American Gothic: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1
American Gothic

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American Gothic may not be striving for much, yet it holds promise as a soapy, campy family murder-mystery that's ultimately just engaging enough.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 96

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Air date: Jun 22, 2016

In the series premiere, a prominent Boston family discovers their recently deceased patriarch is linked to a series of murders across several decades.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2016

A new suspect emerges in the "Silver Bells Killer" case; Garrett plans an announcement about a family secret; and Cam, Tessa and Alison seek an explanation for the silver bells found in the shed.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2016

Cam tries to erase his past as Garrett reconnects with his and Alison seeks campaign support from a local football star, but one of her siblings complicate matters.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2016

Detective Brady gets a lead on the "Silver Bells Killer" after a death on the Hawthorne property. Elsewhere: Garrett begins pursuing the daughter of the first "SBK" victim and Alison gets helps from an unlikely source to fight off a lawsuit.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2016

Cam suffers hallucinations that impact his role in a crime and Madeline receives a cryptic message.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2016

The Hawthornes get publicly implicated in the SBK case and begin turning on one another. Elsewhere: Garrett coaxes Christina into a camping trip, but things take a dangerous turn.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2016

A major revelation surfaces and turns the world upside down for the Hawthornes. Also: Christina loses trust in Garrett; Alison's campaign falters; Cam's sobriety is tested; and Jack shows disturbing behavior. But, Brady is suspicious of the revelation.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2016

Jack is lured into a dangerous adventure after meeting a new friend; Garret and Alison try to silence a reporter who has been disturbing the Hawthornes and Brady makes a strange breakthrough in the case.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2016

Key secrets are revealed as Garrett recalls his time in the forest and Alison tries to take down a reporter, but meets shocking results.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2016

SBK's accomplice resurfaces and causes panic in the city; Alison asks Brady to help clear her name; Tessa has suspicions about Madeline; and Cam makes a decision about Jack's custody.

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Juliet Rylance
as Alison Hawthorne-Price
Antony Starr
as Garrett Hawthorne
Virginia Madsen
as Madeline Hawthorne
Justin Chatwin
as Cam Hawthorne
Megan Ketch
as Tessa Ross
Elliot Knight
as Brady Ross
Stephanie Leonidas
as Sophie Hawthorne
Gabriel Bateman
as Jack Hawthorne
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Detective Linda Cutter
Dylan Bruce
as Tom Price
Catalina Sandino Moreno
as Christina Morales
Enrico Colantoni
as Mayor Bill Conley
Lorna Wilson
as Phyllis Krittenhauser
Natalie Prinzen-Klages
as Harper Hawthorne-Price
Nora Prinzen-Klages
as Violet Hawthorne-Price
Sarah Power (II)
as Jennifer Windham
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Lieutenant Craig
Jamey Sheridan
as Mitchell Hawthorne
Aidan Devine
as Gunther Holzmann
Michael Doonan
as Young Garrett
Richard Zeppieri
as Agent Finnegan
Zoe Begley
as Young Tessa
as Fit Man
Clive Walton
as District Attorney
Suneel Joshi
as TV Reporter
Kate Ross
as Kimmie
Katie Messina
as Wendy Molson
Nneka Elliott
as News Reporter #1
Erica Deutschman
as Young Alison
Sam Kalilieh
as News Pundit
Daniel Park
as Officer Deng
Jake Manley
as Young Tom
Ola Sturik
as News Anchor
Glenda Braganza
as Darcy Campano
Mark Taylor
as Officer Petrilla
Alexa Giamou
as 10-Year-Old Sophie
M.C. Gainey
as Al Jenkins
Jeff Christensen
as Union Head
Sofia Gaspar
as 16-Year-Old Sophie
Clare Coulter
as Ramona Canby
Kathy Maloney
as Renee Childs
Nile Seguin
as Bank Clerk
Ellora Patnaik
as Dr. Donna Stanhope
Dan Duran
as Anchor
Amrit Kaur
as Staffer
Neil Girvan
as Male Patron
Tim Walker
as Burly Guy
Kim Roberts
as Hospital Administrator
Rong Fu
as Eva Tyler
Jacob Soley
as Boy Patron
Kimmy Choi
as Teacher
Dylan Brenton
as Jimmy, Cater Waiter
Nicole Stamp
as Urgent Care Receptionist
Roger Clown
as Surgeon
Paul de la Rosa
as Funeral Director
Richard Waugh
as Camp Director
Joseph Motiki
as I.T. Expert/Mark Burke
Norm Owen
as Medical Studen
David Rosser
as Moderator
Terry Hart
as Store Manager
Marcia Johnson
as Administrator
Jim Armstrong
as Medical Student #2
David Keeley
as Caleb O'Connor
Meghan Heffern
as Kerry Treadwell
Kevin Claydon
as Alpha Male
Joel Chico
as Property Manager
Don Danielson
as Beat Cop
Sunnie McFadden
as Supervisor
Richard Young
as Researcher
Alex Spencer
as Beat Cop
Matt Duncan
as Crematory Employee
Nora Sheehan
as Mourner
John Corbett
as Gray-Haired Mourner
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Critic Reviews for American Gothic Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13)

