American Gothic (pilot)
Caleb Temple's 10th birthday turns into a nightmare when his sister is killed, then his father dies while in jail, leaving Caleb all alone—except for the ghost of his sister. He finds a father figure in Dr. Matt Crower, but Sheriff Lucas Buck takes an unseemly interest in the boy's future.
Guest starring: Sonny Shroyer as Gage Temple
Written by: Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Peter O'Fallon
Originally aired: September 22, 1995
Supporting cast: Lynda Clark as Rita Barber, Michael Burgess as Dan Truelane (sic), Margo Moorer as Danielle Davenport, Troy Simmons as Josh Davenport, Lucius Houghton as Deputy Cammalous, Tammy Arnold as Caleb's Mother, McKenzie LaCross as 6 year old Merlyn, Leonard Watkins as Blind Man, Tamara Dow as Nurse Wendy
A Tree Grows in Trinity
Caleb tries to run from Lucas, and finds a mysterious tongueless man in an old hunting cabin. He also meets his cousin Gail for the first time.
Guest starring: Arnold Vosloo as Rafael Santo, Ron Perkins as Harlan Jeeters
Written by: Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Michael Katleman
Originally aired: September 29, 1995
Supporting cast: Michael Burgess as Dr. Daniel Trulane, David Lenthall as Dr. Curtis Z. Webb, Gina Stewart as Teapot, Mert Hatfield as The Reverend, Sean Bridgers as Deputy #1, Charles McLawhorn as Albert, Dale Wright as Nurse, Charly Williams as Taylor, Ralph Brownewell as Orderly #1
Eye of the Beholder
It's time for Caleb's custody hearing, and he wants to be with Dr. Matt. But Lucas has other plans. . . . (This episode also introduces semi-regular Tina Lifford.)
Guest starring: N'Bushe Wright as Cheryl Trulane, Michael Burgess as Daniel Trulane, Tina Lifford as Miss Holt,
Teleplay by Judi Ann Mason, story by Judi Ann Mason & Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Jim Charleston
Originally aired: October 6, 1995
Supporting cast: Bob Hannah as Judge Halpern, Rick Warner as Heywood Anderson, Chris Fennell as Boone MacKenzie, Grenoldo Frazier as Rev. Logan, Barry Bell as Gordy Wills, Evan Rachel Wood as Rose Russell, Maria Howell as Choir Soloist
Damned If You Don't
Lucas sets up a payback when an ex-convict comes to town, and Gail finds a hidden key from her childhood. Meanwhile, Caleb struggles with his conscience over Lucas's help with a school project.
Guest starring: Muse Watson as Wash Sutpen, Brigid Walsh as Poppy Bowen, Steve Rankin as Carter Bowen, Judy Simpson Cook as Etta Bowen
Written by: Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Originally aired: October 10, 1995
Supporting cast: Barnaby Carpenter as TJ, Chris Fennell as Boone, Troy Simmons as Josh, John Henry Scott as Janitor, Donald S. Bland as Cooper, Juliet Cesario as Gail's Mother, Jana Drue as Young Gail
Potato Boy
Caleb learns about the mysterious Potato Boy, and becomes closer to both Selena and Lucas.
Guest starring: Tina Lifford as Miss Holt, John Bennes as Rev. Coombs
Written by: Michael Nankin
Directed by: Nick Marck
Originally aired: (unaired in the U.S.)
Supporting cast: Trip Cogburn as the Potato Boy, Zander Heinen as the Potato Boy's Voice, Sara Lynn Moore as Mrs. Russell, Chris Fennell as Boone MacKenzie, Evan Rachel Wood as Rose Russell Joe Inscoe as Dr. Perry
Dead to the World
When Gail investigates the "death" of a childhood friend, she finds more than she bargained for. Caleb enters an archery contest with advice from Lucas and Deputy Ben fights for his son.
Guest starring: Linda Pierce as Mrs. Gallagher, Melissa McBride as Holly Gallagher, John Shearin as Waylon Flood, Lee Norris as Benji Healy, Chris Fennell as Boone MacKenzie
Written by: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Shaun Cassidy, Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: James A. Contner
Originally aired: October 13, 1995
Supporting cast: Helen Baldwin as Barbara Joy Flood, Rachel Seidman-Lockamy as Charlotte, Troy Simmons as Josh, Barnaby Carpenter as TJ, Alex Van as Jailer, Scott Schumacher as Diver, Debbie Yates as Louellen
Meet the Beetles
When men start disappearing around Trinity, Selena becomes a suspect. But when Inspector Drey comes to town, Lucas finds some opposition. At the same time, nightmares plague young Caleb.
