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In the historical drama series The Good Lord Bird, a young slave boy is caught up in a bitter fight in 1800s America. The boy is part of a group of soldiers who are fighting against the slave-holding denizens of the South. The series is told from the point of view of Henry Shackleford, a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of John Brown's motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the [U.S.] 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.

The series is produced by and stars actor Ethan Hawke.

The Good Lord Bird is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 2020.

Where do I stream The Good Lord Bird online? The Good Lord Bird is available for streaming on Showtime, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Good Lord Bird on demand at Showtime, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Apple TV, Showtime Anytime online.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
1 Season, 7 Episodes
October 4, 2020
Drama, Mini-Series
7.6/10
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell, Joshua Caleb Johnson, McKinley Belcher III
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The Good Lord Bird Full Episode Guide

  • 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 say his goodbyes to Brown.

  • 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.

  • Onion and new recruit John Cook head to Harper's Ferry to prepare for the arrival of John Brown and his army. However, Onion quickly struggles to perform his mission of recruiting more African-American soldiers from the area when Cook's reckless behavior threatens their exposure to suspicious neighbors. After several weeks of waiting, Brown, his army and his daughter Annie finally arrive

  • 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 from Brown's army. But, when the legendary Harriet Tubman endorses Brown in a room full of new recruits, Onion realizes that he may be more invested in the cause and the "old man" than he thought.

  • 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. They take refuge at the home of famed orator and "King of the Negroes" Frederick Douglass and his two wives. When Brown and Douglass clash over methodology, Onion discovers just how complex the fight for justice and human equality really is.

  • 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. Onion is taken under the wing of Pie, a mixed-race prostitute working out of the local hotel, who instructs him in the ways of the world despite her discovering his dangerous secret. Onion soon finds himself enmeshed in a mounting slave insurrection where he learns the consequences of his own actions.

  • A slave has a fateful run-in with abolitionist John Brown. Series premiere.