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American Gothic 

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A quiet and seemingly quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares standing in his way. The only one he does fear is a young boy whom he fathered through rape.

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Shaun Cassidy
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gary Cole ...  Sheriff Lucas Buck 22 episodes, 1995-1998
Lucas Black ...  Caleb Temple 22 episodes, 1995-1998
Paige Turco ...  Gail Emory 19 episodes, 1995-1998
Brenda Bakke ...  Selena Coombs 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Sarah Paulson ...  Merlyn Temple 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Nick Searcy ...  Deputy Ben Healy 18 episodes, 1995-1998
Jake Weber ...  Dr. Matt Crower 15 episodes, 1995-1998
Christopher Fennell ...  Boone Mackenzie 9 episodes, 1995-1998
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Storyline

The show is set in the town of Trinity, South Carolina. Lucas Buck, the local sheriff, has supernatural powers. He uses these powers to manipulate people into making evil choices. Lucas himself has already committed crimes such as murder and rape. A young boy, Caleb Temple, has seen the deaths of his mother and father (both suicides) and older sister (murdered). Caleb does not know that he is the biological son of Lucas Buck. The sheriff plans to corrupt his son, but faces obstacles. Caleb's new legal guardian is his adult cousin Gail Emory, a reporter. Gail also investigates the mysterious deaths of her own parents. Caleb is helped by the ghost of his sister, Merlyn Temple. Written by dimadick

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Gothic - Prinz der Finsternis See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(22 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a list appearing Spectrum issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best TV series of the 1990s, Craig Miller ranked this show as #3. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Lucas Buck: Leave the light on for me, will you, darlin'? I may wanna... tempt fate.
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Intriguing and intoxicating
1 May 2005 | by laura_j_mortonSee all my reviews

The best TV show in its genre.

With amazing performance from the young Lucas Black (Caleb Temple), and Gary Cole's best performance to date, as the sinister yet charismatic Sheriff Lucas Buck. You can not afford to miss out on this series.

One that should definitely see the light of day again, not only on DVD for everyone to enjoy but rejuvenated into the Movie that has been rumoured for the past two years.

From the stand alone episodes of "Damned If You Don't", "Meet The Beetles" and "The Strong Arm Of The Law" to the main story arc, anyone who has not seen this show has missed out on a real treat.


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