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American Gothic 1 Season 1996

From executive producers Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Robert Palm comes American Gothic, the 90's cult classic about a small town in South Carolina that just might be hell on Earth. Ridiculously involving, relentlessly addictive and filled with unforgettable characters, it's a fan favorite - a triumph of writing and atmosphere - that will chill your bones!

Starring:
Gary Cole, Lucas Black

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1. American Gothic

In the premiere episode, the mysterious death of Merlyn Temple, a traumatized young girl, sets off a series of events that leaves some townspeople questioning the motives of their charming sheriff, the last person to see her alive. Dr.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 1995 46 minutes
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2. A Tree Grows in Trinity

Fleeing deep into the woods from Sheriff Lucas Buck, young Caleb takes refuge in an eerie, abandoned hunting lodge and is terrified when he discovers a dying man who has been tortured and is being held prisoner there. The spirit of Caleb's dead sister, Merlyn, encourages him to help the pathetic man, one of Sheriff Buck's enemies, who has been kept prisoner by Selena Coombs.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 1995 46 minutes
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3. Eye of the Beholder

Sheriff Buck calls in a favor from the local judge who is overseeing Caleb's custody hearing, hoping to ensure his favored status, but he doesn't stop there. A beautiful mirror given as a wedding gift to Crower's co-worker, Dan Trulane, begins to have a strange effect on Dan's new bride.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 1995 46 minutes
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4. Damned If You Don't

Carter Bowen panics when Sheriff Buck wants his teenage daughter to work for him as payback for an old favor. When he refuses, his life begins to unravel. After his wife is mysteriously injured and Buck sends a lecherous former acquaintance to taunt his naive daughter, Carter realizes he is in over his head.

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5. Dead to the World

Gail may have pushed Sheriff Buck too far when she accuses him of foul play in the death of his former girlfriend, who was with him just before her car mysteriously drove off a bridge.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 1 January 1995 44 minutes
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6. Meet the Beetles

When Jack Drey, a South Carolina state police lieutenant, throws his weight around in the investigation of the disappearance of his adulterous brother-in-law, Hack Weller, Sheriff Buck becomes wary. Drey suspects that Weller's obsession with Selena might have driven a vicious Buck to kill him.

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7. Strong Arm of the Law

Sheriff Lucas Buck gets revenge in his own chilling fashion on four men who move to Trinity and set off a crime wave. The four Northerners, who move into Mrs. Russell's boarding house where Caleb and Dr. Crower live, intend to set up their own protection racket.

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8. Rebirth

Gail's friend Kristy is about to give birth to a baby girl after suffering two miscarriages. Merlyn observes Kristy's happiness and grows angry over the fact that she has missed out on life. Then she discovers that she can borrow the spirit of Kristy's unborn child and reappears as Halle. She meets a motorcycle-riding young man and has her first experience with love.

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9. Resurrector

Radio talk show host Mel Kirby approaches Lucas for help in bringing his show to television. When Lucas refuses Mel and his co-anchor wife, Mel vows to ruin Lucas. Meanwhile, a depressed Caleb decides he wants to give Merlyn a second funeral - by throwing a party for the dead.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 10 January 1996 45 minutes
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10. Inhumanitas

Lucas may have corrupted the local priest, Father Tilden, and he may be able to take his revenge on townspeople who cross his path, but not even he can control the seemingly miraculous activities of the dead Merlyn in her role as gothic avenging angel, determined to make Lucas answer for his many crimes.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 17 January 1996 43 minutes
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11. The Plague Sower

A sudden, mysterious bleeding illness quickly spreads through Trinity, causing death and devastation, as well as the arrival of a new doctor. As the townspeople fall victim to the plague, Matt suffers a breakdown and Lucas turns to Dr. Peele for help. After a romantic encounter with Lucas, Gail is suddenly stricken.

