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Hiving the Bees 

Onion and new recruit John Cook head to Harper's Ferry to prepare for the arrival of John Brown and his army. Onion struggles recruiting African-American soldiers. Brown's arrival with daughter Annie creates a new distraction: true love.


Haifaa Al-Mansour


Mark Richard (created for television by), Ethan Hawke (created for television by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... John Brown
Hubert Point-Du Jour ... Bob
Beau Knapp ... Owen Brown
Nick Eversman ... John Brown Jr.
Ellar Coltrane ... Salmon Brown
Jack Alcott ... Jason Brown
Mo Brings Plenty ... Ottawa Jones
Daveed Diggs ... Frederick Douglass
Joshua Caleb Johnson ... Henry 'Onion' Shackleford
Maya Hawke ... Annie Brown
McKinley Belcher III ... Broadnax
Victor Williams ... Coachman Jim
Rafael Casal ... John Cook
Orlando Jones ... The Rail Man
Quentin Plair ... Emperor


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-creating a new distraction for Onion: true love. Written by SHOWTIME

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Drama | History | War | Western



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Annie Brown is played by Maya Hawke - daughter of star Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. See more »


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Beautifully acted
2 May 2021 | by arenasrosaSee all my reviews

There were two especially heartbreaking moments and each featured Joshua Caleb Johnson, the young actor who plays "Onion". He is already a master ensemble player calibrating his responses in a subtle way whether wryly narrating comic scenes or expressing deep conflicting emotions. I look forward to seeing Johnson in future roles.

Throughout this series, there have been great guest appearances including Daveed Diggs as Frederick Douglass, Maya Hawke as Annie Brown, Hubert Point-Du Jour as Bob and Orlando Jones as The Rail Man.

And of course Ethan Hawke gives his all to this production. Outstanding.

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1 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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