The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird
Premiere October 4, 2020
Finale November 15, 2020
Creator created for television by:
Mark Richard and
Ethan Hawke
Based on the novel by
James McBride
Network/Provider Showtime
Style 60-minute drama
Company Under the Influence,
Mark 924 Entertainment,
Blumhouse Television
Episodes 7
Origin USA
Official Site Showtime

The Good Lord Bird is an eight-part limited series based on the National Book Award-winning novel of the same name by bestselling author James McBride.

Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion, an enslaved teenager who becomes a member in 19th-century abolitionist John Brown's motley family during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Ethan Hawke John Brown
Hubert Point-Du Jour Bob
Beau Knapp Owen Brown
Nick Eversman John Brown, Jr.
Ellar Coltrane Salmon Brown
Jack Alcott Jason B. Brown
Mo Brings Plenty Ottawa Jones
Daveed Diggs Frederick Douglass
Joshua Caleb Johnson Henry "Onion" Shackleford
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Wyatt Russell Jeb Stuart
Rafael Casal Cook
David Morse Dutch Henry Sherman
Steve Zahn Chase
Maya Hawke Annie Brown
Orlando Jones The Rail Man


# Title Airdate Viewers 18-49 Rating
1 Meet the Lord October 4, 2020 251k 0.02%
2 A Wicked Plot October 11, 2020 254k 0.02%
3 Mister Fred October 18, 2020 182k 0.01%
4 Smells Like Bear October 25, 2020 235k 0.01%
5 Hiving the Bees November 1, 2020 206k 0.03%
6 Jesus Is Walkin' November 8, 2020 190k 0.03%
7 Last Words November 15, 2020 317k 0.03%


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