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American Horror Story
|Season Premiere||October 15th, 2014|
|Season Finale||January 21st, 2015|
|Cast||Sarah Paulson; Evan Peters; Michael Chiklis; Frances Conroy; Denis O'Hare; Emma Roberts; Finn Wittrock; Angela Bassett; Kathy Bates; Jessica Lange|
|Notable Episodes||"Show Stoppers" |
"Curtain Call" 
American Horror Story: Freak Show is the fourth season of the FX Network horror anthology series American Horror Story. The season premiered on October 15th, 2014 and ended on January 21st, 2015, spanning a total of thirteen episodes. The premise of the season revolves around a carnival sideshow that is set up in the town of Jupiter, Florida in the early 1950s. Though most of the storyline utilizes "real world" physics and probabilities, there are also supernatural elements at play in the form of ghosts.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|4x1||Monsters Among Us||October 8th, 2014|
|4x2||Massacres and Matinees||October 15th, 2014|
|4x3||Edward Mordrake (Part 1)||October 22nd, 2014|
|4x4||Edward Mordrake (Part 2)||October 29th, 2014|
|4x5||Pink Cupcakes||November 5th, 2014|
|4x6||Bullseye||November 12th, 2014|
|4x7||Test of Strength||November 19th, 2014|
|4x8||Blood Bath||December 3rd, 2014|
|4x9||Tupperware Party Massacre||December 10th, 2014|
|4x10||Orphans||December 17th, 2014|
|4x11||Magical Thinking||January 7th, 2015|
|4x12||Show Stoppers||January 14th, 2015|
|4x13||Curtain Call||January 21st, 2015|
Cast[edit | edit source]
Principal cast[edit | edit source]
|Sarah Paulson||Bette and Dot Tattler|
|Evan Peters||Jimmy Darling|
|Michael Chiklis||Dell Toledo|
|Frances Conroy||Gloria Mott|
|Emma Roberts||Maggie Esmerelda|
|Finn Wittrock||Dandy Mott|
|Angela Bassett||Desiree Dupree|
|Kathy Bates||Ethel Darling|
|Jessica Lange||Elsa Mars|
Guest stars[edit | edit source]
|John Carroll Lynch||Twisty the Clown|
|Mat Fraser||Paul the Illustrated Seal|
|Rose Siggins||Legless Suzi|
|Skyler Samuels||Bonnie Lipton|
|Jyoti Amge||Ma Petite|
|Erika Ervin||Amazon Eve|
Crew[edit | edit source]
Production[edit | edit source]
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- American Horror Story: Freak Show redirects to this page.
- The title of this season, "Freak Show", was announced by series creator Ryan Murphy via twitter on March 24th, 2014. He said that the series would take place in the 1950s in Jupiter, Florida. 
- It was executive producer Douglas Petrie who first broke the news that the season would use a carnival as its primary setting. 
- The official main cast for season four of American Horror Story was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening, July 26th, 2014. 
- Ryan Murphy revealed that AHS veteran actress Sarah Paulson would be coming back around for a fourth time, although now she would be working "double" time as she takes on the role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot. The first official photo still from the set revealed a back-shot of the twins wearing a hospital gown staring out of a window. 
- Jessica Lange was one of the first cast members slated to return for season four. It was revealed by series showrunners that she would once again be taking on a leading role, this time playing a German expatriate, who is the manager and recruiter of one of the last traveling freak shows in the country. 
- It was announced on the final night of PaleyFest that former The Shield and Vegas actor Michael Chiklis would be joining the cast of American Horror Story. Chiklis' character, Dell Toledo, is the former husband of Kathy Bates' character, Ethel Darling and the father of Evan Peters' character, Jimmy Darling. 
- Actress Erika Ervin, who plays a fictionalized version of herself under the name "Amazon Eve", is also known for her work as a body double for the lumbering reanimate, Shelley Godfrey from the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.
- The character of Pepper is the first character in American Horror Story to appear in multiple seasons. Actress Naomi Grossman played the role of Pepper in season two, "Asylum", which took place during the late 1960s.
- Actress Jyoti Amge, who plays Ma Petite, is the shortest woman in the world, standing at only 2'0" tall and weighing 11 pounds. This is her first work in television.
- Actor Ben Woolf, who played the character of Meep on "Freak Show" passed away on February 23rd, 2015 at the age of 34. He died from a stroke brought on as a result of a head injury he received when he was clipped by the side mirror of a passing SUV. 
- Actress Rose Siggins was born with a rare genetic disorder called Sacral Agenesis. She was born with deformed legs, which were amputated when she was only two-years-old. 
- Actress Rose Siggins, who played the role of Legless Suzi, passed away from complications from kidney failure in Denver, Colorado. She was 43-years-old. 
The Freaks[edit | edit source]
Some of the actors portraying characters in the season had actual birth defects, while others did not. This section is intended to separate fact from fiction.
- No, Jessica Lange who played Elsa Mars did not actually have her legs amputated. She still has two fully functioning legs.
- No, Sarah Paulson who played Bette and Dot Tattler does not actually have two heads, that's just "movie magic" at work.
- While Michael Chiklis is likely quite strong, there is nothing exceptional about him.
- No, Angela Bassett who played Desiree Dupree does not have three breasts.
- No, Kathy Bates does not have facial hair.
- No, Evan Peters who played Jimmy Darling does not have lobster hands.
- While it is possible that Denis O'Hare may in fact have a 13-inch penis, this is something you're going to have to ask him yourself.
- No, Grace Gummer did not get a bunch of facial tattoos for this role.
- Yes, Mat Fraser who played Paul the Illustrated Seal has short arms, but no, the tattoos are not real.
- Yes, Rose Siggins who played Legless Suzi does not have any legs.
- Yes, Jyoti Amge who played Ma Petite is really, really small. She is 2'0¾".
- Yes, Erika Ervin who played Amazon Eve is really, really tall, though not as tall as the show makes her seem. She is 6'7½".
- Yes, Ben Woolf who played Meep was really short. He was 4'3½". No, he likely did not eat baby chickens.
- Yes, Chrissy Metz is actually a plus-sized woman, though her wardrobe did nothing to complement her either.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Death of Maggie Esmerelda; Mutilation of Stanley.
- Deaths of Dandy Mott, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Legless Suzi, Amazon Eve, Ima Wiggles, Penny and Elsa Mars.
- TV Rage.com; "'American Horror Story' Season 4 Title Revealed, New Plot & Casting Details Uncovered"; March 24th, 2014.
- TV Rage.com; 'American Horror Story' Season 4 Will Take Place at a [SPOILER; March 17th, 2014.
- Entertainment Weekly; "'American Horror Story' at Comic-Con: 'Freak Show' cast announced"; July 26th, 2014.
- International Business Times; "‘American Horror Story’ Season 4 Spoilers: Ryan Murphy Tweets Photo From First Day Of ‘Freak Show’"; Amanda Remling; March 18th, 2014.
- E Online; "The American Horror Story Season 4 Title Revealed! Plus, New Details on the Setting, Cast and Jessica Lange's Character"; Leanne Aguilera; March 24th, 2014.
- Deadline.com; "PaleyFest: Michael Chiklis Joining FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’"; March 28th, 2014
- TMZ.com; February 23rd, 2015; 'American Horror Story' BEN WOOLF DIES FROM HEAD INJURY.
- Multiple Sclerosis.co.uk; 'RoseMarie (Rose) Siggins The Woman with Half a Body'.
- CBS News.com; "American Horror Story star Rose Siggins dies at 43"; December 13th, 2015; Associated Press.