|Genre:||Drama, Horror, Thriller|
|Release Date:||October 5 – December 21, 2011|
|Producer(s):||Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk|
|Number of episodes:||13|
|Cast:||Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga, Dylan McDermott, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy|
The first season follows the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles to start a new life in a Victorian mansion, after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair with Hayden (Kate Mara), one of his students. On arrival, they learn from Marcy (Christine Estabrook), the real estate agent, that the previous owners of their new mansion, a couple named Chad and Patrick (Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears), died in an apparent murder/suicide. Their neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange) and her daughter Addie (Jamie Brewer) become frequent, and mostly unwelcome, guests. Addie seems to have a connection with the house’s mysterious past. Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare), a former resident of the house who has suffered from terrible burns, also begins inserting himself into the Harmons’ lives, giving Ben a cryptic warning about the house. The house also “comes with” Moira O’Hara (Frances Conroy/Alexandra Breckenridge), a housekeeper who appears young and seductive to men, but old and matronly to women.