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The Best Episodes of 'American Gods'

Updated March 19, 2021 89 votes 17 voters26 items

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There are so many good episodes of American Gods, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Beguiling Man" the best, or is "Lemon Scented You" your favorite episode of American Gods? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of American Gods are, let's rank every American Gods episode from best to worst.

American Gods is based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name. A recently released ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" (Ian McShane) and who offers Moon a job, bringing him into a world where magic is real and Old and New gods fight over the value of their existence. American Gods premiered on Starz on April 30, 2017, and received three nominations at the 8th Critics' Choice Television Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of American Gods, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one American Gods episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. Once you've finished with that, make sure to check out these other shows like American Gods!

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    Season 1, Episode 1

    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.

    • Original Airing: April 30, 2017
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    Season 1, Episode 2

    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.

    • Original Airing: May 7, 2017
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    Season 1, Episode 3

    Shadow questions the terms of his employment when Mr. Wednesday informs him of his plan to rob a bank (because, naturally, every army needs a source of funding). And just when Shadow thought his life couldn’t get any more complicated, he returns to his motel room to a surprising discovery.

    • Original Airing: May 14, 2017
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    Season 1, Episode 4

    Alternating between the past and the present, Laura’s life and death are explored—how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

    • Original Airing: May 21, 2017
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