American Horror Story: Coven (2013 - 2014)

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Coven
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A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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Episodes

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Air date: Oct 9, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 16, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 23, 2013
4
Air date: Oct 30, 2013
5
Air date: Nov 6, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 13, 2013
7
Air date: Nov 20, 2013
8
Air date: Dec 4, 2013
9
Air date: Dec 11, 2013
10
Air date: Jan 8, 2014
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Tv Season Info

The third season of this horror anthology series is set primarily at a secret school for witches in New Orleans. After an absence in Season 2, Taissa Farmiga returns to the show as Zoe Benson, a young woman who unexpectedly discovers that she possesses a dangerous supernatural ability. She's sent to the special Louisiana school -- which is run by Headmistress Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) where she embarks on spell-filled adventures with fellow witches Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe). Jessica Lange is also back as Fiona Goode, a powerful witch chasing eternal life, while Evan Peters plays frat boy Kyle Spencer in his return. Other familiar faces include Denis O'Hare and Lily Rabe, while newcomers Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett bring fresh excitement to the talented cast.

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Coven

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

So far, so creepy

Oct 9, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whatever else happens in the new season, Bates and Lange will be chewing scenery together.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If Coven can stay away from scary moments that carry a too-strong whiff of real human suffering and instead serve the chills with enjoyable snark, we'll fall under its spell.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The formula works particularly well in this installment, thanks to uninhibited work by the big-name cast.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Cult tries to hit close to home but ultimately misses the mark. Clearly, many are living in a true American horror story - why not give viewers an escape or offer real cultural critique instead of simply holding up a funhouse mirror?

Oct 18, 2017 | Full Review…

But unlike the series' first two iterations, Murder House and Asylum, Coven has finally figured out a way to incorporate feminism convincingly into the DNA of American Horror Story.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

The hour packs in sex, sexual violence, violence-violence, some beautiful cinematography and a surprising amount of offhand humor in telling its story of a New Orleans finishing school for young witches.

Oct 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Hey, I was won over (for at least a week) when, in the midst of a mother-daughter argument, Fiona tells Cordelia, "Don't make me drop a house on you."

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

There are aspects of Coven that are stylish and clever, and others that are just Carrie on steroids. The cast, of course, is tremendous.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

The third installment in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story dials back the frights for more confident storytelling.

Oct 9, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Seeing [Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett] cat it out on screen in their various banters was something to live for.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's always hard to tell how any series will go, especially one as reliably twisty and turny as American Horror Story, but in its first hour at least, Coven offers a clear entertaining setup for a potentially strong season.

Oct 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Coven

  • Nov 22, 2019
    Peak AHS, that is all.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    A powerhouse of great characters, acting, cinematography, and writing
  • Nov 06, 2019
    Kept me interested. Who wouldn't love a little mysterious witchery! I liked the way they worked the social issues into the plot but found the undertones of bestiality, incest and pedophilia disturbing. I guessed early on about who would end up being "The Supreme" and I was right. There were more than enough wrenches thrown into the plot to make me question my assumption. There were moments in the middle where I'd get distracted and have to rewind, but overall, this was a very interesting season!
  • Oct 28, 2019
    My favorite season by far.
  • Oct 25, 2019
    I was entertained and excited all season, even with a teenage theme, it's great!
  • Oct 18, 2019
    This season is wonderful, I love it a lot.
  • Oct 17, 2019
    One of the worst season.
  • Oct 15, 2019
    Phenomenal acting, excellent writing.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    This season is so stylish and Iconic. Fiona Goode is such a compelling character by Jessica Lange. This genre is far from Asylum and Murder House, it's a dark fantasy series. The first 3 season of AHS are the unholy Trinity, I swear to the Dark Lord.
  • Sep 29, 2019
    Really enjoyed coven. I love shows that take risks and tell interesting stories even if they don't turn out the best. However AHS Coven was executed well and enjoyable throughout.

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