Lawmen: Bass Reeves

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  • TV-MA
  • 2023
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (9,340)

Lawmen: Bass Reeves is a historical drama series that premiered on Paramount+ in 2023. Set in the late 19th century, the show follows the life of Bass Reeves, one of the first African American deputy U.S. marshals west of the Mississippi River. Reeves was born into slavery in 1838 in Texas. After the Civil War, he moved to Oklahoma Indian Territory and became a deputy marshal, upholding the law in an area known for being lawless and dangerous. Reeves was said to have arrested over 3,000 felons, including his own son, during his long career as a marshal. He was known for his sharpshooting skills and courage in the face of danger.

The show depicts Reeves' early years starting out as a marshal in 1875. He is tasked with tracking down and arresting outlaws, gunslingers, and gangs wreaking havoc across the territory. Reeves faces rampant racism and discrimination as he carries out his duties. However, he perseveres and becomes legendary for his skills and adherence to the law.

Several storylines follow Reeves on specific missions to capture fugitives and restore order to the communities terrorized by violence and crime. He chases train robbers, takes down murderers, and goes after members of the notorious Tom Bell gang. Reeves uses his expertise with firearms and knowledge of Indian Territory to outwit and capture criminals who believe they can evade justice in the lawless territory.

Intertwined with the crime fighting plots are storylines that highlight Reeves' personal life. As a former slave, he struggles to reunite with his wife and children from whom he was separated when he was sold to another slave owner. His marriage suffers from the long stretches apart required by his work as a marshal. Reeves also experiences the challenges of navigating society in the Reconstruction Era as a free man of color.

The show casts light on other historical figures from the time period in the Oklahoma Indian Territory. It depicts the harsh realities of being a black lawman in the Wild West era plagued with virulent racism. Yet the series also shows Reeves persevering through adversity, driven by his strong moral code and determination to uphold the law.

With meticulous period detail, Lawmen: Bass Reeves authentically captures the world of the legendary deputy marshal. By focusing on Reeves' career from 1875 onward, it aims to tell the largely forgotten story of a pioneering African American lawman who brought order to the Wild West against all odds.

Lawmen: Bass Reeves is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on November 5, 2023.

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December 17, 2023
Bass struggles with the weight of the badge like never before. After a deadly mission goes awry, the U.S. Deputy Marshal's fate is left in the hands of someone else.
December 10, 2023
After a waltz with the devil, Bass, Billy Crow, and Sherrill have a dangerous reckoning with Mister Sundown. Meanwhile, trouble ensues for Jennie, Sally, and Esme back at the Reeves' farm.
December 3, 2023
Chaos ensues as a firefight breaks out in Checotah. Bass and Jennie have a painful reunion. Bass has an unsettling realization as the myth of Mister Sundown lives on.
November 26, 2023
After pandemonium erupts at Bywater's store, Bass is forced to choose between his oath and family. Sally runs into trouble at the carnival, while Bass confronts an old nemesis.
November 19, 2023
Bass and his new posse man have a fateful encounter at the Women's Boarding House. Jennie reunites with someone from her past.
November 12, 2023
Bass is sworn in and embarks on his first mission as a US Deputy Marshal. The Underwood gang strikes after Bass is let in on a secret.
November 5, 2023
Bass and his family endure tough times on their farm. Bass gets a visit from the law and is faced with an interesting proposition.
Where to Watch Lawmen: Bass Reeves
Lawmen: Bass Reeves is available for streaming on the Paramount+ website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lawmen: Bass Reeves on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+ and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 5, 2023
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (9,340)