American Gods Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 8:00 PM ET on Starz

60 minutes

A war is brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.
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May 10, 2017 5:49PM EDT
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So far I love it. The cinematography is so poetic and beautiful. There are some really stunning scenes, and I love the diversity of characters and actor who play them. Ian McShane is a god, literally, not just in the show's sense. And I especially loved the Slavic gang, they were really interesting and funny. And Cloris Leachman made my day, I love her so much. And since I'm from the Slavic country too, you can take my word for it when I say they play them very well and convincing. My favourite quote was when Zorya Vechernyaya said that learning is beneath her. So brilliant!

So far I love it. The cinematography is so poetic and beautiful. There are some really stunning scenes, and I love the diversity of characters and actor who play them. Ian McShane is a god, literally, not just in the show's sense. And I especially loved the Slavic gang, they were really interesting and funny. And Cloris Leachman made my day, I love her so much. And since I'm from the Slavic country too, you can take my word for it when I say they play them very well and convincing. My favourite quote was when Zorya Vechernyaya said that learning is beneath her. So brilliant!

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May 8, 2017 7:31PM EDT
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Watched it, loved every minute of it. This is going to be a big hit. Oh, and I love the way she feeds her kitty.

Watched it, loved every minute of it. This is going to be a big hit. Oh, and I love the way she feeds her kitty.

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by gusters
Jun 1, 2019 4:46PM EDT
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I prefer the book over the show. However, I'm really glad Mad Sweeny's story didn't follow the book. It's an ok show, feel like it could have ended in 2 seasons though rather than be dragged out.

I prefer the book over the show. However, I'm really glad Mad Sweeny's story didn't follow the book. It's an ok show, feel like it could have ended in 2 seasons though rather than be dragged out.

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Mar 18, 2019 8:41AM EDT
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Hypnoisch, schrill, schräg, bunt, poetisch.

Hypnoisch, schrill, schräg, bunt, poetisch.

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Apr 13, 2018 1:57PM EDT
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Wait, what is it ? I don't know
Gods everywhere, anytime among humans living in a night/day mare
it like Odysseus in a quirky, eerie, odd quest
the photography is marvelously dark
the leprechaun taking it hard

Wait, what is it ? I don't know
Gods everywhere, anytime among humans living in a night/day mare
it like Odysseus in a quirky, eerie, odd quest
the photography is marvelously dark
the leprechaun taking it hard

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by EHutch
May 17, 2017 10:58AM EDT
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WoW! Amazing imagery and a very mystical & mysterious story. Right up my alley. I'm enjoying this production very much *****

WoW! Amazing imagery and a very mystical & mysterious story. Right up my alley. I'm enjoying this production very much *****

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by maddi906
May 8, 2017 10:00PM EDT
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Okay, so it's still early - only 2 episodes in it still might turn me around, so I'll keep watching a while longer, but I'll give my current thoughts now since this episode I went from thinking "I'm not too sure about this" to groaningly thinking "Oh god, somebody's fucked up massively here!"

My beef with episode 2 is twofold, part 1 having to do with the adaption from book to series and part 2 having to do with, well... Logic.

1) If you've read the book I'm sure you'll agree that the Coming to America segments that, separate from Shadow's storyline, precedes nearly every chapter are probably the best parts. They might be as fictional as the rest of the book, but their ability to put you in the shoes of people who did once live (slaves, indentured servants, vikings etc.) is astonishing.
To me, the segment about the twins on the slaver did more to make me feel truly saddend, horrified and angry about the trans-pacific slave trade than any history book passage or documentary before it. It was cruelly and beautifully written and it both hurt and bettered me to have read it.
In ep2 this little story is warped and condensed; instead of getting to know the slave girl and her sorrow, instead of showing much of the horror and sickness and death aboard those ships and beyond them, we get to see a single slave below the decks monologuing about, none of his neighbors telling him to shut the fuck up before the guards come down to see what the ruckus is about or really reacting to him in any way at all.
He's calling for the help of the spider-god Anansi, who eventually shifts from a purple cgi spider into the form of a suit clad, hat-wearing, english speaking man with an American accent who goes on to tell them about the plight of the black man, destined to be crushed under the white man's heel and blablabla (eventually bringing them to riot).
All this while jazz music plays (= . =) - No matter how integral Jazz is to black culture or black people to the style I found it totally unfitting. Maybe a competent director could have made it work, but the one responsible for ep2 sure as hell isn't that good.
All the realism and emotion was sucked out of it and, honestly, it felt like a cheap blasphemy of the original material.

