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"You're gonna die in there. You're gonna regret it. You're gonna regret it."
Adelaide Langdon
Series American Horror Story
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date October 5th, 2011
Writers Ryan Murphy; Brad Falchuk
Director Ryan Murphy
Producers Alexis Martin Woodall; Patrick McKee; Bradley Buecker; Dante Di Loreto; Brad Falchuk; Ryan Murphy
Starring Dylan McDermott; Connie Britton; Evan Peters; Taissa Farmiga; Denis O'Hare; Jessica Lange
Episode guide
"Home Invasion"

"Pilot" is the premiere episode of the episodic anthology series American Horror Story. The series was created by Glee showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, both of whom co-wrote the pilot episode. It was directed by Ryan Murphy and stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare and Jessica Lange. The episode first aired on the FX Network on October 5th, 2011.

The Harmon family relocate from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California where they buy a Victorian-style manor at 1119 Westchester Place. They meet their eerie neighbor, Constance Langdon, as well as a troubled youth named Tate. The Harmons are hoping to restart their lives following Vivien Harmon's harrowing miscarriage as well as husband Ben Harmon's subsequent infidelity. In addition to the strange neighbors, there is also a bizarre disfigured man named Larry Harvey and something monstrous living in the basement.



Guest Starring


Notes & Trivia

  • This episode marks the television debut of Taissa Farmiga. She also appeared in the 2011 feature film Higher Learning where she played teenage Corinne Walker. The film was directed by her older sister Vera Farmiga, who also played the adult Corinne Walker in the film.
  • Actress Melissa Barker is uncredited for her participation in this episode.
  • Actor Terry F. Smith is uncredited for his participation in this episode.


  • Adelaide Langdon makes reference to Dora the Explorer. Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried on the Nickelodeon cable television network, including the associated Nick Jr. channel. It aired on CBS until September, 2006. [1]
  • The cartoon that Constance Langdon puts on for Adelaide Langdon is Go, Diego, Go!. This is an American animated educational interactive children's television program that originally aired on the Nickelodeon children's cable network in the United States and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. [2]


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


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


  • Ben Harmon: Peeking in people's windows is still a crime, even in L.A.



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