The BEST Episodes of American Gods

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Network: Starz

A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.

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Come to Jesus

#1 - Come to Jesus

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 18, 2017

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 8.09
5,822 votes
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
The Lake Effect

#2 - The Lake Effect

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 14, 2021

Shadow has to decide the price he's willing to pay for his idyllic Lakeside life. As Laura and her new ally close in on her target, Wednesday has to persuade Czernobog that it's time to make peace with their enemies.

star 7.90
815 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Damian Kindler, Laura Pusey
Treasure of the Sun

#3 - Treasure of the Sun

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 21, 2019

In Cairo, Mr. Wednesday entrusts Shadow with the Gungnir spear. Mad Sweeney recalls his journey through the ages as he awaits his promised battle. Once again, he warns Shadow about Wednesday.

star 7.84
1,704 votes
Directors: Paco Cabezas
Writers: Heather Bellson
Lemon Scented You

#4 - Lemon Scented You

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 28, 2017

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

star 7.83
6,652 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: David Graziano
Git Gone

#5 - Git Gone

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 21, 2017

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 7.79
6,969 votes
Directors: Craig Zobel
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

#6 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 11, 2017

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 7.78
5,902 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Maria Melnik
A Murder of Gods

#7 - A Murder of Gods

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 4, 2017

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
6,313 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Seamus Kevin Fahey
Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree

#8 - Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 21, 2021

Teetering on the edge of war and peace, the gods gather to mourn a loss. Bilquis' divine journey brings her to an unexpected revelation, while Shadow finally embraces destiny.

star 7.69
821 votes
Writers: Laura Pusey, Ryan Spencer
The Beguiling Man

#9 - The Beguiling Man

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 17, 2019

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 7.69
2,057 votes
Head Full of Snow

#10 - Head Full of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 14, 2017

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
7,641 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
The Secret of Spoons

#11 - The Secret of Spoons

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 7, 2017

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 7.68
8,572 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
House on the Rock

#12 - House on the Rock

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 10, 2019

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 7.68
2,358 votes
The Bone Orchard

#13 - The Bone Orchard

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 30, 2017

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 7.66
10,999 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Fire and Ice

#14 - Fire and Ice

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 28, 2021

In Lakeside, Shadow grows closer with Marguerite and uncovers the surprising truth behind a local crime spree. Wednesday makes his own shocking discovery with deadly consequences. Laura and Salim negotiate with the enemy of their enemy as Bilquis follows her new path.

star 7.58
835 votes
Directors: Rachel Goldberg
Writers: David Paul Francis
Conscience of the King

#15 - Conscience of the King

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2021

Despite his past following him to Lakeside, Shadow makes himself at home and builds relationships with the town's residents. Laura and Salim continue to hunt for Wednesday, who attempts one final gambit to win over Demeter.

star 7.56
828 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Aric Avelino
A Winter's Tale

#16 - A Winter's Tale

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2021

A meeting with the god Wisakedjak leaves Shadow with a prophecy about his destiny.

star 7.55
984 votes
Directors: Jon Amiel
Writers: David Paul Francis
Sister Rising

#17 - Sister Rising

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 14, 2021

Shadow uses a recently enlightened Bilquis to explore the concepts of identity, purpose and destiny; Technical Boy is faced with an identity crisis; Wednesday forms a plan for a new con and asks Shadow to play a part in it.

star 7.55
853 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Damian Kindler

#18 - Muninn

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 24, 2019

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 7.54
1,900 votes
Directors: Deborah Chow
Writers: Heather Bellson
Donar the Great

#19 - Donar the Great

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 14, 2019

Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek out Dvalin to repair the Gungnir spear.

star 7.53
1,651 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Adria Lang
The Unseen

#20 - The Unseen

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2021

Bilquis has been taken captive and finds herself caught in the middle of an identity crisis, but Shadow and Technical Boy join forces to find her; Wednesday decides to visit a group of Lords of Valhalla, a nearby chapter of a biker gang.

star 7.49
858 votes
Directors: Eva Sørhaug
Writers: Nick Gillie
The Greatest Story Ever Told

#21 - The Greatest Story Ever Told

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 31, 2019

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 7.49
1,813 votes
Directors: Stacie Passon
Writers: Aditi Brennan Kapil, Peter Calloway
Serious Moonlight

#22 - Serious Moonlight

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2021

Shadow's attempt to break away from Mr. Wednesday and the brewing war is thwarted by the secrets of the Gods — both Old and New.

star 7.48
904 votes
Directors: Julian Holmes
Writers: Moses Verneau
The Ways of the Dead

#23 - The Ways of the Dead

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 7, 2019

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 7.48
1,757 votes
Writers: Andres Fischer-Centeno
Ashes and Demons

#24 - Ashes and Demons

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2021

As the search for the missing girl continues, Shadow dreams of Bilquis. Wednesday discovers the whereabouts of his old love, the Greek goddess Demeter, and resolves to free her from the grip of an unscrupulous antagonist.

star 7.45
881 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: Anne Kenney
Moon Shadow

#25 - Moon Shadow

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 28, 2019

In the aftermath of Sweeney's death, Wednesday has disappeared, and Shadow is tormented. Those that remain witness the power of New Media as she is unleashed, and the nation is in a state of panic brought on by Mr. World.

star 7.35
1,640 votes
Writers: Aditi Brennan Kapil, Jim Danger Gray
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