2) The portrayal of Anansi is illogical. This might not be immediately obvious to you, but the lore of American Gods is that the gods are brought over to America in the minds of their believers (and are at that point limited by their believers' view of them), so why is Anasi the african spider god, made real by the faith of an african man in the 1600s, speaking english (and with an American accent which has yet to be developed at that) or wearing, not some kind of African tribal robes, but a freaking 20th century style purple suit, tie and a hat?
They could not have broken the illusion more if Neil Gaiman popped around the corner and flipped us the bird.

Additionaly, as a separate point: The sound design is really odd. The soundtrack reminds me of the (great) show Hannibal, but instead being used selectively to enhance the emotion of intense scenes it's just kind of always there, making scenes feel over-dramatized.

Okay, so it's still early - only 2 episodes in it still might turn me around, so I'll keep watching a while longer, but I'll give my current thoughts now since this episode I went from thinking "I'm not too sure about this" to groaningly thinking "Oh god, somebody's fucked up massively here!"

My beef with episode 2 is twofold, part 1 having to do with the adaption from book to series and part 2 having to do with, well... Logic.

1) If you've read the book I'm sure you'll agree that the Coming to America segments that, separate from Shadow's storyline, precedes nearly every chapter are probably the best parts. They might be as fictional as the rest of the book, but their ability to put you in the shoes of people who did once live (slaves, indentured servants, vikings etc.) is astonishing.
To me, the segment about the twins on the slaver did more to make me feel truly saddend, horrified and angry about the trans-pacific slave trade than any history book passage or documentary before it. It was cruelly and beautifully written and it both hurt and bettered me to have read it.
In ep2 this little story is warped and condensed; instead of getting to know the slave girl and her sorrow, instead of showing much of the horror and sickness and death aboard those ships and beyond them, we get to see a single slave below the decks monologuing about, none of his neighbors telling him to shut the fuck up before the guards come down to see what the ruckus is about or really reacting to him in any way at all.
He's calling for the help of the spider-god Anansi, who eventually shifts from a purple cgi spider into the form of a suit clad, hat-wearing, english speaking man with an American accent who goes on to tell them about the plight of the black man, destined to be crushed under the white man's heel and blablabla (eventually bringing them to riot).
All this while jazz music plays (= . =) - No matter how integral Jazz is to black culture or black people to the style I found it totally unfitting. Maybe a competent director could have made it work, but the one responsible for ep2 sure as hell isn't that good.
All the realism and emotion was sucked out of it and, honestly, it felt like a cheap blasphemy of the original material.

2) The portrayal of Anansi is illogical. This might not be immediately obvious to you, but the lore of American Gods is that the gods are brought over to America in the minds of their believers (and are at that point limited by their believers' view of them), so why is Anasi the african spider god, made real by the faith of an african man in the 1600s, speaking english (and with an American accent which has yet to be developed at that) or wearing, not some kind of African tribal robes, but a freaking 20th century style purple suit, tie and a hat?
They could not have broken the illusion more if Neil Gaiman popped around the corner and flipped us the bird.

Additionaly, as a separate point: The sound design is really odd. The soundtrack reminds me of the (great) show Hannibal, but instead being used selectively to enhance the emotion of intense scenes it's just kind of always there, making scenes feel over-dramatized.

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by ianfab
May 7, 2017 3:07PM EDT
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American gods is possibly one of the best season premiers for 2917 from introduction to the last second you are left wanting for more. The series basically looks at the old gods and the new as the vie for supremacy... once more if you are looking for something a bit on the graphic and bloody side with a plot this is the show for you

American gods is possibly one of the best season premiers for 2917 from introduction to the last second you are left wanting for more. The series basically looks at the old gods and the new as the vie for supremacy... once more if you are looking for something a bit on the graphic and bloody side with a plot this is the show for you

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Oct 27, 2019 11:38PM EDT
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Nope. horrible.

Nope. horrible.

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Oct 14, 2019 4:05PM EDT
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Nice crazy show with loads of madness

Nice crazy show with loads of madness