American Gods (2017– )
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A man, broken and alone, wishes only to survive his time in prison long enough to see his wife again. Although unexpected news releases him from prison early, it is hardly the news he ... See full summary »


David Slade


Neil Gaiman (based on the novel by), Bryan Fuller (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Whittle ... Shadow Moon
Emily Browning ... Laura Moon
Crispin Glover ... Mr. World (credit only)
Bruce Langley ... Technical Boy
Yetide Badaki ... Bilquis
Pablo Schreiber ... Mad Sweeney
Ian McShane ... Mr. Wednesday
Jonathan Tucker ... 'Low Key' Lyesmith
Demore Barnes ... Mr. Ibis
Betty Gilpin ... Audrey
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Airport Lady
Joel Murray ... Paunch
Beth Grant ... Jack
John Tench ... Viking Leader
Sonja Smits ... Laura's Mother


A man, broken and alone, wishes only to survive his time in prison long enough to see his wife again. Although unexpected news releases him from prison early, it is hardly the news he wishes. Left feeling like he is looking at the world from the bottom of a well, he must literally walk the heroes' path back to a time where he even resembles sanity. Written by Matt "ACR0NYM" Yoder

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At about the 45 minute mark, Mr Wednesday is driving the Cadillac past a sign that says "Eagle Point". This location in Minnesota was also mentioned in Hannibal in the twelfth episode of the first season (Relevés). About 35 minutes into that episode, Abigail Hobbes mentions that she and her mother were going to climb Eagle Point for her mom's birthday. Both shows were written and produced by Bryan Fuller. See more »


Shadow arrives at the airport after being released with the news Laura had died, and is denied transferring his ticket to the same day. The end of the scene he says "how much for tomorrow?" The "next day" he meets Mr Wednesday on Wednesday. Later (35:01) the roll by of the newspaper shows Laura died on Wednesday. The latest she could have actually died given this information was Tuesday. See more »


Mr. Wednesday: I offer you the worm from my beak and you look at me like I fucked your mother.
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Iko Iko
Attributed to Rosa Lee Hawkins, Barbara Ann Hawkins and Joan Marie Johnson; based on a song by James Crawford
Performed by The Dixie Cups
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Gods Among Us
30 April 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I feel pretty much the same tonight as I did the night I watched Westworld's premiere. I'm not entirely sure what I just witnessed, but I'm nonetheless intrigued and ready to take on a refreshing new series.

American Gods is based on a 2001 novel by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. He's perhaps most widely known from his work on the comic series, The Sandman, and American Gods brings a lot of that comic- book flavor into the television series. The plot is still unclear to me, but from what it seems like, Mr. Wednesday (played by Ian McShane) is gathering a team to fight against something or someone. One of the people he gathers is Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle, who's a human with a great deal of strength and mental toughness. Why exactly Wednesday needs Moon? I have no stinking idea.

Luckily, the unusual plot is filled with visually stunning sequences of violence among other things, to keep your interest till the end. For someone like me who went in with no information about Gaiman's novel at all, it's certainly a difficult story to follow. However, memorable characters played by McShane, Whittle, and a few other shocking surprises were enough to keep my interest.

I think the main issue that this show may have going forward is the overwhelming amount of mythology surrounding the story. If the show doesn't get swallowed up in trying to be the next mixture of Westworld and Game of Thrones, than I think it will do just fine. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have one of the most well-respected showrunners in the business, Bryan Fuller, steering the ship for you. I'll have a more proper review next week hopefully, as this was more of a reaction than anything else.


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