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  • American Gothic Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • TV-14
    TV Episode | 47 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

American Gothic

Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-14
TV Episode | 47 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

In Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple. Out of the blue, she starts repeating over and over "someone's at the ...See moreIn Trinity, South Caroline, the boy Caleb Temple is celebrating his birthday with his deranged father and his beloved disturbed and traumatized sister Merlyn Temple. Out of the blue, she starts repeating over and over "someone's at the door" and her father tries to kill her. Caleb flees and brings Sheriff Lucas Buck and Deputy Ben Healy that arrest his father. However Ben accidentally witnesses Lucas breaking Merlyn's neck in her room and blaming her father for the death. Caleb goes to the hospital and the alcoholic Dr. Matt Crower examines him. Lucas comes to the hospital expecting to adopt Caleb and does not allow that the sheriff takes custody of the boy. Then Lucas goes to the jail and Caleb's father mysteriously commits suicide. Meanwhile Caleb's distant cousin Gail Emory comes to Trinity to take custody of the boy. Caleb receives messages written in blood telling him to go home and he goes and meets the spirit of Merlyn that shows that their mother was raped by the sheriff. Lucas uses the schoolteacher Selena Coombs, who is his lover, to control Ben. Gail and Matt go to Caleb's house trying to rescue the boy from Lucas. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil See less
Director
Writer
Composer
Cinematographer
Editor
Casting Directors
Marc Hirschfeld | Michael Katcher (as Michael A. Katcher) | Meg Liberman
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Sep 22, 1995

Release date
Sep 22, 1995 (United States)

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21 cast members
Name Known for
Gary Cole
Sheriff Lucas Buck Sheriff Lucas Buck   See fewer
Paige Turco
Gail Emory Gail Emory   See fewer
Jake Weber
Dr. Matt Crower Dr. Matt Crower   See fewer
Brenda Bakke
Selena Coombs Selena Coombs   See fewer
Sarah Paulson
Merlyn Temple Merlyn Temple   See fewer
Lucas Black
Caleb Temple Caleb Temple   See fewer
Nick Searcy
Deputy Ben Healy Deputy Ben Healy   See fewer
Sonny Shroyer
Gage Temple Gage Temple   See fewer
Lynda Clark
Rita Barber Rita Barber   See fewer
Michael Burgess
Dan Truelane Dan Truelane   See fewer
Margo Moorer
Danielle Davenport Danielle Davenport   See fewer
Lucius Houghton
Deputy Cammalous Deputy Cammalous   See fewer
Troy Simmons
Josh Davenport Josh Davenport   See fewer
Tammy Arnold
Caleb's Mother Caleb's Mother   See fewer
McKenzie LaCoss
6 Year Old Merlyn (as McKenzie LaCross) 6 Year Old Merlyn (as McKenzie LaCross)   See fewer
Leonard Watkins
Blind Man Blind Man   See fewer
Tamara Dow
Nurse Wendy Nurse Wendy   See fewer
Rick Galiher
Mourner Mourner   See fewer
Eliot Preschutti
Swordsman Swordsman   See fewer
Storm Bear
Carnival Pirate (uncredited) Carnival Pirate (uncredited)   See fewer
Lewis Musser
ESPN Director (uncredited) ESPN Director (uncredited)   See fewer
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