American Gothic

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Historically, horror hasn't scared up a great track record on TV. Supernatural series? Yes. Terrifying ones? No. The good news for FX, which on Wednesday launches American Horror Story, is that audiences seem to be growing braver. Millions have dared to peek out from behind their fingers, making hits out of The Walking Dead and True Blood. Even when Nip/Tuck dipped its scalpels into overt horror -- terrorizing us with sadistic serial killer The Carver -- it drew record numbers to FX.

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Season 4, Episode 18
Elena and Rebekah search for Katherine and find themselves in a Pennsylvania town, where Elena has a surprising encounter with an old acquaintance.

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Season 1, Episode 22
Lucas Buck decides that he must fight a ghost (Merlyn) with a ghost.

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Season 1, Episode 18
American Gothic, set in the rural community of Trinity, South Carolina, a postcard-pretty enclave of antebellum houses and manicured lawns, is the story of a town tormented and seduced by the ominous presence of one man, Sheriff Lucas Buck. American Gothic stars Gary Cole, Paige Turco, Jake Weber, Brenda Bakke, Sarah Paulson and Lucas Black.

Free | Hulu Aired: 9/22/1995

Season 1, Episode 1
In a small town in South Carolina, not everyone is as they seem.

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Will American Horror Story Be a Hit for FX? A Look at the Recent History of Horror on TV

Historically, horror hasn't scared up a great track record on TV. Supernatural series? Yes. Terrifying ones? No. The good news for FX, which on Wednesday launches American Horror Story, is that audiences seem to be growing braver. Millions have dared to peek out from behind their fingers, making hits out of The Walking Dead and True Blood. Even when Nip/Tuck dipped its scalpels into overt horror -- terrorizing us with sadistic serial killer The Carver -- it drew record numbers to FX.

But do viewers have the stomach for a haunted house dreamed up by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who gave us both Glee and Nip/Tuck? read more

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Question: Thanks for your support of Invasion this season. I was a little sad but not surprised to see that it had been canceled. I consider it a fascinating experiment that yielded some wonderful results, like Shaun Cassidy's other series, American Gothic, although it certainly wasn't for all tastes. Best of all, it brought the talents of William Fichtner, who was able to simultaneously convey both menacing and sympathetic qualities, to my attention. I will miss Sheriff Underlay most of all. I don't consider it a "waste of time" to have taken a chance on a series that had a high chance of failure. It was worth it to see something interesting and a little different. So tell us what you think now that the decision's in. What do you think about Invasion and about investing time and love in low-chance shows? Answer: I couldn't agree more with the praise for William Fichtner, one of the more original villains-turned-heros I've ever witnessed. I liked Invasion when it was too slow for many, ... read more

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Premiered: September 22, 1995, on CBS
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Premise: A decidedly odd, horror-tinged series about an evil sheriff who has supernatural powers and uses them to control the citizens of a South Carolina town named Trinity. Created by Shaun Cassidy.

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