American Horror Story

10 Best Episodes of American Horror Story - Season 4

Step into the twisted world of "American Horror Story," where each season unveils a new nightmare waiting to unfold. From haunted houses to chilling asylums, bewitched covens to eerie cults, this anthology series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with its unique blend of horror and drama. Since its premiere in 2011, "American Horror Story" has captivated audiences with its dark and mysterious storylines, earning a dedicated fan base along the way.

With 13 seasons under its belt, "American Horror Story" continues to push the boundaries of the horror genre, exploring a wide range of terrifying scenarios that are sure to send shivers down your spine. Whether you're a fan of supernatural hauntings or psychological thrillers, this show has something for everyone. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world where every season is a new nightmare, each more chilling than the last.

Join us as we dive into the best episodes of "American Horror Story," where we'll revisit the most spine-tingling moments that have kept us glued to our screens over the years. From shocking twists to unforgettable performances, these episodes showcase the true essence of what makes this series a must-watch for any horror enthusiast. So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and prepare to be scared as we take a closer look at the standout moments from this iconic show.

Written by Sophie and last updated on apr 26, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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American Horror Story - S4E6

#13 - Bullseye (Season 4 - Episode 6)

Elsa unveils a dangerous new act. Stanley puts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy. Paul indulges in a secret romance.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 1602 votes.

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#12 - Blood Bath (Season 4 - Episode 8)


Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s bloodlust.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 1475 votes.

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#11 - Tupperware Party Massacre (Season 4 - Episode 9)

In the wake of a tragic loss, Jimmy sinks into a drunken despair. A reading from Maggie spurs Dandy to action. Stanley and Elsa track down the Twins.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 1427 votes.

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#10 - Test of Strength (Season 4 - Episode 7)


The women of the Freak Show rally against Dell after his latest act of violence. A strange encounter with Dandy raises Jimmy’s suspicion about the clown murders.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 1528 votes.

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#9 - Curtain Call (Season 4 - Episode 13)

The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy prepares for his debut performance. Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 1281 votes.

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#8 - Magical Thinking (Season 4 - Episode 11)


Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy’s escape from police custody.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 1234 votes.

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#7 - Edward Mordrake (1) (Season 4 - Episode 3)

The freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition; Jimmy is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortuneteller; Ethel receives life-changing news.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 1762 votes.

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#6 - Show Stoppers (Season 4 - Episode 12)


Dandy gives the Twins troubling information about Chester. Maggie vows to prove her loyalty to Jimmy. The Freaks enforce their harsh code of justice.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 1229 votes.

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#5 - Massacres and Matinees (Season 4 - Episode 2)

A citywide curfew threatens to shut down the freak show; a strongman from Ethel's troubled past arrives at camp; Gloria arranges a terrifying play date for Dandy; the Tattler Twins reveal a talent that could knock Elsa from the spotlight.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1877 votes.

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#4 - Pink Cupcakes (Season 4 - Episode 5)


Stanley and Maggie hatch a plan to murder the Freaks. Gloria hides the evidence of Dandy's gruesome new hobby. A health scare reveals Desiree may not be the oddity she once thought.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 1648 votes.

American Horror Story - S4E1

#3 - Monsters Among Us (Season 4 - Episode 1)

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television; police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 2353 votes.

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#2 - Edward Mordrake (2) (Season 4 - Episode 4)


Edward Mordrake continues his search for a Freak to add to his ghostly coterie. Elsa tells the grisly story of her days in Germany. Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 1676 votes.

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#1 - Orphans (Season 4 - Episode 10)

In the haunting episode "Orphans" of American Horror Story, the death of a Freak sets off a chain of unsettling events for Pepper. As her world unravels, viewers are taken on an emotional journey through Pepper's tragic past. The reveal of the Freak Show's dark history adds layers of complexity to the narrative, leaving us questioning the true nature of the show's characters.

Pepper's story unfolds with heart-wrenching poignancy, shedding light on her innocence amidst a cruel world. The connection to Asylum adds a profound depth to her character, eliciting a mix of empathy and sorrow from the audience. Elsa's role in Pepper's life takes a dark turn, leading to a betrayal that resonates deeply with viewers. The intricate storytelling weaves a web of emotions, culminating in a truly unforgettable viewing experience.

As the episode delves deeper into Pepper's past, tensions rise as Desiree becomes suspicious of Maggie. The intricate relationships between the characters add layers of intrigue, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. The blend of horror and heartbreak in "Orphans" leaves a lasting impact, showcasing the show's ability to captivate and move viewers in equal measure.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 1481 votes.

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