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.
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Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 26 episodes, 2017-2021
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 21 episodes, 2017-2021
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 19 episodes, 2017-2021
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 16 episodes, 2017-2021
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 16 episodes, 2017-2019

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Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, he is greeted by a strange man in the seat next to him. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same. Written by HarperTorch

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Many of the female characters who appeared in only one or two scenes in the source novel had their roles significantly expanded for this series. These included Bilquis, Media, Mama-Ji and even Laura Moon who, despite being one of the most prominent female characters in the book, was nowhere near as prevalent as she is in this series (see earlier note regarding Laura's backstory). See more »


Every character has butchered Zorya Vechernyaya's name, whilst trying to pronounce it; Even Czernobog always mispronounced it, despite the fact that he shares his ethnicity with her and should not have troubles with Slavic pronunciations. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are set against a totem pole made out of various religious symbols fused with modern-day technology. See more »


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Decent first season. The rest, not so much.
17 January 2021 | by illirianimageSee all my reviews

I found the first season to be interesting. It was wierd and mysterious but now with a third season it still has'nt gotten anywhere. Just more of the same. Every scene looks like something we have already been shown multiple times and it gets harder and harder to suffer the wait for the promised war. I am very likely to just give up on this show. I would not have been this impatient if all of season 2 and now season 3 did not feel this much like they are just meant to drag things out.

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Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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American Gods See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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