• Vivien and Ben Harmon and their daughter Violet relocate to Los Angeles from Boston and buy a large old house. As required by law, the real estate agent discloses that the previous occupants were the victims of a murder-suicide. The Harmons think nothing of it and concentrate on repairing their marriage that has come under strain following Vivien's miscarriage and Ben's subsequent infidelity with one of his students. Ben is a psychiatrist and will meet his patients in the house. They meet the neighbors, the eccentric Constance and her daughter Adelaide. Vivien also …
  • Ben gets a new patient, Bianca Forest, something of a murder groupie who is just amazed that he lives in the house that has been the scene of so many famous murders. Ben has his own problems when the student with whom he was having an affair in Boston calls to tell him she's pregnant. He lies to his wife Vivien saying he's got to return to Boston to deal with one of his old cases. While he's away however, Bianca and two of her friends stage a home invasion intent on recreating a murder of two student nurses in 1968.
  • After their home invasion, Vivien insists that they move out but their finances are such that there's no possibility of moving into a new place unless they can recoup what they've paid out. Vivien soon learns that selling isn't going to be easy given the long history of murders which go back to 1922 when an abortionist and his wife lived there. Ben is having blackouts, waking up in the backyard and is shocked when his ex-girlfriend from Boston shows up. Larry Harvey gives him a hand. Vivien gets an interesting visitor from the past, though she doesn't realize who the …
  • A flashback to to 2010 shows the previous owners of the house, Chad and Patrick, who are attacked by the man in the rubber suit. In the present day, it's Halloween and Vivien and Ben are getting little interest in the house. Their real estate agent, Marcy, suggests they hire a fluffer, someone who can give the house a little something extra. Tate tells Violet about the abortionist and his wife, Charles and Laura Montgomery, whose baby was kidnapped and murdered by a boyfriend seeking revenge. Addie wants to dress as a pretty girl for her trick or treating but tragedy …
  • Vivien and Ben race back home to find Violet missing. She's off with Tate and is apparently alright but they get bullied at the beach by a gang of students. Ben has something of a surprise when the dead and buried Hayden knocks at his door. He goes after Larry and accuses him and Hayden of trying to con him. For her part, Hayden is intent on ensuring Vivien knows about her pregnancy with Ben. Chad goes on a rant and blames Vivien for causing his break up with Patrick. Constance blames Violent for what has happened to Adelaide.
  • Ben is now living elsewhere but still meets patients in the house as they can't afford anything else. It doesn't sit well with Vivien who would like him to just go away. Ben's latest patient is someone who thinks he can conjure up an urban legend, a killer with the head of a pig. Vivien has an amnio and traces the technician who did her first ultra sound. She scoffs at what she hears. Moira tells Vivien what she thinks about her marriage and Vivien asks her to leave. Violet meanwhile learns of a massacre at her high school in 1994 and Tate's role in it. She also …
  • Vivien and the real estate agent Marcy may have someone interested in the house but Vivien insists on being completely honest about the history of murders there. The buyer doesn't seem to be bothered by it all and on his second visit, Moira goes to special lengths to make sure he likes it there. Larry also shows up posing as a buyer and gets a tour. Ben makes it clear that he's not welcome at the house. When Larry learns that the prospective buyer plans to tear the house down, he and Constance set out to make sure it doesn't happen. Meanwhile, Ben and Vivien are …
  • Hayden has a plan drive Vivien crazy so she and Nora Montgomery can each keep one of the twins Vivien is expecting. After getting information from Moira, Vivien tries to flee with Violet. Worried about her safety, she steals Marcy's gun but shoots someone by mistake. Ben feels he has no choice but to commit her to an institution for evaluation. The origin of the rubber suit is revealed as is the identity of the man who wore it to make love to Vivien and to kill Patrick and Chad. Ben learns that Violet hasn't been to school for two weeks. She says she just doesn't like…
  • One of history's most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate's bad behavior.
  • In 1994, Larry gets burned. In the present, Ben begins to understand what happened to cause Vivien's institutionalization. Constance is questioned by the police in Travis' death. Violet learns something about herself that she doesn't know.
  • A flashback to 1984 shows young Tate's first encounter with ghosts in the basement. In the present day, Tate tells Nora Montgomery that she can't have one of Vivien's babies. Several of the ghosts have their eye on Vivien's twins and Constance faces off against Chad. She suggests that she keep her grandchild while he take Ben's child but Chad insists he wants both children. Violet tries a spell to get rid of some of the ghosts. After Ben collects her from the hospital, Vivien goes into labor at the house but only one child survives. Violent learns who fathered one of …
  • The aftermath of Vivien's difficult labour is revealed and Ben makes plans to get out of the house. Some of the spirits have other plans and the family has to pull together to make it through these very tough changes.
  • Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis hospital, is now an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. It's 1964 and and the asylum houses some seriously disturbed individuals. The day to day administrator is in the hands of Sister Jude who works under the general supervision of Monsignor Timothy Howard. Her chief nemesis however is their in-house medical officer, Dr. Arthur Arden who is frequently seeing patients in the night - patients who die and are disposed of immediately. Briarcliff's latest patient is Kit Walker, aka Bloody Face, accused of murdering several young …
  • A new doctor, Oliver Thredson, arrives at Briarcliff assigned by the courts to examine and report on Kit Walker. He's appalled by conditions he finds there and the fact that they still use electroshock to treat homosexuality. His view of how medicine is practiced is seemingly confirmed when a new patient arrives and Monsignor Howard decides that an exorcism is called for. In flashbacks, some of Sister Jude's life prior to becoming a nun is revealed. Lana continues to be a threat and Sister Jude convinces Dr. Adler to give her shock therapy in the hopes it will affect …
  • It's Halloween and a major storm is expected in the area. Sister Jude decides to have a movie night in an attempt to calm the patients. She is being tormented by someone who knows about the auto accident she had before becoming a nun and sends her a newspaper clipping about the accident dated 1949. She turns to the bottle, a problem she had previously overcome. A possessed Sister Mary Eunice wreaks havoc in the asylum, killing one of the patients and makes sexual advances to an incredulous Dr. Adler. Shelley thinks the storm is the perfect cover to escape but is …
  • A new arrival at Briarcliff Manor claims to be Anne Frank. She stabbed a man who made an anti-Semitic remark. When she sees Dr. Adler, she accuses him of being a doctor who worked at Auschwitz. Sister Jude is at first dismissive but soon begins to believe her. Adler gets help from a most unexpected source. Kit tells Grace what Dr. Adler has been doing to him and she in turn tells him why she is in the hospital. She was accused of butchering her father and her stepmother after her stepsister accused her of the crime. Lana tells Dr. Thredson about their attempted escape…
  • Convinced that Dr. Arden is a Nazi, Sister Jude hires a Nazi hunter, Goodman, to look into his past. He tells her of Operation Paperclip where American officials created false biographies for known Nazis and helped them relocate in the West. He tells her that SS officers have their blood type tattooed on their left arm. It all begins to wrong when Anne Frank's husband shows up to collect his wife, who has had a breakdown since the birth of their baby. She's soon back at Briarcliff and Arden has his own plans for her. Kit is released from solitary but Grace is to go …
  • Monsignor Howard is called out to a local hospital to tend to the creature that was found in the schoolyard - and he obviously knows who she is. Sister Jude receives a call from Mr. Goodman confirming that Dr. Arden is a former Nazi who escaped at the end of the war. He needs just one more piece of evidence to make a final confirmation. Someone is out to protect the evil doctor however. Flashbacks reveal how he came to stay on at Briarcliff when it was taken over by the church. A woman is convinced her daughter is evil and desperately wants to leave her young daughter…
  • The angel of death descends upon Briarcliff Manor. Grace is found bleeding to death after her operation but is brought back from the abyss just as she was to receive the kiss of death. When Sister Mary Eunice accuses Dr. Arden of butchering the operation, he doesn't know what she talking about. Lana manages to escape from Bloody Face but gets a ride from someone who definitely has a thing about women. She soon finds herself back in the asylum. Sister Jude visits Mr. Goodman with Arden's fingerprints and finds him on the bathroom floor bleeding to death. He has barely …
  • Lana learns that she is pregnant and desperately wants to rid herself of the child. Sister Mary Eunice has other plans. Lana also tries to convince Kit that they must kill Thredson, who they've locked away. Monsignor Howard visits Sister Jude who is now an asylum inmate after her attack on Lee Emerson. Everything seems to line up against her but the Monsignor wonders if he is somehow at fault for her breakdown. Emerson has apparently had a religious conversion but he has a surprise for the Monsignor. Dr. Arden tries to make sense of his close encounter and finds some …
  • Monsignor Howard is recovering from his wounds but Sister Mary Eunice continues to torment him. He decides there is only one way out for all of them. Sister Mary Eunice also has plans for Sister Jude, now known as Judy Martin - an extra powerful dose of electro-shock treatment which severely affects her memory in a particularly bizarre way. Dr. Thredson is hired as a staff doctor but Lana manages to stay one step ahead of him. Dr. Arden and Sister Mary Eunice share a destiny.
  • A young girl, Zoe, is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. Zoe is whisked away to Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline. Harboring a secret agenda, Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of their generation, returns to town, reigniting old rivalries with the Coven's deadly enemies, the Voodoo.
  • Fiona helps Zoe and Madison deal with a horrible tragedy. Delphine LaLaurie struggles to adjust to modern life.
  • Fiona takes on an unlikely protégé. A guilt-ridden Zoe tries to give Kyle his old life back. Madison has a fiery exchange with Joan Ramsey, a new neighbor.
  • Fiona's choices rattle a decades-long truce between the Salem witches and Marie Laveau. The Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit to the Academy with disturbing allegations.
  • Besieged by Marie Laveau's army, Zoe unleashes a new power. Fiona and Myrtle clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts.
  • Zoe, Queenie, and Nan make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation.
  • Fiona finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair. A night out with LaLaurie leads Queenie to question her place in the Coven. Cordelia makes a fateful decision about her mother.
  • With Fiona struggling to cope with the effects of her medication, the rest of the coven undertake a ritual known as the “sacred taking” to prepare for the next supreme. However Fiona must take her own life if the ritual is to be a success.
  • Cordelia's attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke's past.
  • Fiona attempts to out the new Supreme with a visit from Stevie Nicks. Cordelia learns the truth about Hank and the Witch Hunters. Madison tries to eliminate her competition for the Supremacy.
  • Fiona and Laveau have a deadly face off with The Corporation. Cordelia makes a desperate sacrifice to protect the Coven.
  • Cordelia's latest vision puts the Coven's future in question. With the end of Fiona's reign approaching, the girls manifest powerful new gifts. Queenie's search for Marie Laveau leads her to Hell and back.
  • A new Supreme rises.
  • When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.
  • A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the Freak Show. A strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp. Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy. The Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight
  • The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortuneteller. Ethel receives life-changing news.
  • Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.
  • Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby. A health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.
  • Elsa reveals a dangerous new act. Stanley exerts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy. Paul indulges in a secret romance.
  • The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence. A strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmys suspicion about the clown murders.
  • Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel's suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy's bloodlust.
  • In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.
  • The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper. Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show. Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.
  • Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy's escape from police custody.
  • Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice.
  • The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.