American Horror Story is an horror television anthology series. Each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own beginning, middle, and end. While some actors appear for more than one year, they play completely different roles in each season.
The first season was retroactively subtitled “Murder House,” and focuses on a haunted house in Los Angeles in 2011.
The second season was subtitled “Asylum,” and takes place in Massachusetts in 1964, largely in an institution for the criminally insane.
The third season, subtitled Coven, takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, during 2013 and follows a coven of witches who face off against those who wish to destroy them.
The fourth season, subtitled Freak Show, takes place in Jupiter, Florida during 1952 and centers around one of the few remaining American freak shows.
The fifth season, subtitled Hotel, is scheduled to premiere on October 7, 2015, and will center around the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, California.