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American Gothic 

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


Shaun Cassidy
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1998   1996   1995  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »





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


Lucas Buck, local sheriff of Trinity, South Carolina, has supernatural powers and uses them to manipulate people into making evil choices. He himself has already committed murder and rape. Young Caleb Temple has seen his parents' suicides and his older sister's murder, but he doesn't know that Lucas is his biological father. Lucas plans to corrupt Caleb, but faces obstacles. Caleb's new legal guardian is his adult cousin, reporter Gail Emory, who is investigating her own parents' deaths. Lucas is helped by his sister Merlyn's ghost. Written by dimadick

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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According to "The Sci-Fi Channel Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction" by Roger Fulton & John Betancourt, there were 2 episodes that were originally not aired. They are "Echo of Your Last Goodbye" and "Strangler". "Potato Boy" and "Ring of Fire" were aired out of sequence. See more »


[to Merlyn, who's a ghost]
Caleb Temple: I'm tired of your preaching. Tired of your white dress. And I don't wanna see you no more. So why don't you just go somewhere and decompose?
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Dark, beautiful and non-typical
25 September 2005 | by ravnereiretSee all my reviews

Hello, I first saw this series in my teens, when a Norwegian television channel had by some accident bought a television series worth watching. I must admit that I did not see all the episodes at that time, but I have since. As has already been stated by many reviewers before me, American Gothic is not available to the public in any legal way. Why is beyond me, so I have acquired a pirate-copy, but will of course buy it at once if it is ever released.

The series itself is (the way I see it) ultimately about Lucas Buck and the way he deals with problems and manipulates people into behaving or doing what he wants. And also, of course, the way he punishes those who dare cross him. The first few episodes are about an incident that shapes the rest of the series, and which involves elements from Buck's and other central characters' past. Some of the episodes are pretty much stand alone, but you can not fully appreciate the series without having seen at least the first couple of episodes, preferably all. I do not know if it was a popular series in the US, but if not, this may be the reason. Another thing about it is that it has an element of tragedy in it, a most admirable trait in these times of good vs evil. Some of that can of course be seen in this series as well, but it also goes much deeper, it asks of the viewer: what is right? can there be happiness without sorrow? is not the strength of Lucas beautiful? does most people perhaps need looking after by a superior, a leader? Is there comfort in his presence? is morale just a burden brought upon us by history and the fear of change and those able to take advantage of it? Important questions, brought up again and again...

I am a philosopher by nature, and that may be the reason why I like American Gothic. It certainly does not contain much action, it is all about the story, the message behind the moving and talking picture, its meaning, truer and darker than in most series I have seen. If you can not keep your eyes and your thoughts focused upon something for periods of 60 minutes at a time, then forget it. It might be mildly entertaining, but in the end a waste of time, go watch one of the many trendy new series; simple, superficial and action-packed, simply intended to be a waste of time.

That is all, enjoy!

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22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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(22 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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