American Gothic (1995–1996)
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In Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple. Out of the blue, she ... See full summary »

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Peter O'Fallon

Writer:

Shaun Cassidy
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cole ... Sheriff Lucas Buck
Paige Turco ... Gail Emory
Jake Weber ... Dr. Matt Crower
Brenda Bakke ... Selena Coombs
Sarah Paulson ... Merlyn Temple
Lucas Black ... Caleb Temple
Nick Searcy ... Deputy Ben Healy
Sonny Shroyer ... Gage Temple
Lynda Clark Lynda Clark ... Rita Barber
Michael Burgess Michael Burgess ... Dan Truelane
Margo Moorer ... Danielle Davenport
Lucius Houghton Lucius Houghton ... Deputy Cammalous
Troy Simmons Troy Simmons ... Josh Davenport
Tammy Arnold ... Caleb's Mother
McKenzie LaCoss McKenzie LaCoss ... 6 Year Old Merlyn (as McKenzie LaCross)
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In Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple. Out of the blue, she starts repeating over and over "someone's at the door" and her father tries to kill her. Caleb flees and brings Sheriff Lucas Buck and Deputy Ben Healy that arrest his father. However Ben accidentally witnesses Lucas breaking Merlyn's neck in her room and blaming her father for the death. Caleb goes to the hospital and the alcoholic Dr. Matt Crower examines him. Lucas comes to the hospital expecting to adopt Caleb and does not allow that the sheriff takes custody of the boy. Then Lucas goes to the jail and Caleb's father mysteriously commits suicide. Meanwhile Caleb's distant cousin Gail Emory comes to Trinity to take custody of the boy. Caleb receives messages written in blood telling him to go home and he goes and meets the spirit of Merlyn that shows that their mother was raped by the sheriff. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14
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English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Someone's at the Door
19 August 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple (Lucas Black) is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple (Sarah Paulson). Out of the blue, she starts repeating over and over "someone's at the door" and her father tries to kill her. Caleb flees and brings Sheriff Lucas Buck (Gary Cole) and Deputy Ben Healy (Nick Searcy) that arrest his father. However Ben accidentally witnesses Lucas breaking Merlyn's neck in her room and blaming her father for the death.

Caleb goes to the hospital and the alcoholic Dr. Matt Crower (Jake Weber) examines him. Lucas comes to the hospital expecting to adopt Caleb and does not allow that the sheriff takes custody of the boy. Then Lucas goes to the jail and Caleb's father mysteriously commits suicide. Meanwhile Caleb's distant cousin Gail Emory (Paige Turco) comes to Trinity to take custody of the boy. Caleb receives messages written in blood telling him to go home and he goes and meets the spirit of Merlyn that shows that their mother was raped by the sheriff. Lucas uses the schoolteacher Selena Coombs (Brenda Bakke), who is his lover, to control Ben. Gail and Matt go to Caleb's house trying to rescue the boy from Lucas.

"American Gothic" is a cult series from the 90's with a dramatic supernatural story. I saw this series on cable TV and now almost twenty years later, I have just bought the DVD box to see it again since I do not recall it in details. Lucas Black has an impressive performance in this "Pilot". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Pilot"


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