The BEST Episodes of American Gothic (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019

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.

Madame X

#1 - Madame X

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.84
402 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Allen MacDonald, Lauren Goodman
The Oxbow

#2 - The Oxbow

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.80
432 votes
Writers: Lawrence Broch
Whistler’s Mother

#3 - Whistler’s Mother

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 7.76
189 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Aaron Fullerton
Freedom from Fear

#4 - Freedom from Fear

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 7.73
400 votes
Directors: Jet Wilkinson
Writers: Lauren MacKenzie, Andrew Gettens
The Chess Players

#5 - The Chess Players

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.73
460 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Allen MacDonald
The Veteran in a New Field

#6 - The Veteran in a New Field

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.72
436 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Aaron Fullerton
Kindred Spirits

#7 - Kindred Spirits

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.71
459 votes
Directors: Lexi Alexander
Writers: Deidre Shaw
The Gross Clinic

#8 - The Gross Clinic

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.69
460 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Aaron Fullerton
The Artist In His Museum

#9 - The Artist In His Museum

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.61
500 votes
Writers: Lauren MacKenzie, Andrew Gettens
Jack-in-the-Pulpit

#10 - Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.52
658 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff
Christina's World

#11 - Christina's World

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.50
512 votes
Directors: P. J. Pesce
Writers: Lawrence Broch
Nighthawks

#12 - Nighthawks

Season 1 - Episode 3

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
589 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Meredith Averill
Arrangement in Grey and Black

#13 - Arrangement in Grey and Black

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.30
849 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff