The Good Lord Bird: Meet the Lord
October 4, 2020 8:34 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

(I haven't read the book this series is based on, but, I figure the show-only/books-included tagging isn't really necessary when it comes to historical fiction.)

Anyway, I agree with the positive reviews. Looking forward to seeing Daveed Digg's Frederick Douglass in episode 2.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:41 PM on October 4

The soundtrack composer is a family friend I have known since he was a kid. He borrowed my dad's banjo a while back; my dad swears he heard it on the show.

So I am proud and a bit biased. But I did think this was wonderful, although I had difficulty following the course of events at times.
posted by Countess Elena at 10:02 AM on October 5 [2 favorites]

Oh, I'll have to add a Showtime subscription to one of my streaming services for a couple months. I loved this book, and I think it'll be a great show. James McBride is a fantastic writer.

Next someone adapt Fire on the Mountain, please and thank you.
posted by the primroses were over at 1:29 PM on October 5

My roommate put this on while I was sitting in the livingroom trying to do chemistry homework. I made him pause it and wait 20 minutes so I could finish and watch it with him. I was smitten from the very beginning. It's much funnier than what one would expect, but it never makes light of the situation. Enjoying this immensely
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:29 AM on October 9 [2 favorites]

The book was excellent, though I have a hard time buying Ethan Hawke as John Brown. I think the best possible John Brown ever would have been the late great Sterling Hayden. John Brown and Jack Ripper had a lot in common. I’m going to have to hold out for when this inevitably reaches wider streaming circles. SHO isn’t in my menu.
posted by hwestiii at 6:33 PM on October 11

Started the third episode and I'm liking this show a lot. It has a lot of feels. A good amount of them of the not-bad variety.

John Brown - a delusional and oft-violent Quixote-ish, but righteous, character - feels well served by Ethan Hawke; but I have not read the book.

Will concede that I'm a huge Hawke fan and I love the way he speaks (Hawke's reading of 'Slaughterhouse Five' is a masterpiece).

Henry/ Henrietta/ Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson) is intriguing; the tension of his situation is almost always present and the fallout can be expected to be fatal in the most unpleasant ways.

Sets and costuming are scrumptious.
posted by porpoise at 7:16 PM on October 21

I haven't watched episodes 2 & 3 yet, though I plan to get caught up (this weekend?), now that Lovecraft Country has wrapped up.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:31 PM on October 21

[One removed for spoilers -- future episodes go in those threads!]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:24 PM on October 25

Amazing show, one of the best dramas or dramedies or historical programs I've seen in recent years
posted by Bwithh at 12:33 PM on October 28 [1 favorite]

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