The BEST Episodes of American Gothic (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Network: CBS

The Hawthornes, a prominent Boston family, are attempting to redefine themselves in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades, amid the mounting suspicions that one of them may have been his accomplice.

The Veteran in a New Field

#1 - The Veteran in a New Field

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 24, 2016

The city is in a panic after the SBK’s accomplice strikes again. As Alison enlists Brady's help to clear her name and find the real culprit, Tessa suspects that Madeline knows more than she's letting on and Cam is forced to make a decision about Sophie's custody of Jack.

star 7.71
519 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Aaron Fullerton
Madame X

#2 - Madame X

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 7, 2016

With a killer taunting them, the Hawthornes look to the police for assistance, but Brady needs Garrett’s help to solve the case. Alison prepares for the election and is rocked by a shocking discovery about her family and the unexpected return of an old friend. Also, as the family gathers for Election Day, they attempt to identify the killer in their midst, but one of them won’t make it out alive.

star 7.71
512 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Allen MacDonald, Lauren Goodman
The Oxbow

#3 - The Oxbow

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 17, 2016

Key Hawthorne family secrets are revealed when Garrett is forced to reflect on his 14 years of solitude in the woods. Also, Alison turns the screws on a local reporter, with shocking results.

star 7.70
541 votes
Writers: Lawrence Broch
Kindred Spirits

#4 - Kindred Spirits

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 10, 2016

While Cam is in rehab, Jack is lured into a dangerous adventure by a new friend, Sadie. Also, Garrett and Alison work to silence a local reporter who is harassing the Hawthornes, and Brady makes a bizarre breakthrough in the Silver Bells Killer case.

star 7.64
543 votes
Directors: Lexi Alexander
Writers: Deirdre Shaw
Whistler’s Mother

#5 - Whistler’s Mother

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 7, 2016

With a killer taunting them, the Hawthornes look to the police for assistance, but Brady needs Garrett’s help to solve the case. Alison prepares for the election and is rocked by a shocking discovery about her family and the unexpected return of an old friend. Also, as the family gathers for Election Day, they attempt to identify the killer in their midst, but one of them won’t make it out alive.

star 7.61
272 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Aaron Fullerton, Corinne Brinkerhoff
The Chess Players

#6 - The Chess Players

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 27, 2016

When the Hawthornes are publicly implicated in the SBK case and forced to hole up in the house to avoid media scrutiny, they quickly begin to turn on one another. Also, Garrett lures Christina to the woods for a camping trip that takes a dangerous turn.

star 7.59
568 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Allen MacDonald
The Gross Clinic

#7 - The Gross Clinic

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 3, 2016

A major revelation about the Silver Bells murders turns everyone’s world in the Hawthorne family upside-down: Christina loses trust in Garrett, Alison’s mayoral campaign sinks, Cam’s sobriety is tested, and Tessa witnesses disturbing new behavior in Jack. Also, Brady is worried that the new information about Silver Bells isn’t exactly what it seems to be.

star 7.59
543 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Aaron Fullerton
Freedom from Fear

#8 - Freedom from Fear

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 31, 2016

After Hawthorne family members catch each other lying about the past, they are forced to revisit a fateful night in 2002.

star 7.53
509 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Andrew Gettens, Lauren Mackenzie
Jack-in-the-Pulpit

#9 - Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 29, 2016

After tragedy strikes the Hawthorne family, Cam, Tessa and Alison seek an explanation for the silver bells they found in the shed, while Garrett plans an explosive public announcement about a family secret. Also, the police investigation into the "Silver Bells Killer" sends Brady on a macabre quest for DNA, and a shocking new suspect emerges.

star 7.51
770 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff
The Artist In His Museum

#10 - The Artist In His Museum

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 20, 2016

Cam's hallucinations make him question his own participation in a gruesome crime. Also, Madeline receives a cryptic message and leaves town to confront the sender.

star 7.49
583 votes
Writers: Andrew Gettens, Lauren Mackenzie
Nighthawks

#11 - Nighthawks

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 6, 2016

As police begin to focus on the Hawthorne family’s possible connection to the “Silver Bells Killer,” Cam attempts to erase his past while Garrett reconnects with his. Also, Alison’s campaign seeks the support of local professional football player Stephen Gostkowski, but the endorsement is complicated by the risky actions of one of her siblings,

star 7.49
699 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Meredith Averill
Christina's World

#12 - Christina's World

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 13, 2016

A death on the Hawthorne property gives Detective Brady a solid lead on the "Silver Bells Killer" ("SBK") case. Also, Garrett gives in to temptation and pursues Christina Morales (Catalina Sandino Moreno), the daughter of the first "SBK" victim, and Alison finds an unlikely ally to help fend off a lawsuit that could derail her campaign.

star 7.39
596 votes
Directors: P.J. Pesce
Writers: Lawrence Broch
Arrangement in Grey and Black

#13 - Arrangement in Grey and Black

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 22, 2016

A prominent Boston family discovers that one of its own may be behind a series of infamous grisly killings as the case of "The Silver Bells Killer" is reopened.

star 7.31
989 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff