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.

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Critic Ratings: 24

77%

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User Ratings: 96

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Air date: Jun 22, 2016

A prominent Boston family discovers that one of its own may be behind a series of infamous grisly killings as the case of "The Silver Bells Killer" is reopened.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2016

Tragedy strikes the Hawthornes; Cam, Tessa and Alison look for an explanation for the silver bells they found; Garrett plans to expose a family secret; the police inquiry into the "Silver Bells Killer" sends Brady on a hunt for DNA.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2016

Police focus their investigation on the Hawthornes; Cam wants to erase his past while Garrett embraces his; the behavior of one of Alison's siblings complicates her campaign.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2016

A death on the Hawthorne property turns into a solid lead for Detective Brady; Garrett gives into temptation and goes after Christina; Alison finds an unexpected ally.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2016

Cam experiences hallucinations that make him question his inolvement in a gruesome crime; Madeline leaves town to confront the sender of a cryptic message.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2016

The Hawthornes turn on each other after they're publicly implicated in the SBK case and forced to stay at the house to avoid the media; Garrett takes Christina on a camping trip that takes a dangerous turn.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2016

New information about the Silver Bells murders creates havoc in the Hawthorne family; Christina can no longer trust Garrett; Alison's mayoral campaign falters; Jack displays disturbing new behavior.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2016

A new friend lures Jack into a dangerous adventure; Garrett and Alison try to silence a reporter who is questioning the Hawthornes; Brady makes a strange breakthrough in the Silver Bells murder case.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2016

Family secrets are revealed when Garrett is forced to reflect on the time he spent in the woods; Alison faces off with a local reporter.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2016

SBK's accomplice strikes again, throwing the city into a panic; Alison looks to Brady to help clear her name; Tessa believes Madeline knows more than she's letting on; Cam has to make a decision about Sophie's custody of Jack.

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  • 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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