Then again, it's summer, and this is a scripted, first-run network TV series. That's something. And maybe everyone hasn't seen a dozen dramas with similar troubled-family plots, many (Netflix's "Bloodline," for instance) much craftier.

Jun 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

American Gothic holds promise.

Jun 22, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Madsen is riveting as the icy, outrageous Madeline, who is furious that bad-boy Garrett is home after promising never to come back. Most early clues point to him, but American Gothic wisely keeps serving up disturbing bits on all family members.

Jun 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The two episodes made available for review are not without pulling power. But how much staying power will American Gothic have over a long haul of 13 episodes ordered for Season One?

Jun 21, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Looking past [its] shortcomings, it can be fun to play who's-the-killer with New England's upper crust.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Everything in American Gothic is faux-weird and faux-creepy, which creates this looming sense that everyone is about to start laughing and admit that the show is a spoof. Spoiler alert: That doesn't happen.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

I don't particularly enjoy the storytelling method where they just make you think it's everyone to distract you from the real killer. Subtly is an art that American Gothic did not master.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Soapy whodunit mixes murder, drugs, and family dysfunction.

Jul 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If a quasi-suspenseful thriller filled with campy, soap opera theatrics is your cup of tea, then American Gothic may be entertaining enough (if not thoroughly engaging).

Jun 27, 2016 | Full Review…

OK, so it seems deeply weird that the episode is interspersed with the Hawthorne's neighbor ringing the doorbell and seeking information on the missing Caramel's whereabouts. But it all makes hideous sense.

Jun 24, 2016 | Full Review…

This is a fun little time-waster, with a solid enough cast and a nifty enough hook to keep one watching, at least for a relatively breezy self-contained thirteen episodes.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Madsen works hard to deliver an intimidating matriarch, but the dialogue is flat and merely functional.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Gothic: Season 1

  • Dec 31, 2018
    I loved this show! A great mystery and very interesting characters. Each episode had a great hook that kept me watching. I recommend to anyone who likes a mystery and drama, along with the deeply flawed characters.
  • Apr 04, 2018
    With it's clunky plot and Wooden acting, the Question isn't whodunnit but whydunnit? Up there with bosch for most UNPROMISING us crime drama of Recent times. That said, if you liked bosch........
  • Dec 14, 2017
    I’m binge watching on CBS interactive app. This is a great show with superior actors and great plot twists and turn. Too bad there is only one season but not sure how it would carry on to a second season. Well worth watching this one season of 13 episodes.
  • Aug 18, 2016
    Pretty interesting show that keeps you guessing who did it and why.
  • Aug 17, 2016
    Lots of fun to be had here in this super soapy serial killer whodunnit. I hope they air a season 2.
  • Aug 13, 2016
    Not worth the film this tv drama is printed on. This story lacks imagination and originality.
  • Aug 10, 2016
    Every family has skeletons in their closets. But wealthy Hawthorne family appears to have a cemetery full of skeletons...literally. This drama/thriller/who-done-it is well acted, with some gripping performances, most notably by Virginia Madsen as family matriarch Madeline Hawthorne, Justin Chatwin as the troubled middle brother Cam Hawthorne, a delightfully creepy Gabriel Bateman as Cam's son, the twistedly curious young Jack Hawthorne, and the incredible, scene stealing Antony Starr (Sherrif Lucas Hood from "Banshee") as the outcast/blacksheep brother Garrett Hawthorne. There isn't a single family member here who doesn't have an agenda...or multiple agendas. And watching the talented Elliot Knight as brother/son-in-law Detective Brady Ross try and balance getting to the bottom of this mystery, while not betraying the family he married into, is captivating enough to bring you back episode after episode.
  • Aug 03, 2016
    Season 1 started off somewhat slow, but has started to warm up with interesting characters. Not sure if this is a show that can hold it's viewers for another season as the storyline has no place to go.
  • Jul 27, 2016
    Has a good premise, but just muddles it with soap opera fill, drug addiction, lesbian sex, trailer park trash moms, etc.
  • Jul 21, 2016
    I love the mystery of the show, just wondering when they find out who it is were do they go from there.

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