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American Horror Story: Suburbia
Genre Drama

Horror

Mystery

Created by Ryan Murphy

Brad Falchuk

Starring Sarah Paulson

Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Evan Peters

Billie Lourd

Billy Eichner

Denis O'Hare

Lily Rabe

Frances Conroy

Alfred Molina

Adina Porter

with

Kathy Bates

Angela Bassett

Mo'Nique

and

Susan Sarandon

Opening Theme American Horror Story Theme
Location California, USA
Country Of Origin USA
Number Of Episodes 11
Running Time 60 - 90 minutes
Original Channel: FX
Original Air Date September 13th 2017 - November 22nd 2017
Produced by Ryan Murphy

Brad Falchuk

Tim Minear

John J. Gray

Karen Romero

Directed by Various
American Horror Story: Suburbia is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on September 13, 2017, marking the second time the series has debuted outside of October, and concluded on November 22, 2017.

Prior to the premiere, series co-creator Ryan Murphy stated this season of the series would be "election themed" and "would feature Donald Trump". Details about its plot and cast were kept secret until the first episode aired, similar to the previous season. Several potential themes were theorised based on various promotional material produced by FX. After the release of pictures taken from the set in Burbank, California, it was widely speculated that the season would incorporate some sort of cul-de-sac into the series. The premiere episode revealed the season to be set in a suburban town which is under the control of a secret society.

Returning cast members from previous seasons include: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Lily Rabe, Denis O'Hare, Kathy Bates, Taissa Farmiga, Lady Gaga, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, Leslie Jordan and Adina Porter. New additions to the cast are Billie Lourd, Alfred Molina, Mo'Nique, Susan Sarandon and Billy Eichner. Paulson reprised her Coven role of Cordelia Foxx in the season finale.

Suburbia has received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, some citing it as the best season yet.

Plot

Suburbia follows the residents of a small cul-de-sac in suburban Los Angeles in 2016 and the effects that a mysterious underworld has on the population. As the season progresses, horrific secrets are revealed.

Cast

Main

  • Sarah Paulson as Hermione Christopher/Cordelia Foxx
  • Cuba Gooding Jr as Maxwell Knight
  • Evan Peters as Xander Wilde
  • Billie Lourd as Clarissa Day
  • Denis O'Hare as James Day
  • Lily Rabe as Alicia Fairweather
  • Frances Conroy as Christina Rowans
  • Adina Porter as Gina Winds
  • Kathy Bates as Clarissa Day
  • Angela Bassett as Maureen Blanchard
  • Susan Sarandon as Hetty Christopher

Special Guest Stars

  • Alfred Molina as Vernon Christopher
  • Mo'Nique as Olivia Winds
  • Lady Gaga as Scathach

Recurring

  • Billy Eichner as Wendell Coombs
  • Leslie Jordan as Sean Jacobs
  • Taissa Farmiga as Melanie Chambers
  • Jacob Artist as Richie Lewis

Episodes

Episode Title Synopsis Airdate
1 I Will Cut You After the result of the 2016 elections, Hetty and Vernon Christopher (Susan Sarandon and Alfred Molina) decide relocate from Rural Minnesota to Suburban Los Angeles to be closer to their wheelchair-bound former actress daughter Hermione (Sarah Paulson), but they soon discover they their neighbourhood isn't as idilic as anticipated. Their daughter's live-in carer is a eccentric former television personality, Wendell Coombs (Billy Eichner) and the next-door neighbours are a mysterious family (Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates and Denis O'Hare) with more than just skeletons in the closet. But when Hetty is invited by her daughter to join an underground society that controls the surrounding area from within, it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems. September 13th 2017
2 Is That A Threat? Hermione's neighbour and friend Gina (Adina Porter) returns from visiting family, Hermione is impressed that she's lured her gullible sister Olivia (Mo'Nique) back with her, sealing another piece of their plan into place. Meanwhile, investigative journalist duo Xander Wilde (Evan Peters) and Maxwell Knight (Cuba Gooding Jr.) arrive in the cul-de-sac after reports of missing persons come to light. September 20th 2017
3 Not This Time, Honey Hermione reveals her true self to her father when he finds local mechanic Alicia Fairweather (Lily Rabe) repairing his neighbour, Christina Rowans (Frances Conroy), but a lucky escape and a curiosity in the truth leads to a chance encounter with Xander and Maxwell. Meanwhile, Hetty is finally reunited with the real Hermione, with the help of a rebellious hostage, Maureen Blanchard (Angela Bassett). September 27th 2017
4 Too Scared To Shower In 1990, a young Hermione makes her screen debut in a sci-fi film about robots, and befriends the mysterious Sean Jacobs (Leslie Jordan) and the strange Wendell Coombs.

