8.1/10
50,738
206 user 53 critic

American Gods 

Trailer
1:10 | Trailer

Watch Now

on Prime Video

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.
Reviews
Popularity
136 ( 59)

Dive Deeper Into "American Gods"

The cast of "American Gods" chat with Kevin Smith on IMDb LIVE at NY Comic Con about the show's success and how the series will continue to veer creatively from Neil Gaiman's source material. Plus, learn more about the early career of Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday).

Episodes

Season 2 Premiere



Most Recent Episode


Sunday, June 18, 2017

On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday attempts to recruit the Old God Ostara, but needs Mr. Nancy's help in making a good impression and winning her over.


Previous Episode


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2019   2017  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Preacher (TV Series 2016)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher enlists the help of a vampire and his ex to find God.

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
Legion (TV Series 2017)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

Stars: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Altered Carbon (TV Series 2018)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda
Taboo (TV Series 2017)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London during the War of 1812 to rebuild his late father's shipping empire. However, both the government and his biggest competitor want his inheritance at any cost - even murder.

Stars: Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce
Westworld (TV Series 2016)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris
Mr. Robot (TV Series 2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday
The Punisher (TV Series 2017)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as "The Punisher" with only one goal in mind, to avenge them.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Jessica Jones (TV Series 2015)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville
The Defenders (TV Mini-Series 2017)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
Luke Cage (2016–2018)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

Stars: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Kahyun Kim ...  New Media 6 episodes, 2019
Gillian Anderson ...  Media 4 episodes, 2017
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 4 episodes, 2017
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 4 episodes, 2017-2019
Chris Obi ...  Anubis 3 episodes, 2017
Sonja Smits ...  Laura's Mother 3 episodes, 2017
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Peter Stormare ...  Czernobog 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Cloris Leachman ...  Zorya Vechernyaya 2 episodes, 2017
Betty Gilpin ...  Audrey 2 episodes, 2017
Beth Grant ...  Jack 2 episodes, 2017
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You are what you worship See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Američki bogovi See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This will be the second time Ian McShane and Peter Stormare have worked together since John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
I'm so exhausted of everything having to constantly be politicized
8 July 2017 | by RaptileSee all my reviews

First off, the show is very well made visually. As for plots - when it follows Gaiman's work, it's great. When it veers off on its own it becomes horrid. The writers are really, really untalented. Their dialogue is nothing but quips and pseudo intellectualism and it stands out compared to book dialogue like a sore thumb. Their original story lines are trash.

That's not what I wanted to write about, though. I was compelled to write the review because I gave up on the show after the constant politicizing became too much for me. And it's all intentional inserts on the part of the writers, because none of those scenes (listed below) are in the book.

American Gods is one of my favorite books. One of the reasons why is because it's apolitical. Or at least it ignores hot topic issues. Here is a list of things that don't exist in the books but were inserted into the show:

1)Black man being lynched. Including constant remarks from characters about the lynching. 2)Ignorant racist Czernobog 3)Anansi wearing 20th century clothing going on a civil rights rant in front of slaves on a slave boat. 4)Illigal immigrants' plight being lionized 5)Made up story of evil rednecks massacring illegals at the border 6)Illegals are the truly virtuous ones who carry Jesus with them. Jesus is in this, yes. 7)Evil white Christian rednecks shooting Jesus. So ironic! 8)Evil white American town that doesn't care about human life. 9)The true American spirit is evil and literally Nazi. I'm not misusing the word literally here by the way. 10)Stupid sexist leprechaun gets put in place by strong woman.

If you can stomach this kind of blatant, hamfisted condescending garbage from the smug writers, I guess you can give the show a try. It's certainly well made and acted, but the writers are terrible and I'm certain the quality will keep going down as they diverge more and more from the book and ignore Gaiman's writing in favor of their own.

Thanks for reading, if you did.


218 of 367 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 206 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed