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The Best Episodes of American Horror Story

Every episode of American Horror Story ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of American Horror Story!

An anthology horror drama series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a farmhouse in Roanoke, a cult, the apocalypse and a summer camp.

Genres:DramaMysterySci-Fi & Fantasy

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "American Horror Story" is "Return to Murder House", rated 9.2/10 from 6371 user votes. It was directed by Sarah Paulson and written by Crystal Liu. "Return to Murder House" aired on 10/17/2018 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Name Game".

  • Return to Murder House
    9.2/10 6,371 votes

    #1 - Return to Murder House

    Season 8 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-10-17

    Madison and Behold travel to the Murder House to uncover the origins of Michael Langdon.

    Director: Sarah Paulson

    Writer: Crystal Liu

  • The Name Game
    8.8/10 6,533 votes

    #2 - The Name Game

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-01-02

    The Monsignor confronts the Devil. Dr. Arden’s experiments reach a shocking conclusion. Dr. Thredson facilitates a surprising reunion for Kit.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: Jessica Sharzer

  • I Am Anne Frank (2)
    8.7/10 5,784 votes

    #3 - I Am Anne Frank (2)

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-11-14

    Sister Jude employs a renowned Nazi hunter to gather evidence against Arden; Kit makes a surprising confession; Bloody Face is unmasked.

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

    Writer: Brad Falchuk

  • Madness Ends
    8.7/10 6,166 votes

    #4 - Madness Ends

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-01-23

    Johnny sets out to complete his father's work; Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Orphans
    8.7/10 5,001 votes

    #5 - Orphans

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-12-17

    The death of a Freak sparks troubling behavior in Pepper. Elsa reveals the history of the Freak Show. Desiree grows suspicious of Maggie.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: James Wong

  • Could It Be... Satan?
    8.7/10 4,579 votes

    #6 - Could It Be... Satan?

    Season 8 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-10-03

    Michael's history as a teenager, and how he came to find himself at the Hawthorne Boy's school, is revealed.

    Director: Sheree Folkson

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Edward Mordrake (2)
    8.6/10 4,823 votes

    #7 - Edward Mordrake (2)

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-10-29

    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.

    Director: Howard Deutch

    Writer: Jennifer Salt

  • Unholy Night
    8.5/10 5,226 votes

    #8 - Unholy Night

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-12-05

    A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on Briarcliff; Sister Jude faces off with the devil; Arden has a shocking encounter in the death chute.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: James Wong

  • Smoldering Children
    8.4/10 5,896 votes

    #9 - Smoldering Children

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-12-07

    Violet learns about the rules of the house. The truth about Larry's condition is explained. Constance is interrogated by the police.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: James Wong

  • Boy Wonder
    8.4/10 3,990 votes

    #10 - Boy Wonder

    Season 8 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-10-10

    After witnessing the Apocalypse, Coredelia must act quickly to stop Michael or face the end of days.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: John J. Gray

  • Gaslight
    8.4/10 3,359 votes

    #11 - Gaslight

    Season 10 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-09-15

    Harry struggles to keep Alma under control. Doris is pushed past her limits.

    Director: John J. Gray

    Writer: Brad Falchuk, Manny Coto

  • Birth
    8.3/10 5,758 votes

    #12 - Birth

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-12-14

    Vivien gives birth. Tate and Violet attempt to rid the house of some of its ghosts for good.

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Tricks and Treats
    8.3/10 5,596 votes

    #13 - Tricks and Treats

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-10-24

    An exorcist is called to Briarcliff to help save a troubled farm boy; Sister Jude's darkest secret is revealed.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: James Wong

  • Spilt Milk
    8.3/10 4,982 votes

    #14 - Spilt Milk

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-01-09

    Grace tells Kit devastating news about the aliens' experiments on Alma; Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor; the Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

    Writer: Brad Falchuk

  • Bitchcraft
    8.3/10 6,829 votes

    #15 - Bitchcraft

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-10-09

    A young girl discovers she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem; Fiona Goode returns to town.

    Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

    Writer: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk

  • Head
    8.3/10 4,842 votes

    #16 - Head

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-12-11

    Cordelia’s attacker is revealed. Fiona looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau. Nan learns a disturbing truth about Luke’s past.

    Director: Howard Deutch

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Chapter 6
    8.3/10 4,180 votes

    #17 - Chapter 6

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-10-19

    After the wrap of the show My Roanoke Nightmare, the producer creates a follow up show called Return to Roanoke, bringing the actors of the previous show and the real Shelby, Matt, and Lee, back to the house.

    Director: Angela Bassett

    Writer: Ned Martel

  • Forbidden Fruit
    8.3/10 4,143 votes

    #18 - Forbidden Fruit

    Season 8 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-09-26

    As Ms. Mead grapples with her identity, Michael reveals more of his; Coco's ex rears his ugly head; Venable crafts a plan to give the residents of Outpost 3 one magical night.

    Director: Loni Peristere

    Writer: Manny Coto

  • Final Girl
    8.3/10 3,328 votes

    #19 - Final Girl

    Season 9 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-11-13

    Camp Redwood draws in a lost soul looking for closure.

    Director: John J. Gray

    Writer: Crystal Liu

  • Welcome to Briarcliff
    8.2/10 6,689 votes

    #20 - Welcome to Briarcliff

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-10-17

    Terrifying evils blur the boundaries between reality and insanity at the Briarcliff Manor.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Nor'easter
    8.2/10 5,283 votes

    #21 - Nor'easter

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-10-31

    A violent storm allows a group of patients to plan a daring escape; Sister Jude is haunted by her past.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Jennifer Salt

  • I Am Anne Frank (1)
    8.2/10 5,179 votes

    #22 - I Am Anne Frank (1)

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-11-07

    A new patient exposes Arden's past; Kit learns why Grace was admitted to Briarcliff.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Jessica Sharzer

  • Dark Cousin
    8.2/10 4,860 votes

    #23 - Dark Cousin

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-11-28

    Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to discover a dark angel at Briarcliff; Kit makes a bold move to be reunited with Grace.

    Director: Michael Rymer

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • The Coat Hanger
    8.2/10 4,823 votes

    #24 - The Coat Hanger

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-12-12

    The Monsignor takes an unlikely convert under his wing; Lana secures a new piece of evidence that can exonerate Kit; Dr. Arden witnesses a miraculous return.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: Jennifer Salt

  • Fearful Pranks Ensue
    8.2/10 4,774 votes

    #25 - Fearful Pranks Ensue

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-10-30

    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.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Jennifer Salt