1.01 – Pilot (October 5, 2011)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.
1.02 – Home Invasion (October 12, 2011)
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon • Written by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Serial killer enthusiasts reenact the brutal murders of two nursing students, while Ben returns to Boston to fix a mistake involving an old flame.
1.03 – Murder House (October 19, 2011)
Directed by: Bradley Buecker • Written by: Jennifer Salt
Ben confronts Moira about recent strange behavior, while Vivien learns about the house’s first resident.
1.04 – Halloween: Part 1 (October 26, 2011)
Directed by: David Semel • Written by: James Wong
Two of the house’s previous residents, interior designers Chad and Patrick, give the Harmons decorating advice.
1.05 – Halloween: Part 2 (November 2, 2011)
Directed by: David Semel • Written by: Tim Minear
While on a date with Violet, Tate is harassed by a group of bloody teens. Ben and Vivien are haunted by one of the house’s newest guests.
1.06 – Piggy Piggy (November 9, 2011)
Directed by: Michael Uppendahl • Written by: Jessica Sharzer
Ben sees a new patient who is terrified by the legend of a man who slaughters those who repeat a specific mantra into a mirror.
1.07 – Open House (November 16, 2011)
Directed by: Tim Hunter • Written by: Brad Falchuk
Moira persuades a prospective buyer to make an offer. Constance and Larry work against her efforts.
1.09 – Spooky Little Girl (November 30, 2011)
Directed by: John Scott • Written by: Jennifer Salt
One of history’s most famous murder victims pays the house a visit. Constance discovers more of Tate’s bad behavior.
1.10 – Smoldering Children (December 7, 2011)
Directed by: Michael Lehmann • Written by: James Wong
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.
1.11 – Birth (December 14, 2011)
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon • Written by: Tim Minear
Vivien gives birth. Violet learns who fathered one of her new siblings.
1.12 – Afterbirth (December 21, 2011)
Directed by: Bradley Buecker • Written by: Jessica Sharzer
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.