10 Shows Like 'American Horror Story' to Watch Next

Since 'American Horror Story' dabbles in many subsets of horror, the below list features a wide variety in the genre.
by Annie Lyons — 

Sarah Paulson in 'American Horror Story'


Since premiering in 2011, American Horror Story has offered horror fans a new creepy treat nearly every Halloween. 

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX anthology horror series tells a different story each season, focusing on everything from a paranormal documentary gone wrong, to a haunted hotel to a coven of witches. While each season has a mostly self-contained arc, they all take place within the same fictional universe, with some crossover elements occurring. The show has a unique sensibility, often blending campy theatrics with darker themes. 

Many actors appear in multiple seasons, usually portraying a new character each time. Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe have appeared in nine out of the show's 11 seasons so far. Other notable cast members include Frances Conroy, Denis O'Hare, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Emma Roberts. Murphy and Falchuk also created the direct spin-off series American Horror Stories, which tells a different horror story every week, with a few connecting to the original series. 

The show has mostly received positive reviews from critics, particularly for the performances of its cast, and currently has a Metascore of 65. To date, American Horror Story has won two Golden Globe Awards out of a total nine nominations and 16 Emmy Awards out of a total 94 nominations. For her performance, Lange won two Emmy Awards, receiving a nomination for each of the show's first four seasons. Additionally, Paulson has received five Emmy Award nominations, Bates has received three, and Bassett, Conroy, and O'Hare have each received two. 

American Horror Story has been renewed through Season 13, with the 11th season, subtitled as American Horror Story: NYC, having just finished airing (though if you missed it, you can catch it


If you're looking for something like American Horror Story thanks to the arrival of this year's spooky season and AHS: NYC, Metacritic has got you covered with a list of similar shows. Since American Horror Story dabbles in many subsets of horror, the below list features a wide variety of horror-minded shows, including satirical dark comedies, supernatural dramas, and psychological horror. 

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows like American Horror Story to watch next. 


From left to right: Aasif Mandvi, Mike Colter, and Katja Herbers in 'Evil'



Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of AHS: Asylum and supernatural dramas that explore religious themes
Where to watch:

, , , ,
Seasons: 3 (so far)

Created by Robert and Michelle King, this supernatural dramafollows a trio of investigators who are employed by the local Catholic Church to look into strange and potentially supernatural phenomena, such as possible demonic possessions or miracles. The team consists of skeptical forensic psychologist Kristen (Katja Herbers), priest-in-training David (Mike Colter), and technical expert Ben (Aasif Mandvi). With a keen focus on character development, Evil blends a case-of-the-week procedural format with deeply existential themes about the nature of evil and the different meanings of faith. The series has grown in critical acclaim over its seasons, with the recent third season receiving a Metascore of 92. 

"A relentlessly clever mash-up procedural, merging psychological medical mystery with techno-crime and spiritual struggle. Its paranoia is far-reaching, and very bleak." — Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly


Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett in 'Lovecraft Country'


Lovecraft Country

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of horror with socially pertinent themes and period horror
Where to watch:

, , , ,
Seasons: 1

Based on Matt Ruff's novel and developed by Misha Green, Lovecraft Country uses the horror genre as a way to interrogorate America's history of racism. Taking place in the 1950s, the supernatural drama follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), a young Black man who travels across the segregated country with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) in search of his missing father. The trio journey to a mysterious small town in Massachusetts, which supposedly served as an inspiration for horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The show won two Emmy Awards out of a total 18 nominations and also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama. 

"Lovecraft Country is a pulpy treat: sexy, scary, and featuring a poignant examination of some of the true horrors in American society." — Meghan O'Keefe, Decider


'The Haunting of Hill House'


The Haunting of Hill House

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of horror that examines trauma and stories about dysfunctional families
Where to watch:

, , Netflix,
Seasons: 1

The Haunting of Hill House might especially appeal to AHS: Murder House fans since it also focuses on a dysfunctional family plagued by paranormal occurrences after moving into a new house. The supernatural horror drama cuts between two timelines, exploring the Crain family's experiences after moving into Hill House to renovate it in 1992, and the aftermath of a connected tragedy 26 years later. The show is loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. Creator Mike Flanagan followed up the show with The Haunting of Bly Manor (Metascore: 63), which features some of the same cast members, though the narratives are not connected. 

"Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It's the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix's horror show come alive." — Ben Travers, IndieWire


'Channel Zero'


Channel Zero

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of horror anthologies and creepypastas
Where to watch:

, , ,
Seasons: 4

Created by Nick Antosca, Channel Zero is a horror anthology that draws inspiration from popular horror stories created and shared on the Internet — aka, creepypastas. Subtitled as Candle Cove, the first season concerns a child psychologist growing increasingly paranoid that a bizarre children's TV show played a role in his brother's disappearance. No-End House follows a group of friends who visit a haunted house that's more than it seems, while Butcher's Block focuses on two sisters who investigate the disappearances haunting their new city. The final season The Dream Door revolves around a pair of newlyweds who find a mysterious door in their basement. 

