The Best Episodes of American Gods

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel of the same name, ex-convict Shadow Moon becomes the traveling partner of a mysterious conman named Mr. Wednesday after his release from prison. He soon discovers Mr. Wednesday is more than he seems and becomes embroiled in an epic conflict between Old Gods and New.

Come to Jesus

#1 - Come to Jesus

Season 1 - Episode 8

On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday attempts to recruit the Old God Ostara, but needs Mr. Nancy's help in making a good impression and winning her over.

star 8.08
4,918 votes
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Michael Green, Bryan Fuller
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Lemon Scented You

#2 - Lemon Scented You

Season 1 - Episode 5

Shadow's emotional reunion with his dead and unfaithful wife is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.

star 7.84
5,772 votes
Writers: David Graziano
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Git Gone

#3 - Git Gone

Season 1 - Episode 4

The story of Laura's life and death is explored, including her first encounter with Shadow and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

star 7.82
6,066 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

#4 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

Season 1 - Episode 7

Following her brief reunion with Shadow, Laura turns to an unlikely travel companion to find her way back to life; Mad Sweeney's long, winding, and often tragic past is explored.

star 7.75
4,998 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Maria Melnik
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A Murder of Gods

#5 - A Murder of Gods

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.73
5,467 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey, Michael Green, Bryan Fuller
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Head Full of Snow

#6 - Head Full of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 3

Shadow questions his decision to work for Mr. Wednesday after learning of his plan to rob a bank. Shadow makes a surprising discovery when he returns to his motel room.

star 7.69
6,595 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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The Secret of Spoons

#7 - The Secret of Spoons

Season 1 - Episode 2

As Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.

star 7.69
7,376 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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The Bone Orchard

#8 - The Bone Orchard

Season 1 - Episode 1

When Shadow Moon is released from prison early after the death of his wife, he meets Mr. Wednesday and is recruited as his bodyguard. Shadow discovers that this may be more than he bargained for.

star 7.68
9,607 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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