American Gothic (TV series)

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American Gothic
GenreHorror
Supernatural
Drama
Created byShaun Cassidy
Written byVictor Bumbalo
Mitchell Burgess
Shaun Cassidy
David Chisholm
John Cork
Stephen Gaghan
Steve De Jarnatt
Jeff M. King
Judi Ann Mason
Michael Nankin
Michael R. Perry
StarringGary Cole
Lucas Black
Paige Turco
Brenda Bakke
Sarah Paulson
Composer(s)Joseph LoDuca
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Sam Raimi
Robert Tapert
Producer(s)Shaun Cassidy
Steve DeJarnatt
David Eick
David Kemper
Edward Ledding
Editor(s)Pietro Scalia (pilot only)
Chris Innis
Brian L. Chambers
Tom Moore
Bob Murawski (title sequence & recaps)
CinematographyErnest Holzman (pilot only)
Stephen McNutt
Running time45 mins.
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 22, 1995 (1995-09-22) – July 11, 1996 (1996-07-11)
External links
Website
 
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American Gothic
GenreHorror
Supernatural
Drama
Created byShaun Cassidy
Written byVictor Bumbalo
Mitchell Burgess
Shaun Cassidy
David Chisholm
John Cork
Stephen Gaghan
Steve De Jarnatt
Jeff M. King
Judi Ann Mason
Michael Nankin
Michael R. Perry
StarringGary Cole
Lucas Black
Paige Turco
Brenda Bakke
Sarah Paulson
Composer(s)Joseph LoDuca
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Sam Raimi
Robert Tapert
Producer(s)Shaun Cassidy
Steve DeJarnatt
David Eick
David Kemper
Edward Ledding
Editor(s)Pietro Scalia (pilot only)
Chris Innis
Brian L. Chambers
Tom Moore
Bob Murawski (title sequence & recaps)
CinematographyErnest Holzman (pilot only)
Stephen McNutt
Running time45 mins.
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 22, 1995 (1995-09-22) – July 11, 1996 (1996-07-11)
External links
Website

American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive produced by Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was canceled after a single season on July 11, 1996.

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in the fictional town of Trinity, South Carolina, and revolves around Caleb Temple (Lucas Black) and the town's corrupt sheriff, Lucas Buck (Gary Cole). Though appearing affable and charismatic, Sheriff Buck is a murderous rapist whose powerbase is backed by apparent supernatural powers, which he generally uses to manipulate people to "fulfill their potential" and make life-changing choices (usually for evil).

Caleb Temple is a normal child whose paternity masks a horrific secret: Lucas Buck is his biological father, having raped his mother in front of Caleb's older sister Merlyn (Sarah Paulson). The horror of watching her mother being sexually assaulted caused Merlyn to become severely emotionally traumatized and withdrawn from the rest of the world, made even worse when her mother committed suicide after giving birth to Caleb.

During the pilot episode of the series, Sheriff Buck murders Merlyn in cold blood and manipulates Caleb's "father" (Sonny Shroyer) into committing suicide in order to eliminate Caleb's family and claim his biological son for his own. However, the newly arrived Dr. Crower (Jake Weber) begins to uncover the sheriff's role in the death of Merlyn and Merlyn's father and with help from Caleb's out-of-town cousin Gail Emory (Paige Turco), struggle to prevent Lucas from corrupting young Caleb. They are aided in part by Merlyn's ghost, who personally appears before Caleb throughout the series in order to try to keep him from Buck's corrupt grasp.

