On September 2, 2014, show creator Ryan Murphy announced that all seasons are connected to each other in some way, which means he finally wrote the kind of narrative he wanted to write (but haven't written) in the only TV Series he created without any other creators or co-creators: Nip/Tuck (2003), a Golden Globe Winning drama series that inspired many artists around the world, including the Brazilian actor and singer Gustavo Goulart, who has publicly admitted that.
Ryan Murphy and Jessica Lange became so close friends during season 1 that Murphy has consulted with the actress when writing the other characters. For example, Lange wanted to play a big drunk scene and sing in season 2 (therefore Sister Jude does these things), she also wanted to play an elegant woman wearing Chanel in season 3 (therefore Fiona dressed impeccably). Lange herself is also a photographer, and she was particularly attracted to the circus world, especially during the 50s. Hence the character of Elsa Mars, owner of a freak show.
The season one house is a real location at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles known as the Rosenheim Mansion. It was built in 1908 by architect Alfred Rosenheim as his own residence; Rosenheim was one of LA's most influential architects during the early 1900s. The house scenes in the pilot episode of "American Horror Story" were filmed on location at the Rosenheim Mansion, and then some of the house's interiors were replicated on a set. Exteriors continue to be filmed there on location.
In season 4 (Freak Show), characters sing songs that were released after 1952 (the time period in which Freak Show takes place). Many fans criticized and disliked this, but there is a deep and unique reason to this idea. Ryan Murphy has said in an interview that he picked songs that were made by artists who were known as or called themselves freaks. For example: David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Nirvana, etc.
The first season used horror film scores for its soundtrack, most noticeably the scores from "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "What Lies Beneath", "Psycho" and "Insidious". Also used the whistled "Twisted Nerve" from "Twisted Nerve". "Twisted Nerve" was also featured in Kill Bill. Vol 1, Asylum, also featured scores from other movies such as "Carrie" and "Candyman".
The Hotel Cortez is inspired by the Hotel Cecil which has a dark history which includes several suicides, murders, and was stayed at by serial killers Richard Ramirez a.k.a. the Night Stalker and Jack Unterweger. The Hotel Cecil made news recently with the mysterious death of Elisa Lam (to whom season five is dedicated).
Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling in AHS: Freakshow. His character is based on the real life "Lobster Boy," Grady Stiles.
The 'murder house' featured in the series is in fact called Rosenheim Mansion. It was also used as the Frat House location on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)'s Halloween special "Fear, Itself", in which the characters' fears manifest themselves.
Within the season "Freak Show", the character Twisty the Clown was disliked by the National Clown Association of America for his inaccurate portrayal of clowns, and because he gave clowns a bad reputation.
Jessica Lange originally turned down the role of Constance in season 1, but finally accepted after creator Ryan Murphy repeatedly offered her the role.
Ben Woolf, who played the character Meep in Season 4 and Infantata/Thaddeus Montgomery in Season 1, passed away after being hit by a car on February 23, 2015.
You can actually stay at Miss Robichaux's Academy in Louisiana and create your own coven for $5,000 per night.
Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk stated from the beginning of the project that each season would feature a new story and cast.
Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe had special credits as 'special guest stars' in Season 3 appearing in 12 of the 13 episodes.
Every season including Freak Show with the Top hats, has given hints as to what the next seasons theme will be.
Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are the only actors to appear in every season. Evan Peters is the only one who's name appears in the main cast for every season. Sarah Paulson was a guest star in season 1.
Connie Britton who played Vivien in Murder House, wanted to play a role in Coven, but had commitments to her show, Nashville (2012).
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, who have each played major roles in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, share more than just a professional relationship. They began dating in 2012, and on January 6th, 2014, it was officially confirmed by 'People Magazine [us]' that the couple had gotten engaged over the holidays. They later split, but in September 2015, it was confirmed they were together again.
Jessica Lange didn't return in the fifth season because she said it was too much to do 5 seasons of the same show, she wanted to do something different.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were offered the roles of Chad and Patrick on season 1, but declined because Burtka didn't want to play a couple in constant fight shortly after A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011). He feared that people would think Harris and he were a troubled couple. They were both later featured in supporting roles during season 4.
Dominique, the song we hear repeatedly during season 2, was interpreted by a Belgian nun called Soeur Sourire and was a big hit in Belgium, France and elsewhere during the 60's. She commited suicide with barbiturates on March 29 1985, because of financial problems. "Soeur Sourire" is French for "Sister Smile".
The title and credits font is "Charles Rennie Mackintosh" inspired by the Scottish architect of the same name.
The fifth season was confirmed after the first episode of the fourth season (Freak Show) was aired, due to high ratings.
Every scene involving Bette and Dot on season 4 required more than 10 hours to film, because it had to be repeated several times to film coverage and the interactions between Sarah Paulson, playing each time a different role, and the other actors.
