American Horror Story: Ranking the Seasons From Best to Worst

American Horror Story is a horror-drama television show created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk with 11 seasons

American Horror Story has been one of the most popular and groundbreaking television series of the past decade. Since its debut in 2011, the show has explored a wide range of terrifying and disturbing themes, from haunted houses and witches to cults and apocalypses. With so many different seasons to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start. In this article, we’ll take a look at all of the American Horror Story seasons and rank them from best to worst.

2″Murder House” (Season 1)

“Murder House” is the season that started it all, and it remains one of the most beloved and iconic seasons of American Horror Story. Set in a haunted mansion in Los Angeles, the season features a stellar cast, including Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Evan Peters. With a mix of horror, drama, and dark humor, “Murder House” is a must-watch for any American Horror Story fan.

“Asylum” (Season 2)

“Asylum” is widely regarded as the best season of American Horror Story. Set in the 1960s, the season explores the horrors of a mental institution run by a cruel and sadistic nun. Featuring standout performances from Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, and Sarah Paulson, “Asylum” is a chilling and emotionally powerful season that will stick with you long after it’s over.

“Coven” (Season 3)

“Coven” takes a different approach to horror than the first two seasons, focusing on a group of witches living in New Orleans. The season features an incredible cast, including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, and blends horror, comedy, and drama in a way that only American Horror Story can. “Coven” is a season that is both fun and frightening, making it a fan favorite.

“Freak Show” (Season 4)

Set in a 1950s Florida circus, “Freak Show” is a season that explores themes of otherness and exploitation. The season features strong performances from Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters, but is sometimes criticized for its convoluted plot and uneven pacing. Still, “Freak Show” is a season that is well worth watching for its creepy atmosphere and unique setting.

“Hotel” (Season 5)

“Hotel” is a season that is equal parts sexy and scary, set in a haunted hotel in Los Angeles. The season features a standout performance from Lady Gaga, as well as appearances from series regulars like Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. While “Hotel” is visually stunning and has some standout moments, some fans feel that it lacks the cohesiveness of earlier seasons.

“Roanoke” (Season 6)

“Roanoke” is a season that takes a different approach to storytelling, presenting itself as a true crime documentary. The season follows a couple who move to a haunted house in North Carolina, and features a mix of found footage and dramatization. While “Roanoke” is often praised for its originality, some fans feel that it falls short in terms of scares and character development.

“Cult” (Season 7)

“Cult” is a season that explores themes of fear and paranoia, focusing on a group of people who become obsessed with a cult leader. The season features strong performances from Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, but is sometimes criticized for its heavy-handed political themes and lack of scares.

Season 8:

  • “Forbidden Fruit” (Episode 3)
  • “Return to Murder House” (Episode 6)
  • “Sojourn” (Episode 9)

Season 9:

  • “Mr. Jingles” (Episode 2)
  • “The Lady in White” (Episode 4)
  • “Final Girl” (Episode 9)

Season 10:

  • “Cape Fear” (Episode 2)
  • “Red Tide: Part 1” (Episode 4)
  • “Death Valley” (Episode 8)

Season 11: NYC”The Body”

This episode of NYC involved the finding of a dead body and the story of how it got there. The New York City setting was used well while the installment was also praised for the backstory it gave to key characters like Patrick and Sam


Overall, “American Horror Story” has become a cultural phenomenon with its unique blend of horror, social commentary, and memorable characters. While some seasons may have missed the mark, the show has consistently delivered innovative and entertaining content for over a decade.

Ranking the seasons from best to worst is subjective, and every fan will have their own personal favorites. However, it’s clear that “American Horror Story” has cemented its place in the horror genre and will continue to scare and entertain audiences for years to come.

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