Episodes[edit]

Cast of characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor/ActressCharacterInformationEpisodes
Gary ColeSheriff Lucas BuckLucas is the local Sheriff, he holds fear over the town of Trinity. He wants to adopt Caleb and raise him in his image.All 22 episodes
Lucas BlackCaleb TempleCaleb is an orphan and is often tempted by Lucas, his biological father, to join him but with help from the ghost of his sister, Merlyn, he usually does the right thing.All 22 episodes
Paige TurcoGail EmoryA reporter from the city who lived in Trinity as a child. Her parents died in a mysterious fire in the Trinity news paper editing room. Came to Trinity to take care of her cousin Caleb and to uncover the truth about her parents. Near the end of the series she is seduced by Lucas and becomes pregnant with his child.All episodes, except "Potato Boy", "Resurrector" and "Inhumanitas"
Brenda BakkeSelena CoombsThe local school teacher who likes to sleep around. She occasionally dates Lucas. She usually helps Lucas in his plans to gain custody of Caleb and to keep the town under control.All episodes, except "Strong Arm of the Law", "The Beast Within", and "Strangler"
Sarah PaulsonMerlyn TempleCaleb's sister. She is killed by the Sheriff, but occasionally appears to Caleb in the form of a ghost to guide him in the right direction and away from Lucas Buck.All episodes, except "Strong Arm of the Law", "The Beast Within", "Ring of Fire" and "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday"
Jake WeberDr. Matt CrowerDoctor at the hospital. Matt has a slightly shady past and came to Trinity to start a new life, but cannot escape said past. He takes Caleb in after the death of Caleb's father.All episodes, except "Inhumanitas", "Learning to Crawl", "Echo of Your Last Goodbye", "Strangler", "Triangle", "The Buck Stops Here" and "Requiem"
Nick SearcyDeputy Ben HealyHe is Lucas's deputy. He lives in fear of Buck, so much so that he covers up the murder of Merlyn Temple.All episodes, except "Damned If You Don't", "Meet the Beetles", "To Hell and Back" and "Rebirth"

Recurring guest cast[edit]

Actor/ActressCharacterEpisodes
Chris FennellBoone Mackenzie"Eye of the Beholder", "Dead to the World", "Damned If You Don't", "Potato Boy", "Meet the Beetles", "Strong Arm of the Law", "To Hell and Back", "Resurrector", "Echo of Your Last Goodbye"
John MeseDr. Billy Peale"The Plague Sower", "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday", "Learning to Crawl", "Echo of Your Last Goodbye", "Triangle", "The Buck Stops Here" and "Requiem"
Alex VanDeputy Floyd"Dead to the World", "Meet the Beetles", "Learning to Crawl", "Echo of Your Last Goodbye", "Strangler", "The Buck Stops Here" and "Requiem"
Lynda ClarkRita Barber"Pilot", "The Beast Within", "Resurrector", "The Buck Stops Here" and "Requiem"
Tina LiffordLoris Holt"Eye of the Beholder", "Potato Boy", "Resurrector" and "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday"
Michael BurgessDr. Daniel Truelane"Pilot", "A Tree Grows in Trinity", "Eye of the Beholder" and "To Hell and Back"
Robin MullinsNurse Stacie Erichfreund"The Plague Sower", "Echo of Your Last Goodbye" and "Triangle"
Amy Dawn AndersonNurse"The Plague Sower", "Learning to Crawl" and "Triangle"
Sarah Lynn MooreMrs. Carol Russell"Potato Boy", "Strong Arm of the Law" and "Rebirth"
Troy SimmonsJosh Davenport"Pilot", "Damned If You Don't" and "Dead to the World"
Evan Rachel WoodRose Russell"Eye of the Beholder", "Potato Boy" and "To Hell and Back"

Note: The character of Dr. Billy Peale (John Mese) was a late addition to the series, intended to be a regular character to replace Dr. Matt Crower as a more formidable adversary to Lucas Buck. He was added to the opening credits in the episode "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday", in which Dr. Crower is written out. Producer Shaun Cassidy stated that Dr. Crower would have returned had the show been renewed for a second season.

DVD release[edit]

Universal Studios released the complete series of American Gothic on DVD as a Region 1 NTSC double-sided 3-disc set in the United States (October 25, 2005) and as a Region 2 PAL single-sided 6-disc set in Europe (released March 20, 2006).

The Region 1 and Region 2 Discs have the episodes in the same order (by air date as opposed to producer's intended order). The only exception is the German boxset (to be released October 5, 2007 by "Koch Media Home Entertainment"), which features all episodes in the intended order on 7 DVDs. The order is as follows:

Region 1 ReleaseRegion 2 ReleaseEpisodes
Disc 1, Side ADisc 1
  1. "Pilot" (46:48) # *
  2. "A Tree Grows in Trinity" (46:37)
  3. "Eye of the Beholder" (46:54)
  4. "Damned If You Don't" (45:58)
Disc 1, Side BDisc 2
  1. "Dead to the World" (45:17)
  2. "Meet the Beetles" (45:53)
  3. "Strong Arm of the Law" (44:17)
  4. "Rebirth" (46:13)
Disc 2, Side ADisc 3
  1. "Resurrector" (46:06)
  2. "Inhumanitas" (44:12)
  3. "The Plague Sower" (45:56)
  4. "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday" (45:32) *
Disc 2, Side BDisc 4
  1. "The Beast Within" (44:35)
  2. "To Hell and Back" (44:33) *
  3. "Learning to Crawl" (45:48) *
  4. "Triangle" (45:59) *
Disc 3, Side ADisc 5
  1. "The Buck Stops Here" (44:26) *
  2. "Requiem" (45:15) *
  3. "Potato Boy" (44:55)
Disc 3, Side BDisc 6
  1. "Ring of Fire" (46:02) *
  2. "Echo of Your Last Goodbye" (46:03) *
  3. "Strangler" (44:11)
# Bonus Materials include optional Audio Commentary for this episode.
* Bonus Materials include non-integrated deleted and/or extended scene(s) for this episode.

The intended viewing order (Note - this list was corrected based on an actual hands-on viewing of the Region 1 box set; no corrections have as yet been made to the list above; Region 1, Disk 1 contains only 7 episodes, not 8 as delineated above; Disc 2 is still 8; Disc 3 has 7):

Region 1 ReleaseRegion 2 ReleaseEpisode
Disc 1, Side ADisc 11. "Pilot"
Disc 1, Side ADisc 12. "A Tree Grows in Trinity"
Disc 1, Side ADisc 13. "Eye of the Beholder"
Disc 1, Side BDisc 14. "Damned if You Don't"
Disc 3, Side ADisc 54. "Potato Boy"
Disc 1, Side BDisc 21. "Dead to the World"
Disc 1, Side BDisc 22. "Meet the Beetles"
Disc 1, Side BDisc 23. "Strong Arm of the Law"
Disc 2, Side BDisc 43. "To Hell and Back"
Disc 2, Side BDisc 42. "The Beast Within"
Disc 2, Side ADisc 21. "Rebirth"
Disc 3, Side BDisc 61. "Ring of Fire"
Disc 2, Side ADisc 32. "Resurrector"
Disc 2, Side ADisc 33. "Inhumanitas"
Disc 2, Side ADisc 34. "The Plague Sower"
Disc 2, Side BDisc 31. "Doctor Death Takes a Holiday"
Disc 2, Side BDisc 44. "Learning to Crawl"
Disc 3, Side BDisc 62. "Echo of Your Last Goodbye"
Disc 3, Side BDisc 63. "Strangler"
Disc 3, Side ADisc 41. "Triangle"
Disc 3, Side ADisc 52. "The Buck Stops Here"
Disc 3, Side ADisc 53. "Requiem"

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryRecipient
1996Saturn AwardNominatedBest Genre Television Series
Artios AwardNominatedBest Casting for TV, Dramatic PilotMarc Hirschfeld, Michael A. Katcher, and Meg Liberman
Cinema Audio Society AwardsNominatedOutstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Television SeriesJohn Asman, Sam Black, David E. Fluhr, and Richard Van Dyke (For episode "Damned If You Don't")
Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama SeriesJohn Asman, Sam Black, David E. Fluhr, and Richard Van Dyke (For episode "Damned If You Don't")
1997YoungStar AwardsNominatedBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama TV SeriesLucas Black

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