American Gods

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.6  (92,328)

American Gods is a visually stunning and thought-provoking show that aired on Starz from 2017 to 2021. Based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), a man who is released from prison early after the death of his wife Laura (Emily Browning). On his journey home, he meets the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who offers him a job as his bodyguard.

As the show progresses, Shadow discovers that Mr. Wednesday is actually the Norse god Odin, and that there are countless other gods and goddesses living among us. These deities draw their power from the adoration of their followers, but as modern society turns away from the old beliefs, their power is waning. This sets the stage for a looming conflict between the old gods and the new.

One of the strengths of American Gods is its extensive and diverse cast of characters, including gods from various mythologies, ancient and modern. Crispin Glover delivers a creepy and unforgettable performance as Mr. World, the enigmatic leader of the New Gods. Yetide Badaki plays Bilquis, an ancient goddess of love and sex, who feeds on the worship of her lovers. Pablo Schreiber embodies the imposing and charismatic leprechaun Mad Sweeney, who finds himself wrapped up in Mr. Wednesday's schemes.

The themes of the show are deep and complex, exploring the nature of belief, faith, and identity. American Gods is a meditation on what it means to be human, and what we make of ourselves when stripped of the comforts of our gods. At its core, the show is about the ways in which we tell ourselves stories to make sense of our place in the world, and how those stories can both elevate and destroy us.

Visually, American Gods is a feast for the eyes. The show employs jaw-dropping cinematography, stunning special effects, and intricate set design to bring the various gods and their worlds to life. Each episode is a masterclass in creating a mood, from the eerie and unsettling sequences of the dead goddess Easter (Kristin Chenoweth) to the hedonistic bacchanal hosted by Bilquis.

The show has been praised for its diversity and representation, with characters of various races, sexualities, and gender identities in prominent roles. American Gods never shies away from portraying sex and violence, and often uses these themes to underline the power dynamics at play between the gods and their followers.

In conclusion, American Gods is a fascinating and ambitious show that offers a unique take on the nature of power and belief. With a talented cast, gorgeous visuals, and thought-provoking themes, it is not to be missed by fans of myth and fantasy. Despite the show's premature cancellation, it remains a must-watch for anyone interested in what happens when the gods walk among us.

American Gods is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (27 episodes). The series first aired on April 30, 2017.

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Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree
10. Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree
March 21, 2021
Teetering on the edge of war and peace, the gods gather to mourn a loss. Bilquis' divine journey brings her to an unexpected revelation, while Shadow finally embraces destiny.
The Lake Effect
9. The Lake Effect
March 14, 2021
Shadow has to decide the price he's willing to pay for his idyllic Lakeside life. As Laura and her new ally close in on her target, Wednesday has to persuade Czernobog that it's time to make peace with their enemies.
The Rapture of Burning
8. The Rapture of Burning
March 7, 2021
Laura and Salim's quest forces them outside of their comfort zones as they learn to let go of their pasts. Shadow is surprised by a new side of Wednesday, while Technical Boy attempts to escape the prison of his own mind.
Fire and Ice
7. Fire and Ice
February 28, 2021
In Lakeside, Shadow grows closer with Marguerite and uncovers the surprising truth behind a local crime spree. Wednesday makes his own shocking discovery. Laura and Salim negotiate with the enemy of their enemy.
Conscience of the King
6. Conscience of the King
February 21, 2021
Despite his past following him to Lakeside, Shadow makes himself at home and builds relationships within the town. Laura and Salim continue to hunt for Wednesday, who attempts one final gambit to win over Demeter.
Sister Rising
5. Sister Rising
February 14, 2021
Shadow explores notions of purpose, destiny and identity with a newly enlightened Bilquis. Elsewhere, Technical Boy struggles with an identity crisis of his own. Wednesday asks Shadow to assist in a new con.
The Unseen
4. The Unseen
January 31, 2021
Shadow and Technical Boy team up to search for Bilquis, who finds herself captive and in the midst of a crisis of identity. Wednesday visits the local chapter of notorious biker gang Lords of Valhalla.
Ashes and Demons
3. Ashes and Demons
January 24, 2021
As the search for the missing girl continues, Shadow dreams of Bilquis. Wednesday discovers the whereabouts of his old love, the Greek goddess Demeter, and resolves to free her from the grip of an unscrupulous antagonist.
Serious Moonlight
2. Serious Moonlight
January 17, 2021
Shadow's attempt to break away from Mr. Wednesday and the brewing war is thwarted by the secrets of the Gods
A Winter's Tale
1. A Winter's Tale
January 10, 2021
A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.
Where to Watch American Gods
American Gods is available for streaming on the Starz website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch American Gods on demand at Apple TV Channels, Philo, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 30, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (92,328)