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12. Doctor Death Takes a Holiday

Dr. Matt decides to re-investigate the murder of Merlyn. He also is curious when a woman checks into the hospital as Mrs. Smith. Matt soon discovers that the woman is Lucas Buck's mother and is dying because she has a brain tumor. She begins to tell Matt all about the evil of Lucas and how she wants to kill him. Matt becomes even more obsessed with destroying Lucas than ever before.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 31 January 1996 45 minutes
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13. To Hell and Back

Dr. Matt struggles with his alcoholism and the death of his family. Lucas tries to push him over the edge by offering him a drink and forcing the bizarre memories of his wife and daughter. Eventually, Lucas tries to have Dr. Matt relieved of his duties at the hospital. Caleb is bothered by his strange neighbor, Mr. Emmett.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 3 July 1996 44 minutes
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14. The Beast Within

Artie, Ben Healy's brother, holds-up a local store in Trinity for a cheap watch. Ben and Lucas respond to the robbery and Ben accidentally shoots Artie. Artie, injured but still conscious, takes Lucas hostage. Lucas persuades Artie to go to the hospital to have the bullet removed and Artie insists that afterwards an ambulance takes him to the base by 11:00 p.m.

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15. Learning to Crawl

Lucas and Caleb forge a bond when facing matters of life and death. After Caleb is electrocuted and dies at the hospital, Lucas steps in and brings the boy back to life. The pair's celebratory fishing trip is interrupted when they encounter murderous kidnappers, who have abducted the head of a tobacco company.

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16. Triangle

Upon Gail's announcement, she faints in Lucas' office and is taken to the hospital where she is told that she is pregnant. She knows (and so does Lucas) that it is Lucas' child. Gail threatens to have an abortion and even attempts to kill herself because she knows that she is carrying the evil offspring of Lucas Buck.

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17. The Buck Stops Here

Yancy can't find certain files and believes Lucas has them. Billy and Selena go to Lucas' house to look for the missing files and end up making love in Lucas' bed. After their moments of passion, Billy continues the search for the files, but ends his search when Lucas suddenly returns home. Caleb is getting more enthralled with the notion of being Lucas Buck's son.

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18. Requiem

Merlyn discovers that Lucas is not dead when she goes to the grave to question Lucas about Caleb's behavior. Because Lucas is not dead, the full potential of his evil powers are not yet recognized. Billy discovers from medical tests that Lucas is not dead. He and Ben dig up the casket before Lucas suffocates. Lucas does not want anyone to know that he is still alive.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 11 July 1996 44 minutes
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19. Potato Boy

Selena reaches out to Caleb and tries to help him with his schoolwork. She begins to spend extra time with him which bothers Lucas. Selena also tries to reconcile with her father who is the reverend at the local church. Ben tries to sort out his animosity towards Lucas by visits to the psychiatrist, Dr. Perry.

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20. Ring of Fire

Through dreams and visions, Lucas allows Gail to learn bit by bit what happened to her parents. She learned that her father was abusing her and her mother was having an affair with Gage Temple, Caleb's father. Her father found out about the affair.

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21. Echo of Your Last Goodbye

She leads him to a house which turns out to be the place that Judith Temple used to help abandoned children. With Gail they discover drawings from the young children as well as several drawings of Lucas done with a great amount of love by Judith. Merlyn is trying to make Ben aware of the truth about her mother's death.

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22. Strangler

Lucas calls on the ghost of the Boston Strangler to come to Merlyn. Lucas leaves town to attend a convention and Albert De Salva (aka The Boston Strangler) decides to do more than just try to kill Merlyn.

AGES-15-AND-OVER 11 July 1996 43 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Peter O'Fallon
Starring Gary Cole, Lucas Black
Supporting actors Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke, Sarah Paulson
Season year 1996
Network NBC Universal
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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One of the greatest TV series ever made but be aware of correct viewing order!!

As you may know this great series got itself a bad name re the order in which the episodes were first shown on television. Indeed the chronological order of the series was not respected which made no sense to the story line and left viewers confused. As a result the show was cancelled leaving four episodes unaired but included in this DVD set.

