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The Harmons--Ben, Vivien, and daughter Violet--move to Los Angeles and take up residence in a house rumored to be haunted, a house that has been the site of several ghastly murders. While Ben and Vivien deal with their strained relationship after Vivien's miscarriage and Ben's subsequent infidelity, Violet gets into fights at school and befriends one of her father's teenage psychiatric patients. Unknown to them, the house's ghostly residents have their own plans.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ATS79
Airdate: Wednesday October 05th, 2011


Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Jan 02, 2012

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (20 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Frances Conroy
As Moira O'Hara (Old)
Recurring
Alex Breckenridge
As Moira O'Hara (Young) (as Alexandra Breckenridge)
Recurring
Christine Estabrook
As Marcy
Recurring
Jamie Brewer
As Adelaide
Recurring
Shelby Young
As Leah
Recurring
Andy Umberger
As Gynecologist

Co-Guest Stars
Bodhi Schulz
As Troy
Recurring
Kai Schulz
As Bryan
Recurring
Ben Woolf
As Infantata
Recurring
Melanie Cruz
As Teacher
Katelyn Reed
As Young Adelaide
Riley Schmidt
As Rubber Man
Main Cast
Connie Britton
As Vivien Harmon
Dylan McDermott
As Ben Harmon
Evan Peters
As Tate Langdon (S1) / Kit Walker (S2) / Kyle Spencer (S3)
Denis O'Hare
As Larry Harvey (S1) / Spalding (S3)
Taissa Farmiga
As Violet Harmon (S1) / Zoe Benson (S3)
Jessica Lange
As Constance Langdon (S1) / Sister Jude (S2) / Fiona Goode (S3)

Recap

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Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bernard HerrmannTwisted Nerve 
MirahSpecial Death 
Patience and PrudenceTonight You Belong to Methe twins rampage through the house
PowersoloBaby, You Ain't Looking Right 


Episode Quotes
Gynecologist: So are your periods regular again?
Vivien: Every other month. Not that I'm really complaining. After all that blood. Ben hates blood.
Gynecologist: You having issues with arousal?
Vivien: Not when I'm by myself.

Vivien: The light is different out here. it's softer.
Violet: It's called smog.
Ben: You should be excited, Vi. You can stop sneaking cigarettes and just start taking deep breaths.

Constance: Adelaide, I put on Dora the Explorer for you, so you would sit and watch it.
Adelaide: It was Go, Diego, Go! I don't like it.
Constance: Oh, brown cartoon characters--you can't tell the difference.

Vivien: Can I ask you a personal question? Do you ever get tired of cleaning up other peoples' messes?
Moira O'Hara (Old): We're women--it's what we do. I just get paid for it.

Ben: You taking your medications?
Larry: Yes.
Ben: Any side effects?
Larry: I was taking them at night, but they kept me up.
Ben: And what did you do?
Larry: Started taking them in the morning.



Cultural References
Violet: Great. So we're the Addams Family now.

The Addams Family was a loving family of grotesqueries creates by cartoonist Charles Addams which first appeared in The New Yorker and inspired a TV series (1964-66). Subsequently, several spinoffs and a new batch of theatrical/direct-to-video movies were released.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBrad Falchuk  |  Ryan Murphy
Executive ProducerDante DiLoreto  |  Ryan Murphy  |  Brad Falchuk
Co-Executive ProducerBradley Buecker
ProducerPatrick McKee
Production DesignerBeth Rubin
EditorBradley Buecker
CastingCarol Kritzer  |  Eric Dawson  |  Robert J. Ulrich
Unit Production ManagerPatrick McKee
First Assistant DirectorLeo Bauer
Second Assistant DirectorJill Maxcy
Music EditorDavid Klotz
Music SupervisorP.J. Bloom
Key GripJerry Day (1)
Camera OperatorCraig Fisk  |  Christopher Duskin
Set DesignerThomas T. Taylor
Set DecoratorEllen Brill
Location ManagerLyal R. Holmberg
Transportation CoordinatorThomas A. Gordon (1)
Property MasterSteven B. Melton
Construction CoordinatorAnthony Lattanzio
Production Sound MixerPhillip W. Palmer
Script SupervisorCarol Banker
Production CoordinatorEric Kovtun
Script CoordinatorMatthew Hodgson
Post Production SupervisorAshley Contino
Supervising Sound EditorGreg Megregian
Re-Recording MixerDoug Andham  |  Joe Earle
Director of PhotographyChristopher Baffa
Stunt CoordinatorTim A. Davison
Production SupervisorBonnie Weis
Art DirectorCharlie Lagola
Main Title ThemeCharlie Clouser  |  Cesar Davila-irizarry
Production AccountantScott Cohn
Chief Lighting TechnicianAndrew Glover
ScoreJames S. Levine
Department Head HairMonte C. Haught
Casting AssociateEric Souliere
Department Head Make-upEryn Krueger Mekash
Assistant To The Executive ProducerAlex P. Creasia  |  Jessica Meyer
Special Effects CoordinatorRon Bolanowski
Additional EditorDoc Crotzer
Special Effects Make-upChristien Tinsley
Co-costume DesignerJennifer Eve
 
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