American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016)

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Roanoke
American Horror Story

Critics Consensus

American Horror Story: Roanoke takes a surprising turn away from prior AHS formats, revisiting the deliberate pace of earlier seasons on a spookier, smaller scale, even if the true-crime format feels overdone.

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Critic Ratings: 15

57%

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User Ratings: 1388
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 14, 2016
2
Air date: Sep 21, 2016
3
Air date: Sep 28, 2016
4
Air date: Oct 5, 2016
5
Air date: Oct 12, 2016
6
Air date: Oct 19, 2016
7
Air date: Oct 26, 2016
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Air date: Nov 1, 2016
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Air date: Nov 9, 2016
10
Air date: Nov 16, 2016

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Critic Reviews for American Horror Story Roanoke

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

This is all very fun, but I'm actually more excited -- at least for now -- by the show's format.

Sep 16, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's just another crappy true crime story, but with a few Oscar nominees and a much larger budget.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's a unique and different approach for Murphy.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

There's a return here to the slow-burn, old school horror which characterised the earlier seasons, making this episode fairly notable in how little it actually reveals.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

After watching last night's episode, I'm still not sure whether this season can accomplish what earlier seasons of American Horror Story and this summer's Stranger Things did: spin all those embedded references into something engrossingly new.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Indeed, the setting is Roanoke. But where this new season might go from there wasn't clear by the end of the season premiere, a pretty riveting piece of classic horror.

Sep 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite its mockumentary format, this season of American Horror Story feels smaller and spookier than the last, like a campfire story read off a glowing smartphone that still manages to tap into our primitive fear: that of the great ghastly unknown.

Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's a safe bet this true-crime saga becomes something more campy and complex as it proceeds.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Between the tensions among the trio and the potential resurrection of the documentary presentation, consider us teased and tempted back into the haunted house.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Here it seems that Murphy and his writers believe they have found a solution to the over-stuffed, gleefully excessive seasons of the past; instead, they've merely found a different approach to heavy-handed storytelling.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the writers only use this historical story as a mechanism for creating ghosts to torment the modern-day dwellers, and don't really take the time to explore the time period and story with the depth it deserves.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Six years in, it's becoming increasingly unclear why American Horror Story still exists.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Horror Story: Roanoke

  • Nov 30, 2019
    The only reason I could make it through was seeing all the familiar faces. This is the scariest season of all. It's reason important in terms of the origins of the AHS, so just watch in during the day
  • Nov 16, 2019
    It's the best season since Asylum. It's pure horror and I love the documentary format. It was pure gold.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    after chapter 6 it became somewhat boring
  • Nov 02, 2019
    "Roanoke" scares, despairs, marvels and renews "American Horror Story" with a new format and a cast that we all want.
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Uma das melhores temporadas, pois fugiu totalmente do óbvio. Destaque para a atuação de Sarah Paulson e Kathy Bates.
  • Oct 23, 2019
    A "spoof" on Travel Channel's My Haunted House, complete with based on, etc. and re-enactments with actors replacing real people. Throw in hemp figures from Blair Witch Project and you have a spoof. Only the former show ran an hour. You still have a bargain-rate big house, isolated in the country, and strange goings on. The man, usually, thinks his spouse is imagining things.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    The creepiest but I just don't like this and also most of the fandom. BUT every AHS is golden and shouldn't be missed out.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    In a unique twist that delves farther out of American Horror Story's comfort zone, the Roanoke saga favors documentary film style rather than the usual camera angles, opening the series up to a more closed in viewpoint from audiences. It works, but often times loses itself in its own garish horror.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    The AHS format is a shadow of its former glory, with this season focusing on the tired found footage format. Not only has it been done to death, its been done way better. Plot twists that lead to nowhere, Sarah Paulson screaming aimlessly, everything about this season was a miss. The found footage twist was garbage too. So much talent squandered with a pointless season. 1/5
  • Aug 11, 2019
    UnderAtted season everyone hates it but it's definitely in top 5

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