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American Gods

American Gods

Starz 2017

An ex-con becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities. Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel.

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The 10 Best Episodes of American Gods

American Gods - S1E8

#1 - Come to Jesus


Season 1 - Episode 8

On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday must recruit one more Old God: Ostara, ne Easter, Goddess of the Dawn, but winning her over will require making a good impression, and that is where Mr. Nancy comes in.

The episode was rated from 5434 votes.

American Gods - S2E7

#2 - Treasure of the Sun


Season 2 - Episode 7

In Cairo, Mr. Wednesday entrusts Shadow with the Gungnir spear. Mad Sweeney recalls his journey through the ages as he awaits his promised battle. Once again, he warns Shadow about Wednesday. Meanwhile, Laura receives sage advice from Mama-Ji.

The episode was rated from 1567 votes.

American Gods - S1E5

#3 - Lemon Scented You


Season 1 - Episode 5

Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow's emotional reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.

The episode was rated from 6293 votes.

American Gods - S1E4

#4 - Git Gone


Season 1 - Episode 4

Alternating between the past and the present, Laura’s life and death are explored—how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

The episode was rated from 6600 votes.

American Gods - S1E7

#5 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney


Season 1 - Episode 7

Her brief reunion with Shadow over far too quickly, Laura turns to an unlikely travel companion to find her way back to life, and back to Shadow. Mad Sweeney's long, winding, and often tragic past is explored.

The episode was rated from 5490 votes.

American Gods - S3E2

#6 - Serious Moonlight


Season 3 - Episode 2

Shadow's attempt to break away from Mr. Wednesday and the brewing war is thwarted by the secrets of the Gods — both Old and New.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.

American Gods - S2E1

#7 - House on the Rock


Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media.

The episode was rated from 2210 votes.

American Gods - S1E6

#8 - A Murder of Gods


Season 1 - Episode 6

On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.

The episode was rated from 5956 votes.

American Gods - S2E2

#9 - The Beguiling Man


Season 2 - Episode 2

Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle. Meanwhile Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow’s diminishing light after his disappears. The Jinn and Salim set out to retrieve the Gungnir spear, and Shadow encounters an associate of Mr. World.

The episode was rated from 1926 votes.

American Gods - S1E3

#10 - Head Full of Snow


Season 1 - Episode 3

Shadow questions the terms of his employment when Mr. Wednesday informs him of his plan to rob a bank (because, naturally, every army needs a source of funding). And just when Shadow thought his life couldn’t get any more complicated, he returns to his motel room to a surprising discovery.

The episode was rated from 7165 votes.

American Gods - S1E2
#11 - The Secret of Spoons
Season 1 - Episode 2

As Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.

The episode was rated from 8024 votes.
American Gods - S1E1
#12 - The Bone Orchard
Season 1 - Episode 1

When Shadow Moon is released from prison early after the death of his wife, he meets Mr. Wednesday and is recruited as his bodyguard. Shadow discovers that this may be more than he bargained for.

The episode was rated from 10422 votes.
American Gods - S3E1
#13 - A Winter's Tale
Season 3 - Episode 1

A meeting with the god Wisakedjak leaves Shadow with a prophecy about his destiny.

The episode was rated from 446 votes.
American Gods - S2E3
#14 - Muninn
Season 2 - Episode 3

As he is tracked by Mr. World, Shadow makes his way to Cairo, thanks to a ride from Sam Black Crow. Mr. Wednesday slyly gains Laura’s help in forging an alliance with a powerful god. Mr. World introduces Technical Boy to New Media and assigns them a very important task.

The episode was rated from 1783 votes.
American Gods - S2E6
#15 - Donar the Great
Season 2 - Episode 6

Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek out Dvalin to repair the Gungnir spear. But before the dwarf is able to etch the runes of war, he requires a powerful artifact in exchange. On the journey, Wednesday tells Shadow the story of Donar the Great.

The episode was rated from 1534 votes.
American Gods - S2E5
#16 - The Ways of the Dead
Season 2 - Episode 5

Shadow learns the ways of the dead with the help of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy. In New Orleans, Mad Sweeney introduces Laura to old friends who share their world of voodoo healing. Mr. Wednesday embarks on a road trip with Salim and the Jinn.

