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The Best Episodes of American Gods

Every episode of American Gods ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of American Gods!

An ex-con becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities. Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel.

Genres:DramaMysterySci-Fi & Fantasy

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The best episode of "American Gods" is "Come to Jesus", rated 8.5/10 from 3233 user votes. It was directed by Floria Sigismondi and written by N/A. "Come to Jesus" aired on 6/18/2017 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Lemon Scented You".

  • Come to Jesus
    8.5/10 3,233 votes

    #1 - Come to Jesus

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-06-18

    On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday must recruit one more Old God: Ostara, ne Easter, Goddess of the Dawn, but winning her over will require making a good impression, and that is where Mr. Nancy comes in.

    Director: Floria Sigismondi

    Writer: N/A

  • Lemon Scented You
    8.2/10 3,261 votes

    #2 - Lemon Scented You

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-05-28

    Trying to work things out with his dead and unfaithful wife, Shadow's emotional reunion is interrupted when he and Mr. Wednesday are kidnapped by the New Gods.

    Director: Vincenzo Natali

    Writer: N/A

  • Treasure of the Sun
    8.1/10 1,513 votes

    #3 - Treasure of the Sun

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-04-21

    In Cairo, Mr. Wednesday entrusts Shadow with the Gungnir spear. Mad Sweeney recalls his journey through the ages as he awaits his promised battle. Once again, he warns Shadow about Wednesday. Meanwhile, Laura receives sage advice from Mama-Ji.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: Heather Bellson

  • The Lake Effect
    8.1/10 835 votes

    #4 - The Lake Effect

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2021-03-14

    Shadow has to decide the price he's willing to pay for his idyllic Lakeside life. As Laura and her new ally close in on her target, Wednesday has to persuade Czernobog that it's time to make peace with their enemies.

    Director: Metin Hüseyin

    Writer: N/A

  • The Bone Orchard
    8.0/10 5,194 votes

    #5 - The Bone Orchard

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-04-30

    When Shadow Moon is released from prison early after the death of his wife, he meets Mr. Wednesday and is recruited as his bodyguard. Shadow discovers that this may be more than he bargained for.

    Director: David Slade

    Writer: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green

  • Git Gone
    8.0/10 3,505 votes

    #6 - Git Gone

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-05-21

    Alternating between the past and the present, Laura’s life and death are explored—how she met Shadow, how she died, and how exactly she came to be sitting on the edge of his motel room bed.

    Director: Craig Zobel

    Writer: N/A

  • The Secret of Spoons
    7.9/10 3,914 votes

    #7 - The Secret of Spoons

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-05-07

    As Mr. Wednesday begins recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.

    Director: David Slade

    Writer: N/A

  • A Prayer for Mad Sweeney
    7.9/10 3,160 votes

    #8 - A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-06-11

    Her brief reunion with Shadow over far too quickly, Laura turns to an unlikely travel companion to find her way back to life, and back to Shadow. Mad Sweeney's long, winding, and often tragic past is explored.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: N/A

  • House on the Rock
    7.8/10 2,010 votes

    #9 - House on the Rock

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-03-10

    Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media.

    Director: Christopher J. Byrne

    Writer: Neil Gaiman, Jesse Alexander

  • Head Full of Snow
    7.7/10 3,673 votes

    #10 - Head Full of Snow

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-05-14

    Shadow questions the terms of his employment when Mr. Wednesday informs him of his plan to rob a bank (because, naturally, every army needs a source of funding). And just when Shadow thought his life couldn’t get any more complicated, he returns to his motel room to a surprising discovery.

    Director: David Slade

    Writer: N/A

  • A Murder of Gods
    7.5/10 2,836 votes

    #11 - A Murder of Gods

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-06-04

    On the run after the New Gods' show of force, Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek safe haven with one of Mr. Wednesday's oldest friends, Vulcan, God of the Fire and the Forge.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: N/A

  • The Beguiling Man
    7.5/10 1,637 votes

    #12 - The Beguiling Man

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-03-17

    Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle. Meanwhile Laura and Mad Sweeney chase Shadow’s diminishing light after his disappears. The Jinn and Salim set out to retrieve the Gungnir spear, and Shadow encounters an associate of Mr. World.

    Director: Fred Toye

    Writer: Andres Fischer-Centeno, Tyler Dinucci

  • Fire and Ice
    7.4/10 826 votes

    #13 - Fire and Ice

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-02-28

    In Lakeside, Shadow grows closer with Marguerite and uncovers the surprising truth behind a local crime spree. Wednesday makes his own shocking discovery. Laura and Salim negotiate with the enemy of their enemy.

