American Horror Story begins as a horror anthology series. The first season, Murder House, follows the story of a dysfunctional, not-quite-likable family who take up residence in a haunted house. The second season, Asylum, is based in the 1960’s in the Briarcliff Mental Institution. It follows the experiences of both the patients and caregivers within the institution created to treat the criminally insane. The third season, Coven, captures an ongoing battle between voodoo followers and a coven of witches over two centuries. Each season is self-contained and can be considered a mini-series.