The Best Episodes of American Gothic


#1 - Resurrector 7.94

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

Directors: Elodie Keene

#2 - Inhumanitas 7.89

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

Directors: Bruce Seth Green
Strong Arm of the Law

#3 - Strong Arm of the Law 7.87

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

Directors: Mike Binder

#4 - Requiem 7.82

Season 1 - Episode 18

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.

Directors: Lou Antonio
The Plague Sower

#5 - The Plague Sower 7.81

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

Directors: Mel Damski
A Tree Grows in Trinity

#6 - A Tree Grows in Trinity 7.81

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

Directors: Michael Katleman
Meet the Beetles

#7 - Meet the Beetles 7.78

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

Directors: Michael Nankin
Damned If You Don't

#8 - Damned If You Don't 7.72

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

Directors: Lou Antonio
Dead to the World

#9 - Dead to the World 7.67

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

Directors: James A. Contner

#10 - Pilot 7.59

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Peter O'Fallon
Doctor Death Takes a Holiday

#11 - Doctor Death Takes a Holiday 7.57

Season 1 - Episode 12

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.

Directors: Doug Lefler
Ring of Fire

#12 - Ring of Fire 7.57

Season 1 - Episode 20

Through dreams and visions, Lucas allows Gail to learn bit by bit what happened to her parents. She learned that her father was abusing her and her mother was having an affair with Gage Temple, Caleb's father.

Directors: Lou Antonio
Echo of Your Last Goodbye

#13 - Echo of Your Last Goodbye 7.57

Season 1 - Episode 21

Candy leads Ben to a house which turns out to be the place that Judith Temple used to help abandoned children. With Gail they discover drawings from the young children as well as several drawings of Lucas done with a great amount of love by Judith.

Directors: Oz Scott

#14 - Strangler 7.56

Season 1 - Episode 22

Lucas calls on the ghost of the Boston Strangler to come to Merlyn. Lucas leaves town to attend a convention and Albert De Salva -aka The Boston Strangler- decides to do more than just try to kill Merlyn.

Directors: Doug Lefler, Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan
The Buck Stops Here

#15 - The Buck Stops Here 7.50

Season 1 - Episode 17

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.

Directors: Lou Antonio
To Hell and Back

#16 - To Hell and Back 7.50

Season 1 - Episode 14

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.

Directors: Oz Scott
Eye of the Beholder

#17 - Eye of the Beholder 7.46

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

Directors: Jim Charleston

#18 - Rebirth 7.37

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

Directors: James Frawley

#19 - Triangle 7.23

Season 1 - Episode 16

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.

Directors: James Frawley
Learning to Crawl

#20 - Learning to Crawl 7.22

Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

Directors: Michael Lange, David Kemper
The Beast Within

#21 - The Beast Within 7.20

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

Directors: Michael Lange
Potato Boy

#22 - Potato Boy 6.75

Season 1 - Episode 19

Selena reaches out to Caleb and tries to help him with his school work. She begins to spend extra time with him which bothers Lucas. Selena also tries to reconcile with her father.

Directors: Nick Marck