    Director: Rachel Goldberg

    Writer: N/A

  • Donar the Great
    7.3/10 1,386 votes

    #14 - Donar the Great

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-04-14

    Shadow and Mr. Wednesday seek out Dvalin to repair the Gungnir spear. But before the dwarf is able to etch the runes of war, he requires a powerful artifact in exchange. On the journey, Wednesday tells Shadow the story of Donar the Great.

    Director: Rachel Talalay

    Writer: Adria Lang

  • A Winter's Tale
    7.3/10 1,072 votes

    #15 - A Winter's Tale

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2021-01-10

    After months apart, Wednesday reappears in Shadow's life, resolved to drag him back into his war effort. A meeting with the god Wisakedjak leaves Shadow with a prophecy about his destiny.

    Director: Jon Amiel

    Writer: N/A

  • Serious Moonlight
    7.3/10 901 votes

    #16 - Serious Moonlight

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2021-01-17

    Shadow explores his oddly welcoming new town before heading to Chicago for a gathering of the Old Gods on Koliada. Wednesday reconnects with his oldest friend.

    Director: Julian Holmes

    Writer: N/A

  • Conscience of the King
    7.3/10 827 votes

    #17 - Conscience of the King

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-02-21

    Despite his past following him to Lakeside, Shadow makes himself at home and builds relationships within the town. Laura and Salim continue to hunt for Wednesday, who attempts one final gambit to win over Demeter.

    Director: Mark Tinker

    Writer: N/A

  • Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree
    7.3/10 869 votes

    #18 - Tears of the Wrath-Bearing Tree

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-03-21

    Teetering on the edge of war and peace, the gods gather to mourn a loss. Bilquis' divine journey brings her to an unexpected revelation, while Shadow finally embraces destiny.

    Director: Russell Lee Fine

    Writer: Laura Pusey

  • Muninn
    7.2/10 1,454 votes

    #19 - Muninn

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-03-24

    As he is tracked by Mr. World, Shadow makes his way to Cairo, thanks to a ride from Sam Black Crow. Mr. Wednesday slyly gains Laura’s help in forging an alliance with a powerful god. Mr. World introduces Technical Boy to New Media and assigns them a very important task.

    Director: Deborah Chow

    Writer: Heather Bellson

  • Ashes and Demons
    7.2/10 879 votes

    #20 - Ashes and Demons

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2021-01-24

    As the search for the missing girl continues, Shadow dreams of Bilquis. Wednesday discovers the whereabouts of his old love, the Greek goddess Demeter, and resolves to free her from the grip of an unscrupulous antagonist.

    Director: Thomas Carter

    Writer: N/A

  • Sister Rising
    7.2/10 834 votes

    #21 - Sister Rising

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-02-14

    Shadow explores notions of purpose, destiny and identity with a newly enlightened Bilquis. Elsewhere, Technical Boy struggles with an identity crisis of his own. Wednesday asks Shadow to assist in a new con.

    Director: Nick Copus

    Writer: N/A

  • The Unseen
    7.1/10 889 votes

    #22 - The Unseen

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-01-31

    Shadow and Technical Boy team up to search for Bilquis, who finds herself captive and in the midst of a crisis of identity. Wednesday visits the local chapter of notorious biker gang Lords of Valhalla.

    Director: Eva Sørhaug

    Writer: N/A

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
    7.0/10 1,519 votes

    #23 - The Greatest Story Ever Told

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-03-31

    While Shadow and Mr. Wednesday take a secret meeting in St. Louis, Bilquis arrives at the funeral home in Cairo, where she engages in a debate with Mr. Nancy and Mr. Ibis. Laura rejoins Mad Sweeney, and Tech Boy pays a visit to his first worshipper.

    Director: Stacie Passon

    Writer: Peter Calloway, Aditi Brennan Kapil

  • The Ways of the Dead
    7.0/10 1,395 votes

    #24 - The Ways of the Dead

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-04-07

    Shadow learns the ways of the dead with the help of Mr. Ibis and Mr. Nancy. In New Orleans, Mad Sweeney introduces Laura to old friends who share their world of voodoo healing. Mr. Wednesday embarks on a road trip with Salim and the Jinn.

    Director: Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Writer: Rodney Barnes, Andres Fischer-Centeno

  • Moon Shadow
    6.6/10 1,450 votes

    #25 - Moon Shadow

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-04-28

    Shadow is tormented by recent events and Wednesday has disappeared. Those that remain witness the power of New Media as she is unleashed, and the nation is enveloped in a state of panic brought on by Mr. World.

    Director: Christopher J. Byrne

    Writer: Aditi Brennan Kapil