8.0/10
62,514
324 user 65 critic

American Gods 

Trailer
1:01 | 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
121 ( 4)

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 3 Premiere



Most Recent Episode


Sunday, April 28

Shadow is tormented by recent events and Wednesday has disappeared. Those that remain witness the power of New Media as she is unleashed, and the nation is enveloped in a state of panic...


Previous Episode


Sunday, April 21

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2020   2019   2017  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 20 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
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: Chris Conner, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Kinnaman
The Umbrella Academy (TV Series 2019)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A disbanded group of superheroes reunites after their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world, dies.

Stars: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
Legion (TV Series 2017)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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, Bill Irwin
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis
Into the Badlands (2015–2019)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.

Stars: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham
Westworld (TV Series 2016)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 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
Jessica Jones (2015–2019)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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
Mr. Robot (TV Series 2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 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
Gotham (2014–2019)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue
Good Omens (TV Mini-Series 2019)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

Stars: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand
Luke Cage (2016–2018)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 10 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 10 episodes, 2017-2019
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:

Believe. (Season 1) 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:

American Gods 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 is the second appearance of Ian McShane in a movie based on a Neil Gaiman story. He starred as Mr. Bobinsky in Coraline (2009). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Good Omens: In The Beginning (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Dear God
Written by Andy Partridge
Performed by Sarah McLachlan
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.


515 of 826 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 324 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed