The story follows the Harmon family: psychiatrist Ben, his wife Vivien, and their teenage daughter Violet, who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. The Harmons discover that several violent murders were committed in their new home, which locals have nicknamed 'The Murder House', and a series of increasingly disturbing events indicate they may be sharing their home with the restless and violent spirits of those killed.
To Murphy and Falchuk's credit, the brisk tempo serves the multiple converging plotlines well, allowing weirdness to befall everyone in their own unique way, while producing a myriad of questions for the viewer to ponder.
Prime time is so full of mainstream pabulum these days that when a work as audacious and ambitious as American Horror Story comes along, some of us feel compelled to embrace it. Most TV shows quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams.