American Horror Story: Murder House (2011)


Murder House
American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

Convoluted yet effective, American Horror Story is strange, gory, and twisted enough to keep viewers hooked.



Critic Ratings: 39


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The first season of Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story" begins as Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) move into a restored mansion in Los Angeles after Ben's extramarital affair leaves the Harmon family in serious need of a fresh start. Their neighbour, Constance Langdon (a role which would eventually win Jessica Lange the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress), wastes no time in becoming a persistent, albeit not entirely welcome presence in their lives, as does her son, Tate (Evan Peters), who Ben believes is a sociopath. Shortly after moving in, the Harmons discover that several violent murders were committed in their new home, which locals have nicknamed "The Murder House", and a series of increasingly disturbing events indicate they may be sharing their home with the restless and violent spirits of those killed.


Connie Britton
as Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott
as Ben Harmon
Jessica Lange
as Constance
Denis O'Hare
as Larry Harvey
Taissa Farmiga
as Violet Harmon
Evan Peters
as Tate Langdon
Matt Ross
as Charles
Eve Gordon
as Dr. Hall
Charles S. Dutton
as Det. Granger
Malaya Rivera Drew
as Det. Barrios
Geoffrey Rivas
as Det. Colquitt
Missy Doty
as Nurse Angie
Mena Suvari
as Beth Short
Kathy Bates
as Delphine LaLaurie
Angela Bassett
as Marie Laveau
Patti LuPone
as Joan Ramsey
Derek Richardson
as Harry Goodman
Joshua Malina
as Dr. Curran
Gregory Sporleder
as Off. McCormick
Adina Porter
as Sally Freeman
Steven Anderson
as Dr. Marchesi
Tom Gallop
as Mr. Carmichael
April Grace
as Nurse Naima
Drew Powell
as Det. Collier
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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Murder House

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (23)

Engrossing and genuinely scary.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It feels more like the place where old horror movies have come to die.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Viewers who like the horror genre and the offbeat Murphy/Falchuk approach, and who are willing to put in enough serious time to absorb all the nuances, will fall in love.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This gourmet junk food gives you some pure evil, and it takes some axes to some evildoers, and the American type represented has a predilection for French maids. Bon appetit.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a lot to process, and at times too much to take. Still, Horror Story often is a wonder.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Amusing to watch, but not particularly scary. "Creepy" seems the better word.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

For a first season, it wasn't that bad.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

To Murphy and Falchuk's credit, the brisk tempo serves the multiple converging plotlines well, allowing weirdness to befall everyone in their own unique way, while producing a myriad of questions for the viewer to ponder.

Oct 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Prime time is so full of mainstream pabulum these days that when a work as audacious and ambitious as American Horror Story comes along, some of us feel compelled to embrace it. Most TV shows quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.

Sep 30, 2011 | Full Review…

In truth, even many adults might not be ready for the show's frank depiction of everyday horrors that we'd too often rather forget.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

American Horror Story is beginning its run with problems, but enough goes right to give this twisted terror tale the ghost of a chance (several ghosts, in fact).

Oct 2, 2011 | Full Review…

FX's Horror Story is insanely good.

Oct 5, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Murder House

  • 5d ago
    Very good. Relied on some corny tropes. And god, is Kate Mara the worst actress maybe ever? But it's worth the watch if you're a fan of horror.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    AHS distinguishes itself as one of the best shows on TV in its first season, and it's also quite amazing the extreme lengths its able to go to and still captivate your attention.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    Unbelievable and this show is creepy on its own way. SPOILER WARNING: Violet finding out that she's dead is the greatest part of AHS. Also, Tate is my favorite Evan Peters character while Lana is my favorite Sarah Paulson character.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Very intriguing and thrilling the whole way through, well done. One of the best seasons in the show.
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Wow, this season is spectacular
  • Sep 07, 2019
    What a sh!t show barely into first episode of first season and some dumb dumb is jerking off in front of his window at least show the wife's knockers if you want me to keep watching this crap
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Es una muy buena serie. Para comenzar a ver terror. Muestra suspenso, drama y aveces humor. Lo que mas me gusto es que aqui nadie es villano. Y cada personaje aporta algo grotesco a la serie.
  • Aug 10, 2019
    This season set the tone. I've been putting off watching this show for so long because i dont typically like horror but I'm hooked.
  • Apr 17, 2019
    While interesting and original as far as horror stories go, there are a lot of unexplained segments, an unsatisfying ending, and unnecessary kinky/sexual additives. While this series is a good introduction to the franchise, some of them are far creepier and better than others. This one I would say is so-so.
  • Jan 31, 2019
    Not the usual plot you would expect. A lot of side stories based on true life stories.

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