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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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How Ricky Whittle Brings Shadow Moon to Life

Ricky Whittle, the star at the center of "American Gods," credits amazing co-stars and killer special effects for his mind-bending performance.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 15 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 15 episodes, 2017-2019
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 10 episodes, 2017-2019
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 9 episodes, 2017-2019
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Storyline

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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Believe. (Season 1) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Gods See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

There are many nuances in this storyline for the first season. The neon lights in the posterior title of the series, all the cats, and a number 55 on his motel door. All of these are underlined with death. See more »

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Mr. Wednesday's Missouri license plate starts with the number 3. In Missouri, only trucks have license plates that start with a number. His 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham would start with a letter, or better yet would be eligible for Missouri historic vehicle plates. See more »


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Dear God
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A visual treat that embodies everything wrong with 'magical realism'
1 January 2018 | by viralbheda19-705-7781See all my reviews

The Good: A stunning title sequence, sublime aesthetic, and powerful themes.

The Bad: The show is riddled with terrible dialogue, boring sub-plots, and an overdependence on (cringeworthy) CGI & post-production, all of which make for a tedious viewing experience. Another problem is the genre - magical realism - if (literally) anything can happen in the show without any explanation, there isn't a single reason left to care about the show or its characters.

My biggest takeaway from this show is that magical realism is a risky genre for television and should not be taken up unless the showrunners know EXACTLY what the fuck they're doing. (Given that the showrunners have left the show, I reckon that to not be the case.)


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