It centers on the Harmon family: Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben has an affair. They move into a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted by its former residents and their victims.
I had a hard time with the telling of the story at first, with all the constant flashbacks and present time scenes. Once I got used to it, I started to enjoy it very much. Then, about episode 5 – the one where I discovered the Vivien’s twins had two separate fathers, really got me engaged. After that, I was not satisfied with the plot outcome.
First of all, there was a statement by one of the ghosts, that every time they would exact some form of revenge on a living being, the actions never took, but in the end the same ghost was able to affect human life. The other unexplained plot issue that left me unsatisfied was how Constance (Jessica Lange) exactly figured in to this whole story and why she was giving birth to all these defective children.
I loved the introduction of gay characters, especially the one being portrayed by Zachary Quinto!