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American Gothic 1 Season 1996

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (222) IMDb 8.2/10

American Gothic, set in the rural community of Trinity, South Carolina, a postcard-pretty enclave of antebellum houses and manicured lawns, is the story of a town tormented and seduced by the ominous presence of one man, Sheriff Lucas Buck. American Gothic stars Gary Cole, Paige Turco, Jake Weber, Brenda Bakke, Sarah Paulson and Lucas Black.

Starring:
Gary Cole, Paige Turco
Original air date:
July 11, 1996

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1. American Gothic (Pilot)

The rural community of Trinity, South Carolina, a postcard-pretty enclave of antebellum houses and manicured lawns, is a town tormented and seduced by the ominous presence of one man, Sheriff Lucas Black, in the season premiere of American Gothic.

CC TV-14 September 22, 1995 46 minutes
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2. A Tree Grows in Trinity

Hiding deep in the woods, Caleb discovers one of Sheriff Buck's enemies dying from Selena's torturous treatment.

CC TV-14 September 29, 1995 46 minutes
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3. Eye of the Beholder

Sheriff Buck will stop at nothing to win custody of Caleb, even if it means destroying Dr. Crower in the process.

CC TV-14 October 6, 1995 46 minutes
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4. Damned If You Don't

Carter Bowen pays a heavy price when he refuses to return a favor requested by Sheriff Buck.

CC TV-14 October 10, 1995 45 minutes
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5. Dead to the World

When Gail discovers that Sheriff Buck was involved with her childhood friend just before the woman's death, she comes very close to reliving the tragedy herself.

CC TV-14 October 13, 1995 44 minutes
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6. Meet the Beetles

Sheriff Buck is implicated when the skeletons of two Trinity citizens are found at the old Temple farmhouse which is now his property.

CC TV-14 October 20, 1995 45 minutes
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7. Strong Arm of the Law

Sheriff Buck is involved in a murderous shakedown with four killers;who terrorize Trinity's business community.

CC TV-14 November 3, 1995 43 minutes
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8. Rebirth

Merlyn experiences her first date and kiss.

CC TV-14 January 3, 1996 45 minutes
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9. Resurrector

A radio show host vows to bring Lucas down.

CC TV-14 January 10, 1996 45 minutes
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10. Inhumanitas

A series of inexplicable phenomena set the stage for a climactic showdown between Lucas and Merlyn, with the soul of Lucas? son, Caleb, at stake.

CC TV-14 January 17, 1996 43 minutes
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11. The Plague Sower

A plague of blood descends upon Trinity.

CC TV-14 January 24, 1996 45 minutes
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12. Doctor Death Takes a Holiday

Lucas? mother is admitted to the hospital and tries to convince Dr. Matt to kill her son.

CC TV-14 January 31, 1996 45 minutes
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13. To Hell and Back

When Dr. Matt treats victims of a drunk driving accident, he is troubled by strange memories of his wife and daughter,

CC TV-14 July 3, 1996 44 minutes
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14. The Beast Within

Caleb's dreams become a living nightmare when the strange man in his dreams turns out to be Ben's brother.

CC TV-14 July 3, 1996 44 minutes
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15. Learning to Crawl

Lucas empowers Caleb when the boy's life is endangered.

CC TV-14 July 4, 1996 45 minutes
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16. Triangle

Gail decides that she has had enough of Lucas and Trinity, and announces that she will be leaving, taking Caleb with her.

CC TV-14 July 10, 1996 45 minutes
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17. The Buck Stops Here

Lucas has promised Yancy, the hospital pharmacist, that he will help his wife who has been in a coma for two years in exchange for some hospital files.

CC TV-14 July 10, 1996 44 minutes
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18. Requiem

Lucas is buried while Caleb, Gail, Ben, and Selena are at the gravesite.

CC TV-14 July 11, 1996 44 minutes
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19. Potato Boy

Lucas gets upset when Selena reaches out to Caleb.

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20. Ring of Fire

Gail is determined to learn more about her past and reluctantly enlists the help of Lucas.

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21. Echo of Your Last Goodbye

Ben is on a date with a woman who he assumes is Cindy. His date turns out to be an incarnation of Merlyn who has now decided to haunt Ben.

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22. Strangler

Lucas Buck decides that he must fight a ghost (Merlyn) with a ghost.