Guest starring: Bruce Campbell as Lt. Drey, Keith Flippen as Ossie Spichtig, Mark Joy as Coach Fred Bender, David Lenthall as Dr. Curtis Z. Webb, Chris Fennell as Boone MacKenzie
Teleplay by Victor Bumbalo & David Chisholm, story by Victor Bumbalo, David Chisholm & Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Michael Nankin
Originally aired: October 20, 1995
Supporting cast: Selden Smith as Lydia Constantine, Alex Van as Deputy Floyd, Derin Altay as Betty Weller
Strong Arm of the Law
A group of sleazy criminals terrorize Trinity, but our good sheriff comes to the rescue.
Guest starring: Matt Craven as Barrett Stokes, Joseph Lindsey as Earl McKeever, Jim Gloster as Just Eddie, Richard Edson as Lowell Stokes
Written by: Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: Mike Binder
Originally aired: November 3, 1995
Supporting cast: Chris Fennell as Boone, Dean Whitworth as Cecil Perkins, Aubrey Dollar as Janice, Mert Hatfield as Minister, Sara Lynn Moore as Carol, Brian Fong as Paramedic, Maggie Klekas as Mourner #1, Sara Audrey Keeley as Mourner #2
To Hell and Back
Matt gets a chance to revisit his tragic past, and Caleb spies on a mysterious neighbor.
Guest starring: W. Morgan Sheppard as Mr. Emmett, Andi Carnick as Lily Crower
Written by: Judi Ann Mason & Robert Palm
Directed by: Oz Scott
Originally aired: July 3, 1996
Supporting cast: Chris Fennell as Boone, Michael Burgess as Dan Trulane, Evan Rachael Wood as Rose Russell, Robert Treveiler as Chester Langston, Megan Gallacher as Claire Crower, Laura Robbins as Doreen Langston, Charles McLawhorn as George, Michael Genevie as Dr. Portis Fields, Charlotte Hackman as Hannah, Charles Lucas as Bluesman, Erica Nashan as Nurse #1, Lanelle Rose as Nurse #2, Carlene Moore as Waitress, Lou Criscuolo as Cop #1, Mick McGovern as Cop #2
The Beast Within
When Lucas, Gail, Caleb and Matt get taken hostage by a disturbed Marine, it's up to Ben to resolve the ordeal. He may need a little help from Lucas, though.
Guest starring: Jeff Perry as Artie
Written by: Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Michael Lange
Originally aired: July 3, 1996
Supporting cast: Lynda Clark as Rita, Rick Forrester as Salesman, Henry Laurence as Elderly Man, General Fermon Judd, Jr. as Fireman
Rebirth
Merlyn finds a way to come to life--but it may be at the expense of her relationship with Caleb.
Guest starring: Danny Masterson as Ray, Amy Steel as Christie
Teleplay by Victor Bumbalo & Robert Palm, story by Victor Bumbalo
Directed by: James Frawley
January 3, 1996
Supporting cast: Sara Lynn Moore as Mrs. Russell, Chris Blackwelder as Young Man, Kelly Mizell as Young Woman, Deborah K. Winstead as Nurse #1, Lanelle Markgraf as Nurse #2, Michael Mattison as Dead Head, Randell Haynes as Sourpuss
Ring of Fire
Gail investigates her parents' death, and finds the meaning of the mysterious key. But what she finds is not quite what she expected.
Guest starring: Collin Wilcox Paxton as Mrs. Gardner, Sonny Shroyer as Gage Temple
Written by: Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Originally aired: (unaired in the U.S.)
Supporting cast: Sandi Fix as Christine Emory (1975), John Keenan as Peter Emory (1975), Jana Drue as Young Gail, Dorothy Recasner Brown as Femal Doctor, David Cutting as Toddler
Resurrector
Lucas helps a radio announcer get his true desire, and Caleb tries to release Merlyn's spirit with a second funeral.
Guest starring: Greg Travis as Mel Kirby, Irene Ziegler as Gloria Kirby
Written by: Shaun Cassidy, Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: Elodie Keene
Originally aired: January 10, 1996
Supporting cast: Chris Fennell as Boone, Lynda Clark as Rita, Philip Loch as Lance Biggs, Andrea Powell as Jean Biggs, Craig Edwards as Technician
Inhumanitas
Lucas exacts revenge on a lawyer who sued his office, but Merlyn has revenge ideas of her own--a confrontation with Lucas in a church.
Guest starring: Pat Hingle as Father Tilden, Tim Grimm as Brian Hudson
Written by: Stephen Gaghan & Michael R. Perry
Directed by: Bruce Seth Green
Originally aired: January 17, 1996
Supporting cast: Ruth Reid as Barbara Hudson, Wayne DeHart as Bertie, Yvonne Graetzer as Female Realtor, Brandlyn Whitaker as Sue Ellen Hudson, Peter Townes as Frenchman
The Plague Sower
A mysterious disease is decimating Trinity, and neither the doctors nor Lucas can stop it. Meanwhile, Gail gives in to temptation, and a new doctor gives Lucas a run for his money.
