I mentioned a while back that many great TV shows seem to be getting the ax way too soon, and AMERICAN GOTHIC is yet another of these titles. I know, I know…you’re probably exasperated from hearing me lament about this, but I have to be straightforward when it comes to my opinions.
Despite the menacing title, AMERICAN GOTHIC is not a horror series, but more of a mystery thriller. Even so, it is a tension-filled, engaging drama that will have you squirming in your seat throughout each episode. And although the show is canceled, it is still definitely worth a watch.
If you are not familiar with AMERICAN GOTHIC, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CBS Entertainment:
AMERICAN GOTHIC centers on a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.
I love the family drama aspect of this show. In addition to the main plotline, several smaller subplots help move the season along, and each is intriguing in its own right.
AMERICAN GOTHIC is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value appears fairly high, and the overall feel of the series is one of a decent caliber.
The acting is very good, with an all-star cast occupying the screen most of the time. I particularly enjoyed seeing Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, and Justin Chatwin. Starr was magnificent in BANSHEE, and I look forward to seeing everything he’s a part of; Chatwin has been great in several previous performances, so it’s always a pleasure to see him onscreen; and although Rylance has a short filmography, she is still a powerhouse in the talent department.
As mentioned, the story in AMERICAN GOTHIC is enthralling. The viewer is yanked into episode one from the start, and the hold never lets go. I’m very surprised this show did not rate very well with viewers, as I found the mystery very addictive. But I guess there are too many other great shows available to watch, which is what pulled the viewership down on this one.
AMERICAN GOTHIC Season 1 is a heck of a series, and I wish we could have seen where it was going. But even so, I highly recommend giving it a look regardless. Despite the questions that remain, it’s entertaining nonetheless.