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After the death of his wife, ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) becomes a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who is actually a mythological god working on building an army to battle the new gods of this world in the Bryan Fuller and Michael Green adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning fantasy novel of the same name.

What The Critics Say (Metascore 76)

  • While the four episodes presented to critics for preview offered just enough bearings to determine that bearings are of limited use in the universe of American Gods, it’s safe to say even this early that it’s one of the most imaginative, adventurous, and deeply weird experiments on television–an entrancingly trippy metaphorical melee that elevates an investigation of American identity to a supernatural plane. — Michael Andor Brodeur, Boston Globe
  • At times, it’s a deep and powerful saga, while at many others, it’s more of an exercise in style over substance. But what style! — Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX
  • They are gods, sure, but initially many are just caricatures of abstract tics and traits. That is either going to be maddening to viewers or, given the right level of entertainment and oddness (which American Gods has in spades), a story worth waiting for. — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter