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: 89


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Air date: Apr 30, 2017

Mythological gods muster forces to prepare for war with modern-day deities. In the Series Premiere, Shadow Moon gets early release from prison and meets Mr. Wednesday, who recruites him to be his bodyguard.

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Air date: May 7, 2017

Mr. Wednesday recruits for the coming battle, and Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago, where he engages in a very high-stakes game of checkers with an old Slavic god.

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Air date: May 14, 2017

Shadow questions his job when Mr. Wednesday informs him of his plan to rob a bank, and just when Shadow thought life couldn't get more complicated, he discovers something surprising in his motel room.

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Air date: May 21, 2017

Jumping between the past and present, Laura's life is explored, revealing how she met Shadow, how she died and how she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel-room bed.

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Air date: May 28, 2017

Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow's reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.

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Air date: Jun 4, 2017

The New Gods' show of force sends Shadow and Mr. Wednesday on the run and in search of a safe haven in the company of one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2017

After an over-too-quickly reunion with Shadow, Laura joins an unlikely travel companion on the road back to life and back to Shadow. Mad Sweeney's long, often tragic past is explored.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2017

As war approaches, Mr. Wednesday needs to recruit one more Old God: Ostara, aka Easter, Goddess of the Dawn, but swaying her requires making a good impression, so Mr. Nancy is brought in.

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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 (89) | Top Critics (28)

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

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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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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…

American Gods is a long, slow burn, but if it stays so true to the novel it's based on, the bang, when it comes, will be unforgettable.

May 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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When it isn't trying to engulf viewers with extravagant setpieces and discombobulating plot shifts, American Gods demonstrates its potential as a meditation on the compatibility of ancient traditions and modern life.

May 1, 2017 | Full Review…

In the hands of director and showrunner Brian Fuller, it has blossomed into the weirdest trip on the flat screen.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

There is more than enough in this episode to suggest American Gods has been worth the long wait for TV/film adaptation.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Apart from the initial buzz, its final stretch manages to create the necessary interest to engage us with its second season. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 14, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for American Gods: Season 1

  • 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'.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    Sigh. Too dark. Not too dark as in content but too dark as in GoT final episode. Also, how boring it is to watch Hollywood elites preach their woke bs to the little people? Look, everybody, at how woke we are!!! Sigh
  • Oct 05, 2019
    Bravo! Watch perfect cast
  • Sep 09, 2019
    One of the best contemporary fantasy series I have seen. Some of its social commentary is very topical too.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Gratuitous violence and sex left me sick to my stomach. It's shows like this that helps awaken rapists and murderers I'm sure of it. Just vile and disgusting
  • Aug 27, 2019
    Never before seen thematic and great visual : tv medium at its best
  • 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!

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