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American Gothic 

A quiet and seemingly quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares standing in his way. The only one he does fear is a young boy whom he fathered through rape.

Creator:

Shaun Cassidy
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1998   1996   1995  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Gary Cole ...  Sheriff Lucas Buck 22 episodes, 1995-1998
Lucas Black ...  Caleb Temple 22 episodes, 1995-1998
Paige Turco ...  Gail Emory 19 episodes, 1995-1998
Brenda Bakke ...  Selena Coombs 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Sarah Paulson ...  Merlyn Temple 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Nick Searcy ...  Deputy Ben Healy 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Jake Weber ...  Dr. Matt Crower 15 episodes, 1995-1998
Christopher Fennell ...  Boone Mackenzie 9 episodes, 1995-1998
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Storyline

The show is set in the town of Trinity, South Carolina. Lucas Buck, the local sheriff, has supernatural powers. He uses these powers to manipulate people into making evil choices. Lucas himself has already committed crimes such as murder and rape. A young boy, Caleb Temple, has seen the deaths of his mother and father (both suicides) and older sister (murdered). Caleb does not know that he is the biological son of Lucas Buck. The sheriff plans to corrupt his son, but faces obstacles. Caleb's new legal guardian is his adult cousin Gail Emory, a reporter. Gail also investigates the mysterious deaths of her own parents. Caleb is helped by the ghost of his sister, Merlyn Temple. Written by dimadick

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Gothic - Prinz der Finsternis See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The writer of American Gothic is Shaun Cassidy. Cassidy played the part of Joe Hardy in the 1977-1979 series The Hardy Boys Mysteries. In American Gothic, Sheriff Lucas Buck quips "Well, if it ain't the Hardy Boys". See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Lucas Buck: Looks like Marlene did you right. She comes from a long line of backwoods nymphos.
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This is pure cult
19 June 2001 | by legend316See all my reviews

There is no justice in the world. I saw American Gothic years ago and was very impressed with it. I was so impressed with it that I taped all the episodes. I was very disappointed when I heard that this series was cancelled after one season. How come so many people missed this great series ? Or were they appalled by some characters in the series ? I really don't know. As happens lots of times crap keeps existing (f.e. Buffy) but really great legendary stuff like American Gothic gets axed after one season.It's just not fair.

American Gothic is about a small town called Trinity in which sheriff Lucas Buck upholds (or breaks) the law in his own special kind of way. Nothing special you would think. But......... Lucas Buck isn't human. What he is we really don't know but he sure looks like the Devil incarnate and he has some special powers to boot. You are either with him or against him, but it's better to be with him. He is probably the best bad guy I have ever seen in any kind of tv series. The series has this mysterious eerie kind of feeling and that's also an factor that makes this series so great.

If you have never seen this series and it is rerun on some channel grab your chance. I don't think you will regret it.

As for the moneygrabbing dvd producers: RELEASE THIS SERIES AS A COMPLETE SEASON SET. IT DESERVES A DVD RELEASE. Because I know for sure there is a core fan following out there that would pick up an American Gothic dvd release just like that. So what are you producers waiting for ?


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