These four episodes are included here on the DVD set but only at the end the series after the very final episode (`Requiem') whereas they should have been shown earlier in the series. Not only are these four episodes not in chronological order but some of the other episodes too!

Universal, the distributor of the DVD set didn't bother to put the episodes back into proper viewing order and it's a shame! So here is a list of the order you should watch the episodes if you want to make sense of this series. It's a bit of a pain to juggle around with the discs but definitely worth it. Enjoy!

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1-Pilot
2-A Tree Grows in Trinity
3-Eye of the Beholder
4-Damned If You Don't
5- Dead to the World
6- Potato Boy
7-Meet the Beetles
8-Strong Arm of the Law
9-To Hell and Back
10-The Beast Within
11-Rebirth
12-Ring of Fire
13-Resurrector
14-Inhumanitas
15-The Plague Sower
16-Doctor Death Takes a Holiday
17-Learning to Crawl
18-Echo of Your Last Goodbye
19-Strangler
20-Triangle
21-The Buck Stops Here
22-Requiem
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By A Customer on 3 April 2006
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American Gothic is a cult T.V show set in small town America and centers around Sheriff Buck and a boy called Caleb. At the start Sheriff Buck is purely a manifestation of evil with a malign influence over Caleb with Caleb's sister, his cousin and the local doctor trying to influence him the other way. The sheriff exerts complete power over the town by ensuring that everyone owes him something and he knows something shameful about everybody. However, as the series progresses it becomes much more morally ambiguous, and it is this ambiguity which makes it an exceptional show.

The cast is good - Gary Cole is amazing and terrifying as Sheriff Buck and the Caleb is played with a wonderful maturity for such a young actor.

However, emphasizing the comments of the last reviewer, THE EPISODES ARE NOT IN THE RIGHT ORDER! I did not realise this and watched the first few episodes which completely confused me. The network messed around with the airing of the show and Universal have released the episodes in broadcast order. A reviewer on amazon.com has listed the correct order and I have checked this against others and watched the DVD this way and it seems to make more sense. Unfortunately, this means changing the DVD you are playing for virtually every episode. On the plus side, universal seems to have sorted out the technical problems found on the American disks, mine have been good quality and haven't skipped. I am glad that this has (finally) been released for the U.K market but I wish that universal had bothered to do it properly.

In conclusion, this is undoubtedly worth buying. It is complex, absorbing and thought provoking. In short, an outstanding bit of T.V.
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Watched this series originally shown here in the uk back in 1995/1996.
Could not make head nor tail of it and as I soon discovered why.
For some strange reason it was shown not in the order it was intented to be (DOH!)and four episodes were not shown at all !
Searched the web to see if it was released as a DVD series and found it right here on Amazon.
Bought it and done a little research to discover the correct viewing order and then watched the
whole series over three nights.
Wow! Absolutely brilliant, way ahead of its time and the lead role "Sheriff Lucas Buck" is amazingly played by Gary Cole. If you havent seen it before ... Get it now! You will not be dissapointed, however make sure you view in the correct sequence which is wrong on the box set but I will list the correct sequence below.

EPISODE ORDER
1-2-3-4-5-19-6-7-14-13-8-20-9-10-11-12-15-21-16-22-17-18

ENJOY..............
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Ok, so once you've got passed the fact that the episodes are mostly in the wrong order....to anybody who has been waiting as long as I have to get my hands on this DVD, it became a minor gripe.
Everything about this series is absolutely spot on.After the pilot episode my girlfriend was completely gripped - no wonder it has developed a cult status. It is not really scary, in the same way that the X files isn't, but it's just freaky, dark and cool.

As the series progresses the storyline cleverly unfolds and you start to understand a little more about Trinity and it's strange occult goings on.

The fact that there is no 2nd series of American Gothic is criminal. Seriously underrated and under promoted....22 episodes of American Gothic for has got to be considered a steal! Even if you haven't ever heard of American Gothic before, take a chance and get a copy...you really won't regret it!
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