CC TV-14 July 11, 1996 43 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Peter O'Fallon
Starring Gary Cole, Paige Turco
Supporting actors Jake Weber, Brenda Bakke, Sarah Paulson, Lucas Black, Nick Searcy, Sonny Shroyer, Lynda Clark, Michael Burgess, Margo Moorer, Lucius Houghton, Troy Simmons, Tammy Arnold, McKenzie LaCoss, Leonard Watkins, Tamara Dow, Eliot Preschutti, Storm Bear, Lewis Musser
Season year 1996
Network Chiller
Producers Shaun Cassidy, Billy Crawford, David Eick, Edward Ledding, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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American Gothic is a terrific television series, canceled far too soon, and sadly mishandled by the CBS network during its run (episodes aired out of order, entire episodes unaired, etc). Now Universal has repeated CBS's mistakes with this DVD release. Sure, we should be happy to see American Gothic on DVD at *all*, but this series deserves far better.

Most offensive: the episodes on these discs are *completely* out of order. (Shouldn't the series finale be the last episode on the set? It's not. It's episode eighteen on the DVDs. Was anyone at Universal thinking when they put this set together?) American Gothic fans (Gothniks) contacted Universal prior to the release of these DVDs. They said: MAKE SURE YOU GET THE ORDER CORRECT. Universal didn't listen. Now, first time viewers of this brilliant series will likely be left *bewildered* instead of impressed.

Universal also continues to release their television programs on those absurd dual-sided DVD-18 discs, which are quite prone to damage. They easily scratch, then sputter and freeze-up. Compare Universal to Fox's releases of Angel, Millennium, etc. Fox does a far better job with the video/audio transfers, and they put the episodes on single-sided DVD-9 discs with nice artwork. (The American Gothic DVD box cover is UGLY too.) Universal can really take a lesson from companies like Fox and Shout Factory!. Good programs like American Gothic deserve better, *especially* when fans have waited so long to see their favorite programs hit DVD. Sheriff Buck would not tolerate this mess.

INTENDED EPISODE ORDER: 01. Pilot, 02. A Tree Grows in Trinity, 03. Eye of the Beholder, 04. Damned if You Don't, 05. Potato Boy, 06. Dead to the World, 07. Meet the Beetles, 08. Strong Arm of the Law, 09. To Hell and Back, 10.
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Shaun Cassidy has a hit series on his hands right now with the alien-thriller Invasion, but ten years ago it was a harder row to hoe with his demonically-inspired weekly show American Gothic. At the time, CBS didn't give the series its due - they not only dropped entire episodes out from the middle of the story-line without ever airing them, they often preempted the show for weeks on end. After slapping the viewers' faces time and time again, CBS found that fans turned their TV attentions elsewhere.

When it was airing, American Gothic was one of my favorite shows. And I've never quite forgotten it; it's one of those series like Twin Peaks or Carnivale - it's flawed but so compelling it haunts the memory for years. The story takes place in darkly wooded Trinity, South Carolina and centers on the imposing Sheriff Buck (Gary Cole) and his orphaned, (secret) illegitimate son, Caleb Temple (Lucas Black). The story-line is not especially unique but everything just gelled so perfectly with the actors and their characters, American Gothic qualifies as a classic.

But how does it hold up? Despite some rather dodgy special effects and the occasional heavy-handedness, American Gothic holds up very well. It's much bolder and far more addictive than Cassidy's current Invasion, as a matter of fact. Some of the greatest little signature touches about the show include the catchphrase, "Someone's at the door"; or the way Sheriff Buck always just shows up out of the blue as if dropping from the sky (or maybe coming up from someplace else); and Caleb's ever-furrowed brow and the way he said "Daay-dy".

One of the best shows early on in the DVD is "Meet the Beetles" - it's a standalone episode and will remind many of an X-Files episode.
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This DVD set is long overdue. Loooong overdue. In our recent move from DC to Colorado, I threw out all of our recorded VHS tapes--except for the ones with "American Gothic". Now I can get rid of those as well, but for the right reason.

Like "Firefly", "American Gothic" is a unique, outstanding series never given a chance by its network (CBS, in this case). It was also probably the most chilling and disturbing series ever to air, a stark morality tale with Gary Cole as the Devil incarnate (or a close kin), disguised as Sheriff Lucas Buck of the small town of Trinity, SC. Buck rules over his little kingdom with morbid humor and playfulness, setting up moral pitfalls and dilemmas for the town's inhabitants, and dispensing his own brand of justice or vengance or just plain meanness--which often involves ruin, insanity, dismemberment, or death.

Opposing Buck is young Caleb Temple (played by Lucas Black), an orphan who talks regularly to his dead sister Merlyn and who has powers of his own--and who may or may not be Buck's son. Buck wants Caleb to follow him; Merlyn wants Caleb to resist; and the rest of Trinity gets caught in the crossfire, so to speak.

The writing, acting, and directing are all outstanding. You'll never look at Gary Cole the same way again. Or, for that matter, Shaun Cassidy--yes, the "Hardy Boys" teen heart-throb [thanks for the corrections, everyone!]--who conceived and produced the show, along with Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead", "Army of Darkness", "Spider-Man").
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