American Horror Story season 11: everything we know about AHS: NYC

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American Horror Story is Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s long-running horror anthology that still manages to deliver chills, thrills and mind-bending plot twists after 10 seasons. Season 11 is titled AHS: NYC

The show has been a huge success, including a spinoff, American Horror Stories, now in its second season at FX on Hulu. Part of that success comes from the team’s ability to keep things fresh with a new theme each season with a revolving cast of actors (and characters) that tend to pop up unexpectedly. 

FX chairman John Landgraf confirmed that American Horror Story season 11 would be heading into homes this fall at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The show has been renewed through season 13.

FX likes to keep the details of the series under wraps until the premiere, so it’s not uncommon to have next to no information about the show’s theme until it premieres, but in the coming weeks we’re sure to learn more about who’s returning to the newest season of the horror anthology.

Here’s everything we know about American Horror Story season 11 

AHS:NYC next episode, episode guide

Every season of American Horror Story is an adventure and AHS season 11 promises to be a unique and wild ride. 

The final two episodes of AHS: NYC air November 16 and are titled "Requiem 1981/1987 Part One" and "Requiem 1981/1987 Part Two." 

Here's the episode description for "Requiem 1981/1987 Part One:" "As vitality expires, two old friends are led through unique journeys of retrospection."

Here's the episode description for "Requiem 1981/1987 Part Two:" "Grief and peril dominate Gino. The discovery of a tragedy becomes a revelation for Adam."

AHS: NYC episode guide:

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 1: "Something's Coming"
Airdate: October 19, 2022
"Mysterious deaths and disappearances ramp up in the city; a doctor makes a frightening discovery, and a local reporter becomes tomorrow's headline."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 2: "Thank You for Your Service"
Airdate: October 19, 2022
"Gino grapples with his trauma; Patrick's search takes him to dark places; a stranger contacts Hannah with a grave warning."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 3: "Smoke Signals"
Airdate: October 26, 2022
"Without the NYPD's help, Gino is forced to get resourceful; a traumatizing event brings dangerous suspects closer than ever."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 4: "Black Out"
Airdate: October 26, 2022
"As darkness consumes the city, evil takes root in the unlikeliest of places."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 5: "Bad Fortune"
Airdate: November 2, 2022
"Hannah receives concerning news while Patrick suffers a loss; the city's most dangerous resident reveals his true motives."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 6: "The Body"
Airdate: November 2, 2022
"A chilling event from Patrick's past returns to haunt him; Gino and Henry are determined to uncover it at any cost."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 7: "The Sentinel"
Airdate: November 9, 2022
"Patrick’s search reaches an epic conclusion. The group reshifts their focus, but a different plan is in store for Hannah."

AHS: NYC season 11 episode 8: "Fire Island"
Airdate: November 9, 2022
"Terrifying events at Fire Island rupture the group and force them to reconsider everything."

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American Horror Story season 11 release date

AHS: NYC premiered October 19, 2022, at 10 pm ET/PT on FX and will stream the next day on Hulu.

We'll update you as soon as we know about a release date in the UK. 

American Horror Story season 11 cast

Here's who we know will appear in the AHS:NYC cast so far.

  • Zachary Quinto as Sam
  • Charlie Carver as Adam
  • Russell Tovey as Patrick
  • Rebecca Dayan as Alana
  • Kyle Beltran as Morris
  • Sis as Dunaway
  • Kal Penn as Mac Marzara
  • Leslie Grossman as Barbara
  • Isaac Powell as Theo
  • Sandra Bernhard as Fran
  • Billie Lourd as Hannah
  • Joe Mantello as Gino
  • Patti LuPone as Kathy
  • Denis O'Hare as Henry
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Deadline reported that several AHS alums would be joining the cast in season 11, including Zachary Quinto, Billie Lourd, Patti LuPone and Isaac Powell. New faces to the franchise include Sandra Bernhard, Joe Montello and Charlie Carver. 

Like everything else in the AHS world, casting is one of those closely-held secrets. That said, there are several key actors who have appeared across multiple seasons of AHS (and now American Horror Stories as well) who might make an appearance in season 11. 

Two long standing members of the AHS family are Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. Both actors took season 9 off but returned for season 10. If they’re available they’ll likely make an appearance in some capacity, whether it’s a full season role or a guest appearance. 

Paulson recently told Variety that she’s open to a return to AHS, but she’s also concerned that fans of the show might be more interested in seeing new faces in the franchise. But that wasn’t the only reason she might pass. 

"Let someone else scream and run and cry for a second. Other people can do that too! Also, my nervous system. There was a time when I was younger when I was like, 'I can do this all night. I love it!' Now I’m like, 'Momma’s tired!'"

Other AHS frequent flyers include Adina Porter, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Leslie Grossman, Cody Fern, Lily Rabe and Emma Roberts. 

American Horror Story season 11 plot

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AHS: NYC could take the show in a number of directions. If the pictures on social media are any indication, the should could be set in the 70s or 80s based on that blue eyeshadow. But then again, who really knows with AHS. It's always a surprise. 

While there are no details on the plot for season 11, we can imagine that there will be ties to previous seasons of the show. It’s not just limited to characters, either; locations from previous seasons can also show up in season 11. You never know what to expect until the show premieres, which is half the fun. 

Interestingly, the AHS spinoff American Horror Stories is now in its second season and the season premiere episode featured a connection to AHS season 2’s Coven. The first season of the spinoff featured a link to the first season of AHS, which came to be known as Murder House

What that means is that the level of connectivity is higher than ever between the series; American Horror Story can now connect to stories from the spinoff and vice versa. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have indeed created a vibrant universe to play in; and play they do. 

Here’s a look at all of the themes for previous seasons:

  • Season 1 Murder House 
  • Season 2: Asylum 
  • Season 3: Coven 
  • Season 4: Freak Show 
  • Season 5: Hotel 
  • Season 6: Roanoke 
  • Season 7: Cult 
  • Season 8: Apocalypse 
  • Season 9: 1984 
  • Season 10: Double Feature 

American Horror Story season 11 trailer

Ryan Murphy and the AHS: NYC team have been dropping hints about the upcoming season. Once the NYC title was released, there was no question that this season was going to be different than others. On Twitter, Murphy teased the teaser with "the deadliest year ever."

As you can see in the teaser, there is a focus on the NYC club vibe. It's hard to pinpoint the exact date, but there's a definite BDSM link. 

AHS fans know that there's always more than meets the eye with these teasers and promos, so we won't know what it all means until October 19. 

How to watch American Horror Story season 11

American Horror Story season 11 airs on FX, with new episodes streaming the next day on Hulu. FX is available through most cable TV subscriptions, but if you've cut the cord you can watch FX on streaming platforms like Sling TV, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Past seasons of the show are available to stream on Hulu.

We’ll add details of when and how to watch the new season in the UK as soon as more information is available. 

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.