American Horror Story: Roanoke is the sixth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It premiered on September 14, 2016, marking the first time the series has debuted outside of October, and concluded on November 16, 2016.
Returning cast members from previous seasons include: Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Denis O'Hare, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Adina Porter, Lady Gaga, Leslie Jordan, Frances Conroy, Finn Wittrock, Robin Weigert, and Taissa Farmiga, along with new cast members Cuba Gooding Jr. and André Holland. Paulson also reprised her role as the Asylum character, Lana Winters, for the season finale.
Prior to the premiere, series co-creator Murphy stated this season of the series would be "more rogue" and "dark" in contrast to its previous cycle, Hotel. Details about its plot and cast were kept secret until the first episode aired, an unusual approach to publicity for the series. As such, it became the first iteration of the series to not release a subtitle prior to the season premiere since its debut. Several potential themes were theorized based on various promotional material produced by FX. After the release of pictures taken from the set in Santa Clarita, it was widely speculated that the season would incorporate the infamous 1580s Roanoke Colony disappearance. The premiere episode revealed the first half of the season to be depicted as a paranormal documentary entitled My Roanoke Nightmare, which reenacts the experiences of a married couple who relocate to North Carolina. The second half of the season is presented as found footage and depicts the doomed production of the documentary's sequel.
Roanoke has received positive reviews, with critics noting its subdued aesthetic and pacing in comparison to earlier seasons of the series.