I don't actually give; I deal. Are you ready to make a deal?Welcome to Trinity, South Carolina. A quaint, lovely town of picturesque houses, white picket fences, old-growth forest, and friendly next-door neighbors. Good People. There's only one slight problem with this beautiful idyllic town where everyone knows everybody (and their juiciest secrets for the gossip chain):Its premier lawman, Sheriff Lucas Buck, is the Devil.American Gothic was a horror television series, which lasted for 1 season, from September 1995 to July 1996. A unique, outstanding series never given a chance by its network (CBS, in this case), American Gothic was also one of the most chilling and disturbing series ever to air, a stark morality tale with Gary Cole as the Devil incarnate (or a close kin), disguised as Sheriff Lucas Buck of the small town of Trinity, SC. Buck rules over his little kingdom with morbid humor and playfulness, setting up moral pitfalls and dilemmas for the town's inhabitants, and dispensing his own brand of justice or vengeance or just plain meanness—which often involves ruin, insanity, dismemberment, or death.Opposing Buck is young Caleb Temple (played by Lucas Black), an orphan who talks regularly to his dead sister Merlyn and who has powers of his own—and who may or may not be Buck's son. Buck wants Caleb to follow him; Merlyn wants Caleb to resist; and the rest of Trinity gets caught in the crossfire, so to speak. What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic??The writing, acting, and directing are all outstanding, with the cast rounded out by skeptical Dr. Matt Crower and Caleb's cousin, Gail Emory. You'll never look at Gary Cole the same way again. Or, for that matter, Shaun Cassidy—yes, the "Hardy Boys" teen heart-throb—who conceived and produced the show, along with Sam Raimi. The effects, though good for their time, aren't always the best, sometimes the plot developments were a little too predictable, and later on in the series there were quite a few Out of Character Moments, but this is most likely due to Executive Meddling and the show being Screwed by the Network, not any problems with the writer.Unsurprisingly, the show is darkly Gothic and twisted, displaying many horror, suspense, and mystery tropes—although there is a delicious amount of black comedy as well.Not to be confused with Grant Wood's famous painting or the 2000 AD strip of the same name.
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