Episode #1: "The Bone Orchard" April 30, 2017
In 813 CE, a Viking horde arrives at America, where hostilities greet them and force them to leave. In order to get home, they begin to make offerings to Odin. Eventually, they are successful; the wind picks up and they leave. In the present, Shadow Moon is released a few days early from prison when his wife, Laura Moon, dies in a car accident. On the flight home, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a bodyguard. On the drive home, Shadow stops at a bar where he again meets Wednesday. Shadow learns that his best friend, Robbie, also died in the accident. Mad Sweeney introduces himself to Shadow as a leprechaun, and they fight. Shadow wins and earns a golden coin. Shadow attends Laura's funeral, and learns that she had been having an affair with Robbie. After the burial, he throws the coin at her grave, where it vanishes into the ground. Leaving the funeral, Shadow is abducted by the Technical Boy, who demands to know about Wednesday. Technical Boy orders his men to kill Shadow and they proceed to hang him. The noose eventually snaps, freeing Shadow, while his attackers are killed by an unknown assailant.
#2 "The Secret of Spoons" - May 7, 2017, 2017
In 1697, on a slave ship, a slave begins to pray. Suddenly, a man known as Anansi [Mr. Nancy] begins a monologue relating all the horrible things that will happen to them once they arrive at America. This propels them to get freed and burn the ship to kill the slavers. In the present, Shadow confronts Wednesday, but accepts to continue working for him for double salary. After packing his and Laura's stuff, he leaves with Wednesday who assigns him to buy certain things. While shopping in a store, Shadow meets Media, one of the New Gods who wants him to align with her. After refusing it, he and Wednesday travel to Chicago where they arrive at an apartment belonging to three sisters (Zorya) and a worker (Czernobog), who has a dark past with Wednesday. After dinner, Czernobog plays checkers with Shadow with a bet: if Shadow wins, Czernobog will go with them; but if Shadow loses, Czernobog will knock him with a hammer. Shadow loses and is told that he will be hit the next morning.
#3 "Head Full of Snow" - May 14, 2017, 2017
Somewhere in America, Anubis comes for the soul of an elderly Muslim woman. Arriving at a desert, he pulls out her heart and weighs it on a scale against a feather to determine if she was a good or bad person. She is found worthy and Anubis sends her to the afterlife. Back in Chicago, Shadow dreams of Zorya Polunochnaya, youngest of the Zorya sisters, who pulls the Moon from the sky and gives it to him as a silver dollar. Waking, Shadow challenges Czernobog to another game of checkers in exchange for allowing him to hit him twice with his hammer. Shadow wins, and Czernobog agrees to go to Wisconsin. In New York City, an Omani businessman meets a taxi driver who is revealed to be an Ifrit. The two have sex, and the following morning, they exchange lives. Elsewhere, Shadow is confronted by Mad Sweeney, who demands the gold coin he mistakenly gave him. Shadow tells him he threw it on Laura's grave. Mad Sweeney exhumes Laura's coffin, finding her and the coin gone. Shadow assists Wednesday in a bank heist by "thinking of snow," which causes a snowstorm, then returns to his hotel room to find Laura waiting for him.
#4 "Git Gone" - May 21, 2017, 2017
In a flashback, we learn about Shadow's late wife Laura. Laura's empty existence drove her to attempt suicide. Surviving the attempt, she meets Shadow when he tries to rob the casino where she works. Laura warns him to stop, and the two go home together instead. Shadow quickly falls in love with Laura and they marry, but Laura still finds her life meaningless. She convinces Shadow to rob the casino again, this time with a plan based on her knowledge of casino security, but Shadow is caught and sent to prison. Laura promises to wait for him, only to have an affair with Shadow's boss Robbie. On the eve of Shadow's release, Laura and Robbie are killed in a car accident. Laura finds herself in the desert with Anubis, but before he can send her to the afterlife, she is whisked back to her own body. Now possessed of superhuman strength and able to perceive Shadow as a brilliant light in the distance, she feels compelled to pursue him, even as her physical form begins to decay. She is discovered by two morticians, Mr. Ibis and Mr. Jacquel, who restore her damaged body. Laura recognizes Mr. Jacquel as Anubis, who says he will come to claim her when her quest is over. Laura continues toward Shadow, eventually meeting him in his hotel room.
