The Good Lord Bird: Miniseries (2020)


Miniseries
The Good Lord Bird

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Ethan Hawke dazzles in The Good Lord Bird, an epically irreverent adaptation that does right by its source material's good word.

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Critic Ratings: 52

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Air date: Oct 4, 2020

A young slave living in the Kansas territory in 1856 has a fateful run-in with abolitionist John Brown, who frees him and nicknames him Onion.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2020

Onion and fellow slave Bob run into pro-slavery red shirts who take them to the slave-trading town of Pikesville, Mo.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2020

John Brown and Onion travel north, taking refuge at the home of Frederick Douglass and his two wives; Brown and Douglass clash over methodology.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2020

John and Onion continue their fundraising mission, heading to Canada on foot; the legendary Harriet Tubman endorses Brown in a room full of new recruits.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2020

Onion and new recruit John Cook head to Harper's Ferry to prepare for the arrival of John Brown and his army. However, Onion struggles to recruit more African-American soldiers and Brown's arrival with daughter Annie creates a new distraction: true love.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2020

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. John Brown's army takes hostages, grabbing the attention of an angry mob and local militia. With shots firing, Onion is sent out to get reinforcements.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2020

John Brown and his remaining army take a last stand as more federal troops descend upon Harper's Ferry; with John Brown captured, Onion, truly on his own, risks his life to say his goodbyes to Brown.

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In the 1850s, abolitionist John Brown and a young slave lead a group of freedom fighters in an effort to end slavery.

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Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
John Brown

Actor
Beau Knapp
Owen Brown

Actor
Mo Brings Plenty
Ottawa Jones

Actor
Nick Eversman
John Brown Jr.

Actor
Jack Alcott
Jason Brown

Actor
Ellar Coltrane
Salmon Brown

Actor
Daveed Diggs
Frederick Douglass

Actor
Orlando Jones
The Rail Man

Actor
David Morse
Dutch Henry Sherman

Actor
Wyatt Russell
Jeb Stuart

Actor
Adam Shapiro
Jew Weiner

Actor
Steve Zahn
Chase

Actor
Padraic McKinley
Executive Producer
Marshall Persinger
Executive Producer
David L. Schiff
Executive Producer
Jason Blum
Executive Producer
Ethan Hawke
Executive Producer
Ryan Hawke
Executive Producer
Brian Taylor
Executive Producer
James McBride
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for The Good Lord Bird: Miniseries

  • May 09, 2022
    If you consider history boring, this proves you wrong.
  • Apr 18, 2022
    Ethan Hawke does a great job. Slow at times, but the investment is worth it - providing you appreciate the narrative. Quirky, poignant and well produced. Think of it as the spawn of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Watchmen series.
  • Oct 01, 2021
    Fantastic show with fantastical performances. All the bad reviews cherry pick one thing to hate on like John Browns taste for religion and then give the entire show one star. It's just a part of the character... why take it so personal.
  • Aug 19, 2021
    Fantastically engaging story with a bit of humor full of powerful performances from each actor especially Ethan Hawk. Every bad review I've read simply didn't give the series a chance as the critiques on the historical accuracy of John Brown's education and tragic past are talked about, "boring" ok w/e idk how you can feel that way as I wanted to binge the series from start to finish but fine, just say "historically inaccurate" with no reference to any example (which was what brought me to the reviews in the first place besides sharing my opinion I was curious where they took liberty's besides onion), or instantly upset over the character onion as seeing a boy in a dress sends them into a blind rage apparently. Don't listen to any of the hate as this series was well worth the watch.
  • Jun 07, 2021
    horrible show. get better reviewers.
  • May 02, 2021
    It was entertaining I suppose. Highly revisionist. I do not like historical subjects viewed from a modern perspective. Historical pieces should reflect the times they are set in. That is much more informative and impactful than intruding modern sensibilities. (DO NOT PUT MODERN MUSIC IN A HISTORICAL PIECE! WTF do people like that? Fuck your play list!) I would classify it as Revengesploitation like Django Unchained, but more entertaining and better done. As a turd, it didn't stink too much. John Brown was crazier, more violent, and much more interesting in history than on this show. I wish they would make good historical pieces again.
  • May 02, 2021
    I only wish the DVD had a caption/subtitle option. I missed too many lines.
  • Mar 12, 2021
    A little bit too much about the Lord for my little critical, atheist heart.
  • Mar 06, 2021
    This was all about the performances for me, with the two leads Ethan Hawke and Joshua Caleb Johnson complimenting each other brilliantly. Hawke was an absolute delight to watch as John Brown and I was not expecting the tone of this film to be as irreverently humorous as it was. I was becoming giddy any time Hawke started up, with many of his diatribes and musings eliciting audible guffaws. Johnson's running commentary and more realistic view of this world balances well with Hawke's Brown and Onion's seemingly natural ability to create dry humor and pathos simultaneously is quite impressive. The supporting cast generally made the series stronger and I particularly thought Hubert Point-Du Jour who played Bob deserves a nod as well.
  • Feb 03, 2021
    Loved this show! Ethan Hawke deserved his nomination for the Golden Globe 🏆 Highly recommend!

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