American Gods (2017– )
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A Murder of Gods 

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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.


Adam Kane


Neil Gaiman (based on the novel by), Michael Green (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Whittle ... Shadow Moon
Emily Browning ... Laura Moon
Crispin Glover ... Mr. World (credit only)
Bruce Langley ... Technical Boy (credit only)
Yetide Badaki ... Bilquis (credit only)
Pablo Schreiber ... Mad Sweeney
Ian McShane ... Mr. Wednesday
Corbin Bernsen ... Vulcan
Omid Abtahi ... Salim
David Labiosa ... Tattooed Man
Marilyn Camacho ... The Coyote
Ernesto Reyes ... Mexican Jesus
Tim Progosh ... Richard Miller
Sonja Smits ... Laura's Mother
Julia Vera ... Older Woman


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.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery


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USA | Canada | UK



Release Date:

4 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brantford, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The song playing when the Vulcan factory is first shown is "Come on Get Happy" by the Partridge Family. See more »


Salim: You are not a leprachaun?
Mad Sweeney: Oh, she is a lepra-cunt.
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References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »


American Gods Theme
Written and performed by Brian Reitzell
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Gods at War: Mostly a Bore
15 June 2017 | by byers-849-681424See all my reviews

American Gods is one of those shows, alas, like so many others these days, that takes an interesting premise and forges it into a sleeping pill. The epic nature of the novel requires a substantial volume of exposition. In lieu of developing an imaginative approach to adapting the story more suitably to the small screen, the writers opted to simply expound. And expound. And expound.

Lovejoy, I mean Swearengen, oh, sorry, Ian McShane,turns in his usual energized, entertaining turn as Lovejoy, I mean Swearengen, oh, sorry, Ian McShane. Emily Browning performs with the most honesty and immersion in her role of all the principal performers.. Ricky Whittle by contrast, seems completely out of place in the role of Shadow Moon. At the end of the day, he's a better print model than actor.

To be sure the series hits on a few great visuals, and as has been noted almost everywhere, the soundtrack is one of the most creatively put together in recent memory.

Ultimately, the series fails due to inertia and the visuals and the tunes can't really save it. One would expect a war among the Gods to be dramatic, exciting, theologically challenging. None of this exist in "American Gods."

It's more a case of "American Nods (Off to Sleep)," with the occasional nudity and gore, and what the hey? Crispin Glover, thrown in, in an attempt to keep things interesting. The Crispin Glover thing almost works.

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