American Gothic (1995-1996)

USA, 22 September 1995-17 July 1996
1 series, 22 episodes, average 50m
35mm film, colour, 4:3
Dolby, English

An American horror television series created by Shaun Cassidy. The show was cancelled after one series and four of its episodes (Strangler, Echo of Your Last Goodbye, Potato Boy and Ring of Fire) weren’t broadcast during its initial run though were included in syndication runs.

Premise

The small South Carolina town of Trinity is run by the corrupt and evil Sheriff Lucas Buck. His son Caleb has been raised by the Temple family as one of their own. When Buck suddenly starts to take an interest in his estranged son, Caleb has few allies – his cousin, Gail Emory, arrives to protect him but soon falls under Buck’s malignant spell. The only help he’ll have in avoiding Buck’s clutches is the ghost of his dead sister Merlyn…

Alternative Titles

Am̩rica oculta РSpain
American Gothic – Prinz der Finsternis – Germany
Mirada del mal, La – Spain
Piru irti – Finland

Episodes

Season One
Pilot (22 September 1995)
A Tree Grows in Trinity (29 September 1995)
Eye of the Beholder (6 October 1995)
Damned If You Don’t (10 October 1995)
Dead to the World (13 October 1995)
Meet the Beetles (20 October 1995)
Strong Arm of the Law (3 November 1995)
Rebirth (3 January 1996)
Resurrector (10 January 1996)
Inhumanitas (17 January 1996)
The Plague Sower (24 January 1996)
Doctor Death Takes a Holiday (30 January 1996)
The Beast Within (3 July 1996)
To Hell and Back (3 July 1996)
Learning to Crawl (4 July 1996)
Triangle (10 July 1996)
The Buck Stops Here (10 July 1996)
Requiem (17 July 1996)
Strangler (not broadcast)
Echo of Your Last Goodbye (not broadcast)
Potato Boy (not broadcast)
Ring of Fire (not broadcast)

note: Producer Shaun Cassidy preferred the following running order, which differs somewhat from the actual order in which the episodes were broadcast:

Pilot (22 September 1995)
A Tree Grows in Trinity (29 September 1995)
Eye of the Beholder (6 October 1995)
Damned If You Don’t (10 October 1995)
Dead to the World (13 October 1995)
Potato Boy (not broadcast)
Meet the Beetles (20 October 1995)
Strong Arm of the Law (3 November 1995)
To Hell and Back (3 July 1996)
The Beast Within (3 July 1996)
Rebirth (3 January 1996)
Ring of Fire (not broadcast)
Resurrector (10 January 1996)
Inhumanitas (17 January 1996)
The Plague Sower (24 January 1996)
Doctor Death Takes a Holiday (30 January 1996)
Learning to Crawl (4 July 1996)
Echo of Your Last Goodbye (not broadcast)
Strangler (not broadcast)
Triangle (10 July 1996)
The Buck Stops Here (10 July 1996)
Requiem (17 July 1996)

References

Periodicals

  • Shivers no.39 pp.40-43 – illustrated article
  • TV Zone Special no.25 p.11 – illustrated article

Books

  • Terror Television: American Series, 1970-1999 pp.397-409 – episode guide, credits, note
  • The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 Through 2000 by Charles P. Mitchell p.309