In 2016, Hetty is reunited with Vernon but seemingly lose each other when a young couple (Taissa Farmiga and Jacob Artist) tries to befriend each of them. Elsewhere, a rabid Gina causes trouble when her sister resists joining the society. The Day family establish rules.

October 4th 2017
5 It Will Be Painless Hetty stealthily returns to the depths of the society and finds Maureen caring for the originals, trying to find a way to save them and destroy the robots before its too late, but Maureen isn't sure who to trust. Wendell contacts Sean to warn him about Hetty and Vernon's past, Sean reveals the truth behind the funding of the society. The Days reveal their magical truth and their connection to Wendell. October 11th 2017
6 The New Face Vernon is out of luck as he becomes the first male victim of the society, to Hetty's horror. She soon learns that her entire life may have been a lie. Maureen and Hermione escape with the real Gina, but what they discover in the outside world changes their perspective on life. October 18th 2017
7 Just Saying (Part 1) On Halloween night, Hetty deals with the loss of Vernon and a fragile Hermione while also trying to avoid robotic Hermione and her army, as they become less and less human.

On Halloween 1969, a young Sean Coombs visits Roanoke, NC to collect papers from the Mott Foundation to establish his society, but finds himself in more danger when faced with the legendary Scathach.

October 25th 2017
8 Say No More (Part 2) Hetty and Maureen begin their plot to restore the cul-de-sac to normality and free the remaining prisoners, but trapped in the basement after being found by the robots, their time is limited.

Sean displays his ruthless streak to Wendell, but retaliation proves fatal. Sean realises Wendell's true identity and remembers Scathach's warning decades previously.

November 1st 2017
9 Almost There Wendell flees Los Angeles on the Days' orders with the intention of finding their coven in New Orleans. Hetty and Maureen take down Alicia Fairweather and discover a key weakness in the robots. Hermione begins to recover from her entrapment, but its not long before she comes face to face with her robotic self. Gina learns the truth about her sister's disappearance. November 8th 2017
10 Her She Comes Hetty and Maureen prove successful but the robots put up quite a fight, but the Days prove themselves to be more help than they initially let on. A dying Sean refuses to quit. The human women are released from the cryogenic chambers, but struggle to find an escape route. An unexpected arrival takes Hermione by surprise. Xander and Maxwell find what they came for, but they're stopped in their tracks by an unimaginable force. November 15th 2017
11 Looking Ahead In the aftermath of the defeat of the robots, Hetty and Maureen discover the truth about the Day family and the arrival of a coven of witches, led by the Supreme Cordelia Foxx, results in a new establishment after Cordelia reveals she has acquired The Mott Foundation. A powerful Wendell helps Sean die once and for all, but not before he reveals the truth about Scathach, much to the fear of Cordelia Foxx. Maureen calls an old friend as she realises war against witches is on the horizon. November 22nd 2017

Reception

Critical response

American Horror Story: Suburbia has received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 88% approval rating, with an average rating of 8.7/10, based on 13 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "American Horror Story: Suburbia takes a refreshing turn away from prior AHS formats, revisiting the deliberate pace of earlier seasons on a spookier, smaller scale." On Metacritic, the season was given a score of 82 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally positive reviews".

Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter gave a positive review, writing, "The American Horror Story franchise has been and done many things, but it's never offered such a false sense of security, so this subdued start may be the scariest promise at all. It's the most curious I've been about future instalments in a long time." Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly also gave a positive review, writing, "The use of mystery to market the season may have been contrived, but after the success of Roanoke, mystery might also be the best thing going for it, too." Ben Travers of IndieWire called the premiere "a promising start with a central mystery as tantalizing as the ads teasing it."

Awards

The season was nominated for several awards, including SAG, Saturn, Golden Globes and Emmys. It won several of each during awards season, specifically recognition for Frances Conroy, Billie Lourd and Denis O'Hare's performances.

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