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"American Gothic" (1995) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 1995 | 1996 | 1998


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

22 September 1995
In Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple. Out of the blue, she starts repeating over and over "someone's at the door" and her father tries to kill her. Caleb flees and brings Sheriff Lucas Buck and Deputy Ben Healy that arrest his father. However Ben accidentally witnesses Lucas breaking Merlyn's neck in her room and blaming her father for the death. Caleb goes to the hospital and the alcoholic Dr. Matt Crower examines him. Lucas comes to the hospital expecting to adopt Caleb and does not allow that the sheriff takes custody of the boy. Then Lucas goes to the jail and Caleb's father mysteriously commits suicide. Meanwhile Caleb's distant cousin Gail Emory comes to Trinity to take custody of the boy. Caleb receives messages written in blood telling him to go home and he goes and meets the spirit of Merlyn that shows that their mother was raped by the sheriff. Lucas uses the schoolteacher Selena Coombs, who is his lover, to control Ben. Gail and Matt go to Caleb's house trying to rescue the boy from Lucas.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy

Sonny Shroyer ... Gage Temple
Lynda Clark ... Rita Barber
Michael Burgess ... Dan Truelane

Margo Moorer ... Danielle Davenport
Lucius Houghton ... Deputy Cammalous
Troy Simmons ... Josh Davenport

Tammy Arnold ... Caleb's Mother
McKenzie LaCoss ... 6 Year Old Merlyn (as McKenzie LaCross)
Leonard Watkins ... Blind Man
Tamara Dow ... Nurse Wendy

Rick Galiher ... Mourner
Eliot Preschutti ... Swordsman
Storm Bear ... Carnival Pirate (uncredited)
Lewis Musser ... ESPN Director (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: A Tree Grows in Trinity

29 September 1995
Caleb flees and misleads Sheriff Lucas Buck that is chasing him with his men, dogs and Gail. He sees a burial and discovers that his father is dead and buried side by side with Merlyn. He finds a moribund man trapped in an abandoned house and seeks out Dr. Matt Crower to help him. Gail identifies the man as a missing journalist. Meanwhile the coroner forges the autopsies of Gage and Merlyn reporting as informed by Lucas and he is haunted by Merlyn.

Season 1, Episode 3: Eye of the Beholder

6 October 1995
Lucas Buck pulls strings in order to make sure he adopts Caleb. Caleb meets Loris Holt, a lady who seems to have a knowledge of the occult. The local judge gets to decide who will adopt Caleb.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy

N'Bushe Wright ... Cheryl Truelane
Michael Burgess ... Dan Truelane

Tina Lifford ... Loris Holt
Bob Hannah ... Judge Halpern
Rick Warner ... Heywood Anderson

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie
Granoldo Frazier ... Reverend Logan (as Grenoldo Frazier)
Larry Parks ... Gordy Willis (as Barry Bell)

Evan Rachel Wood ... Rose Russell

Maria Howell ... Choir Soloist

Season 1, Episode 4: Damned If You Don't

10 October 1995
Carter got away with molesting a girl, via Sheriff Buck's influence, but 17 years later, stalls about providing his own 15 year-old daughter as the Sheriff's go-fer. When junkyard owner Carter doesn't meet Buck's midnight deadline, immediately Carter's wife is maimed in a household accident. Buck offers to buy the orphaned Caleb an elaborate science project, while Caleb's dead sister & Dr. Crower counsel him to focus on learning, not cheating to win.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Muse Watson ... Wash Sutpen

Brigid Brannagh ... Poppy Bowen (as Brigid Walsh)

Steve Rankin ... Carter Bowen
Judy Simpson ... Etta Bowen

Barnaby Carpenter ... T.J.

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
Troy Simmons ... Josh Davenport

John Henry Scott ... Janitor
Donald S. Bland ... Cooper

Juliet Cesario ... Gail's Mother
Jana Drue ... Young Gail

Season 1, Episode 5: Dead to the World

13 October 1995
Gail accuses Sheriff Buck of foul play when she learns that her childhood friend Holly Gallagher, who was Sheriff Buck's girlfriend, was with her just before she mysteriously drove her car off a bridge. As Lucas takes Gail for a ride to demonstrate for her where and how this happened, he takes her by surprise with a kiss. Caleb goes up against his friend Boone in an archery competition, and Deputy Ben must deal with the abusive behavior of his ex-wife's current husband.

