The Old Gods and the New — does the phrase sound familiar? Yes? Game of Thrones? Right! But then, there’s another show, which delves into the same theme, taking it a bit further and expanding on it in greater detail. And maybe (maybe not), you guessed it right again. American Gods — correct! Now, if you already know about it, all’s well and good. But if you don’t, allow me to give you a bit of a prologue.
American Gods — the fantasy drama series — is an adaptation of the novel with the same name written by Neil Gaiman — author of Sandman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Neverwhere. It comes from developers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, is produced by Fremantle Media North America and is distributed by Lionsgate Television. Season 1 episode 1 first aired on Starz on April 30, 2017. The plot revolves around the protagonist Shadow Moon (played by Ricky Whittle), who is released from prison and then meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (played by Ian McShane). After this, he becomes involved in a massive war between the Old Gods and the New Gods. Packed with Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology, this show transports you to another world — concealed within the present world we live in.
The critically acclaimed series was nominated for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards as well as the 8th Critics’ Choice Television Awards. It became an instant hit owing to its exceptional cinematography, mind-blowing performances from the cast, and its several twists and turns. Season 1 comprises 8 episodes and season 2 — also of 8 episodes — is set to premiere on March 10, 2019. Now, if you are reading this article, I am sure that you have already watched the show and you are looking for some similar titles that are packed with fantasy, suspense, and mystery. Therefore, here’s the list of shows like American God that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like American Gods on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Game of Thrones (2011)
This is, of course, a no brainer. Game of Thrones — spanning over 8 seasons — with the final and eighth installment premiering on April 14, 2019 — has broken all records in terms of awards, international viewing, and critical acclaim. Created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, this fantasy series is based on George R.R. Martin’s novel franchise – A Song of Ice and Fire. The show features an ensemble cast of talented actors such as Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Lena Hedley, Sophie Turner, Charles Dance, Maisie Williams, and Nikolaj Coster–Waldau — to name a few.
Packed with awesome locations, twisted plots, hardcore violence, messy politics and alliances, shocking deaths and betrayals, and frequent nudity, GOT takes us to the fictional kingdom of Westeros — where five prominent houses — the Targaryens, Starks, Lannisters, Tyrells, and Baratheons — wage war against each other — to win the Iron Throne. On the other hand, mythological entities such as the Night King and his army of Wights, dragons, and dire wolves, keep the viewers glued to their seats. GOT first aired on HBO in the US on April 17, 2011 and since then it has gone on to become one of the most watched shows ever.