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.

2020USAShowtime
Drama

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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Frankly, it rules.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

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.

Variety

Variety

press

“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.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

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

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Frankly, it rules.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

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.

Variety

Variety

press

“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.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

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

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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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