American Gods: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
American Gods

Critics Consensus

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: 86


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2064
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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 (86) | 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…
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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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

  • 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!
  • 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 15, 2019
    Amazing show with an amazing cast and amazing vision

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