American Gods: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
American Gods

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American Gods opens with a series of wildly ambitious gambits -- and rewards viewers' faith with a promising first season whose visual riches are matched by its narrative impact.



Critic Ratings: 84


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Air date: Apr 30, 2017
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In Series 1 of "American Gods", Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison to the news his wife, Laura (Emily Browning), has died in a car accident. Bereft and desperate to return home for her funeral and the full story, Shadow finds himself sucked into the world of the enigmatic and all knowing Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane). As he and Wednesday travel across the United States, recruiting for a mysterious war that Wednesday believes is imminent, Shadow has his faith tested in the strangest of ways.


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Critic Reviews for American Gods Season 1

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26)

When you get right down to it, American Gods is simply a gripping, entertaining tall tale buoyed by a standout cast.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The eagerly anticipated and much hyped adaptation is a dramatic, cinematic exploration of mythology and migration, pushing the bar of "prestige television" up yet another impressive notch.

Apr 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The spirit of Gaiman's classic has been captured, but not yet the vision.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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While we're still waiting to see if the story's substance can match its visual splendor, there's so much meat here, it's hard to doubt the blood is coming - especially with Fuller wielding the cleaver.

Apr 19, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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American Gods demands to be seen on the biggest screen in your house. It is so visually impressive in its scope and imagination, experiencing American Gods on anything less than a 50-inch TV is a waste.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling fantasy novel is so outrageous in its ambitions and so spectacular to look at, you may get caught up in the illusion and wonder only later, "What the heck was that about?"

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…

So many characters pass in a blur... that there's a danger of the story arc getting trampled. But the thrill ride is so stylish I'm more than happy to keep the faith. Or lose it, depending on how you read your Gaiman.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

American Gods commits the biggest sin a prestige television show can-giving the glossy veneer of thoughtful racial and gender commentary but leaving much to be desired.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

By the gods, this is good.

Jan 13, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

American Gods is as raw and as basic as stories and myths can get, while being as wild and visually stunning as a modern audience demands.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Gods: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2019
    Great adaptation of an outstanding book. Visually, it's out of this world! It is so pleasing to watch and the performances of Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle are excellent. The series is awesome, but it's mostly down to the source material being so damned good. If you like mythology, this one's for you.
  • Apr 12, 2019
    awesome with enough deviation from the book to keep it real
  • Apr 10, 2019
    Such a great show! A wonderful twist on fantasy and religion. I love this show!
  • Apr 01, 2019
    The story is interesting and the plot is compelling. There is occasionally some stupid politics injected into the show but for the most part it did not approach that topic.
  • Mar 26, 2019
    Great cast, great writing, and a great concept. Can't wait to see the next season.
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Good acting by Ian McShane and "Shadow Moon", but explicit sex scenes unrelated to the plot ruins any interest in continuing to watch--why, what for?
  • Mar 12, 2019
    One of the best TV shows I have seen lately
  • Mar 02, 2019
    This show is like a layered cocktail. It has so many different thing(weird and casual, supernatural and pedestrian, simple and complicated), but put together so well, that despite things that would otherwise be opposite of each other, they manage to come together extremely well. And it tastes good.
  • Feb 02, 2019
    I've always enjoyed Neil Gaiman adaptions. This one seems particularly relevant in its portrayal of American culture. The confusion of Shadow about whether his new employer is good or not. The sense that maybe the most powerful people may have some major flaws. If you added any real American business, political or social leader to this cast - how would they be any different? Do you really think our society would be so screwed up if the most powerful were intellectually pure ? The only thing I would like to see more with this series would be to introduce some elements of our own powerful Deep State. Just imagine for example if Deep State goons picked on Shadow using microwave weapons. Shadow is no weak guy like Kevin Douglas Limbaugh. He would annihilate those Deep State goons.
  • Jan 22, 2019
    I have rewatched this show more times than I am proud of, but each time I find myself on the edge of my seat or laughing at a situation a character finds themselves in. The camera work, CGI and special effects of this show are second to none. I could not recommend watching this show in 4K. I cannot wait to see the second season! Most underrated show on TV.

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