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Lawmen: Bass Reeves

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

OK Western about Black US Marshal has violence, language.

TV Paramount+ Drama 2023
Lawmen: Bass Reeves: a Black U.S. Marshall rides a white horse

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It's very strange for a series to focus on a complex, trailblazing figure while simultaneously avoiding the aspects of his life that make the story interesting. Yet that's exactly what happens in Lawmen: Bass Reeves, an extremely literal depiction of the life of an escaped slave-turned-U.S. Marshal. Producer Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone) manages to tell Reeves' story with minimal thematic focus on either race or morality. Instead, Reeves' life simply gets used as a platform for frequent short action sequences. It can be somewhat satisfying as comfort television, but feels like a waste of such a uniquely compelling biography.

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