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* TakeThat: When Garrett asks Brady for help finding Christina, Brady sarcastically asks if he'd also like him to find [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary's]] emails or [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] tax returns.

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* TakeThat: When Garrett asks Brady for help finding Christina, Brady sarcastically asks if he'd also like him to find [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary's]] emails or [[Creator/DonaldTrump [UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump's]] tax returns.


''American Gothic'' is an American mystery drama television series. It tells the story of the Hawthornes, a wealthy Boston family consisting of parents and four grown siblings, each of whom has enough skeletons to fully fill a closet even ''before'' it's revealed that one or more of them may be connected to the Silver Bells Killer, a serial murderer active in Boston nearly two decades earlier. The first season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiered on [=CBS=] on June 22, 2016.

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''American Gothic'' is an American mystery drama television series. It tells the story of the Hawthornes, a wealthy Boston family consisting of parents and four grown siblings, each of whom has enough skeletons to fully fill a closet even ''before'' it's revealed that one or more of them may be connected to the Silver Bells Killer, a serial murderer active in Boston nearly two decades earlier. earlier.

The series was cancelled after the conclusion of its 13 episode first season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiered on [=CBS=] on June 22, 2016.
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Not to be confused with ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'', the horror series which is unconnected despite sharing a title; with the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name; or with Grant Wood's iconic painting of an AmericanGothicCouple that both shows draw their title from.

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Not to be confused with ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'', the horror series which is unconnected despite sharing a title; with the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name; or with Grant Wood's iconic painting of an AmericanGothicCouple that both shows draw their title from.
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'''''American Gothic''''' is an American mystery drama television series. It tells the story of the Hawthornes, a wealthy Boston family consisting of parents and four grown siblings, each of whom has enough skeletons to fully fill a closet even ''before'' it's revealed that one or more of them may be connected to the Silver Bells Killer, a serial murderer active in Boston nearly two decades earlier. The first season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiered on [=CBS=] on June 22, 2016.

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'''''American Gothic''''' ''American Gothic'' is an American mystery drama television series. It tells the story of the Hawthornes, a wealthy Boston family consisting of parents and four grown siblings, each of whom has enough skeletons to fully fill a closet even ''before'' it's revealed that one or more of them may be connected to the Silver Bells Killer, a serial murderer active in Boston nearly two decades earlier. The first season will consist of thirteen episodes and premiered on [=CBS=] on June 22, 2016.


Not to be confused with ''Series/AmericanGothic'', the 1995 horror series which is unconnected despite sharing a title; with the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name; or with Grant Wood's iconic painting of an AmericanGothicCouple that both shows draw their title from.

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Not to be confused with ''Series/AmericanGothic'', ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'', the 1995 horror series which is unconnected despite sharing a title; with the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name; or with Grant Wood's iconic painting of an AmericanGothicCouple that both shows draw their title from.

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* GenerationXerox: [[spoiler: Just like her parents, Alison turned out to be a homicidal criminal, who helped the villain kill her own mother. While her mother wasn't the most sympathetic victim, and Alison had previously expressed disgust at her activities, she still helped a known killer. However, unlike her mother,she didn't target any innocent victims and was shown at times to care more about her family's intact was than her own political ambitions, making her the lesser of two evils.]]


* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The final TV interview with Alison has the journalists making a big deal of Alison being Boston's first female mayor, but never once mentioning the fact that she seems to have publicly left her husband for her (female) campaign manager sometime in her first year in office.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The final TV interview with Alison has the journalists making a big deal of Alison being Boston's first female mayor, but never once mentioning the fact that she seems to have publicly left her husband for her (female) campaign manager sometime in her first year in office.office, presumably making her Boston's first openly bisexual mayor as well.

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* OutOfFocus: Most of the spouses/love interests of the four Hawthorne siblings are major supporting characters. Alison's husband Tom is introduced with almost as much background as Sophie, Brady, et. al., and even buys the Hawthornes' company early on in the series. After that, he just... disappears, returning briefly for a two-episode sub-plot that sees him sleeping with the journalist who's been harassing the family, but never appearing again following [[spoiler:her murder]]. The fact that he by all rights should have been a [[spoiler:suspect]] in the latter is never brought up, and his buy-out of the business is never mentioned again.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The final TV interview with Alison has the journalists making a big deal of Alison being Boston's first female mayor, but never once mentioning the fact that she seems to have publicly left her husband for her (female) campaign manager sometime in her first year in office.


* TimeSkip: The series epilogue jumps ahead a year, showing how the Hawthornes and their loved ones are coping after the events of the series.

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* TimeSkip: The series epilogue jumps ahead a year, showing how the Hawthornes and their loved ones are coping after the events of the series.series.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Alison's husband Tom just sort of disappears towards the end; he's not at the election party in the last episode, and the one-year TimeSkip epilogue apparently shows that Alison left him for Naomi. It's a little odd, even if he was OutOfFocus most of the time, considering that he bought out the Hawthorne family business early in the series and seemed to be gearing up to be something of a minor antagonist.