John Mese as Dr. Billy Peale
Written by: Robert Palm
Directed by: Mel Damski
Originally aired: January 24, 1996
Supporting cast: Michael Harding as A.E. Tippett, Robin Mullins as Nurse Erichfreund, Patt Noday as Reporter, Margo Moorer as Danielle, Amy Dawn Anderson as Nurse, Joe Maggard as Townsperson #1, Haley Salyer as Woman, Dolly Grissom-Hardin as Young Woman, Gene Dann as Man, C.K. Bibby as Townsperson 2, John Henry Scott as Husband, Kay Joyner as Wife
Doctor Death Takes a Holiday
An older woman claiming to be Lucas's mother tries to kill him, sending Matt on a dizzying spiral that ends in tragedy.
Guest starring: Veronica Cartwright as Angela
Written by: Victor Bumbalo
Directed by: Doug Lefler
Originally aired: January 31, 1996
Supporting cast: Will Leskin as Judge Streeter, Tamara Burnham as Charlotte Streeter, Nancy Saunders as Brenda, Amy Parrish as Nurse Sarah, Tyrone Hicks as Jojo, Henry Laurence as Elderly Man, Bill Roberson as Carl
Learning to Crawl
After Caleb has a near-death experience, Lucas takes him on a relaxing fishing trip — only to discover someone is already at the cabin. Lucas takes the opportunity to teach Caleb the ways of the world.
Guest starring: Ted Raimi as Half-Ted
Teleplay by Robert Palm, story by David Kemper
Directed by: Michael Lange
Originally aired: July 4, 1996
Supporting cast: Alex Van as Floyd, Stuart Greer as Cody Parker, Regan Forman as Jeri McIntyre, Wallace Merck as Rolston, Amy Dawn Anderson as Nurse
Echo of Your Last Goodbye
Ben is tormented by ghosts in Goattown, Caleb gets involved with the school bully, and Gail finds out more than she wants to know about her Aunt Judith.
Guest starring: Tanya Rollins as Tina, Chris Fennell as Boone
Written by: John Cork
Directed by: Oz Scott
Originally aired: (unaired in the U.S.)
Supporting cast: Alex Van as Floyd, Robin Mullins as Nurse, Julia Deane Howard as Cindy, D.L. Anderson as Allison, Tammy Arnold as Judith Temple, Janet Paparazzo as Judith Stunt Double
Strangler
When Merlyn starts throwing her spiritual weight around, Lucas calls for help from the Boston Strangler, but it doesn't work out as he planned.
Guest starring: Gareth Williams as Albert DeSalvo
Teleplay by Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan & Robert Palm, story by Michael R. Perry & Stephen Gaghan
Directed by: Doug Lefler
Originally aired: (unaired in the U.S.)
Supporting cast: Alex Van as Deputy Floyd, Amy Parrish as Nurse Sara, Sean Bridgers as Policemean #1, Rachel Lewis as Nurse #2
Triangle
Gail finds out she's pregnant, and is terrified by her unborn child. Meanwhile, Billy and Selena become more deeply involved.
Written by: Jeff King & Robert Palm
Directed by: James Frawley
Originally aired: July 10, 1996
Supporting cast: Robin Mullins as Nurse Stacie, Deacon Dawson as Pilot, Amy Dawn Anderson as Nurse, Russell Deats as Little Luke, James Frawley as Bartender
The Buck Stops Here
Lucas is killed, and Billy is the suspect. Caleb avenges his father's death.
Guest starring: Jim Antonio as Dr. Leslie Narone, Brent Jennings as Yancy Lydon
Written by: Stephen De Jarnatt
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Originally aired: July 10, 1996
Supporting cast: Lynda Clark as Rita, Alex Van as Floyd, Dani Miller as Nurse, Lee Freeman as Doris Lydon, Dean Whitworth as Cecil Spurgeon, John Shearin as Waylon Flood, Wayne DeHart as Old Bertie
Requiem
Lucas' spirit has moved on to Caleb, but he isn't quite able to handle it. At the same time, it seems there may have been a misdiagnosis of Lucas' condition....
Guest starring: Jim Antonio as Dr. Leslie Narone
Written by: Shaun Cassidy
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Originally aired: July 11, 1996
Supporting cast: Lynda Clark as Rita, Alex Van as Floyd, Lindley Mayer as Ashley Narone, Don Henderson Baker as Grave Digger, Len Hathaway as Elderly Man, Diana Taylor as Businesswoman, Mary McMillan as Wealthy Woman