American Horror Story

2011 TV-MA 8 seasons

American Horror Story

2011 TV-MA 8 seasons
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Exploring humankind's unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors. Each season brings back familiar faces, but they're playing different characters in an all-new setting.
Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Taissa Farmiga, Adina Porter, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Billie Lourd, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Naomi Grossman, Chloƫ Sevigny, Leslie Grossman, Dylan McDermott, Zachary Quinto, Erika Ervin, Lady Gaga, Mare Winningham
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 4 discs

A Boston family makes a new start by moving cross-country to Los Angeles ... only to find that their new home might already be "occupied." As the house's dark secrets come to light, creepy characters come out of the woodwork.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that American Horror Story's content is designed to shock, and parents should expect a variety of scary, disturbing, and graphic scenes that include strong language, sexual content, and violence. Audible swearing ranges from "s--t" to "c--ksucker," and scenes of sex and masturbation including partial nudity (mostly buttocks), as well as bondage, adultery, sexual violence, and more. There are also sudden and shocking incidents involving blood, and both real and supernatural violence. Teen characters smoke cigarettes and use drugs, too, in addition to swearing regularly in front of their parents.

Sexual Content

Teens make references to sex and being sexually active. Adult characters also engage in sometimes disturbing sex that includes fantasy rape, masturbation, and some partial nudity (bare buttocks, etc.).


Violent scenes are both sudden and shocking, with both real and fantastical elements. Visuals include bullying with physical violence, bloody stabbings, dead bodies, and shots of self-mutilation scars. A late-term miscarriage is also described in detail, and a teen openly admits that he kills people and feels no remorse.


Frequent use of unbleeped "s--t" in many forms -- from "s--thead" to "bulls--t." Also audible: "c--ksucker," "p---y," "d--k," "bitch," "coke whore," etc. Teen characters swear around their parents.

Social Behavior

A recurring theme is that the earthly life is full of everyday horrors, including adultery, drug use, self-mutilation, and more.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Both teen and adult characters smoke cigarettes, and certain teens are known to use illegal drugs like cocaine. There's some drinking, too.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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