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* EurekaMoment: In the final episode, Brady [[spoiler: sees cherry blossoms above SBK's wife's grave, remembers Sophie's cherry blossom tattoos, and realizes that she's the daughter/accomplice they're looking for.]]


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* RunningGag: Madeline's neighbor Phyllis popping up and complaining about some mundane problem as if it's [[SeriousBusiness the most important thing going on.]]


* AmoralAttorney: The Hawthorne family lawyer is perfectly happy to offer Madeline advice on how to hide assets and her passport just in case she needs to run.



* CouldSayItBut: Madeline's lawyer uses a conversation about her love of ''Series/BostonLegal'' to advise her how to liquidate and hide her assets just in case she needs to make a run for it, without technically telling her to do so.



* InTheBlood: Cam and Tessa worry that this is the case with their family, given Jack's burgeoning psychosis and Mitch's apparent connection to SBK. [[spoiler: They're half right, as Jack did inherit his homicidal tendencies... from his ''mother's'' side of the family.]]



* RedHerring: The penultimate episode at first makes it look like [[spoiler: Naomi]] is the SBK accomplice, but it's actually [[spoiler: Sophie]].



* SerialKiller: The Silver Bells Killer, who terrorised Boston fifteen years before the beginning of the story. More details are revealed in every episode; what's mainly known is that there were half a dozen known victims of both genders, all connected by the fact that they were from wealthy Boston families, who were strangled to death in their own homes, and a small silver handbell was left beside each body.

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** In the final two episodes, we discover that SBK was [[spoiler: Sophie's father, with her as his accomplice]].
* SerialKiller: The Silver Bells Killer, who terrorised Boston fifteen years before the beginning of the story. More details are revealed in every episode; what's mainly known is that there were half a dozen known victims of both genders, all connected by the fact that they were from wealthy Boston families, who were strangled to death in their own homes, and a small silver handbell was left beside each body. [[spoiler: It turns out to have been Sophie and her father, acting out an insane revenge plot on the rich who got preferential treatment in the hospital, while her mother was ignored and died of septic shock.]]
** [[spoiler: Madeline]] turns out to be one as well, having killed three people (two of them designed as SBK copycat killings) and talked a terminally ill man into killing himself, all in order to [[spoiler: hide her family's connection to the original killings.]]



* StalkerWithACrush: Garrett follows his ex-fiancée Molly and SBK victim's daughter Christina, and is romantically involved with both.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Garrett follows his ex-fiancée Molly and SBK victim's daughter Christina, and is romantically involved with both.both.
* TakeThat: When Garrett asks Brady for help finding Christina, Brady sarcastically asks if he'd also like him to find [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary's]] emails or [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump's]] tax returns.
* TimeSkip: The series epilogue jumps ahead a year, showing how the Hawthornes and their loved ones are coping after the events of the series.

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* DrivingQuestion: Who is the Silver Bells Killer, and what is the Hawthorne family's connection to him/her?


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* ExactWords: Madeline's favorite brand of lies involves telling half-truths and omitting certain facts, so that what she does say is never technically inaccurate.


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* TheReveal: "Freedom From Fear", the third-to-last episode, offers up a plethora of explanations -- [[spoiler: the body that Cam saw being dragged down the stairs as a teen was the ''real'' SBK, who a young Tessa accidentally killed by pushing down the stairs when he broke into their home. At their parents' behest (in order to protect the family from media attention), Garret convinced her it was a nightmare, and then disposed of the body in the woods; when SBK turned out to be NotQuiteDead, Garret killed him with his own knife, which he kept as a reminder of what he'd done. Meanwhile, Mitch (at Madeline's urging, with her finishing the job) performed a copycat killing on Christina's father, an accountant who'd discovered he was embezzling money from his company, in order to cover his tracks and pin it on SBK. When Garret discovered this, he fled to the Maine woods in disgust.]]


* LawOfInverseFertility: Tessa and Brady are trying to have a baby with, so far, no success. Meanwhile, Cam and Sophie seem to have had a son straight out of college while they were both drug addicts, suggesting that he probably wasn't planned, while Alison and Tom have twin daughters that they both seem basically indifferent to.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode, as well as the show itself, is named after a famous American artwork, with a visual EasterEgg dropped in to every episode.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Tessa and Brady are trying to have a baby with, so far, no success. Meanwhile, Cam and Sophie seem to have had a son straight out of college while they were both drug addicts, suggesting that he probably wasn't planned, while Alison and Tom have twin daughters that they both seem basically indifferent to. [[spoiler:It continues when Tessa learns she's pregnant in the same episode as discovering that she, as a Hawthorne, might carry a gene associated with psychopathy, which - along with the tensions in her marriage to Brady - have made her question whether she wants a baby at all.]]

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