What is American Gods (TV) About?
American Gods is a fantasy drama series that explores the intersection of mythology and modern life. The storyline centers on Shadow Moon, a man who, upon early release from prison, is hired as a bodyguard by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. Unbeknownst to Shadow, his employer is an Old God, who is gathering other deities to prepare for a battle against the New Gods, who represent contemporary society's obsession with money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. The show delves into themes such as cultural identity and the importance of belief, as Shadow and Mr. Wednesday travel across America to rally the Old Gods. Rich with symbolism and dark fantasy elements, the narrative pits the traditional aspects of myth against the forces of modernity that threaten to redefine the cultural landscape. American Gods stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, with a diverse ensemble cast that brings to life the various gods of old mythologies and contemporary concepts. The show's intricate narrative and visually arresting style offer a critique of the American melting pot and the evolving nature of faith and traditions in the face of progress and change.
The first episode of American Gods aired on April 30, 2017 and the most recent episode to air was on March 21, 2021.