#5 "Lemon Scented You" - May 28, 2017
During that last ice age, a tribe of people traveled across Beringia, with the totem of their god, Nynyunnini. As their journey grows more difficult, they begin to lose faith. Their god advises them to eat their god's totem animal remains. They survive but Nynyunnini is forgotten and dying. Media appears and confronts Technical Boy on behalf of Mr. World, the New God of Globalization, scolding him for his attempted lynching of Shadow. Shadow and Wednesday are arrested for bank robbery. Mad Sweeney tries to retrieve his coin from Laura but discovers that it is inside her, giving her life. He warns her not to trust Wednesday. In the jail, Media (now in the form of Marilyn Monroe) and Mr. World force Technical Boy to apologize. The New Gods offer an alliance with Wednesday, promising to help him "find his audience" by sending a missile named Odin to attack North Korea. They murder the police and allow Shadow and Wednesday to escape.
#6 "A Murder of Gods" - June 4, 2017
A group of Mexicans attempting to illegally cross the border into the U.S. pray to Jesus, who comes and attempts to protect them. He is shot dead while doing so. Shadow questions what he saw at the police station and admits to Wednesday that Laura is back from the dead. Sweeney teams up with Laura, seeking her resurrection so he can reclaim his coin. They meet Salim, who joins them in order to find the jinn. They travel together in his taxi. In Virginia, Wednesday takes Shadow to meet the Old God Vulcan, who maintains control over a small town through their belief in the right to bear arms. Vulcan agrees to stand with Wednesday and forges him a sword, but he later betrays them by telling the New Gods where they are. In revenge, Wednesday kills him and curses his believers.
#7 "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" - June 11, 2017
Ibis tells the story of Essie, an Irish girl who was raised on stories of leprechauns, for whom she would leave offerings in exchange for blessings. When accused of stealing a necklace, she is sentenced to seven years as an indentured servant in America. During the journey, she seduces the ship captain and persuades him to take her to London. There she becomes a thief; she is caught and sentenced to hang after forgetting an offering. She sleeps with the elderly prison warden and becomes pregnant, thereby avoiding hanging. She is sentenced again to go to America as an indentured servant, where someone will buy her contract. She marries her master who, upon his death, leaves her in charge of his farm. Although she stops telling their stories, Essie's strong belief attracts a visit from Sweeney. He thanks her and then takes her to the afterlife. Sweeney tells Laura that he deserted as a soldier and is taking part in Wednesday's war to atone. The truck they are driving is overturned and Sweeny's lucky coin falls out of Laura. Sweeney restores the coin to her out of guilt after revealing that he caused the accident that resulted in her death.
#8 "Come to Jesus" - June 18, 2017
Mr. Nancy tells Shadow and Wednesday the story of Bilquis, a powerful but fallen Old Goddess, which convinces Wednesday to seek out a queen. He and Shadow visit Easter, an Old Goddess of spring and resurrection who has successfully adapted to the new era by capitalizing on the Christian celebration of Christ's resurrection. Laura and Mad Sweeney track Shadow to Easter's estate. Easter discovers that Laura can't be resurrected because she was killed by a god, forcing Sweeney to admit that Wednesday arranged both Laura's death and Shadow's imprisonment in order to isolate Shadow for his own purposes. Media (as Judy Garland from Easter Parade), Technical Boy, and Mr. World arrive to threaten Wednesday. Wednesday destroys Mr. World with a lightning bolt and proclaims himself to be Odin, the God of War, which convinces Easter to unleash her own powers and take back the spring, casting a blight over America. At last Shadow admits belief in the Old Gods, just before Laura arrives and ready to tell him of Wednesday's manipulations.