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American Gothic - S01E12


With a killer taunting them, the Hawthornes look to the police for assistance, but Brady needs Garrett's help to solve the case. Alison prepares for the election and is rocked by a shocking discovery about her family and the unexpected return of an old friend. Also, as the family gathers for Election Day, they attempt to identify the killer in their midst, but one of them won't make it out alive.

Episode Title: Madame X
Airs: 2016-09-07 at 21:00
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Intrigue doesn’t exactly catch fire. The characters don’t elicit much drama because their circumstances feel so staid and overdone.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The TV equivalent of a murder-mystery novel, the kind you can read in between swims and nods on the beach. You know it’s going to be predictable, illogical, and a little trashy, and you don’t mind if the book jacket gets wet or torn, and if the book got stolen you’d forget about it almost instantly, but still, you kind of want to find out who done it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The two episodes made available for review are not without pulling power. But how much staying power will American Gothic have over a long haul of 13 episodes ordered for Season One?

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    Whodunit? After screening the first two episodes, I have no idea. But I'm engaged enough to keep watching to find out.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Whether Gothic has enough energy to go the distance remains to be seen, but as it stands, the show isn’t urgent except for people who have a bottomless appetite for this kind of story, or those who have yet to taste it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    This is a good summer mystery to take your mind off the heat.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    It is a chillingly enjoyable whodunnit for a lazy summer evening. The biggest danger is that the ratings are good and CBS tries to extend it past the 13 episodes scheduled for this summer. There's a reason Agatha Christie never tried to turn Murder on the Orient Express into a TV series. Full Review
  • Michael Slezak

    While you shouldn’t look for American Gothic to enter the Emmy conversation in the history of ever, that’s simply not the point of it. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a weird, sometimes eerie distraction that won’t require rewinding if a few lines of dialogue get downed out by the air conditioner, CBS’ newest offering might be a summer series that slays.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Tom Long

    As summertime smarmy yarns go, American Gothic holds promise.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    It's summer, and this is a scripted, first-run network TV series. That's something. And maybe everyone hasn't seen a dozen dramas with similar troubled-family plots, many (Netflix's "Bloodline," for instance) much craftier.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Madsen works hard to deliver an intimidating matriarch, but the dialogue is flat and merely functional.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    After a convincing opening episode, American Gothic turns soapier and more florid in Episode 2.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    There are some intentionally light-hearted, even funny moments squeezed in here and there. The show's concept offers nothing really new for TV but it executes the wealthy, murderous family drama well enough for low-stakes summer programming.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Clearly, American Gothic has enough plot for a summer murder mystery, but it doesn’t quite have the style or cast to pull it off with the flair that this kind of guilty pleasure needs. Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    American Gothic eventually reveals itself to be a pedestrian murder mystery that slowly dies on the vine for want of interesting characters.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Gothic is either afraid of being too gothic or just doesn't know what gothic is. [24 Jun 2016, p.53]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    [A] glacially paced yawn of a yarn. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian P. Kelly

    A lack of originality isn’t its only weakness. Overacting--and at least one abysmal attempt at a Boston accent--results in a soapy atmosphere. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but it becomes one as the series fails to grasp its tone.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    This American Gothic remains strictly paint-by-numbers.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's not clear whether American Gothic is meant to be campy or whether it just plays that way, but as cold cases go, this one's lukewarm. And as the coincidences pile up, the murder mystery gets more and more muddled.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The new project’s creation is credited to Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife; Jane the Virgin), whose previous work seems too smart for what’s going on in American Gothic. I will prefer to think that, like the people in another CBS show created by her former employers, her brain has been momentarily invaded by BrainDead’s alien ants.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    American Gothic is badly written, which means that the actors don’t have enough to work with to achieve anything more than fleeting credibility.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    American Gothic is about a bunch of good actors who got suckered into a really bad series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review