American Gods: Season 1 (2017)

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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.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2017

Shadow Moon is released from prison early following the death of his wife; mysterious con artist Mr. Wednesday recruits Shadow to be his bodyguard.

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Air date: May 07, 2017

Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle; Shadow Moon travels to Chicago with Mr. Wednesday and agrees to a high-stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic deity Czernobog.

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Air date: May 14, 2017

Shadow questions his decision to work for Mr. Wednesday after learning of his plan to rob a bank; Shadow makes a surprising discovery when he returns to his motel room.

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Air date: May 21, 2017

The story of Laura's life and death is explored, including her first encounter with Shadow and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

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Air date: May 28, 2017

Shadow's emotional reunion with his dead and unfaithful wife is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.

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Air date: Jun 04, 2017

On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2017

Following her brief reunion with Shadow, Laura turns to an unlikely travel companion to find her way back to life; Mad Sweeney's long, winding, and often-tragic past is explored.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2017

On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday attempts to recruit the Old God Ostara, but needs Mr. Nancy's help in making a good impression and winning her over.

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An ex-convict becomes the bodyguard of a powerful old deity looking to reclaim his lost glory.

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An ex-convict becomes the bodyguard of a powerful old deity looking to reclaim his lost glory.

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Cast & Crew

Ricky Whittle
Shadow Moon
Ian McShane
Mr. Wednesday
Emily Browning
Laura Moon
Pablo Schreiber
Mad Sweeney
Bruce Langley
Technical Boy
Jonathan Tucker
Low Key Lyesmith
Cloris Leachman
Zorya Vechernyaya
Adam Kane
Director
Bryan Fuller
Executive Producer
Michael Green
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for American Gods: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    On the plus side is a high production standard and a potentially interesting story. I didn't mind the explicit sex so much - when it was relevant to the story, which wasn't always clear. On the negative side it was a very slow moving plot with a lot of filler in the back stories, and the gross out level of revulsion in - particularly - the walking corpse who starts harbouring maggots. The last episode was a massive anti-climax and I'm not sure what the conclusion was meant to be. It's a show that thinks it's more clever than it actually is.
  • Jun 21, 2021
    A great adaptation of the book, with some truly interesting visual interpretations of the characters and events. Well worth the watch, for new comers and existing fans of the book.
  • May 31, 2021
    Honestly, the first several episodes were sort of intriguing but I was always kind of having to force myself to watch more expecting it to really grab me sooner or later. By episode 5 I was feeling decently hooked. But then in episode 6 the directors decided to spit in my face by depicting white Christians as genocidal psychopaths gunning down women and children (meanwhile the Mexican Christians illegally crossing the southern border are saintly pure families led by a philanthropic women—never mind the human trafficking, drug smuggling, child abduction, and rape that goes on in the process), and small town Americans who own and enjoy firearms are depicted as literal nazis who who make blood sacrifices with bullets in "crowded theaters" etc. So considering the season took so long to grab me in the first place and as soon as it was starting to it sh*t on me, I'm gonna have to give it half a star because I can't give it zero stars.
  • May 27, 2021
    The series had great potential, but deviations from the book story line, and some addictions failed to keep up to the masterpiece that is the book.
  • Apr 30, 2021
    Strange and mysterious show. A little slow at times but it's not boring. The CGI and camera angles are pretty cool. Kind of reminds me of 300 for some reason in some scenes especially the narration. Emily Browning definitely looked better in Sucker Punch when she was younger. Pablo Schreiber is pretty good, but I mostly remember him from military and robbery movies. It was weird seeing Gillian Anderson in such an unusual role but she was convincing as always. Ian McShane was also cast well, however Ricky Whittle seems a bit too much of a wuss for his role as a thief.
  • Mar 12, 2021
    I read the book a few years ago, just discovered the series. Great cast, outstanding acting, superb story, amazing how vividly the show brings Gaiman's imagination to life. Extremely well done. The entire cast kills it, but I give a special shot out to Pablo Schreiber for his apprisal of Mad Sweeney, absolutely brilliant!
  • Feb 22, 2021
    previews looked like it'd be something I'd like. Tried several times to get past 1st episode.. couldn't do it . Maybe I'll try again later. Found it very confusing.
  • Nov 13, 2020
    For those who has read the American Gods novel, you might realize the plot was a bit different from the original source. But if we separate the novel from the series, you can see that the series itself has a very unique and great storyline. The series also add some plot that can complement the novel, such as Laura Moon and Shadow backgrounds, saleem's journey after he met the iffrit, and Mad Sweeney's journey.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    Finished Season 1 of "American Gods" after watching over a period of about three weeks. So, that is telling in itself - interesting enough for me to watch all 8 episodes, but not that compelling to binge watch over a few days or a weekend. The series' biggest drawback was going for style over substance. While it had great sets, visuals and scenes, the underlying story - which unfolds much too slow - was just ok. Also, the characters were more caricatures than people you really cared about. A decent show, but not so good that I can't state whether I'll watch Season 2.
  • Feb 02, 2020
    Rediculous american 'art'.

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