The episode was rated from 1616 votes.
American Gods - S2E4
#17 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
Season 2 - Episode 4

While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis. Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney, and Tech Boy pays a visit to his first worshipper.

The episode was rated from 1697 votes.
American Gods - S2E8
#18 - Moon Shadow
Season 2 - Episode 8

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 brought on by Mr. World.

The episode was rated from 1498 votes.

Last updated: jun 28, 2022



Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) as show-runner. With a pedigree like this, a show cannot possibly fail.


I personally found this show awful. It just seemed slow and lacklustre. I have absolutely no caring about the main characters, Odin is okay but Shadow is really boring as hell. The episode diverge in to random really boring back stories and the finale was terrible....I will not be watching season 2


So i just got back from a special screening of the first episode and I can assure you this show is definitely going to be great. As a fan of both Fuller and the book, Gaiman being one of my favorite authors of all time and Hannibal, well, one of my favorite show of all time, everything I expected to see on screen was delivered here. The classyness of Fuller's aesthetic (that was already there in Hannibal) mixed with even more gore and blood serves Gaiman's work perfectly, if you've watched any of Fuller's previous work then you know that his way of telling stories lies deeply on the psychology of his characters and for an adaptation of American Gods you could not hope for someone better. This really is a perfect match and a fan of American Gods (the book) cannot possibly be disappointed in what he's going to find in this first episode. Oh and yeah, THAT scene with Bilquis is there, and.......well yeah, you have to see it. Don't hesitate for a second and watch the show as soon as it airs, Gaiman and Fuller are both geniuses and this series is sure to be incredible.


larry, seriously? have you read the books? this show has the potential to be amazing. I also like the casting. Shadow and Wednesday will be spot on. Mad Sweeney looks right. the Technical Boy is much thnner/less acne/less boogery then in my head. but overall i'm super excited.


Absolute RUBBISH !!!! I really struggled to watch the first 1 hour long episode and can honestly say I would rather have slit my throat and eaten my eyeballs at the same time.


This comment is about **season 1**, which I have just finished. I should say that although I have read the book, I do not like it, it is the one thing Gaiman wrote that I did not care for. The fact that the TV series was suddenly not following the book precisely was a plus for me, but now I am wondering if they somehow managed to make it worse. The cast is great - I think every actor involved did a fantastic job in their characters, and the characters came out much more interesting and likable than in the book. I particularly enjoyed how much screen time Laura is getting, and I loved how Browning also played Essie. The "Coming to America" sequences were my favorite parts in the book, and I am not surprised to have enjoyed them in the series also. However, in 8 episodes, I mostly got the feeling that _nothing happened_. They added a lot of new things, specially with Laura and Mad Sweeney, and Wednesday and Shadow felt more like secondary characters than main ones, as their storyline is basically empty while everything happens to everyone else. In 8 episodes, Wednesday has had barely any advancement in his cause, and while the congregation at the House on the Rock is one of the first things to happen in the book, the entire season ended before old man Mr. Nancy could ride the carousel, and that was a sight I was looking forward to! With the current positioning of the gods, I feel like the series is aiming for a far more complicated plot than the one in the book, but the creative team is, unfortunately, failing at writing it to work with an 8 episode season. They have set what looks like a very big stage, but the plot does not feel yet big enough to fill it. I am quite disappointed, as individually the episodes are ok, but they just fail to be cohesive together and convey a good story. I will probably check out the second season premiere, but unless they fix this awful writing, I will just look for better things to waste my time on.


Great show. I'm sure we can all agree that the first season was fantastic while the second season had its moments but was overall incredibly slow and boring. And while the first season was also slow, it wasn't boring. I hope the third season is more along the lines of enjoyment the first season was.


Well, season 1 is fine. In season 2 the story is lost in political cheap talking points (Hollywood talking points, to be fair), pedantic pace, isn't entertainment anymore.


The first season was already chaotic, but the second is even worse. Nothing is happening, so boring and full of racism shit...


S1 was so strong, it's a shame S2 is having so many problems. The loss of Kristen Chenoweth and Gillian Anderson is truly tragic, they were outstanding in S1. You can tell S2 had a lot of problems with development and doesn't have a proper show runner, which is sad because this show had so much potential

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