American Gods

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Gods are real on brutal, graphic, visually arresting show.

Starz Drama 2017

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

It's like Percy Jackson for Adults except everything is a Metaphor (Season 1 Review)

Violence: Occasional moments of graphic violence, some cartoonishly over the top, others more realistic. Violence is usually quite bloody and results in gore, some violence is ritualistic. One character is undead, and occasionally comes apart. | Language: Some very strong language, including f*ck and c*nt, as well as milder language such as sh*t, *ss, hell, b*stard etc. Some language is used in an aggressive context. | Sex: Several sex scenes which while not explicit, contain strong detail and prolonged partial nudity. One goddess consumes people during sex. Some graphic nudity outside of a sexual context | Drugs: Some social drinking and smoking. One god smokes "synthetic toad skins", though doesn't appear to get high from it.
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age 16+

Neil Gaiman at his Best, Starz, Meh, Not so Much

American Gods, Season 1, is a television series based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. It’s a tightly structured fantasy set against the back drop of an American road trip that criss-crosses the continent. The novel is a tour de force: a defining and crowning achievement in Mr. Gaiman’s career. The series fails to deliver on scope and vision. It faithfully represents the most evocative images from the book; however, the dependence on green screen is evident in poor lighting of the effects heavy scenes. The acting is b-level with a few standout performances from Gillian Anderson and Pablo Schreiber. I disagree with the casting of Shadow Moon. Ricky Whittle lacks the range to carry half the scenes. The television series is entertaining if a bit uneven overall. I would recommend it based on the success of the novel. It’s an original and enthralling story with an exciting climax.

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For kids who love fantasy and science fiction

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