American Horror Story synopsis

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The first season centered on the Harmon family: Ben, Vivien and their daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien had a miscarriage and Ben had an affair. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted by its former inhabitants.

The series is broadcast on the cable television channel FX in the United States. It premiered on October 5, 2011, and has completed its first season. On October 31, 2011, FX announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes that may be extended. On December 22, 2011, Murphy announced his plans to change the cast and location for the second season.

The first season follows the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien gives birth to a stillborn baby and Ben has an affair with Hayden (Kate Mara), one of his students. The family moves to a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from depression, finds comfort with Tate Langdon (Evan Peters), one of Ben's new patients. Neighbor Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) and disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O'Hare) routinely and frequently affect the Harmons' lives. The Harmons' lives are further complicated when Hayden comes to L.A. in an attempt to win Ben's love and is subsequently murdered, and Vivien has sex with Ben and a costumed man she believes to be Ben but is actually Tate. She ends up pregnant with twins, one fathered by each man. Several ghosts in the house, including Tate and Hayden, conspire to drive Vivien mad so that they can raise the babies as their own. Violet commits suicide. Vivien gives birth to the twins in the house, but dies during labor. The first twin dies moments after birth, but the second one lives. Vivien's and Violet's ghosts urge Ben to flee the house. In so doing, Ben is confronted by Hayden who murders him by forcibly hanging him. Upon finding Ben's body, Constance abducts the baby. The series then jumps ahead three years to reveal that Constance has continued to raise her grandson Michael in secrecy. She discovers, however, that he has violently murdered his nanny.

On October 31, 2011 the FX Network renewed the series for a second season. On December 22, 2011, series co-creator Ryan Murphy announced his plans to change the cast and location for the second season.

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