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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Apr 2, 2019 9:55PM EDT
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The series sits in 50/50 territory. Half of it is well written, half of it has good dialogue, half the scenes have good pacing, etc. They need to get it together if they want the atmosphere to kick in and feel immersive. Squeeze out the camp, the drawn out speeches (the needless ones), the cheezy special effects (do it right, darn it, you clearly have the budget) and there is a really strong premise here. I think they'll cancel it before that happens though, as is the trend.

The series sits in 50/50 territory. Half of it is well written, half of it has good dialogue, half the scenes have good pacing, etc. They need to get it together if they want the atmosphere to kick in and feel immersive. Squeeze out the camp, the drawn out speeches (the needless ones), the cheezy special effects (do it right, darn it, you clearly have the budget) and there is a really strong premise here. I think they'll cancel it before that happens though, as is the trend.

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by ChristineL
Mar 11, 2019 1:19AM EDT
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immediately I was reminded of how brilliant this show is from the visual powerhouse that it is to the faithful rendering of Mr Gaiman's story. Spellbinding, mystical, wondrous - well cast as well. worth waiting for

immediately I was reminded of how brilliant this show is from the visual powerhouse that it is to the faithful rendering of Mr Gaiman's story. Spellbinding, mystical, wondrous - well cast as well. worth waiting for

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Sep 30, 2018 10:59PM EDT
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No idea what's going on, every episode: !!!!!!!. I don't recommend watching this show.

No idea what's going on, every episode: !!!!!!!. I don't recommend watching this show.

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Aug 11, 2018 8:23PM EDT
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A good adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved novel, the show fleshes out minor but pivotal characters and combines the impact of that with stunning visual effects and cinematography. Well directed, and well acted. The only problem I have with this show was that I felt the season ended on a flat note, and lacked the kind of hook that gets viewers to wait impatiently for season 2.

A good adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved novel, the show fleshes out minor but pivotal characters and combines the impact of that with stunning visual effects and cinematography. Well directed, and well acted. The only problem I have with this show was that I felt the season ended on a flat note, and lacked the kind of hook that gets viewers to wait impatiently for season 2.

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Apr 12, 2018 5:58AM EDT
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There's a lot of testosterone in this show!

There's a lot of testosterone in this show!

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Apr 11, 2018 10:11PM EDT
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good show. really like it

good show. really like it

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by Ramsden
Feb 1, 2018 2:49AM EST
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I wasn't quite sure what to make of it from the first couple of episodes and looking back on the first season I'm not 100% sure what I make from it nor what to expect. The show in my opinion is tailored towards sci fi fans who are into and searching for a more complex fictional story.

The casting appears to be otherwise spot on as with a theme such as this, even average casting could turn it into a train wreck so this isn't something I'm sure will go as far as four or five seasons. We're not talking about the usual breed of supernatural beings we see on TV but this time we are focused around actual God's themselves and as we learn, some are old and some are new and both sets of God's do not appear to want to co exist which is what is going to be leading us into season 2.

The show has a complex way of explain the main story without having some pre knowledge going into it whilst at the same time trying to focus on developing characters. Ian McShane is a great cast for the role of Mr Wednesday, he's the kind of guy that the writers could have a lot of fun with. Ricky Whittle comes across as stiff, but he settles his role well enough but I have issues wondering whether his character meant to be the protagonist or whether Mr Wednesday is, whilst at the same time favouring Pablo Schreiber's role as a 6 foot leprechaun.

If you have Amazon prime then it's worth a gamble, you'll either be curious like I was or you won't get past episode 2.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of it from the first couple of episodes and looking back on the first season I'm not 100% sure what I make from it nor what to expect. The show in my opinion is tailored towards sci fi fans who are into and searching for a more complex fictional story.

The casting appears to be otherwise spot on as with a theme such as this, even average casting could turn it into a train wreck so this isn't something I'm sure will go as far as four or five seasons. We're not talking about the usual breed of supernatural beings we see on TV but this time we are focused around actual God's themselves and as we learn, some are old and some are new and both sets of God's do not appear to want to co exist which is what is going to be leading us into season 2.

The show has a complex way of explain the main story without having some pre knowledge going into it whilst at the same time trying to focus on developing characters. Ian McShane is a great cast for the role of Mr Wednesday, he's the kind of guy that the writers could have a lot of fun with. Ricky Whittle comes across as stiff, but he settles his role well enough but I have issues wondering whether his character meant to be the protagonist or whether Mr Wednesday is, whilst at the same time favouring Pablo Schreiber's role as a 6 foot leprechaun.

If you have Amazon prime then it's worth a gamble, you'll either be curious like I was or you won't get past episode 2.

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Oct 15, 2017 8:43AM EDT
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Some people seem to be falling over themselves to say how amazing this is, well I just don't see it.. 6 episodes in and I want to see where it goes but how we are getting there is incredibly tedious and boring with fleeting moments of intrigue.. Overkill seems to be the order of the day the soundtrack for example is a relentless screechfest of jazz?? I really don't know if it can even be pinned to the genre it's just terrible.. accompanied by a slow motion overload which is beyond repetitive and unlike some seem to think it shows a complete lack of imagination as it is used time and time again for little to no effect. As I said the overall narrative is intriguing, Ian McShane is impressive the visuals at times can be stunning but as a cohesive piece of entertainment it is poorly executed. One thing I don't understand from other reviews is how they can be 'riveted' I'm watching it at times thinking can that infernal music stop or can we move the plot along here this is boring me so much I've had a peek at my phone something I never do when watching a riveting piece of film or television. It's one of those TV shows where you think something good might just be round the corner so you keep watching, I just hope that unlike some others it actually appears.

Some people seem to be falling over themselves to say how amazing this is, well I just don't see it.. 6 episodes in and I want to see where it goes but how we are getting there is incredibly tedious and boring with fleeting moments of intrigue.. Overkill seems to be the order of the day the soundtrack for example is a relentless screechfest of jazz?? I really don't know if it can even be pinned to the genre it's just terrible.. accompanied by a slow motion overload which is beyond repetitive and unlike some seem to think it shows a complete lack of imagination as it is used time and time again for little to no effect. As I said the overall narrative is intriguing, Ian McShane is impressive the visuals at times can be stunning but as a cohesive piece of entertainment it is poorly executed. One thing I don't understand from other reviews is how they can be 'riveted' I'm watching it at times thinking can that infernal music stop or can we move the plot along here this is boring me so much I've had a peek at my phone something I never do when watching a riveting piece of film or television. It's one of those TV shows where you think something good might just be round the corner so you keep watching, I just hope that unlike some others it actually appears.

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Oct 12, 2017 5:20PM EDT
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It's been a very long time since I got this excited about a new show but still waiting to truly fall for this mess. Great and trendy cast but is very slow to pick up pace. Wonder how long people will keep running this race...

It's been a very long time since I got this excited about a new show but still waiting to truly fall for this mess. Great and trendy cast but is very slow to pick up pace. Wonder how long people will keep running this race...

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Sep 1, 2017 12:33PM EDT
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American Gods is visually stunning... but i wouldnt expect any less from a show that pays homage to the old Gods and new, with shifting power and makes you ask the question: is old really gold?
media, Easter, technology Boy, and Oden are the stand outs for me... but good performance from everyone and looking forward to season 2 as well!!

American Gods is visually stunning... but i wouldnt expect any less from a show that pays homage to the old Gods and new, with shifting power and makes you ask the question: is old really gold?
media, Easter, technology Boy, and Oden are the stand outs for me... but good performance from everyone and looking forward to season 2 as well!!