Season 1, Episode 6: Potato Boy

6 February 1996
Caleb is intrigued by a strange "potato boy," a deformed child who lives alone in a creepy house in Trinity but whose sweet singing voice can be heard in the distance. Meanwhile, we get a little insight into Deputy Ben's frustration with his job and having to lie for Sheriff Buck's misdeeds, Selena Coombs' own personal fall from grace, and the guilt that Dr. Crower carries with him for the death of his wife and child.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy

Tina Lifford ... Loris Holt
John Bennes ... Rev. Coombs
Trip Cogburn ... Potato Boy
Zander Heinen ... Potato Boy Vocalist (voice)

Sara Wood ... Mrs. Russell (as Sara Lynn Moore)

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)

Evan Rachel Wood ... Rose Russell

Joe Inscoe ... Dr. Perry

Season 1, Episode 7: Meet the Beetles

20 October 1995
The bones of one of Trinity's residents are found at the remains of the burned-out Temple home, which now belongs to Lucas. The victim's brother-in-law, Lt. Drey of the State Police (guest star Bruce Campbell), comes to Trinity to investigate, and Selena Coombs is a suspect. Lucas, meanwhile, tempts Caleb with a casket of cash.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Bruce Campbell ... Lt. Drey

Keith Flippen ... Ossie Spichtig

Mark Joy ... Coach Fred Bender
David Lenthall ... Curtis Z. Webb

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)

Selden Smith ... Lydia Constantine

Alex Van ... Deputy Floyd
Derin Altay ... Betty Weller

Season 1, Episode 8: Strong Arm of the Law

3 November 1995
Some racketeers are staying at the boarding house where Caleb and Dr. Crower live, and they're shaking down the town's business owners for cash. Sheriff Buck takes note and begins to deal with him in his own special way, especially after they threaten Caleb, who discovers their stash of cash in one of the rooms at the boarding house. When the bad guys corner Caleb in his own room, they get a scare from the little boy, however!

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy

Matt Craven ... Barrett Stokes
Joseph Lindsey ... Earl McKeever
Jim Gloster ... Just Eddie

Richard Edson ... Lowell Stokes

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
Dean Whitworth ... Cecil Perkins

Aubrey Dollar ... Janice
Mert Hatfield ... Minister

Sara Wood ... Carol (as Sara Lynn Moore)
Brian Fong ... Paramedic
Maggie Klekas ... Mourner #1
Sara Audrey Keeley ... Mourner #2

Season 1, Episode 9: To Hell and Back

3 July 1996
Matt Crower is haunted by the memories of his wife Lily and his daughter Claire, who died because of his drunk-driving crash. The sheriff makes him an enticing offer - the chance to go back and see them and say goodbye. Matt takes the offer, but he wants oblivion, which the sheriff won't grant. Caleb, meanwhile, is intrigued by his elderly neighbor whom he thinks has buried a body in his pumpkin patch.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Paige Turco ... Gail Emory

Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

William Morgan Sheppard ... Mr. Emmett (as W. Morgan Sheppard)

Andi Carnick ... Lily Crower

Christopher Fennell ... Boone Mackenzie (as Chris Fennell)
Michael Burgess ... Dan Truelane

Evan Rachel Wood ... Rose Russell

Robert C. Treveiler ... Chester Langston (as Robert Treveiler)

Megan Gallacher ... Claire Crower

Laura Robbins ... Doreen Langston
Charles McLawhorn ... George

Michael Genevie ... Dr. Portis Fields
Charlotte Hackman ... Hannah
Charles Lucas ... Bluesman
Erica Nashan ... Nurse #1
Lanelle Rose ... Nurse #2

Carlene Moore ... Waitress
Lou Criscuolo ... Cop #1
Mick McGovern ... Cop #2
Eliska Sursova ... Fuller Hansen

Season 1, Episode 10: The Beast Within

3 July 1996
Deputy Ben's brother Artie breaks out of the psych ward and terrorizes the people in Trinity, taking Sheriff Buck, Dr. Crower, Gail and Caleb hostage at the hospital. He was shot while robbing an electronics store, and he demands Dr. Crower remove the bullet. He also has explosives buried in his stomach, set to go off at 11 o'clock that evening.

Season 1, Episode 11: Rebirth

3 January 1996
Merlyn Temple badly wants to be alive again and to feel what human beings feel. She steals the soul of the unborn baby of Gail's friend Christie, who is in town visiting Gail and close to giving birth. With this soul, Merlyn spends time with an intriguing boy blowing through Trinity on a motorcycle, Ray. But Caleb realizes it's the soul of Christie's baby that Merlyn has stolen and must try to convince Merly to give it back before the baby dies.

Season 1, Episode 12: Ring of Fire

6 February 1998
With thoughts of why she originally came to Trinity still on her mind, Gail is researching the 1976 fire that killed her parents, convinced that Lucas caused it. But she gets help from an unlikely place - Lucas himself. As she digs deeper at her family's summer home and at the newspaper offices, she finds in her visions that the truth is uglier than she realized, and it has nothing to do with Lucas.

