'The Good Lord Bird' Review : Pop Culture Happy Hour Ethan Hawke plays the abolitionist John Brown in the new series The Good Lord Bird, which traces the events leading up to the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Told from the point of view of a fictional Black teenager nicknamed "Onion," the series has plenty of drama. But it's also a dark comedy about following a leader who's extremely passionate and wildly unpredictable.
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Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

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Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

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Joshua Caleb Johnson as Onion and Ethan Hawke as John Brown in The Good Lord Bird. William Gray/Showtime hide caption

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Joshua Caleb Johnson as Onion and Ethan Hawke as John Brown in The Good Lord Bird.

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Ethan Hawke plays the abolitionist John Brown in the new series The Good Lord Bird, which traces the events leading up to the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Told from the point of view of a fictional Black teenager nicknamed "Onion," the series has plenty of drama. But it's also a dark comedy about following a leader who's extremely passionate and wildly unpredictable.

The audio was produced by Candice Lim and edited by Jessica Reedy.