TV Show Reviews
Gothic" review by Suzanne
Wednesdays, 10/9c on CBS
I wouldn't say that this is a great show, but it's
entertaining to watch. The quality of the writing is sort of
hit-or-miss because parts of it are very obvious and you can
see it coming from a mile away. Other parts are kind of fun.
I like the characters and the story, but I would definitely
want to see what happens to see if it holds up.
If you saw the old show "Brothers & Sisters," about a
zany California family, the dad dies of a heart attack in
the first episode. Then the rest of the series is the family
dealing with the fall-out of his death and secrets that came
out, and how they hold it together as a family despite all
of their problems and differences. This show is kind of like
someone took that idea, moved it to Boston, and made the
family much more twisted.
Also, even though it's set in Boston, not one of these
people has any kind of Bostonian accent. That kind of
ruins it for me. Why is it that only shows set in New
York or Chicago have authentic accents? Sheesh. They don't
have to be broad accents. These are actors. They can fake
slight accents. Or even maybe have a throwaway line about
how they all worked so hard to lose their accents once they
got wealthy. Anything! I mean, my husband's parents
are from Rhode Island and Massachussetts. People from that
area have very strong accents.
Anyway, despite the lack of accents, I enjoyed the first
episode and would like to see more. Each of the characters
is interesting and has their own secrets, and they make me
chuckle. One of them may be a serial killer. At the
very end, one of them is revealed to be a killer (perhaps
not the same killer). It's got a lot of mystery. Check it
out and decide if you like it or not. I wasn't crazy about
the last five minutes of the first episode, but not enough
that it would stop me from tuning in again.
The cast is very fine, including Virginia Madsen as the
mother. She always does a great job. Everyone in the
show is just a little bit off. Hopefully that won't become
tiresome in future episodes.
AMERICAN GOTHIC centers on a prominent Boston family
reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that
someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string
of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and
present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and
paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear
the family apart.
AMERICAN GOTHIC is produced by
CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin
Television. Corinne Brinkerhoff (“The Good Wife,” “Jane
the Virgin”), Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (“The
Americans,” “Under the Dome,” “Extant”), James Frey and
Todd Cohen serve as executive producers.
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