Season 1, Episode 13: Resurrector

10 January 1996
A local talk radio host wants the sheriff's help in getting a TV show for him and his on-air partner, his wife. When Lucas says no, the host, Mel Kirby, finds a way to blackmail him through Ben. But Mel will pay the price for that. Caleb, meanwhile, gets an idea from Ms. Holt on how to reach Merlyn, who seems to be trapped somewhere in hell.

Season 1, Episode 14: Inhumanitas

17 January 1996
Merlyn's back, and she's hell-bent to get Lucas. The sheriff is on his own bent, though, to get a lawyer who screwed him over. He corners that lawyer, Bryan Hudson, into selling his family's property and evicting a longtime friend, Bertie.

Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck

Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs

Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple

Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple

Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy

Pat Hingle ... Fr. Tilden
Tim Grimm ... W. Bryan Hudson
Ruth Reid ... Barbara Hudson
Wayne Dehart ... Bertie (as Wayne DeHart)

Yvonne Erickson ... Female Realtor (as Yvonne Graetzer)
Brandlyn Whitaker ... Sue Ellen Hudson
Peter Townes ... Frenchman

Season 1, Episode 15: The Plague Sower

24 January 1996
A plague hits Trinity, and Dr. Crower becomes infected and starts going wild, ranting about repentance. Gail succumbs to her passions with Sheriff Buck, and he's only too happy to oblige. A new doctor shows up in town from the CDC to deal with the plague, Dr. Billy Peale.

Season 1, Episode 16: Dr. Death Takes a Holiday

31 January 1996
Dr. Crower decides to investigate Merlyn's murder and becomes even more curious after a woman checks herself into the hospital claiming to be Sheriff Buck's mother (guest star Veronica Cartwright). She wants Dr. Crower to kill Sheriff Buck, but the tables are turned on Dr. Crower. Sheriff Buck uses Matt's plague sickness of a week or two ago to his advantage.

Season 1, Episode 17: Learning to Crawl

4 July 1996
Sheriff Buck takes Caleb on a fishing trip in a neighboring town, but they encounter the kidnappers of a corporate mogul. One, Ted (guest star Ted Raimi), has shot the kidnappee, but he's quickly subdued by the sheriff before his two partners menace the cabin from outside. Selena comes to the cabin, having been led to believe by Lucas that her new boyfriend Dr. Peale is there, and Gail and Dr. Peale soon follow, afraid that something is continuing on with the sheriff and Selena.

Season 1, Episode 18: Echo of Your Last Goodbye

6 February 1998
Every time he turns around, Deputy Ben sees Merlyn. She has something to show him: her mother's work with needy children at an old abandoned house in Goattown. She wants Ben to pick up that work, at least where one particular young girl is concerned. That girl has also been bullying Caleb and Boone at school. Gail continues her dalliance with Lucas, while Selena dates Billy.

Season 1, Episode 19: Triangle

10 July 1996
Gail tells Lucas she's leaving town, with Caleb, but then discovers she's pregnant with Lucas' child! But is the sheriff still wrapped up in Selena? Is Selena still in love with the sheriff? That seems to be the suspicion, as Dr. Peale asks Selena to go away with him to Uganda to work among the needy. She pulls a no-show at the airport. As Gail deals with her pregnancy, she is scared of what kind of monster her baby might be. Then Lucas has revenge on his mind for Selena, whom he sees as cheating. He puts her under a life-threatening spell.

Season 1, Episode 20: Strangler

6 February 1998
After another run-in with Merlyn, Sheriff Buck conjures up the spirit of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, to deal with her once and for all. But DeSalvo has an appetite for some other females in town, including Gail. Lucas goes off to a convention out of town, meanwhile, and Ben fills in as sheriff.

Season 1, Episode 21: The Buck Stops Here

10 July 1996
Sheriff Buck is giving Caleb lessons on "the Buck" and how there's only one for every generation. This causes Caleb to really begin to embrace what seems to be his evil destiny. The pharmacist at the hospital, Yancy Lydon, is angry that Sheriff Buck has withheld the files on his sick wife from him. She's been comatose for two years. Yancy attacks the sheriff at his house, stabbing him in in "third eye," but before he dies, Lucas whispers something to Caleb. With the sheriff then dead, Caleb turns into a monster in his place. Later, in Lucas' grave, though, the sheriff wakes up!

Season 1, Episode 22: Requiem

11 July 1996
Caleb moves into Sheriff Buck's house to take over his evil mantle and, when learning from Selena that Gail is pregnant with Lucas' child, has her lured to the house. Dr. Peale has analyzed Lucas' blood work, and after a tip-off from Merlyn, Deputy Ben helps Billy dig up Lucas, who then goes after Caleb to change him back to the way he was.

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