"Channel Zero's more mundane approach to horror might keep it on the outskirts of popular attention, but the show is all the more compelling for its restraint." — Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic


Kiernan Shipka and Chance Perdomo in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of shows about witches and horror focused on teen characters
Where to watch: 

, , , Netflix,
Seasons: 4

If you wanted to spend more time with the witches of AHS: Coven, then Chilling Adventures of Sabrina might be for you. Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the dark coming-of-age fantasy is based on the Archie comic book series of the same name and takes place in the same universe as Riverdale, with the two series having multiple crossovers. Kiernan Shipka stars as the titular half-witch and half-mortal teenager, who struggles to maintain her "normal" life as she begins studying at the Academy of Unseen Arts. When the series starts, Sabrina is fast approaching her 16th birthday, her deadline for deciding whether to fully embrace her witch half.

"The show ricochets from near-perfectly pitched dark fantasy to rote considerations of normal life, only striking the right balance when it doesn't take itself too seriously, but it still has enough magic and wonder to enthrall." — Angelica Jade Bastien, Vulture


'Masters of Horror'


Masters of Horror

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of horror anthologies
Where to watch:

, , ,
Seasons: 2

Fans of how American Horror Story explores many types of horror may also enjoy Masters of Horror. Rather than focus on season-long arcs though, this anthology tells a different story in each hour-long episode, with a notable horror director tackling each entry. Some of these directors include series creator Mick Garris, John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, and Dario Argento. Many of the episodes are also inspired by short stories from well-known horror writers past and present, including Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Clive Barker. The show received two Emmy Award nominations for its music, winning the award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. 

"Masters of Horror, like any anthology, can be judged only after many installments, but it's off to a tantalizingly creepy start." — David Hinckley, New York Daily News


André Holland in 'Castle Rock' 


Castle Rock

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of Stephen King and psychological horror
Where to watch:

, , , ,
Seasons: 2

Castle Rock takes place in the titular fictional Maine town that provides a backdrop for a number of King's stories. The supernatural psychological horror series draws heavily from the acclaimed author's works, incorporating familiar characters and themes. The first season begins with death row attorney Henry Matthew Deaver (André Holland) making his return to the town after the discovery of an enigmatic, unaccounted-for prison inmate (Bill Skarsgård) locked in a cage. The second season largely focuses on a new story, detailing the early life of Misery's Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan), but it still features some of the same characters and plot points as the first season.  

"Stephen King's Constant Readers (and casual fans) will find a lot to like in Hulu's Castle Rock, a new drama series inspired by the horror master's stories, if they can stick with the slow pace." — Liam Mathews, TV Guide


From left to right: Rosa Salazar and Catherine Keener in 'Brand New Cherry Flavor'


Brand New Cherry Flavor

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of supernatural horror and body horror
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

Part supernatural revenge thriller, part noir, and part body horror, Brand New Cherry Flavor uses hypnotic visuals to chronicle one woman's descent into an occult underworld. Taking place in 1990s Los Angeles, the limited series follows Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar), a director with hopes of turning her short film into a feature. After a sleazy producer breaks his promise to help her, Lisa asks a witch to curse him. The series explores the dramatic consequences of her request, examining connections between art and power. Brand New Cherry Flavor was created by Antosca and Lenore Zion, based on Todd Grimson's novel of the same name. 

"Most of its imagery recalls better projects like Mulholland Drive or eXistenZ, but Antosca and Zion's commitment to telling a deeply unsettling occult story is, for lack of a better word, bewitching." — Joshua Rivera, Polygon


From left to right: Billie Lourd and Emma Roberts in 'Scream Queens'


Scream Queens

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of horror comedies and over-the-top characters
Where to watch:

, , , ,
Seasons: 2

Of all of Murphy's other shows, Scream Queens might most closely align with the blend of campy humor and horror elements found in some AHS seasons, particularly AHS: 1984's slasher satire. The first season centers around the prestigious Kappa Kappa Tau sorority at Wallace University, which is being plagued by a serial killer known as The Red Devil. Roberts stars as the sorority's resident queen bee Chanel Oberlin, whose awful behavior has drawn the ire of Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis). The second season follows the surviving characters, moving the action to a hospital and focusing on a new serial killer. Curtis received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in the first season.

"Despite all its flaws, vulgarities and miscues, and for all the justifiable fear that, like many shows from this team, it will go screaming off the quality cliff, there is an energy to Scream most other new shows are missing. It's different. And it has Curtis." — Robert Bianco, USA Today


Willa Fitzgerald in 'Scream'



Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of Scream and horror mysteries
Where to watch:

, , , Netflix,
Seasons: 3

Also known as Scream: The TV Series, Scream is based on the slasher film series of the same name. The horror show's first two seasons take place in Lakewood, a fictional small town that suffered a string of murders 21 years ago. After the murder of a popular high schooler, it becomes clear that a new killer is on the loose. At the center of the action is Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald), a teenager with ties to the town's dark past. The show resets in its third season, following a new cast in a new location and focusing on Deion Elliot (RJ Cyler), an Atlanta football star with a traumatic past.

"For younger viewers just discovering irony and metafiction and possibly not acquainted with the screen originals, which have done them to death, this may seem fresh and fun." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times