That's Buck spelled with a "B."
I don't actually give; I deal. Are you ready to make a deal?
—Sheriff Lucas Buck
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?
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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