The BEST Episodes of American Gothic

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021

Network: CBS

American Gothic is a horror/drama/thriller series set in the heart of South Carolina in a small town called Trinity. In this town not everyone are as they seem and everyone seems to follow their leader, Sheriff Lucas Buck... who might not be as human as he seems. His son, Caleb Temple, was brought up by another family and was lead to believe that a man called Gage was his father. The local doctor, Matt Crower, gets curious when suddenly the Sheriff wants everything to do with Caleb. Then Caleb's cousin, Gail Emory, comes to town to protect Caleb in every way she can, but that is extremely difficult when she fall in love with Lucas. Then Caleb's school teacher, Miss Selena Coombs, becomes jealous. But also on Caleb's side is his dead sister, Merlyn. She is an angel prepared to do ANYTHING to keep Lucas away...

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A Tree Grows in Trinity

#1 - A Tree Grows in Trinity

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1995

Fleeing deep into the woods from Sheriff Lucas Buck, young Caleb takes refuge in an eerie, abandoned hunting lodge and is terrified when he discovers a dying man who has been tortured and is being held prisoner there.

star 7.72
138 votes
Writers: Shaun Cassidy

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1995

Caleb Temple's 10th birthday turns nightmarish when his sister, Merlyn Temple, is killed and his father, Gage Temple, is the prime suspect. Gage's guilt seems confirmed when he commits suicide in his jail cell, leaving Caleb an orphan... except for the ghost of Merlyn. Caleb seems to find a father figure in Dr. Matt Crower, but this won't last if Sheriff Lucas Buck has any say in the matter.

star 7.61
174 votes
Directors: Peter O'Fallon
Writers: Shaun Cassidy
Damned If You Don't

#3 - Damned If You Don't

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 1995

Carter Brown panics when Sheriff Buck wants his teen-age daughter to work for him as payback for an old favor. When he refuses, his life quickly begins to unravel.

star 7.49
125 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan

#4 - Requiem

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jul 11, 1996

Caleb is trying to find the full potential of his powers by attempting to kill Gail, leaving him sole heir of Lucas' will. But, when Lucas finds out what Caleb is up to, he attempts to save Gail. Lucas and Caleb have an evil face-off.

star 7.36
45 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Shaun Cassidy
The Buck Stops Here

#5 - The Buck Stops Here

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 10, 1996

Yancy can't find certain files and believes Lucas has them. Billy and Selena go to Lucas' house to look for the missing files and end up making love in Lucas' bed.

star 7.34
44 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Steve De Jarnatt

#6 - Rebirth

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 3, 1996

Merlyn borrows an unborn child's spirit and reappears as Halle. Both Lucas and Caleb realize what has happened, and while Lucas tries to keep Merlyn in his world, Caleb knows she must return the spirit to the baby before it's too late.

star 7.32
82 votes
Directors: James Frawley
Writers: Robert Palm, Victor Bumbalo
To Hell and Back

#7 - To Hell and Back

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 3, 1996

Dr. Matt struggles with his alcoholism and the death of his family. Lucas tries to push him over the edge by offering him a drink and forcing the bizarre memories of his wife and daughter.

star 7.29
84 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Judi Ann Mason
Strong Arm of the Law

#8 - Strong Arm of the Law

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1995

Sheriff Lucas Buck gets revenge --in his own chilling fashion-- on four men who move to Trinity and set off a crime wave.

star 7.22
88 votes
Directors: Mike Binder
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan

#9 - Inhumanitas

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 1996

Lucas may have corrupted the local priest, Father Tilden, and he may be able to take his revenge on townspeople who cross his path. But not even he can control the seemingly miraculous activities of the dead Merlyn, determined to make Lucas answer for his crimes.

star 7.18
71 votes
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan
Eye of the Beholder

#10 - Eye of the Beholder

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 1995

Sheriff Buck calls in a favor from the local judge who is overseeing Caleb's custody hearing, hoping to ensure his favored status, but he doesn't stop there.

star 7.16
151 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: Judi Ann Mason
Learning to Crawl

#11 - Learning to Crawl

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 4, 1996

Lucas and Caleb forge a bond when facing matters of life and death. After Caleb is electrocuted and dies at the hospital, Lucas steps in and brings the boy back to life.

star 7.15
74 votes
Writers: David Kemper
Doctor Death Takes a Holiday

#12 - Doctor Death Takes a Holiday

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 31, 1996

Dr. Matt decides to re-investigate the murder of Merlyn. He also is curious when a woman checks into his hospital as Mrs.Smith. She begins to tell Matt all about the evil of Lucas and how she wants to kill him.

star 7.12
76 votes
Directors: Doug Lefler
Writers: Victor Bumbalo

#13 - Triangle

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 10, 1996

Upon Gail's announcement, she faints in Lucas' office and is taken to the hospital where she is told that she is pregnant. Gail threatens to have an abortion and even attempts to kill herself because she knows that she is carrying the evil offspring of Lucas Buck.

star 7.11
70 votes
Directors: James Frawley
Writers: Jeff F. King
The Plague Sower

#14 - The Plague Sower

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 1996

A sudden, mysterious bleeding illness quickly spreads through Trinity, causing death and devastation, as well as the arrival of a new doctor, Dr. Peele. As the townspeople fall victim to the plague, Matt suffers a breakdown and Lucas turns to Dr. Peele for help.

star 7.10
71 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Dead to the World

#15 - Dead to the World

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 13, 1995

Gail may have pushed Sheriff Buck too far when she accuses him of foul play in the death of his former girlfriend, who was with him just before her car mysteriously drove off a bridge.

star 7.02
116 votes
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green, Shaun Cassidy, Stephen Gaghan
Meet the Beetles

#16 - Meet the Beetles

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 20, 1995

When Jack Drey, a South Carolina state police lieutenant, throws his weight around in the investigation of the disappearance of his adulterous brother-in-law, Hack Weller, Sheriff Buck becomes wary. Drey suspects that Weller's obsession with Selena might have driven a vicious Buck to kill him.

star 6.95
84 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: David Chisholm, Shaun Cassidy, Victor Bumbalo
The Beast Within

#17 - The Beast Within

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 3, 1996

Artie, Ben Healy's brother, holds-up a local store in Trinity for a cheap watch. Ben and Lucas respond to the robbery and Ben accidentally shoots Artie. Artie, injured but still conscious, takes Lucas hostage.

star 6.90
86 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Shaun Cassidy

#18 - Resurrector

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1996

Radio talk show host Mel Kirby approaches Lucas for help in bringing his show to television. When Lucas refuses Mel and his co-anchor wife, Gloria vow to ruin Lucas. Meanwhile, a depressed Caleb decides he wants to give Merlyn a second funeral.

star 6.73
74 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Michael R. Perry, Shaun Cassidy, Stephen Gaghan