The BEST episodes of American Gods

Every episode of American Gods ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of American Gods!

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.

Last Updated: 4/8/2024Network: STARZStatus: Ended
Come to Jesus
5204 votes

#1 - Come to Jesus

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/18/2017

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.

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The Lake Effect
930 votes

#2 - The Lake Effect

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/14/2021

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.

Directors: Metin Hüseyin
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Treasure of the Sun
1753 votes

#3 - Treasure of the Sun

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/21/2019

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.

Directors: Paco Cabezas
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Lemon Scented You
5836 votes

#4 - Lemon Scented You

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/28/2017

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

Directors: Vincenzo Natali
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Git Gone
6120 votes

#5 - Git Gone

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/21/2017

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.

Directors: Craig Zobel
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A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
5272 votes

#6 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/11/2017

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.

Directors: Adam Kane
Writer: Maria Melnik
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A Murder of Gods
5559 votes

#7 - A Murder of Gods

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/4/2017

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.

Directors: Adam Kane
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Head Full of Snow
6686 votes

#8 - Head Full of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/14/2017

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.

Directors: David Slade
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The Beguiling Man
2099 votes

#9 - The Beguiling Man

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/17/2019

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.

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Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree
940 votes

#10 - Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/21/2021

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.

Directors: Russell Lee Fine
The Secret of Spoons
7471 votes

#11 - The Secret of Spoons

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/7/2017

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.

Directors: David Slade
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House on the Rock
2400 votes

#12 - House on the Rock

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/10/2019

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.

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The Bone Orchard
9486 votes

#13 - The Bone Orchard

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/30/2017

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.

Directors: David Slade
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Fire and Ice
940 votes

#14 - Fire and Ice

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/28/2021

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.

Directors: Rachel Goldberg
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A Winter's Tale
1106 votes

#15 - A Winter's Tale

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/10/2021

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

Directors: Jon Amiel
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Conscience of the King
937 votes

#16 - Conscience of the King

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/21/2021

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.

Directors: Mark Tinker
Writer: Aric Avelino
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1937 votes

#17 - Muninn

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/24/2019

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.

Directors: Deborah Chow
Sister Rising
959 votes

#18 - Sister Rising

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/14/2021

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.

Directors: Nick Copus
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Donar the Great
1705 votes

#19 - Donar the Great

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/14/2019

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

Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writer: Adria Lang
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The Greatest Story Ever Told
1853 votes

#20 - The Greatest Story Ever Told

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/31/2019

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.

Directors: Stacie Passon
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The Unseen
960 votes

#21 - The Unseen

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/31/2021

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.

Directors: Eva Sørhaug
Writer: Nick Gillie
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Serious Moonlight
1008 votes

#22 - Serious Moonlight

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/17/2021

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.

Directors: Julian Holmes
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The Ways of the Dead
1794 votes

#23 - The Ways of the Dead

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/7/2019

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.

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Ashes and Demons
986 votes

#24 - Ashes and Demons

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/24/2021

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.

Directors: Thomas Carter
Writer: Anne Kenney
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Moon Shadow
1695 votes

#25 - Moon Shadow

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/28/2019

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.

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