American Gods: Season 1, Episode 1 Reviews

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez
Tom & Lorenzo
June 19, 2018

To say that American Gods hit the ground running is to understate things to the point of meaninglessness. It hit the ground, the sea, the sky and the universe running - at top speed.

Drew Koenig
Tell-Tale TV
June 15, 2018

American Gods sets up a world in this first episode that is fascinating and confounding in the best possible way, but also in ways that are infuriating and obtuse.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vanessa Bogart
March 15, 2018

American Gods manages to feel real and makes fantasy almost relatable...before slapping you across the face with a big dose of man-eating goddesses and angry hammer wielding eastern European boogeymen.

Sean T. Collins
December 20, 2017

If Fuller and company can combine that emotional tone with the rich, ultraviolent surrealism of the imagery on a regular basis, the way they did on Hannibal, American Gods will be something worth worshipping.

Amy West
International Business Times
November 4, 2017

With both a plot and cast this commanding already, episode two can't come soon enough. We've got a feeling we ain't seen nothing yet.

Amelia Emberwing
November 4, 2017

Then there's the cinematography. The wacky, colorful, contrasting, and completely insane-in-all-the-best-ways cinematography. American Gods looks stunning.

Vinnie Mancuso
May 15, 2017

I should've known to trust Bryan Fuller.

Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2017

"The Bone Orchard" bears more than whiff of formal masturbation, though it reminds me of how much I missed Fuller's flamboyantly decadent sensibility

Terri Schwartz
IGN Movies
May 9, 2017

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green's adaptation of Neil Gaiman is stunning, challenging and culturally relevant.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kayti Burt
Den of Geek
May 9, 2017

If you were confused and frustrated by the first episode by American Gods, that's OK. You can trust this story.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Coldwell
May 9, 2017

Despite only encroaching a few pages into the novel's narrative, The Bone Orchard feels like an epic start. We're spoiled for great US imports these days, but American Gods keeps the faith in grand style.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jo-Anne Rowney
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 9, 2017

If you're willing to take that leap of faith, American Gods will give you the payoff.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
The Daily Dot
May 9, 2017

American Gods borrows entire scenes and chunks of dialogue from the book, while expanding on Neil Gaiman's worldbuilding. Fans are virtually guaranteed to love it, although we'll have to wait and see if new audiences have the same impression.

Rae Nudson
Paste Magazine
May 9, 2017

American Gods is a lot of things at once: it's intense and funny, it's lively and filled with death, it's horrific and beautiful. And it works.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Emily L. Stephens
AV Club
May 9, 2017

In its premiere episode, American Gods is as sweeping as the Neil Gaiman novel from which the series is adapted and as richly imaginative as co-creator Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, but still manages to be thrillingly original.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Oliver Sava
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 9, 2017

Glaring issues aside, the production design is the most compelling aspect of American Gods so far.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carissa Pavlica
TV Fanatic
May 9, 2017

There are a lot of wonderful scenes within the premiere, and one of the very best features Ian McShane as Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon on the plane getting to know one another.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Erik Kain
May 9, 2017

It's possible, even, that this is a better format for this strange story of con-men and forgotten deities, double-crossing and sacrifice.

Devan Coggan
Entertainment Weekly
May 9, 2017

The new must-see drama series that's ready to receive your worship.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Romano
May 9, 2017

With only one episode in the bag, American Gods is already one of the most thought-provoking series on television without sacrificing entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5