Parents' Guide to

The Good Lord Bird

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Powerful Civil War-era comedy-drama has violence, racism.

TV Showtime Drama 2020
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Good Lord this is good!

Excellent characters, performances (Hawkes best ever imo) writing, humor, thrills, and commentary. Its all here and its nails it all. There are a few moments of gore in the first 2 and last episodes (most notably a decapitation and a scene involving a canon) among classical western violence. Episodes 3-5 are almost completely void of adult content overall. There is also historical racism, but otherwise there isnt gratuitous/anachronistic profane or sexual content like most premium cable.

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Turning a key player in pre-Civil War America into a comic figure is obviously a dicey proposition. Yet The Good Lord Bird does just that, and without losing any of the gravity of the event's historical context. Ethan Hawke's John Brown is a loose cannon prone to violent outbursts and mangled bible verses, but The Good Lord Bird uses him as an entry point to understanding the Northern-Southern conflict. This darkly comic take of the seminal raid on Harpers Ferry gives viewers a modern, enlightened pesrpective and shows how the fight for change can be messy and righteous at the same time.

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