The Best Episodes of American Gods

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2019

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
5,102 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
5,946 votes
Writers: David Graziano
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The Beguiling Man

#3 - The Beguiling Man

Season 2 - Episode 2

Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle; Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow's diminishing light after he disappears.

star 7.83
986 votes
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Git Gone

#4 - 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 7.81
6,248 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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House on the Rock

#5 - House on the Rock

Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media.

star 7.81
1,215 votes
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A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

#6 - 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 7.76
5,167 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Maria Melnik
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A Murder of Gods

#7 - 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 7.72
5,636 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey, Michael Green, Bryan Fuller
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Head Full of Snow

#8 - 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
6,785 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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The Secret of Spoons

#9 - 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
7,601 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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The Bone Orchard

#10 - 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
9,894 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
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Muninn

#11 - Muninn

Season 2 - Episode 3

As he is tracked by Mr. World, Shadow makes his way to Cairo, thanks to a ride from Sam Black Crow; Mr. Wednesday slyly gains Laura's help in forging an alliance with a powerful god.

star 7.67
799 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Heather Bellson
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The Greatest Story Ever Told

#12 - The Greatest Story Ever Told

Season 2 - Episode 4

While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis; Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney.

star 7.54
627 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
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The Ways of the Dead

#13 - The Ways of the Dead

Season 2 - Episode 5

Shadow learns the ways of the dead with the help of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy. In New Orleans, Mad Sweeney introduces Laura to old friends who share their world of voodoo healing. Mr. Wednesday embarks on a road trip with Salim and the Jinn.

star 7.28
39 votes
Writers: Andres Fischer-Centeno
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