In Season 4, Kathy Bates adopts a thick Baltimore accent. To do this, she listened to interviews with Barbara Ann Mikulski, a United States senator from Maryland, and consulted a "Baltimorese" website.
Actor Chris Zylka was booked for a two-episode arc as a deaf, mute patient in the series' second season. However, Zylka was quietly dismissed from the show after refusing to shave his head for the role. Producers then wrote the role out in the wake of the actor's ouster.
The character 'Kit Walker' (AHS: Asylum: Season 2) shares the same name as the alter ego of Lee Falk's character, 'The Phantom' who has appeared in numerous books, short stories, comic strips, comic books, video games, films and television series.
Kathy Bates, who stars in seasons three, four and five, starred in Misery, a horror film for which she won an Oscar. Jessica Lange was in contention for Bates' role in the film. They both costar in this horror anthology together.
It was reported that Eric Stonestreet was booked for a guest spot as a serial killer who shares scenes with Sarah Paulson's Lana Winters in Season 2, but the scenes were cut or left unaired for unknown reasons. A similar thing happened to Max Adler's role as Mr. Capshaw.
Throughout the subtitled season, "Coven", almost every episode features a song written by Stevie Nicks. Some songs include "Edge of Seventeen", "Sara" and "Rhiannon". The song is either from her career in Fleetwood Mac or her own solo career.
In season five there is a sub plot revolving around "The chicken coop murders" which is based on actual events. Dennis O'Hare stars in this season as well as stars in the movie "Changeling" which is also based on " The chicken coop murders"
Out of the first four seasons, Freak Show was the first to not win a single acting trophy at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jeanine Deckers, singer of the song "Dominique" heard in season 2 "Asylum", was mocked in french-speaking countries for her chorus where she repeats three times the end of the name "Dominique" (talking of Saint Dominic). In French, she was using a very bad slang swearword to say that "Dominique is having sex", making the joke on her even worse as the singer was a nun at the time of release (according to interviews of people who knew her, she didn't know of the slang interpretation even after the song hit the number one spot in many charts around the world). Still a popular slang word, the first letter of the word is used in the name of the most famous French hip-hop act of all times, "NTM". The last two letters of their acronym stand for "Ta Mere", "Your Mother".
When it came time to announce the theme for the 6th season, FX admitted that they had been releasing fake promos and trailers that had nothing to do with each other to confuse people on what it was really about.
The concept for season six was actually hinted towards in the first season and was originally going to be the plot for the first season.
Every episode in Season Three of American Horror Story is rated an 8.0 out of 10 by IMDB users (as of June 2015)
Danielle Panabaker was considered for the role of Hayden in season one but later on Kate Mara was cast instead.
In Season 4, "Freak Show", a knife throwing character was originally written, but, the idea was scrapped. However, some aspects still made it into the character, most notably, Elsa Mars and her knife throwing wheel.
Sarah Paulson missed three episodes of season 5 because she was shooting American Crime Story back to back.
When Hotel premiered, people took note of the extent to which four of its actors -- Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock and Matt Bomer -- look alike. In an interview, Jackson said that the reason for this may be that the Countess (Lady Gaga), having found her first love in Valentino (Wittrock), continues to pursue lovers who fit that mold.
Evan Peters revealed on a recent interview (June 2016) that he originally was going to play Tristan, but at the last minute Ryan Murphy offered him the role of Mr. March, who had to be slightly rewritten since it was supposed to be 40-year old.
Jessica Lange said the worst thing about her character as Constance Langdon were the hairstyles.
The Rosenheim Mansion, actual location used for exterior shots is located 5 min (1.3 miles) from the home used for exterior shots of the HBO series 'Six Feet Under' which is an actual location, 2302 W 25th St Los Angeles, CA.
There is no actor to appear in every episode. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are the only actors to appear in every season.
The clues to Season 6 included in Season 1 are: one of Ben's patients fears a killer in a pig's head; and, the use, in a failed ritual, of the word "Croatoan" (a well-known reference to The Roanoke Colony, otherwise known as The Lost Colony).
With the exception of the first, fifth, sixth and seventh seasons there are 13 episodes in each season.
Emma Roberts was originally to join in the fifth season and to do a great things with Mr. James March (Evan Peters) at the end of season, but she had to leave to film Billionaire Boys Club (2018).
Sarah Paulson's reporter walk-through scene in Asylum was pulled directly from actual footage of Bill Baldini's exposé piece on Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, PA. Baldini's work led to the closure of Pennhurst and the release of all its patients. Pennhurst is now the location of a seasonal haunted house and has been featured on numerous shows, due to the reported extreme paranormal activity in Pennhurst's buildings.
During an interview for Scream 4, Emma Roberts admitted that she hates scary movies. She appears in this TV anthology which, coincidentally contains the word 'horror' in its title.
The musical theme played throughout Season 4 (Freak Show) is taken from the opening notes of the song Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. It is played an octave or two higher and on violins, however. It is also played during the ending credit sequence of each episode.
Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange previously starred together in Bonneville (2006) and Men Don't Leave (1990), their very first joint venture.
Edward Phillipe Mott, Evan Peter's character from the Roanoke series, is distantly related to Dandy Mott, played by Finn Wittrock, in the Freakshow series. The connection is mentioned by the historian in Roanoke Chapter 5 when she says, "The house remained in the Mott trust for over a century, but it was always said madness ran in the family. The line ended in scandal when the last Mott died in south Florida in 1952." Freakshow took place in south Florida in 1952.
Mare Winningham and Finn Wittrock were only credited as special guest stars in Season 5 even though they were in 11 and 9 of the 12 episodes. Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson or Matt Bomer who were in the main cast appeared in fewer episodes and had smaller parts.
Every single episode of Season 4 (Freak Show) is rated an 8.0 out of 10 by IMDB users (as of May 2015).
In season 5 episode 4 "Devil's Night": The song Carnival by Natalie Merchant plays when serial killer Aileen Wuornos (played by Lily Rabe) is first introduced. This song was requested by the real Aileen Wuornos to be played at her funeral after she was executed.
Emma Roberts second time in which the plot revolves around a series of murders. The first time was in Scream 4 (2011).
The Show is going to be a haunted house for 2016 Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.
Lady Gaga was so eager to be a part of the series, she actually called writer-producer Ryan Murphy for consideration, not vice versa as one might have expected.
Season 2 is the highest rated season with an average of 8.477. The lowest rated season is season 5 with an avrage of 7.942. The other seasons as following; Season 1: 8.267 Season 2: 8.477 Season 3: 8.223 Season 4: 8.223 Season 5: 7.942 (As of September 2016)
Though she has appeared in a few TV movies of the week, this is Jessica Lange's first real stint with episodic television.
Kathy Bates guest starred in season 3 of Six Feet Under (2001) along side Frances Conroy.
In accordance with the rumors that the seasons are connected, one of the witches in Coven, Madison Montgomery (played by Emma Roberts) shares the same last name as the doctor who built the Murder House in the first season.
The Iphone recordings in season 6, when the characters are filming scenes for the reality show, were really recorded by the cast themselves.
In the first season of the show, Evan Peters' character, Tate Langdon, stated that he used to run for the school track-team before his death. Peters later on portrayed the mutant speedster Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.
All of the floors in "Hotel" and the shots of the hallways with children are a nod to Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining. "
Oddly, Chester Creb's U.S. Army uniform does not have a Purple Heart ribbon, which is awarded for being wounded in combat. It does show he was a soldier with the 1st Infantry Division who received a Bronze Star. It is unknown if this was an oversight by the costume designer, or he lied about receiving a serious head wound to account for his growing insanity.
Alison Pill's casting for season 7 came partly about because Ryan Murphy asked Sarah Paulson what performer she would like to act with, and Paulson said Pill.
Season 6 was the first season to be completely shut out of the Golden Globe Awards with 0 nominations.
Evan Peters has appeared in the most consecutive episodes (29 episodes). He appears in all of season 1 and 2 with his first absence being the season 3 episode Burn Witch burn.
Adina Porter was credited as guest star in Season 6 even though she appeared in every episode. Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters or Denis O'Hare were in the main cast appeared in fewer episodes and had smaller parts.
In season 7, Evan Peters plays Kai Anderson, an ardent Trump supporter. In real life, Donald Trump was inaugurated as president on Evan Peters's 30th birthday, January 20, 2017.
John Carroll Lynch has an appearance in AHS Hotel. This is the second time he has been involved with a storyline about the Zodiac Killer. In the 2007 film Zodiac he played the most popular suspect in the case Arthur Lee Allen. In AGS Hotel he plays John Wayne Gacy 'Twisty the Clown' seated across from the masked Zodiac killer.
John Carroll Lynch made an appearance in AHS Hotel. This is the second time he has been involved with a storyline about the Zodiac Killer. In the 2007 film Zodiac he played the most popular suspect in the case, Arthur Lee Allen. In AHS Hotel 'Devil's Night' he plays John Wayne Gacy aka Pogo the Clown who is seated across from the masked Zodiac killer.
Connie Britton (Vivien Harmon) and Eric Close (Hugo Langdon) have also appeared in "Nashville," as husband and wife.
As of season 7, through the series, there have been 9 Academy Award nominees (Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Mare Winningham, Lady Gaga and Cuba Gooding Jr.). 3 of them won an Oscar (Jessica Lange twice, Kathy Bates and Cuba Gooding Jr.).