The Good Lord Bird: Season 1

The Good Lord Bird: Season 1

The Good Lord Bird: Season 1

From Ethan Hawke, a limited series adaptation of the 2013 James McBridge novel, winner of the National Book Award. An enslaved teenager (Joshua Caleb Johnson-Lionel) becomes a member in abolitionist John Brown’s (Hawke) motley crew during the Bleeding Kansas era before the Civil War. They would eventually participate in the 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the American Civil War.

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EPISODE 1.1
20 January 2021

Meet the Lord

Henry Shackleford, a young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856, has a run-in with abolitionist John Brown, who mistakes him for a girl and promptly “frees” him.

EPISODE 1.2
20 January 2021

A Wicked Plot

Separated from Brown’s army, Onion and fellow slave Bob leave the fight in Kansas only to cross paths with pro-slavery “red shirts” who escort them to the slave-trading town of Pikesville, Missouri.

EPISODE 1.3
20 January 2021

Mister Fred

Following the battle in Pikesville, John Brown, now one of the most wanted men in America, travels north with Onion to raise funds for the abolitionist cause.

EPISODE 1.4
20 January 2021

Smells Like Bear

John and Onion continue their fundraising mission, this time heading to Canada on foot. After seeing true freedom for the first time and frustrated with Brown’s increasingly irrational behavior, Onion demands freedom... MORE from Brown’s army.

EPISODE 1.5
20 January 2021

Hiving the Bees

Onion and new recruit, John Cook, head to Harper’s Ferry to prepare for Brown and his army’s arrival.

EPISODE 1.6
20 January 2021

Jesus is Walkin'

The plan to take control of the nation’s largest armory at Harper’s Ferry is finally put into action. However, a crucial mistake by Onion threatens the success of the entire operation.

EPISODE 1.7
20 January 2021

Last Words

John Brown and his remaining army take a last stand as more federal troops descend upon Harper’s Ferry. With John Brown captured and held for public execution, Onion, truly on his own, risks his life to... MORE say his goodbyes to Brown. Series finale.

The Good Lord Bird: Season 1 / Reviews

Vulture

Vulture

Speaks to the present as well as the past. This is one of the most thoughtful and surprising series of an already impressive year: a historical epic of real vision.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

When it works, especially at the start, The Good Lord Bird invigorates its material with the rousing trappings of a semi-comedic western that gives it a particularly memorable sort of power.

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Variety

Variety

“The Good Lord Bird,” Showtime’s new limited series about Brown and his mission, percolates with quirky and strange energy, overflowing with its sense of America as a place defined by its oddity.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Anchored by a truly remarkable performance from Ethan Hawke, “The Good Lord Bird” is smart, entertaining television that doesn’t highlight or underline its timeliness or messages as much as it allows the viewers to do half the work.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

The most revelatory part of The Good Lord Bird is how funny it is.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The miniseries is good—at times, great. But Hawke is beyond great; he is incandescent.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It’s startling how many laughs Hawke generates — and, for that matter, how funny The Good Lord Bird is as a whole, given its subject matter. Hawke, Richard, and their other collaborators (among the directors: Albert Hughes, Kevin Hooks, and Haifaa Al-Mansour) have managed to retain the satirical spirit of McBride’s book.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Seven hours of The Good Lord Bird left me both clear-eyed about John Brown as a historical figure and curious to learn more. Above all, it left me with zero doubts about Hawke’s ever-evolving talent.

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