible time. Meanwhile, Lee and Audrey try to recover the camera, and a new visitor doesn't prove very helpful.

Chapter 10

Episode: 6x10 | Airdate: Nov 16, 2016

Chapter 10

After Three Days in Hell, Lee stands trial for murder and is then interviewed by Lana Winters.

Season 7

Election Night

Episode: 7x01 | Airdate: Sep 5, 2017

Election Night

After Trump is elected President, Ally Mayfair-Richards is beset by all of her old phobias... and they appear to be coming to life.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Episode: 7x02 | Airdate: Sep 12, 2017

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Kai runs for City Council, and pays a visit to Ally. Meanwhile, Ivy asks Rudy to pay Ally a visit, and Ally and ivy visit their new neighbors.

Neighbors from Hell

Episode: 7x03 | Airdate: Sep 19, 2017

Neighbors from Hell

The community turns on Ally after she shoots and kills a Hispanic man. At home tensions between Ally and Ivy grow worse, and Kai may be Ally's only hope.

11/9

Episode: 7x04 | Airdate: Sep 26, 2017

11/9

The events surrounding the 2017 Presidential election as Kai begins to gather his cult.

Holes

Episode: 7x05 | Airdate: Oct 3, 2017

Holes

Kai asks for the cult members to prove their loyalty against one of their own. Meanwhile, Ally meets with Rudy to tell him about her problems dealing with Ivy's departure.

Mid-Western Assassin

Episode: 7x06 | Airdate: Oct 10, 2017

Mid-Western Assassin

Ally takes Meadow to Rudy in the hopes that she will confirm her story about the cult. However, Meadow has a change of heart. Meanwhile, an unexpected opponent runs against Kai in the city council election.

Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag

Episode: 7x07 | Airdate: Oct 17, 2017

Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag

Kai begins to solidify his grasp on power after winning the election, and a mysterious woman warns Beverly, Ivy, and Winter that Kai will soon cast them aside.

Winter of Our Discontent

Episode: 7x08 | Airdate: Oct 24, 2017

Winter of Our Discontent

Kai gains a new ally as he seeks out the betrayers in his cult... and asks Winter to become the mother of the messiah.

Drink the Kool-Aid

Episode: 7x09 | Airdate: Oct 31, 2017

Drink the Kool-Aid

Kai tests the loyalty of his followers, including the women. Meanwhile, Ally tells Ivy how she overcame her phobias, and plots to take Oz away.

Charles (Manson) in Charge

Episode: 7x10 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2017

Charles (Manson) in Charge

Kai receives visits from Charles Manson as he begins to question everyone around him.

Great Again

Episode: 7x11 | Airdate: Nov 14, 2017

Great Again

The FBI arrest Kai, but he continues to amass power in prison. Meanwhile, Ally tries to move on with her life but decides to go into politics.

Season 8

The End

Episode: 8x01 | Airdate: Sep 12, 2018

The End

The end of the world happens when the bombs drop, and the survivors wonder if surviving is worth it after the Cooperative gives them shelter.

The Morning After

Episode: 8x02 | Airdate: Sep 19, 2018

The Morning After

Michael determines which of the survivors are worth taking to Sanctuary, and a familiar body appears from the past to seduce Gallant.

Boy Wonder

Episode: 8x05 | Airdate: Oct 10, 2018